Dog paddling toward the light by Steven Cottingham: Nov 2015-Feb2016

Dog paddling toward the light
Steven Cottingham
I am thinking both about ex-lovers and elected politicians, feeling conflicted by the hope and regret and passion and dread elicited in equal measures by these disparate entities. Using reflective vinyl, I have written ‘IT’S TOO BAD WE BOTH STAY UP ALL NIGHT FOR SO MANY NIGHTS THINKING ABOUT HOW MUCH WE HATE EACH OTHER’ and ‘IT’S TOO BAD WE BOTH STAY UP ALL NIGHT FOR SO MANY NIGHTS THINKING ABOUT HOW MUCH WE NEED EACH OTHER’ on the front-facing windows of the Plate Glass Gallery. The same language addresses either, the same language even addresses opposite poles of emotion. They are equally part of my life.
BioSteven Cottingham is another artist. Throughout 2015, he has participated in residencies at The Centre for Art and Urbanistics (Berlin, DE), The Luminary (St Louis, MO), and the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Madison, ME). In the past year, he has exhibited in professional and guerrilla contexts in Berlin, Havana, Toronto, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary, with solo projects at ZK/U (Berlin, DE), Galerie Tiers-espace (Saint John, NB), TRUCK (Calgary, AB), and Connexion ARC (Fredericton, NB). He was previously the Programming Coordinator at The New Gallery and curator of the subversive Calgary Biennial. Currently he is writing, as so many others have done before, a book about art and love.