06.23.17 Keeley Haftner: Galleryfill

Galleryfill is a permanent public installation commissioned by Third Space for Tin Can Beach in Saint John, New Brunswick. To produce the installation, Haftner will collect unwanted artworks from artists in the City of Saint John. These works will be used to produce an underground gallery installed to landfill standards by layering stones, sand, clay, leachate barriers and felt. Documentation of the process of creating the installation will be produced and shown in partnership with Fundy Region Solid Waste, who has generously offered aid in the form of materials and instruction. The resultant sculpture is envisioned as a gentle mound of grass containing the unwanted artworks, with a material marker describing the artwork. A publication will be produced in conjunction with the work.

A storefront window in proximity to the site will display a sculpture Haftner has transformed from waste materials in dialogue with Tin Can Beach. As a complete exhibition, Galleryfill is a multi-faceted installation that speaks not only to Third Space’s mandate to include non-traditional projects, but also to the artist’s interest in publicly-produced sculpture, waste production and reclamation, and the historical preservation of sanctioned and unsanctioned works of art.

Keeley Haftner will be installing Galleryfill between June 23rd and July 1st at Tin Can Beach in Saint John, NB. The public is invited to stop by to learn about the installation process. Third Space gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of New Brunswick.

About the artist:

Keeley Haftner (b. 1985) is a Chicago-based Canadian artist who explores her own intense yearning toward non-living matter through a sculptural practice of transformation. Haftner obtained her BFA in fine arts in 2011 from Mount Allison University (MTA) and completed her MFA in 2016 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in Fiber and Material Studies. Haftner is the founder and previous director of Street Meet Festival (Saskatoon) for street and graffiti art, now in its fifth year of programming. She is currently one of the four curators and founders of Public Access gallery (Chicago), and one of three contributors for Bad at Sports’ THINKS to Think.

Haftner has shown work internationally at events and venues including Currents International New Media Festival, Nuit Blanche (Toronto), MOCCA, aka artist-run, Hamilton Artist’s Inc., Struts gallery, Studio XX, the Bruno Arts Bank, SÍM (Iceland), Schering Stiftung (Berlin), Randy Alexander Gallery (Chicago) and the Art Institute of Chicago. She has given workshops and talks at galleries, universities, conferences and festivals including AASHE Minneapolis, Transmediale (Berlin), Concordia University (Milieux Institute), and University of Chicago (Hack Arts Lab). She was recently listed as Canadian Art’s top exhibition to see in 2017. Haftner has received grants, awards, public commissions, or residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Ox-Bow, the Placemaker Program, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, BMO Financial Group’s 1st Art! Art Competition, the Arts, Science & Culture Initiative Collaboration Grant, Soi Fischer, PAVED Media Arts, and HATCH Projects at the Chicago Artist Coalition. She has recently been published in the 3D Additivist Cookbook by Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke.


Featured Image: Detail of Decomposition by Keeley Haftner, 2015