In Calgary, Exploring the Cultural Side of ‘Cowtown’
I didn’t have to wander far down Ninth Avenue SE, though, before stumbling upon DaDe ART & DESIGN LAB. It was setting up for an opening featuring the work of Darcy Lundgren, who covers large surfaces with shredded recycled paper and splashes them with paint, suggesting vertical lawns that invite the viewer to touch. An art gallery, furniture store and design company sprawled over 3,000 square feet in what appeared to be a chic garage, DaDe shows off local and international artists.
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Taking inspiration from minimalism & modernism, Darcy's artwork is created as one of a kind, thought provoking, and often environmentally friendly abstract pieces. Lundgren's works are experiments in traditional as well as non-traditional mediums, ranging from acrylics & oils to the tactile Jackson Pollock inspired shredded paper. While his sculptural work has been inspired by the works of Stuart Haygarth. Repurposing collections of normally overlooked objects into finished pieces, taking various forms from chandeliers, installations, functional and sculptural pieces.