Presented by Artengine in collaboration with the Available Light Screening Collective, Gallery 101 and McAuslan Breweries. Go! Team! Go!

This unique exhibition brings 5 newly created works, and a special hockey themed screening, to a whole new environment for contemporary art - the sports bar. These works, commissioned by Artengine, will be presented for 3 weeks at locations in the Elgin Street area. The opening night party, at Hooley's, included an incredible stationary bike race tournament open to everyone (pictured above - check out the blog post for more photos of the opening).

"From a rock throwing, stick swinging, rhythm oriented animal we evolved to become the only animal to consciously organize play. Today, goal oriented play provides the foundation for the wide and often polarized worlds of the arts and sport. The benefits of these playful activities is measured not only by their contribution to culture but also by the value they add to the economic arena. With a growing percentage of the economy being based on what were once purely playful activities, many wonder how they might transform their work in to play, while others wonder how their play became so much work."

Read the complete curatorial text and visit the Superfan website.

Artist Biographies

Jillian Mcdonald is a Canadian artist, living in New York where she teaches art at Pace University. Solo shows include Moti Hasson Gallery in New York and YYZ in Toronto. She received numerous grants and residencies and shows her work internationally. Mcdonald is a devoted fan of actor Billy Bob Thornton and zombie films.

Andra McCartney is a soundwalk artist, professor and parent currently residing in Montréal, where she teaches sound in media for the Communication Studies department at Concordia University. She has written extensively about soundscape composer Hildegard Westerkamp, and has undertaken several large projects on gender and sound technologies. She makes sound works for CD, radio, installation, and Internet.

Don Sinclair is a new media artist, professor, parent, and cyclist residing in Toronto. Drawing from his background in music, mathematics, computer science, and interdisciplinary studies, Don works in a variety of contexts including gallery installations, new media performance, interactive dance, and the web. He is currently Chair of the Fine Arts Cultural Studies Program at York University.

Florian Hollerweger was born in 1980 in Linz, Austria. He works as a sound artist, programmer, sound engineer, and performer. He has performed his own pieces as well as collaborative works with Pd~graz and others in the United States, Canada, and countries across Europe. Florian is currently studying at the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Linda Norstrom is a local artist and avid soccer mom. Her work has been screened in Europe and Canada, most recently at the Ottawa Art Gallery. She is a member of the Available Light Screening Collective and has been an active member in the media arts community for over a decade.

Liz Garlicki has exhibited at Gallery 101, The New Gallery, and numerous venues in Winnipeg, including the 2006 supernovas at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. A graduate of the University of Manitoba's B.F.A. Honours programme, currently Liz supports students and newcomers to the Winnipeg art community through her employment as the Gallery Assistant at aceartinc., in the Winnipeg Exchange area.