Tomas Jonsson is an artist, writer and curator currently living in Calgary. Tomas received his BFA (with Distinction) and Minor in Museum and Heritage Studies from the University of Calgary in 2000. Since that time, Tomas has been an active member of the Calgary and region arts community, volunteering for arts organizations, including sitting on the board of the New Gallery from 1998-2001. Tomas was a curatorial intern at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in 2000. In 2001, Tomas worked as Gallery Administrator at the Forest City Gallery in London, Ontario. Tomas is currently the Programming Director at The New Gallery.
“ One of the first things I do when I move to a new city is go for a walk through the streets. To a degree this provides me with a sense of familiarity with the flows and patterns of my surroundings. Eventually a day-to-day routine is established, usually a path carved to and from work or a favorite coffee shop.
Having recently become aware of my behavior in relation to my environment has caused me to rethink my understanding of place. Whereas before I thought of cities or rural spaces as stable physical entities, I’ve since recognized them as a build up of distribution networks between individuals, institutions and locations. An understanding of places depends entirely on the types of journeys we undertake, and what other forms of distribution (whether it be other individuals or products) we interact with.
My artistic practice is similarly based on understanding the ecology of space, an exploration of infrastructures and distribution processes and how one forms and retains identity within predetermined spaces. I am interested in projects that subvert established behavioural codes.”
Tomas would like to acknowledge the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts