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Metahaven, City Rising

Metahaven, City Rising (2014), video still, text by Brian Kuan Wood, edited by Metahaven [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Jan 23-May 8]

The Blur in Between

Art Gallery of Alberta
Edmonton AB – Jan 23-May 8, 2016

Formafantasma, Detail, Charcoal design objects

Formafantasma, Detail, Charcoal design objects (2012), video of charcoal production [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Jan 23-May 8] [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Jan 23-May 8] Image courtesy of Studio Formafantasma

Colin Miner, Detail, detail of available light (spiral) #48

Colin Miner, Detail, detail of available light (spiral) #48 (2015), photograph [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Jan 23-May 8] Image courtesy the Artist

The Blur in Between is a group exhibition concerned with “practices that occur without division of discipline between those historically demarcated as either art or design: the blurry areas between fields of contemporary art, architecture, industrial design, craft, digital art, fashion, publishing and typography.”

While it’s true that these blurry areas have provided grist for the art-making mill since the early days of Dada, perceptions of where craft begins and architecture ends continue to distract and, as such, have real consequences when it comes to making sense of what we think we are looking at.

In focusing on the “operation and methodology of functional design in art making, alongside conceptual design that questions both form and aesthetics,” resident curator Kristy Trinier evades the traps that often befall exhibitions falsely predicated on the insufficiency of discipline specificity. How she transcends these traps is through her inclusion of interdisciplinary artists, designers and a writer who have either shut down these divisions once and for all (Michael Morris and Metahaven, for example) or turned their back on them (Micah Lexier, Lisa Robertson) – and so, in both ways, made those divisions obsolete.

Michael Turner

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Maaike Anne Stevens and Maite Zabala Meruane, In the Minds of Others (Anonymous)

Maaike Anne Stevens and Maite Zabala Meruane, In the Minds of Others (Anonymous), detail (2015), installation [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Jan 23-May 8] Image courtesy of the Artists


 Sun, Feb 7, 2016