By Robin Laurence
Glenbow, Calgary. To Jan 6, 2019
Gathie Falk, Margaret Nazon and Erik Olson bring their considerable talents to the expressive depiction of the cosmos. Although working in di erent styles and media, these three artists have been preoccupied with the planets, moons, stars, galaxies and other celestial bodies at di erent stages in their careers. They join us in gazing upward toward the night sky and contemplating the mysteries of the universe. Retired Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk provides occasional commentary.
DON MAYNARD: SWIMMERS
Newzones, Calgary. To Nov 17
These new mixed-media works are based on stills from a video Don Maynard created in 2017. The original work focused on some two dozen swimmers in a local pool and alluded to Syrian refugees fl eeing by boat across the Mediterranean. An interdisciplinary artist based in Kingston, Ontario, Maynard uses oil paint and encaustic to augment digital prints developed from his video stills, extending the refugee references to include conditions of our shared humanity.
LARGE AND IN CHARGE
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Ban . To Jan 27, 2019
Does size matter? This group show of large-scale works by mid-career Canadian artists suggests that, yes, bigger is better. Or at least more impressive. Artists represented are Michael Cameron, Adad Hannah, Sebastian Hutchings, Alex Janvier, Evan Penny, Jay Senetchko and – lest you think size is only an issue for men – Vancouver artist Ann Goldberg, whose huge painting of a woman swimming underwater plays hyper-realism against the expressive use of form and colour.
BILL LAING: LOOKING THROUGH
Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary. Nov 15 – Dec 21
Calgary-based printmaker and educator Bill Laing has produced a series of etchings and constructions that challenge the ways in which we look and see. In his prints, landscape images are viewed through a lacy curtain of botanical forms, contrasting interior space with exterior space and alerting us to the ways culture creates an idea of nature. Similarly, Laing’s constructions juxtapose found elements, such as tree branches, with Plexiglas, asking us to consider again how we see the natural world.
ROSA AIELLO: THE COQUETTE, THE PRUDE
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge. Dec 8, 2018 – Feb 17, 2019
Based on two short stories by Patricia Highsmith, this solo show includes a video, a series of photographic works and a sound installation. Interdisciplinary artist and writer Rosa Aiello employs a narrative structure to examine female stereotypes and gendered power dynamics. At the same time, through formal devices of interruption and repetition, she questions the audience’s role – whether indi erent or voyeuristic – in the commitment of what is surely a crime.