By Robin Laurence
ED PIEN: OUR BELOVED
Glenbow, Calgary. To Sep 22
Toronto artist Ed Pien’s monumental installation of 144 framed photographs is rooted in a recent trip to Santiago, Chile. There he shot images of fl owers, both real and artificial, left at Patio 29, one of the largest burial sites of opponents and victims of the Pinochet regime (1973-90). Although Pien says the site was “steeped in tragedy and loss,” the flowers, in various states of colour and form, liveliness and decay, also spoke to him of love, joy and remembrance.
Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat. To Oct 12
In works displayed in both the gallery and the Esplanade gardens, Sarindar Dhaliwal employs flowers, furniture and feathers, along with ceramics she created at the Medalta pottery, to explore “migration, immigration, family and diaspora.” She constructs new narrative structures upon a range of historical sources, from Rudyard Kipling’s visit to Medicine Hat to the lives of local war brides. Born in the Punjab, raised in England and now based in Toronto, Dhaliwal often examines memory and cultural identity.
VESSNA PERUNOVICH: SHIFTING SHELTER
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary. Sep 12 – Nov 2
Toronto artist Vessna Perunovich, who was born in the former Yugoslavia, brings personal experience to her examination of universal themes of displacement and transcultural migration. Through video and a mixed-media installation that includes altered found objects, furniture, mirrors, paint, and lines drawn with elastic ribbon and demarcation tape, she asks us to consider the social, cultural and geopolitical conditions that cause individuals and groups to fl ee their homes and homelands.
Newzones, Calgary. Sep 21 – Oct 12
Titled Magnets, Garlic and Diamonds, this exhibition is, the artist says, “a meditation on futility.” Geo rey Hunter’s paintings are often inspired by digital images, greatly magnified to reveal abstract compositions of pixels. Here, he addresses the ways previously held beliefs about the physical world have been disproven through the laborious processes of the scientific method. These he likens to his own method of constructing a painting, “one dot at a time.”
Leighton Art Centre, Foothills. Sep 28 – Oct 27
Watercolour is a challenging yet versatile medium, its transparent qualities appealing over the centuries to artists as diverse as Albrecht Dürer, J.M.W. Turner and Canada’s own Dorothy Knowles. In this international open juried exhibition – the 94th annual from the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour – expect to see work from both new and established artists employing a wide range of styles and techniques, from photo-realism to gestural abstraction.