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 Back  Vignettes | Alberta | February/March 2017

By Robin Laurence

M.N. HUTCHINSON: THE LAST LONGEST DAY Glenbow, Calgary, Oct 22, 2016-Feb 26, 2017 In 1999, senior Calgary artist M.N. Hutchinson set himself the task of taking one photograph every minute of the longest day of the millennium. His images, selected by curator Nancy Tousley from the 902 photos he took over a period of 19 hours, range from a flatbed trailer in a suburban backyard to a giraffe in the Calgary Zoo. “The potential for beauty doesn’t rely on anything special occurring in front of you,” Hutchinson says. “It’s something you make.”

TARA COOPER: GOD LOVES BRIGUS II Alberta Printmakers Gallery and Studio, Calgary, Jan 6-Feb 18 Tara Cooper, who calls herself Weather Girl, took part in a residency at Landfall Trust in Brigus, Newfoundland, in the summer of 2014. The resulting exhibition employs a range of media, including sculpture, print, text and illustration, to convey a “creative nonfiction” account of people and place. Personal observations, conversations with locals and sometimes outlandish tales are interspersed with Cooper’s extensive research into the history and weather of the area.

EARTHLINGS Esker Foundation, Calgary, Jan 21-May 7 This group exhibition features the work of Toronto-based artist Shary Boyle and six contemporary Inuit artists from across the Canadian North. Executed on paper and in ceramics, forms and images depict fantastical states of human-animal transformation and transmogrification. Organized by the endlessly inventive Boyle, who has collaborated with some of the artists represented here, the show conjures the earthly and the otherworldly.

HOME ECONOMICS: 150 YEARS OF CANADIAN HOOKED RUGS Nickle Galleries, Calgary, Jan 26-Apr 8 Frugality and creativity inform this survey of historic and ?contemporary Canadian hooked rugs. Rug hooking, which involves pulling loops of yarn or fabric through woven backing, was originally a craft of poverty, resourcefully reusing old materials to produce something new. It became, however, a form of personal expression as well as a means of earning a living, reflecting individual and community values.

SARAH FULLER: CAMOUFLAGE (HULINHJÁLMSTEINN) Christine Klassen Gallery, Calgary, Feb 2-Mar 18 Sarah Fuller’s new work conflates video, performance and photography while exploring mimicry and camouflage in relation to landscape. In one work, she dons a cape that has been inkjet printed with the image of a rock face as she scales the same rock face. In another, she immerses herself in a stream while wearing a garment c-printed with an image of the stream, testing her endurance while probing the social construction of nature and gender.

M.N. Hutchinson
M.N. Hutchinson

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Tara Cooper

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Earthlings

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Home Economics

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