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 Back  Vignettes | Alberta | April - May 2016

By Robin Laurence

SEAN CAULFIELD: THE FLOOD Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Feb 6-Aug 14 This acclaimed Edmonton artist has been commissioned to create a site-specific installation for the gallery’s Manning Hall. Rather than composing a large-scale image out of individual woodblock prints, Caulfield has created a mural out of the hand-carved woodblock panels themselves. The Flood addresses the impact of industrialization and technological developments on the natural environment and challenges viewers to take responsibility for shaping a sustainable future.

BLUE LINE Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Feb 13-Apr 17 The title of this group show refers to the non-photo blue pencil that comic book artists employ in laying out and refining their images before finalizing them for reproduction. Focusing on the process of creation, this group show features works by a range of underground comic artists, including Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Guy Delisle, Jill Stanton and Connor Willumsen. It also looks at the challenging themes and narratives that underground comics have espoused.

EMBRACING CANADA: LANDSCAPES FROM KRIEGHOFF TO THE GROUP OF SEVEN Glenbow, Calgary, Feb 20-May 29 Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery, this touring exhibition explores the leading role the landscape subject played in Canadian painting from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries. From early depictions of First Nations encampments in Quebec to farming scenes in rural Ontario, and from oil sketches of Algonquin Park to representations of the West Coast rainforest, the show illuminates the roles of both wilderness and pastoral in the construction of Canadian cultural identity.

JOHN EISLER: (the cast) Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Apr 2-30 A new series of large acrylic paintings on unstretched canvasses reveals this artist’s evolving engagement with abstract form and colour. From layered stripes and semicircles of bright, semi-transparent colour, Eisler has shifted to more complex compositions in which swipes, streaks and squiggles of white are layered over darker and more opaque colours. Suggestive of calligraphy, these action paintings are filled with visual incident. As in Eisler’s previous shows, some canvasses are mounted on wooden structures in the centre of the gallery.

SVEA FERGUSON: LIKE AFFECTIONS Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, Apr 28-May 21 Emerging artist Svea Ferguson creates abstracted figures by cutting and manipulating vinyl and linoleum flooring material. Through this unlikely sculptural medium, she evokes the draped, armoured or corseted human form, as well as anatomical representations of muscles and tendons. In reproduction, these works have a strong graphic presence, as if they were illusionistic drawings. Ferguson’s sculptures appear in HK Incubator, the gallery’s experimental and special projects space.

Sean Caulfield
Sean Caulfield

Jill Stanton
Jill Stanton

William Percival Weston
William Percival Weston

John Eisler
John Eisler

Svea Ferguson
Svea Ferguson

 Sat, Apr 9, 2016