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 Back  Vignettes | Alberta | June – August 2014

By Robin Laurence

FIRE AND COLLATERAL: THE AFTERMATH OF WAR The Founders’ Gallery at The Military Museum, Calgary, May 2-Jul 1 Edmonton artist Sandra Bromley addresses armed conflict by recounting the stories of people who have been most profoundly affected by it. In this show, she conveys a powerful anti-war message through her mixed-media installation The Innocents (which uses interviews she undertook in Sierra Leone); and the massive and powerful Gun Sculpture, made up of over 7,000 decommissioned firearms – a monument to both the horror and futility of war.

CYNTHIA GIRARD: UNICORNS AND DICTATORS Esker Foundation, Calgary, May 31-Sep 7 Montreal-based Cynthia Girard is a visual artist, poet and satirist whose paintings often make their way into other forms and media such as sculpture, installation and performance. Her art combines influences from both high art and vernacular culture, with references to everything from Dadaism to cartoons and handicrafts. The show also includes “cameos” by David Altmejd, Julie Doucet, Groupe d’action en cinéma Épopée, Henry Kleine and Noémi McComber.

BEE KINGDOM: ICONOCLASTS IN GLASS Glenbow, Calgary, Jun 7-Sep 28 Bee Kingdom Glass is an acclaimed collaborative studio based in Calgary and dedicated to producing blown glass sculpture that has both artful and conceptual aspects. The artists’ works explore everything from “cute culture” to world mythology, environmental issues and sexual identity. The name, Bee Kingdom, conveys both the group’s communal approach to artmaking and the similarity between hot glass in its liquid form and honey. Expect to be dazzled, amused and confounded.

INDIGENOUS INGENUITY Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, June 15-Oct 19 This dynamic group exhibition juxtaposes contemporary and historic First Nations art, demonstrating both tradition and innovation across many materials, techniques and motifs. Among the artists represented are Daphne Odjig, the late Norval Morrisseau and Alex Janvier, pioneers of modern Aboriginal painting and printmaking in Canada. Other featured artists include Carl Beam, George Littlechild and Jane Ash Poitras. The show also honours the late Joane Cardinal-Schubert, who left a rich legacy of socially and politically engaged work.

ALMA LOUISE VISSCHER: CATHEDRAL CUMULUS Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Jun 20-Aug 17 Emerging Edmonton artist Alma Louise Visscher is said to derive inspiration from “ephemeral structures that evoke the sublime.” Her handmade textile installations combine architectural references with natural phenomena to explore gender roles and the way the body occupies space. The work she has created for this show extends these ideas by conflating pseudo-cloud forms with evocations of the body in a given architectural context. Here she juggles themes of isolation, transformation and the interface between the built and natural environments.

Sandra Bromley
Sandra Bromley

Cynthia Girard
Cynthia Girard

Bee Kingdom
Bee Kingdom

Terrance Guardipee
Terrance Guardipee

Alma Louise Visscher
Alma Louise Visscher

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