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 Back  Vignettes | Alberta | June - August 2016

By Robin Laurence

MATERIAL GIRLS Contemporary Calgary, Calgary, May 26-Aug 21 Some 25 national and international women artists examine ideas surrounding the construction of the feminine, gendered space and capitalist desire. The wide-ranging works in this ambitious group show also explore material processes, the nature of the decorative and notions of excess, contributing to a visually dynamic and space-filling display of colours, patterns and textures. The effect challenges our conception of the art gallery as an austere white cube.

DARIAN GOLDIN STAHL: MRI IN USE Alberta Printmakers Gallery and Studio, Calgary, Jun 10-Jul 16 Based on the research, experience and MRI scans of the artist’s sister, a bioethicist diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, artist Darian Goldin Stahl has created an immersive installation that speaks to illness, medical science and the vulnerable human body. A mood of anxiety pervades these works, which include a series of life-sized images of hospital gowns, printed on silk and hovering, delicate and ghostlike, in the darkened gallery.

CARRYING ON Alberta Craft Council Discovery Gallery, Edmonton, Jun 18-Jul 23 This group exhibition features bags, pouches and other cultural containers created by contemporary First Nations artists of Alberta. It celebrates the recent flowering of indigenous cultural expression in the province and speaks to both tradition and innovation in the forms, motifs and materials employed. The idea of a bag or a container is itself a powerful metaphor as a means of carrying ideas and beliefs forward into the future.

G’DDY UP! Newzones, Calgary, Jul 9-30 An energetic and good-humoured tribute to the Calgary Stampede and its impact on civic identity, G’ddy Up! riffs on cowboy culture and the idea of the Wild West. Exhibiting artists, who include Joe Andoe, Dianne Bos and Jeff Nachtigall, bring fresh and lively interpretations to enduring themes and images, and demonstrate that the nostalgic longing for the simple life of old is not at all simple.

BEAUTY’S AWAKENING Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Jul 23-Nov 13 Subtitled Drawings by the Pre-Raphaelites and their Contemporaries from the Lanigan Collection, this touring exhibition from the National Gallery of Canada stresses the significance of the drawing medium in Britain during the Victorian era. Artists represented include Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, and the subjects range from the isolated human figure, either nude or clothed, to imaginative renderings of Medieval and Renaissance scenes.

Material Girls, installation view
Material Girls, installation view

Darian Goldin Stahl
Darian Goldin Stahl

Sharon Cherweniuk
Sharon Cherweniuk

Joseph Adolphe
Joseph Adolphe

Frederick Sandys
Frederick Sandys

 Thu, Jun 9, 2016