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 Back  Vignettes | Alberta | June/July/August 2017

By Robin Laurence

NIGHT COMES ON Esker Foundation, Calgary, May 1-Jul 23 Those who live in dense jungles of glass towers are familiar with the experience of both looking and being looked at. Exhibitionism and voyeurism become as ordinary as eating and sleeping. Victoria-based artist Laura Dutton has created an unsettling video installation – a cityscape of LED screens and stacked black boxes – in which residents of Vancouver condo towers have been caught peering out their windows while gallery-goers in Calgary stare back at them.

WOMEN’S HANDS BUILDING A NATION Alberta Craft Council Gallery, Edmonton, May 6-Aug 19 Through a range of fibre arts, from rug hooking and quilting to needlework and knitting, this exhibition celebrates the enduring contribution of women to the building of a nation. Expressions of women’s political history, such as the suffragette movement, are juxtaposed with images of social and domestic experiences and activities, such as quilting bees and li-ving in sod houses. Organized by the Chinook Guild of Fibre Arts in commemoration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

OH CERAMICS! Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, May 13-Jul 1 This national exhibition of ceramic art also celebrates the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. The 17 participating artists, chosen from across the country, from sea to sea to sea, have created a diverse range of works in clay. Some have respon-ded in a celebratory fashion to the sesquicentennial theme while others more critically explore issues of colonialism, cultural identity, politics, and the environment. The show also reflects Medicine Hat’s historic and contemporary connection to clay.

FOR THE TIME BEING Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, May 27-Sep 10 and Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Jun 24-Sep 10 On view at two different venues, the exhibition is the tenth iteration of the Alberta Biennial. One of the themes addressed by the 24 artists is “wayfinding in new and unknown territories.” Those territories may be physical or virtual, visible or invisible, and may be explored through any number of media, from text-based work to photography to mixed-media sculpture and experimental film. Participating artists workshopped their ideas at the Banff Centre last summer.

MIRIAM RUDOLF: disPOSSESSION Alberta Printmakers Gallery, Calgary, Jun 2-Jul 15 Miriam Rudolf’s prints take as their subject the rapid encroachment of industrialized agriculture on the semi-arid, virgin forest of the Paraguayan Chaco. Working with multiple etching plates and printing on both sides of the paper, Rudolph, who was born and raised in Paraguay and is based in Edmonton, achieves surprisingly lyrical effects as she addresses dark issues of deforestation and its disastrous impact on both native species and Indigenous peoples.

Laura Dutton
Laura Dutton

Corlienne Pennell
Corlienne Pennell

Rachel de Conde
Rachel de Conde

Parker Thiessen
Parker Thiessen

Miriam Rudolph
Miriam Rudolph

 Mon, May 29, 2017