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 Back  Vignettes | Alberta | November – January 2015/16

By Robin Laurence

DAVID THAUBERGER: ROAD TRIPS AND OTHER DIVERSIONS Glenbow, Calgary, Oct 17-Jan 31 The first comprehensive survey of David Thauberger’s career brings together four decades of his paintings, prints and ceramic sculptures. Focusing on the vernacular architecture of prairie towns and rural communities, the Regina-based artist photographs farm houses, legion halls, general stores, hockey arenas, diners and grain elevators. His slides are starting points for his distinctive paintings which, with their brilliant colours and flattened perspective, unite modernist and regionalist genres, along with influences from Pop Art and souvenir postcards.

DANA HOLST: SHE’S ALL THAT Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Oct 24-Feb 15 Dana Holst’s new oil paintings and encaustic drawings explore the construction of female identity and ideas of the feminine. Drawing on familiar fairy tales, social research and personal experience, Holst addresses negative stereotypes of female social interaction, such as jealousy, vanity, covetousness, bullying, intimidation and rumour mongering. The portraits she creates, part of her ongoing examination of the human condition, unsettle and unnerve us.

JENNA STANTON: DISTILL Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Dec 29-Feb 13 Ceramicist Jenna Stanton finds inspiration in humble domestic objects such as bottles and jars, which she “salvages,” collects and studies. Eventually, she reinterprets their forms in her slip-cast earthenware vessels, which she then decorates with silkscreened enamel decals. With an MA in ceramic design from Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Stanton marries traditional craft techniques with those of industrial production – to impressive results.

COLLEEN HESLIN Esker Foundation, Calgary, Jan 23-May 8 Vancouver artist Colleen Heslin combines elements of colour field painting, abstract illusionism and fibre art in her remarkable practice. Her paintings are composed of pieces of hand-dyed and ink-stained fabric sewn together in apparently abstract compositions, some with a 3-D illusion. The titles of these works, however, suggest narrative and even figurative possibilities. Heslin, who also works in sculpture, photography and curation, won the 2013 RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

David Thauberger
David Thauberger

Dana Holst
Dana Holst

Jenna Stanton
Jenna Stanton

Colleen Heslin
Colleen Heslin

 Sun, Nov 8, 2015