By Robin Laurence
JILL HO-YOU: INVERSION
The New Gallery, Calgary. To Feb 9
This print-based installation projects a future in which the planet Earth has become uninhabitable through global warming and unsustainable development. Calgary-based artist Jill Ho-You uses interwoven fragments of cosmological, biological, mechanical and architectural imagery to create what the gallery calls “a speculative history of the Earth from creation to destruction.” The installation also includes a video projection and – unexpectedly – mould and bacteria cultured in Petri dishes.
TRUCK Contemporary Art and Stride Gallery, Calgary. To Mar 15
Originating at grunt gallery in Vancouver, this touring exhibition is the result of an ambitious project of collaboration between Indigenous artists and curators across Turtle Island, from Vancouver to Halifax and from Iqualuit to New York. Organized by Tarah Hogue, Maria Hupfield and Tania Willard, #callresponse works across multiple disciplines and platforms to create dialogue, reflect lived experience and express “resurgence, resilience and refusal of existing power structures and colonial violence.”
NEIL CAMPBELL: WHEATFIELD
Esker Foundation, Calgary. To May 12
Vancouver-based painter Neil Campbell challenges our perceptions of form, colour and pattern within the architectural spaces in which his art is exhibited. Drawing on the lessons of Op Art, Colour Field Painting, Minimalism and Conceptual Art, he creates “graphic interventions” – geometric paintings, vinyl print installations and forms milled in plate steel – that reverberate between figure and ground, heightening awareness of our physical surroundings and provoking consideration of the mind-body problem.
ANOTHER LANDSCAPE SHOW
Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton. Feb 16 – Jul 1
Newly appointed curators Amery Calvelli, Franchesca Hebert-Spence, LindseySharman and Jessie Ray Short bring their fresh eyes to landscape works in the AGA’s permanent collection. Posing a range of questions and using a myriad of approaches, they examine the cultural construction of landscape and traverse ideas of collective memory, narrative structure, sense of place, colonization and understanding of the natural world. “Who is connected to the land,” they ask, “and who is a visitor?”
ROBIN PECK: CRANIA
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge. Mar 2 – Apr 28
Based in Fredericton, NB, artist, writer and educator Robin Peck has created a seriesof sculptures that may or may not resemble human heads and are composed of unlikely materials ranging from lead to burlap and from gravel to gold paint. The title of each work includes its materials, along with the time and date of its creation, revealing the conceptual impulse behind the series. At the same time, the curators tell us, the mark of the artist’s hand “reinforces the body as a primal way of knowing.”