By Robin Laurence
MONEY AND CALGARY
Nickle Galleries, Calgary. To Jul 20
Money and Calgary is composed of three concurrent exhibitions: The City’s History of Numismatics, Closer Look and Bridges. These spotlight acclaimed coin collections from the Calgary Numismatic Society and the University of Calgary, as well as visual art from the collection of the Nickle Galleries. Of particular interest is Closer Look: Investigating the Every Day, which reveals the ways in which artists may tie everything from urban renewal to rap music into ideas about the assignment of value.
MAY G N: OCCLUSION FIELD
Esker Foundation, Calgary. To Jul 21
Created by Calgary-based transfeminine artist May G N, Occlusion Field is a “shifting space” created using highly pixelated printed matter derived from digital sources. Images collaged together here include depictions of places, bodies and tattooed queers, intended to “prove existence despite absence.” Through layering such images, May G N examines boundaries and barriers, while also posing questions about the viewer’s relationship with queer identities.
CULTIVATE | INSTIGATE
Alberta Craft Council Gallery, Edmonton. To Aug 31
This group exhibition celebrates the people who not only practise their craft but also teach in post-secondary institutions, imparting their knowledge and supporting emerging craft artists while also pursuing their own creative aspirations. Working across a range of forms and materials, including jewelry, fibre arts, glass and ceramics, the 12 artists represented here act as “torchbearers,” the exhibition statement tells us, “bridging Alberta’s rich craft legacy with contemporary craft culture.”
THE YELLOW FOREST
TRUCK Contemporary Art, Calgary. Jun 7 – Jul 20
Collaborating artists Jessie Rose Vala and Stephen Nachtigall employ a multi-channel video installation and ceramic sculptures along with cut vinyl and printed imagery to probe our empathy with – or alienation from – our natural environment. Alberta-born Nachtigall and Wisconsin-born Vala work across media and materials as they explore the possibilities of our psychological connection with “plant and non-human consciousness.”
Art Gallery of St. Albert, St. Albert. Jun 13 – Aug 8
This Vancouver-based artist makes potent use of images that record the disappearance of older homes and cottages in three locations in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. Debeugny’s video and sound installation comprises shots of abandoned places in Port Moody, Ioco and Belcarra, playing against a track of natural and man-made sounds recorded at each site. A sad sense of loss prevails as heritage homes disappear into the maw of una ordable real estate development.