By Robin Laurence
2021 GRAD SHOW
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary. Ongoing online
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Illingworth Kerr Gallery is hosting the Alberta University of the Arts 2021 graduating students exhibition online at auartsgrad.ca. Works displayed are complemented by artists’ statements and portfolio information, while also demonstrating the wide range of arts, crafts and design degrees the university offers. The enhanced website, which will remain active for one year, also includes a 360-degree tour of artworks as physically displayed in the gallery.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES
Leighton Art Centre, Millarville. Jun 19 – Jul 25
This exhibition by Group Nine (G9), formed in 2016, considers changes brought about by the passage of time, with a special awareness of the ways the global pandemic has altered so many aspects of existence over the past year. In the past, G9 artists met and exhibited together, providing each other with a forum for discussion of cultural and philosophical issues. Despite conditions of social isolation, their connection persists and their artmaking forms a visual statement of “certainty during uncertain times.”
PERFORMING EDUCATIONAL MODERNISM | SABINE BITTER & HELMUT WEBER
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge. Jul 3 – Sep 12
Employing historical photographs, architectural drawings and interviews in their performance video work, Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber explore the “democratizing” relationship between post-war modernist architecture and the acquisition of knowledge. Among the architects cited is Arthur Erickson, renowned for his radical designs of Simon Fraser University and the University of Lethbridge. The artists examine his “whole-campus” master plans in light of shifting social and political beliefs and ideals.
ANGELINE SIMON: WITH WARMEST REGARDS, ALWAYS
Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, Edmonton. Jul 30 – Sep 11
Lethbridge artist Angeline Simon presents three series of digitally manipulated photographs that forge new and unexpected connections to places, people and family history. Working from some 200 photos of her Chinese-Malaysian and German family members, taken between the 1940s and the 1970s, she explores aspects of home, belonging and displacement. In one series, her digital collages use algorithms to blank out faces and figures, confusing assumptions about both memory and identity.