Alberta women artists responded to the 1980s with rebellion, provocation and activism. This exhibition reveals the shifting mores of the most tumultuous era in Alberta’s history and includes work by the most influential Alberta artists of the 1980s who continue to shape Canadian art. These artists pushed boundaries with their methods of working, their subject matter, and by expanding the ways in which one could be an artist. Utilizing a range of tactics from satire and humour to social critique these artists exposed and worked against established artistic and societal conventions alike. Don’t miss this exhibition featuring the works of strong Alberta women artists of the 1980s, who significantly contributed to the contemporary landscape of Alberta art.
Organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta. Curated by Lindsey Sharman. Supported by artist patrons Maggie & John Mitchell, Bonnie Abel, Marianne & Allan Scott, Annika Nordhagen & James Wolfli, Marcia & Willem Langenberg, and Edward Stidworthy Johnson.
Sandra Bromley, Catherine Burgess, Isla Burns, Joane Cardinal Schubert, RCA, Vera Gartley, Alexandra Haeseker, RCA, Joice M. Hall, Faye HeavyShield, Liz Ingram, Mary Joyce, Toyo Kawamura, Jane Kidd, Lylian Klimek, Pauline McGeorge, Rita McKeough, Katie Ohe, Lyndal Osborne, Jane Ash Poitras, CM RCA, Teresa Posyniak, Mary Scott, Arlene Stamp, Leila Sujir, Carroll Taylor-Lindoe, Wendy Toogood
Lindsey V. Sharman is Curator of the Art Gallery of Alberta. She has studied Art History and Curating in Canada, England, Switzerland and Austria, earning degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and the University of the Arts, Zurich. From 2012-2018 she was the first curator of the Founders’ Gallery at the Military Museums in Calgary, an academic appointment through the University of Calgary. Her primary area of research is politically and socially engaged art practice. Curatorial projects of note include TRENCH, a durational performance by Adrian Stimson; Felled Trees, an exhibition deconstructing national identity at Canada House, London; Gassed Redux by Adad Hannah; and the nationally touring retrospective The Writing on the Wall: Works of Dr. Joane Cardinal Schubert
Artists in Conversation and Opening Reception
Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Avenue
Date & Time:
September 21, 2019
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Artists: Faisal Anwar, Helma Sawatzky, Leila Sujir, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun and Paisley Smith, Robert Youds
Curator: Jordan Strom
Examine the complex relationship between computer technology and nature through digital art.
Reblog from City of Surrey :
The digital world changes as much as the natural world.
To mark the past 20 years of digital art programming, the Gallery is presenting new and recent work from leading artists in this field. Through large-scale images and environments, the artists invite visitors to question the limits of technology and nature.
In Data Mulch, Helma Sawatzky digitally stitches together dozens of photographs of a brimming compost bin at Granville Island Public Market. This market is one of Vancouver’s most celebrated sites of sustainable food and design. In addition to highlighting food waste, the artist shows how excess, accumulation, waste, and decay also mark our contemporary digital condition. As with organic waste, if we pay attention to our digital garbage, we can reclaim it to grow and harness new life and images for the future.
Faisal Anwar’s massive video CharBagh uses social media to generate a Persian-style Islamic garden known as char bagh (four gardens). This interactive artwork grows out of Anwar’s workshops with Surrey residents who took photos related to sustainable food production, climate change, and nature. Using algorithms, the artist morphs these photos into ornate geometric designs. This project exemplifies how social media can be a tool for positive social change. A variation of this artwork will play on UrbanScreen this fall.
Robert Youds explores the garden in a different manner in For Everyone a Fountain. Using computer software, he translates photographs of the iconic Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia into coloured light sequences spanning the four seasons. These images appear in a tower of gleaming metal building and office materials. Youds creates a compelling space that collapses the boundaries between architecture and nature, work and leisure, image and object, utopia and dystopia.
In Unceded Territories, VR artist Paisley Smith teams up with painter and sculptor Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. Their virtual reality game invites participants to move through different natural landscapes inspired by Yuxweluptun’s bold paintings of colonization in British Columbia. As people play the game, their presence leads to sinister consequences such as forest fires and oil spills. The VR component of this installation is available for public viewing Thursdays between 3pm and 7pm.
On a similar note, Leila Sujir’s Forest Breath highlights nature as a space of spiritual connection and renewal that needs protection. She uses stereoscopic 3D video to show a section of dense woodland on Canada’s West Coast that is under threat of deforestation. The ethereal imagery encourages viewers to reflect on old-growth forests in relationship to cultural history, personal health, and mortality.
Photo Credits from top to bottom: - Robert Youds, Installation detail of For Everyone a Fountain presented at Open Space, Victoria, 2017, aluminum panels and sawhorses, desk lamps, and electronics. Photo by Tara Nicholson. - Leila Sujir, Forest Breath, 2018, stereoscopic 3D video lightbox with stereo audio.
We are happy to announce that Santiago Tavera, project manager of the Elastic Spaces lab, has been awarded a Research and Creation grant from the Canada Council for the Arts for his upcoming project, Expanded Bodies in Hyper-Virtualities. He has also been awarded the Vivacité grant from Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec with his collaborator Laura Acosta, for their upcoming exhibition at MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) in February 2020.
Leila Sujir, Aerial (still), 2019. Digital IMAX, 9 min 20 sec. Courtesy the artist.
The 18th International Images Festival of Manizales in Colombia invited Santiago Tavera in collaboration with textile and performance artist Laura Acosta, and civil engineer and media artist Milton Riaño to develop an experimental workshop in June 10th, 2019. This workshops invited artists and researchers to collaborate on a series of 360° video productions using Virtual Reality (VR) technologies, interactive motion interfaces and live image alterations. This projects explored the expanded body as a virtual cyborg – a being composed of artificial and human components. Through cross-discipline interactions between bodies, spaces and digital media, the project investigated the effects these connections have on social and personal processes of identification and representation.
Furthermore on June 14th, Santiago Tavera and Laura Acosta gave an artist talk on their collaborative project, The Novels of Elsgüer, which has recently been exhibited in Montreal at Articule and in Colombia at the Cultural Center Rogelio Salmona in 2018. Their participation in this international festival has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Artist and professor, Paul Landon, was recently invited to present Elastic Spaces’ incorporation of indigenous knowledge into our teaching and research, more specifically during our most recent collaboration with the Pacheedaht community on the West coast of Canada. This talk was given on a bus from Rovaniemi to Lake Inari, Finland, during the Land of Midnight Sun- Bridging event / Field Trip to Inari on June 1st, 2019.