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Just My Imagination

Southern Alberta Art Gallery
Lethbridge AB – thru Mar 4, 2007

Sheila Butler - Essential Tremor

Sheila Butler, Essential Tremor (2002), mixed media on fabric and paper [Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB, through Mar 4]

Cathy Daley - rise/fall
Cathy Daley, rise/fall (2004), pastel on vellum [Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB, through Mar 4]

Just My Imagination presents recent works by fourteen Canadian artists whose medium of choice is drawing. Featured artists are Stephen Andrews, Sheila Butler, Lucie Chan, Cathy Daley, Raphaëlle de Groot, Michelle Gay, Ed Pien, Luanne Martineau, Jason McLean, Alison Norlen, John Scott and Team Apocalypse, Candice Tarnowski, David Tomas and Anna Torma. Together, the artists have an impressive list of credentials including university teaching positions, prestigious residencies, national gallery exhibitions and international exposure.

Primarily figurative, the pieces selected for Just My Imagination include works on paper in traditional media, as well as cross-discipline artworks employing textiles, sculpture, digital media and performance. They are not intended to be preparatory, but are self-sufficient artworks that “envision a world where psychic, social and material processes are intimately entwined”. Many of the artists practice serial drawing and collaborative participation. The resulting imagery is described as “alternately familiar and estranged, direct and mediated, seductive and grotesque”.

Lucie Chen - Remember? We Were Close?
Lucie Chen, Remember? We Were Close? (2004), detail, charcoal on paper [Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB, through Mar 4]

The exhibition was curated by Kim Moodie and David Merritt, and is organized and circulated by Museum London and the MMB Collective. The primary objective of the Southern Alberta Art Gallery Association is to foster the work of contemporary artists who challenge the boundaries of their disciplines. The gallery, now one of the most prominent in Canada, has been particularly influential over the past 30 years in promoting drawing as an art form.

Mia Johnson











Raphaelle de Groot - Third Person, Drawing session at the University of Western Ontario

Raphaelle de Groot, Third Person, Drawing session at the University of Western Ontario (2004), mixed media [Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB, through Mar 4]

 Wed, Feb 7, 2007