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Adam Curry, Northeast Corner, Barclay & Gilford (2012)

Jason de Haan & Miruna Dragan, The Wood and Wave Each Other Know (2011), production still
[Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Jan 26-May 5] Courtesy the artists and Clint Roenisch Gallery

2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art

Art Gallery of Alberta
Edmonton AB – Jan 26-May 5, 2013

Founded in 1996, the Alberta Biennial promotes and brings national attention to artists working in this Canadian province. The theme of the 2013 Alberta Biennial, The News from Here, is the idea of post-regionalism: artists forming their identities around different cities, towns and areas of Alberta, while at the same time acknowledging and being influenced by the larger global context of contemporary artmaking today. The show seeks to provide a framework through which to see how contemporary art is shaped by their perceptions of time and place – which in turn alters the perceptions.

The 2013 Biennial is guest-curated by prominent Alberta art critic Nancy Tousley, an award-winning curator at numerous prestigious institutions including the Brooklyn Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Glenbow Museum and the Art Gallery of York University.

Tousley reviewed more than 200 applications and conducted 60 studio visits to select the 36 artists in the current exhibition: Trevor Anderson, Kyle Armstrong, Noel Bégin, Elisabeth Belliveau, Richard Brown, Eric Cameron, Bruno Canadien, Sherri Chaba, Chris Cran, Alysha Creighton, DaveandJenn, Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, Mackenzie Frère, Sarah Fuller, Jason de Haan and Miruna Dragan, Faye HeavyShield, Terrance Houle, Gary James Joynes, Kristopher Karklin, Emily Luce, Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton, Robyn Moody, Pamela Norrish, Gabrielle Paré, Laura St. Pierre, Jewel Shaw, Taras Polataiko, Larissa Tiggelers, Laura Vickerson, Jennifer Wanner, Donna White and Maria Whiteman.

In their work, Alberta is in the foreground, in the background, in the content, in the imagery, in the subject matter of every piece in the show in different ways. A video, film and performance program accompanies the exhibition.

Mia Johnson

Adam Curry, View of the Sylvia Hotel (2012)

Kristopher Karklin, Jack & Jill Room (morning), from the series camp life (2011), inkjet print [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Jan 26-May 5] Courtesy: Skew Gallery, Calgary

Bruno Canadien, Pipe Dreams, from the Freedom Fighter Series

Bruno Canadien, Pipe Dreams, from the Freedom Fighter Series (2011), mixed media [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Jan 26-May 5] Photo: John Dean

Kyle Armstrong, Magnetic Reconnection

Kyle Armstrong, Magnetic Reconnection (2012), production still [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Jan 26-May 5] Courtesy of the artist


 Sat, Feb 16, 2013