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 Back  Vignettes | Alberta | February – March, 2012

By Robin Laurence

3 X 3 PHOTOGRAPHERS – EXPOSURE 2012 Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, Feb 4-25 As part of the Exposure 2012 Photography Festival, this show spotlights work by David Burdeny, Eszter Burghardt and Toni Hafkenscheid. Their landscape photographs, although quite distinct from each other, confuse the line between the real and the unreal, the documentary and the fabricated. Hafkenscheid, especially, creates images of actual landscapes that read as artificial, evoking miniature dioramas or scale models littered with children’s toys.

IAIN BAXTER&: 1n4Ørmat1Øn Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Jan 21-Apr 9 One of Canada’s original and most important conceptual artists, Iain Baxter& is represented here by collaged Polaroids, multimedia installations, and over-painted TV screens, all addressing his interest in the relationship between information systems and our understanding of the natural world. Among his many pioneering accomplishments, Baxter& co-founded the N.E. Thing Company in 1966, explored the use of back-lit Cibachrome transparencies in the 1960s and '70s, and helped set the stage for Vancouver’s emergence as an international centre of photo-based practice.

THE BREAD WITH HONEY: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDREW QUERNER Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Feb 4-Apr 1 Also part of Exposure 2012, these sombre and stirring portraits, shot in an economically depressed mining town in Kosovo by Canmore-based photographer Andrew Querner, gives us insight into some of the devastating, long-term consequences of the war in the Balkans. “Through the experience of the miners, their children, and the tired town at the mine’s threshold,” Querner states, “these pictures are my attempt to better understand the complexities of the Kosovar landscape.”

ALBERTA MISTRESSES OF THE MODERN: 1935-1975 Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Mar 10-Jun 3 This survey reveals the significant but under-appreciated role women artists played in the development of modern art in Alberta. Guest curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette, it includes over 80 paintings, watercolours, prints, ceramics, sculptures and mosaics by 17 women, including Marion Nicoll, Janet Mitchell, Dorothy Willis, Ella May Walker, Laura Evans Reid and Annora Brown.

CHARLES STANKIEVECH Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Mar 10-Apr 29 Subtitled Over the Rainbow, Under the Radar, this exhibition of “fieldworks” includes videos, sculpture, and artifacts while commenting on “the intersection of military influence and the history of communications”. The DEW Project examines the network of radar stations north of the Arctic Circle, established by the U.S. and Canada during the Cold War. Ghost Rockets World Tour matches images of military rocketry sites with rock ‘n’ roll music and special effects. Scarily engaging.

Eszter Burghardt
Eszter Burghardt

Iain Baxter
Iain Baxter&

Andrew Querner
Andrew Querner

Annora Brown
Annora Brown

Charles Stankievech
Charles Stankievech

 Sun, Feb 5, 2012