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 Back  Vignettes | Alberta | September – October, 2012

By Robin Laurence

CATHERINE BURGESS: ABSENCE/PRESENCE Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Jul 14-Oct 14 This acclaimed Edmonton sculptor sees her beautifully considered works as “conversations among whole things, rather than…a gathering together of fragments.” This exhibition of recent groupings of wall- and floor-mounted sculptures, mostly executed in steel with granite, aluminum or lead elements, uses forms and materials to animate the spaces between them – presence to activate absence.

YELLOWSTONE TO YUKON: THE J0URNEY OF WILDLIFE AND ART Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Jun 16-Nov 15 This collaborative exhibition honours the role that art has played in communicating the need for the protection and conservation of the natural world. Surveying the last 150 years of wildlife art in the Yellowstone to Yukon region, the show includes works by historic and contemporary artists such as Carl Rungius, Thomas Moran and Robert Bateman. Integral to the presentation are Dwayne Harty’s landscape and wildlife paintings, the result of a three-year project “following in the footsteps” of Rungius and traversing some 3,200 km of territory.

MARK CLINTBERG: behind this lies my true desire for you Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Jul 14-Dec 30 Montreal-based Mark Clintberg is known for a range of scholarly and creative practices, from art history to curation. As an artist, he has produced objects, photographs, drawings and – as his new commission for the AGA’s Manning Hall reveals – text works. Hand-painted in big block letters on a rustic wooden façade, Clintberg’s bold yet ambiguous statement alludes to everything from prairie barns and grain elevators to the gallery’s recent renovation and rebranding.

BRADLEY HARMS: ODD FUTURE Newzones, Calgary, Sep 15-Oct 13 This solo show by abstractionist Bradley Harms pursues ideas about both the materiality of painting and the ubiquity of computer technology. With their intersecting planes of fine lines, his works riff on the “tropes of digital art,” while at the same time asserting a persistently handmade quality. Our perceptions of both man and machine are challenged.

KAY BURNS The New Gallery, Calgary, Oct 12-Nov 10 The two photo-based installations created by Newfoundland artist Kay Burns play fact off fiction and identity off its social construction. They also speak to the important role of walking in her multidisciplinary art practice. The Shoe Collection of Hortense Muriel Walker documents just that – playfully attributed shoes assembled by a fictional, wheelchair-bound character. The Other, which examines “identities nested within identities,” consists of pseudo-historical photo tableaux of the artist performing the persona of a woman living as a man.

Catherine Burgess
Catherine Burgess

Carl Rungius
Carl Rungius

Mark Clintberg
Mark Clintberg

Bradley Harms
Bradley Harms

Kay Burns
Kay Burns

 Tue, Sep 4, 2012