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November 2017 - January 2018 Alberta Vignettes

By Robin Laurence


TURBULENT LANDINGS
Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Sep 30-Jan 7

Organized in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada, this biennial exhibition examines a range of subjects and themes, from migration and colonialism to globalization and the natural environment. Leading Canadian and international artists include Julie Mehretu, Chris Ofili, Shuvinai Ashoona, Rebecca Belmore, Edward Poitras, Kelly Richardson, and the late Beau Dick. Works are drawn from recent acquisitions by the NGC with a spotlight on contemporary Indigenous art.

Laura Dutton
Vertigo Sea, 2015

FUTURE MEMORIES (PRESENT TENSE)
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary,
Oct 6-Dec 2
Works by six contemporary Indigenous artists from across Canada use story-telling to “challenge linear ideas of time.” They also examine how both recorded histories and personal narratives inform the construction of identity. Art ranges from Meryl McMaster’s large photographs of a dreamlike condition suspended between past and future and joined by a single red thread to Peter Morin’s videotaped performance, walking deep into Tahltan territory to dispose of one history and replace it with another.

Corlienne Pennell
Meryl McMaster, Horse Dance, 2013

JADE YUMANG: THUMB THROUGH
Truck Contemporary Art, Calgary,
Oct 27-Dec 9

Jade Yumang creates beautiful and provocative abstract sculptures out of copies of the pages of a 1970s gay erotic magazine, once used as evidence in a notorious obscenity trial. Printed on fabric, the scanned pages are combined with other contemporaneous materials to “evoke the forthcoming visibility of queer desire.” Born in the Philippines and raised in Dubai, Yumang received an MFA at Parsons School of Design. He is currently a sessional instructor at the University of British Columbia.

Rachel de Conde
Jade Yumang, Page Six, 2016
Courtesy of the artist

JENNIFER WANNER
Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Nov 18-Jan 13
Titled Absentia, this exhibition of photographed collages complements Wanner’s show Periculum at the Glenbow Museum (Oct 7-Jan 14). Using
offcuts of the inkjet images of endangered plant species she collected from the Internet and employed in the earlier project, the multimedia artist stacks them and re-photographs the resulting collages, creating a disorienting sense of flux. Disparate images coalesce in abstract patterns, transforming and undermining their documentary origins.

Parker Thiessen
Jennifer Wanner,
Absentia – British Columbia #40, 2017

TOM GALE: SILENT LAND
The Front Gallery, Edmonton, Nov 23-Dec 16
In his statement, Tom Gale writes, “I speak of the land and the land speaks of me.” This exhibition, which celebrates the Edmonton artist’s 70th birthday, revisits his best known subject, the Canadian landscape. In both subject and style, Gale seems like the creative heir to the Group of Seven, and like them he communicates a strong identification with the natural world. At the same time, his work evokes “a personal journey towards self-awareness.”

Miriam Rudolph
Tom Gale, Emily Murphy Park Trail, 2017
 
 Mon, May 29, 2017