Now playing at the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff Alberta until September 10, 2017
Midnight Oscillations is a film inspired by a soundtrack. Midnight Oscillations (the soundtrack) was released in spring of 2015 as an original soundtrack for a film that did not exist, the story only being told by the songs and their titles.
Walter Phillips Gallery
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Taking the position that a biennial organizes artists in addition to works of art, curators Kristy Trinier and Peta Rake invited Albertan artists to participate in collaborative workshops hosted in Banff nearly one year in advance of the exhibition opening. In addition to extensive studio visits across the province, these conversations greatly informed the development of the two-part Biennial. The title of the exhibition for the time being is an analogy of thinking about what it means to be in-between spaces and times. Specifically the exhibition focuses on our present and our relationships to perceptions of reality. for the time being approaches the political implications of self-organization and way-finding in new and unknown territories that may or may not be visible. The exhibition investigates the distribution of wealth and labour through language and provisional practices. In the conversations with the artists, common threads emerged relating to interstitiality and site—albeit physical or virtual—and a preoccupation with echoes that reflect the way in which artists see reverberations within larger discourses in their communities.
The cohort of 24 Alberta artists met at Banff Centre in the summer of 2016 for the Alberta Biennial Sessions to further develop their artworks and expand upon the exhibition themes together with the curators. Two international guest curators, Kendal Henry and Lorenzo Fusi, led an intensive series of workshops with the artists and facilitated an open conversation on the status of biennials and their impact regionally and internationally. This was the first time that artists had been brought together in such a way prior to the opening of the exhibition.
The Art Gallery of Alberta and Banff Centre’s Walter Phillips Gallery are jointly organizing and co-presenting the 10th Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art. The exhibition will exist in two parts and open first at the Art Gallery of Alberta in May 2017 and then at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Walter Phillips Gallery in June 2017, with public programming at both sites throughout the exhibition’s duration.
Since 1996, the Art Gallery of Alberta has presented the Alberta Biennial as a survey of contemporary art from across the province. Since its inception, the exhibition has presented new and exciting works by 222 Alberta contemporary artists, serving to promote Alberta artists across the country and bringing national attention to Alberta’s art scene. In 2017, we are celebrating the Biennial’s 10th year.
The for the time being: 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art is curated by Kristy Trinier and Peta Rake, and jointly organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and presented by ATB Financial. The exhibition at the Art Gallery of Alberta is supported by Artist Patrons: Bruce and Carol Bentley, Marie Gordon, John and Maggie Mitchell, Sheila O’Brien, and Allan and Marianne Scott. The exhibition at Walter Phillips Gallery is supported by the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Outstanding Artist Program. We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, Edmonton Arts Council, and the City of Edmonton.
For more information for the Art Gallery of Alberta portion of the exhibition visit: youraga.ca
Craig Fahner & Neal Moignard
Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal
Justin Patterson & Stacey Watson
Nicole Kelly Westman
P.L.A.T.E. (In Technicolor) is a compilation of sound/video art. The soundtrack consists of music from the Pseudo Laboratories cassette label, with video feedback visuals created by Parker Thiessen.
Do It Yourself is a short and effervescent survey highlighting artists participating within a selection of the emerging and shifting new artist collectives and creative hubs in Edmonton. Over the past five years, a series of collaborations have developed between individual artists and independent curators/project organizers.
Most of the artists involved work together to pool collective resources, combined with support from local artist centres, to create artworks and interdisciplinary exchange. For the most part the artists are working within entrepreneurial spaces and initiatives that were inspired by previous incarnations of historically notorious local art experiments.
These creative connections are either loosely defined or tenuous in nature, reflective of and responsive to common threats to artist collectives: opportunities from outside that draw away creative activators, rent fluctuations from a booming economy and few artist-run gallery spaces for emerging practices. This exhibition highlights the artists’ responses to these challenges and features the work and energy of artists who participate in these experimental and newly formed local artist collectives while also profiling new studios and artist hubs across the city.
Featuring the work of:
Andrew Buszchak, Ficus Studios
Parker Thiessen, Pseudo Laboratories Ian Rowley & Brandi Strauss, Rhythm of Cruelty Sergio Enrique Serrano, Sara French & Megan Bertagnolli, Hard Copy
Brittney Roy, Creative Practices Institute
Devon Beggs & Chelsea Boos, The Drawing Room
Nickelas Johnson & Candice Kelly, Local Gifts
Brenda Draney, presented by Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective
Kristine Nutting, China Beach Beardo Detractor Productions
Zach Ayotte, Still in Edmonton
The University of Alberta Museums Galleries at Enterprise Square is an initiative of the University of Alberta and the City of Edmonton, managed by the University of Alberta Museums. The AGA at The University of Alberta Museums Galleries at Enterprise Square exhibition series is supported by the City of Edmonton, the Art Gallery of Alberta and the University of Alberta
Sonar encapsulates the shifting field of local sound art explorations: the term originated as an acronym meaning “Sound Navigation And Ranging”.
Reflecting connections to multimedia and performance based practices, and fuelled by support from a DIY underground music scene, Edmonton is now a base for sound artists exploring the technical and conceptual boundaries of this interdisciplinary medium.
Sonar will feature a diverse range of sound projects through recordings, interactive sound environments and sound installations referencing noise, electroacoustic, experimental and minimalist sound art practices.
SONAR: Sound Art Explorations by Edmonton Artists is curated by Kristy Trinier.
Cecil Frena & Matthew Skopyk
Gary James Joynes
Nulle Part (Jason Troock & Ben Good)