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Upcoming Exhibitions at SAAG

February 17 to April 22, 2018
Southern Alberta Art Gallery | 601 3 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0H4


Voices: artists on art
An artists’ project conceived by Yvonne Lammerich and Ian Carr-Harris

The present is hollow without a future aware of its past. Fifty years ago, in 1967, the National Gallery hosted 51 artists in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square in a groundbreaking look at what contemporary art could mean for a public looking to artists to help define a national historical narrative. That narrative continues to be defined today.

In a link to that exhibition, Voices: artists on art presents a series of deeply insightful interviews that open a door into 51 studios of artists currently working across Canada in 2017, while also reminding us how powerfully expressed were the thoughts of those 51 artists in 1967.

This project is comprised of two components: a rare opportunity to access the 51 video interviews and to present artists’ multi-media installations that bridge the historical with the contemporary.


2167
Postcommodity, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Danis Goulet, Kent Monkman

imagineNATIVE, in partnership with TIFF, Pinnguaq and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF), present 2167, an innovative virtual reality and immersive media project. Four Indigenous filmmakers and artists have been commissioned to create four VR works in the context of 2017, Canada’s sesquicentennial, with each artist asked to set their work an additional 150 years in the future.

The idea for this project was born out of a love of science fiction and alternate realities. Often Indigenous people are seen as stuck in the past; 2167 takes a very deliberate leap forward in time to experience artistic visions about Indigenous place in the future. In a year that in many ways commemorates a very complex history for Indigenous people, this project celebrates the decades to come and our role in shaping a new future for Canada.

Postcommodity: Each Branch Determined
Imagining northern New Mexico 150 years in the future, where American Indian and Xicano ueblos work collaboratively to exercise communal and regional self-determination, Each Branch Determined echoes sci-fi conventions of an apocalyptic future that gradually reveal themselves to be a series of managed processes intended to restore and manage the land and its resources, as well as community ceremonies seeking to culturally and socially actuate past, present and future.

Scott Benesiinaabandan: Blueberry Pie Under the Martian Sky
Bringing to life a prophetic Anishinabe legend about a young boy who travels through a wormhole back to his people’s place of origin, Blueberry Pie Under the Martian Sky also addresses concerns about the revitalization, growth, and evolution of the Anishinabe language.

Danis Goulet: The Hunt
The Hunt imagines a postwar North America in 2167 that lies in ruin, where the law is enforced by a fleet of automated orbs that patrol the skies. When an orb interferes with a man and his son on a goose hunt on sovereign Mohawk territory, it forces an altercation.

Kent Monkman: Honour Dance
Honour Dance is a virtual reality experience based on a 2008 five-channel video installation by Kent Monkman, Dance to the Berdashe. Set in a verdant meadow at magic hour, Honour Dance offers a contemporary reinterpretation of a traditional Indigenous ritual featuring the “Berdashe,” a gender-bending figure whose behaviour and very existence astonished and appalled European explorers of North America.


Visualizing Agriculture
Artists: Jackson 2Bears, Tori Foster, Mary-Anne McTrowe, Robyn Moody, Adrien Segal, Michelle Sylvestre
Scientists: Dr. André Laroche, Dr. Jamie Larsen
Exhibition Design and Data Analysis: Christine Clark

The growing field of Data Visualization is situated at the fertile intersection of art and science. It explores the symbiotic coupling of these seemingly disparate disciplines, by finding connection among the distinct goals, methodologies, and contexts of artistic and scientific pursuit. The artwork that emerges from this investigation explores the potential that lies within scientific inquiry when strict standards for fact and method are considered and probed through an expanded perspective. Through this inquiry, the work is allowed to affectively engage viewers by evoking feelings of wonder, curiosity, and consciousness about data and agricultural research, while creating a place for contemplation about the land and our inherent connection to it.

This exhibition is organized by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and the Data Physicalization Lab at the University of Lethbridge, and curated by Christina Cuthbertson, Leanne Elias, and Denton Fredrickson. The documentary film, Visualizing Agriculture, is directed by Bryn Hewko of Output Media and scheduled for release in 2018.


These projects are made possible with funding assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Community of Research Excellence Development Opportunities (CREDO) program of the University of Lethbridge, and the City of Lethbridge.


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Contact:
Jon Martin
jmartin@saag.ca
403.327.8770 ext.28

Southern Alberta Art Gallery is accessible

Image: Visualizing Agriculture, installation view. Image by Michelle Sulvestre.

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