Winter/Spring 2022 Exhibitions Launch at Esker Foundation

Three Solo Exhibitions by Farah Al Qasimi, Michelle Bui, and Veronika Pausova

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Veronika Pausova, Scent Charm, 2018. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Artist, & Bradley Ertaskiran, Montréal. Private Collection.

Esker Foundation is pleased to present our Winter/Spring 2022 exhibition season with three solo exhibitions by Farah Al Qasimi, Michelle Bui and Veronika Pausova launching on Saturday 22 January until 26 June. Presented as part of Exposure Photography Festival 2022.

In the Project Space, Ashley Bedet: a rolled chord of sunlight unfurled opens from 14 February.

In our new Bridge space we proudly present TIPI_LOOPS.dreamwaves an audiovisual digital art installation by Kaitlyn Purcell and collaborators Brendon Many Bears, Joey Big Snake, Jeremy Bobosky, Laurencine Saddleback, and Maci Jordan.

About the exhibitions:

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Farah Al Qasimi, Majlis Goat, 2021. Archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the Artist; Helena Anrather, New York; and The Third Line, Dubai.

Farah Al Qasimi
Letters for Occasions

29 January – 26 June

Due to shipping delays, this exhibition will launch on 29 January.

Farah Al Qasimi’s photographs speak to the complexities of negotiating overlapping cultures and multiple contexts simultaneously. Her work considers the global circulation of popular culture and the process by which objects or images are coded with meaning. Letters for Occasions brings together new and recent photographs that layer multiple personal and familial narratives through images of private spaces and material ephemera.

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Michelle Bui, Baby’s Breath, 2019. Pigmented inkjet print on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Michelle Bui
Naked Excess

22 January – 26 June

Michelle Bui’s photographs reflect the processes of accumulation, presentation, and eventual decay that mark our relationships to seemingly mundane items. Sensual and sensorial, her images point to the negotiation between our understanding of ourselves and the objects that we amass. In the same breath, they cause us to question our appetite for these objects, this excess, in the first place.

A series of larger-than-life photographic images meet at the intersection between still life and commercial photography. Bui intuitively arranges objects and ephemera, photographing them against acidly colourful backdrops: sprigs of baby’s breath are arranged sculpturally with inflated latex gloves atop a blue shag carpet; a bouquet of wilting anemones is hand-tied with oversized maroon plastic in front of orange vinyl. The appeal of these uncanny images is undeniable; the lure of Bui’s heightened colours and textures and the familiar visual language of commercial photography provoke desire before we fully comprehend the image, or even despite that comprehension.

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Veronika Pausova, Wading Sun, 2021. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Artist, & Bradley Ertaskiran, Montréal.

Veronika Pausova
Fast Moving Sun

22 January – 26 June

Painter Veronika Pausova draws on figurative imagery to tell diagrammatic short stories—hands grasping, noses sniffing, fruit flies teeming—that mine the territory between animation and stasis. The implied movement of these recurrent motifs serves as a proxy for the viewer; we can feel the anxious energy that results in endless scratching, tugging, or pacing within our own bodies.

These figurations form a cast of recurrent characters that evolve within and between compositions with a logic unique to the artist. Spiders with pearl-like bodies appear to be dancers in one painting, earrings in another. Elsewhere, spider legs devolve into a series of walking boots, each of which is punctuated with a single, photo-realistic big toe. The elements of Pausova’s visual vocabulary are in perpetual transformation, existing across a continuum of possible states, places, and times.

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Artist Talk with Veronika Pausova
Saturday 22 January, 1-2pm

Join us for an online artist talk and conversation with artist Veronika Pausova, facilitated by Curator Elizabeth Diggon, focusing on Pausova’s artistic practice and her new solo exhibition, Fast Moving Sun.

Register here.


In the Bridge Space:

TIPI_LOOPS.dreamwaves

Joey Big Snake, Jeremy Bobosky, Maci Jordan, Brendon Many Bears, Kaitlyn Purcell, Laurencine Saddleback

22 January – 20 March

TIPI_LOOPS.dreamwaves is audiovisual digital art installation that came together as a reflection by Kaitlyn Purcell, Brendon Many Bears and Joey Big Snake on themes from Esker Foundation’s fall 2021 exhibition RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting, with contributions to their work from UCalgary students Jeremy Bobosky, Maci Jordan and Laurencine Saddleback completing this constellation.

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In the Project Space:

Vivek Shraya
LEGENDS OF THE TRANS

Until 6 February

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Upcoming in the Project Space:

Ashley Bedet
a rolled chord of sunlight unfurled

14 February – 5 June

There is something particularly special about the quality of light in Mohkinstsis and Southern Alberta. Softly radiant or blindingly intense, the range of its luminescence is one of the most beautiful things about this place. Out of reverence and affection for the sun’s refraction on our plot of rock comes a new body of work dedicated to investigating and honouring the different intensities, quivering and sublime, of our sun’s rays.

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About Esker Foundation

Esker Foundation is a privately funded contemporary art gallery located in Calgary, Canada. The gallery connects the public to contemporary art through relevant, accessible, and educational exhibitions, programs, and publications. Esker Foundation reflects on current developments in local, regional, and international culture; creates opportunities for public dialogue; and supports the production of ground-breaking new work, ideas, and research. Founded in 2012 by Jim and Susan Hill, Esker Foundation is a new model for institutional relevance, curatorial focus, and audience engagement.

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