709A - 11 Ave S.W.
Calgary, AB, T2R 0E3
Hours: Tuesdays - Fridays: 10 am to 5:30 pm. Saturdays: 11 am to 5 pm.
Year Established: 2002
Ben Van Netten
Curtis Cutshaw, Mario Trejo, Lauren Walker & Eric Louie.
David Burdeny - Traces of Time
6/13/2013 - 7/27/2013
These photographs depict a variety of iconic cityscapes, rural landscapes and interiors in Italy and France. They formally hover somewhere between past present and future, inviting the viewer to question the historical value of these places and how we as tourists experience them. Cities and landscapes are like living organisms, they continuously evolve, grow, die and mutate. I'm interested in revealing the invisible features of these places that are hidden behind progress and 21st century conveniences. While the title "Traces of Time" initially refers to temporality as understood in relation to mortality and finitude, it also suggests a reversal of that by re-reading or looking back at history and historical images. Often referencing historical vantage points found in period paintings, etchings and postcards, the images don't look like the spaces depicted. From a slowly decaying Tuscan Villa and French pier, to an extravagantly renovated Venetian Palazzo, these images are intentionally nostalgic. In the field, I would walk, drive and let happenstance find my way. Often waiting for hours or even days for the proper skies to form, a crane to swing out of the way or the city to rest, I'd find inspiration in the simplest of places. Certain colours have been drained of life while others are used to prop them up - referencing the fall and winter months in which I made this work. But above all, these images are about the anticipation and wonder you get when traveling to a place for the first time.
Laurel Johannesson - Mondo Liquido
5/11/2013 - 6/8/2013
Underwater photographs by Laurel Johannesson. Laurel Johannesson is a Canadian artist who studied at the University of Calgary (MFA), the University of Saskatchewan (BFA + BA) and the Royal College of Art in London, UK. Her sensual underwater photographs, video, and interactive media works reference the body, mythology, memory, personal history, and self-portraiture and are often dependent on a response to time and place. Laurel has been an Artist in Residence in Iceland, Greece, and the Côte d'Azur, France. She is a Fellow of the Bau Institute (Italy), and has most recently been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome (Italy) and Spiazzi (Venice, Italy) where she also exhibited her work in a solo show. In addition to Italy, her work has been exhibited in Greece, England, France, India, Iceland, Argentina, Germany, Japan, Chile, the United States, and Canada. Laurel is faculty at the Alberta College of Art + Design where she has also held positions as Program Head and Assistant Dean. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Generative Art, Science, and Technology Journal (Milan, Italy), and is Co-Editor of CMDJ - Journal of Computational Media Design. She has presented her research in the area of Computational Media Design at art and technology conferences in Rome, Florence, and Milan (Italy) and most recently at the University of California Los Angeles.