Refinery late-night art party
Saturday, February 15, 2014
9 pm–2 am | 18+
Tickets are non-refundable. Any tickets purchased on or after Monday, February 10 will only be available for pick-up at Member & Guest Services or at doors of event. We no longer provide electronic tickets for this event. Only valid AGA printed tickets will be accepted for admittance to the event.
Float away on Cloud Nine, your AGA’s latest Refinery late-night art party! Inspired by the elevating elements of our popular exhibition Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums, this Refinery promises a dreamy night of performances, music, visuals and more.
Move to the beats of Megan James of Canadian synth-pop duo Purity Ring and Edmonton’s former Poet Laureate Cadence Weapon. Share the love in a collaborative art installation by Ashley Green of Love Letters to Strangers; let the light reveal your love fortune in a project by multidisciplinary artist Andrea Yacyshyn; and be seduced by a series of short film projections by Mo Ossobleh.
Refinery is not an AGA fundraising event. Refinery is one of the unique ways the AGA connects people, art and ideas through music, interactive projects and performances. To help support quality programming at future Refinery parties, please make a donation in addition to your ticket purchase.
Cadence Weapon will create an alternate reality discotheque. Reading poetic transmissions from the afterlife, it will be like P.Diddy’s White Party, if it took place in heaven.
Fortunes of Love
Based on intuition and visceral response, your Fortune of Love is a handful of words offering insight and encouraging reflection. Created using a typewriter (that was lent to the artist by a former lover) without ink, your embossed fortune will reveal itself to you at the right time in the right angle of light.
Ashley Green invites you to take part in a collective activity that encourages you to embrace your crafty side and celebrate whomever and whatever you love. As the words multiply and the night continues, this interactive installation will find you seeing love literally all around you.
Megan James will eat your ears away and take you on a lithely adventure beginning from the pits of her stomach. First with a rare appearance on the piano she’ll perform a few sung poems from a carefully wrought world. Then she will finish off your evening from the DJ tables, helping you dance your way into the ethers of the gallery. Welcome to her night sky.
Mo Ossobleh will produce a video installation that will be projected throughout the Gallery. It will be a fantasy where Versailles and Mount Olympus converge, an Eden of opulence where silk and pearls adorn the body and accentuate the lines. Join us on this journey into this mystical land, where 21st century Rococo sirens carousel throughout the AGA. Lose yourself in the dream.
Ashley Green is a professional photographer from Edmonton, Alberta and the founder of the inspiring movement, Love Letters 2 Strangers. Established two and a half years ago, the project has created and distributed over 10,000 handwritten “love letters” in over 9 countries. Today, Green conducts public workshops all over Canada to schools, businesses and communities about the power of kindness and the impact a small, sincere gesture can really make.
Megan James is the frontwoman for world-renowned touring artists Purity Ring. Her poetry and crystal clear voice have been heard around the world, both in their recorded form, and as a result of her performances in most major urban centers internationally. Purity Ring’s first record “Shrines” was met with widespread critical acclaim, including the much-coveted coronation of a Pitchfork “Best New Music” designation, as well as Polaris Prize and Juno nominations. Megan has been featured in Rolling Stone, Spin, Vice, The Fader, Nylon, Billboard, Dummy, New York Times, and The Guardian, to name a few, and appeared this past January on Jimmy Kimmel Live alongside popular rapper Danny Brown. James grew up in Sherwood Park and contributed to Edmonton’s underground music community for many years by both performing and hosting shows before Purity Ring found its audience. In addition to her musical pursuits, James is an accomplished clothing designer and seamstress.
Mo Ossobleh is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice parallels his trans-national identity. Born in Jig JIggah, Ethiopia and raised in Somalia, Austria, England, Canada and Japan, he is interested in displacement, alienation and body politics. His work is an exploration of subjectivity and subjugation, recognizing the mediatory role art-making plays. Ossobleh’s curiosity informs his art making practice and his background in cultural anthropology. His curiosity isn’t an ego driven aim, intending to ‘know’, but to explore. A nomad by birth, but intrepid by spirit.
Cadence Weapon is the brainchild of Roland Pemberton. A rapper, producer, DJ and Edmonton’s Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2011, his albums Breaking Kayfabe and Hope In Dirt City were both shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize.
A renaissance woman through and through, Andrea Yacyshyn is a multidisciplinary artist working heavily in the area of feelings. Best known as the accomplished and award winning belly dancer, “Anya”, she also plays drums and sings in the garage rock duo, Arrowz. In addition, Yacyshyn works as a Sexual Health Educator throughout Edmonton and area, teaching youth and adults alike the ways of safe and respectful love.
Yacyshyn first debuted the Fortune Writer project at the Latitude 53, Ladies of the North patio party in the summer of 2013. Its popularity resulted in additional performances at the 124 Grand Market and a fortune-by-mail project, Infinite Love, which helped to fund a whirlwind East coast adventure.
Yacyshyn believes in magic and is a hopeless romantic.
Refinery is a series of late-night art parties themed around current AGA exhibitions featuring projects by local artists, designers and performers from the local arts community. Refinery aims to provide audiences with access to art in its many diverse forms, media and manifestations.
Each Refinery is led by an independent Creative Director. Creative Directors are asked to develop programming for the evening and assist with the vision of this popular event. Past Refinery Creative Directors include: Fish Griwkowsky, Jessica Kennedy, Tim Rechner, fast & dirty Artist and Curatorial Collective, Kyle Armstrong and Colleen Brown.
Images from previous installments of Refinery can be found on our Facebook page.
Catch up on our past Refinery programming:
Explorers of the North and the Monsters Who Killed Them | November 19, 2011
Refinery Factory Party | June 4, 2011
Shapeshift at Refinery | March 24, 2011
Edward Burtynsky: OIL | November 20, 2010
The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons | July 10, 2010
AGA Refinery | February 6, 2010