Art Gallery of Alberta

The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art

Exhibition

Since its inception in 1996, the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art has presented new and exciting works by over 125 different Alberta contemporary artists. The Alberta Biennial helps to promote and bring national attention to the work of Alberta artists.

Featuring 36 artists from nine Alberta communities, The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art explores the theme of post-regionalism in Alberta art. According to guest-curator Nancy Tousley, Alberta artists, working in the second decade of the 21st century, are forming their identities around the places they choose to live, work and travel—the idea of a single, dominant centre is no longer applicable as it is distant and divorced from their daily lives. They are now, more than ever, aware of the larger art world in which they participate. In this exhibition, the physical, societal and cultural geography of Alberta is felt in the works of art, both in the foreground and background of imagery, subject matter, content and critical issues. Rather than a defensive regionalism, one finds in their work an acceptance and consideration of place.

‘The News from Here’ is that we have entered an era of post-regionalism in which the significant particularities of place have been sharpened, nonetheless, and set in relief against the fabric of an increasingly interconnected world.


Guest Curated by Nancy Tousley

Nancy Tousley is an award-winning senior art critic, arts journalist and independent curator, who received the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts for outstanding contribution in 2011.Tousley was art critic of the Calgary Herald for more than 30 years and the first Critic-in-Residence at the Alberta College of Art + Design. She has been a contributing editor to Canadian Art magazine since 1986. Her writing has appeared in magazines such as Artscanada, Vanguard, Parachute, Border Crossings and Canadian Art since the early 1970s, and in more than 30 public art gallery and museum catalogues.Tousley is also an accomplished curator, having organized exhibitions for the Brooklyn Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Glenbow Museum and the Art Gallery of York University, among others.

Her work has been recognized with many prestigious awards including the Board of Governors of the Alberta College of Art and Design’s Award of Excellence (1997), the Ontario Association of Art Galleries award for best curatorial writing on contemporary art (1999 and 2001), the Canadian Museums Association’s award for outstanding achievement in arts journalism (2002) and the medal of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art (2009).


The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art is presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta by ATB Financial

Artist Patron Dr. James Wolfli in memory of Milan Wolfli


Artists

Artists’ Bios

Trevor Anderson | Kyle Armstrong | Noel Bégin | Elisabeth Belliveau | Richard Brown | Eric Cameron | Bruno Canadien | Sherri Chaba | Chris Cran | Alysha Creighton | DaveandJenn | Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby | Mackenzie Frère | Sarah Fuller | Jason De Haan and Miruna Dragan | Faye Heavyshield | Terrance Houle | Gary James Joynes | Kristopher Karklin | Emily Luce | Robyn Moody | Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton | Pamela Norrish | Gabrielle Paré | Taras Polataiko | Jewel Shaw | Laura St. Pierre | Larissa Tiggelers | Laura Vickerson | Jennifer Wanner | Donna White | Maria Whiteman


Trevor Anderson

Trevor Anderson is a self-taught, independent filmmaker based in Edmonton.
His work has been screened at many major international film festivals, including Sundance, Berlin and Toronto. His newest film, The Man That Got Away (2012), premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) where it won the D.A.A.D. Short Film Prize. His previous films include The High Level Bridge (2010), which was included in the Sundance Institute Art House Project, where it was favourably reviewed by Roger Ebert, and which won a “Special Mention — Live Action Short Film” at the American Film Institute’s AFI Fest in Los Angeles; The Island (2009), which won Best Short Film at the Pink Apple Festival in Zürich, Switzerland; and Rock Pockets (2007) which won the inaugural Lindalee Tracey Award at Hot Docs in Toronto, presented to “an emerging Canadian filmmaker working with passion, humour, a strong sense of social justice and a personal point of view”.

In January 2012, Anderson was selected to study under master filmmaker Werner Herzog at his Rogue Film School. Anderson is also a stage director and playwright: he and Bryce Kulak wrote the award-winning children’s musical Nami Namersson: The Viking Who Liked to Name Things. Anderson directed Edmonton’s original, live improvised soap opera Die-Nasty for five years, co-directing the first two of those seasons with Stewart Lemoine. Aside from film and theatre, Anderson is co- founder of the Canadian rock ‘n’ roll band The Wet Secrets, whose song Secret March was listed in 2010 by Grant Lawrence of CBC Radio 3 as one of the “Best Songs of the Decade”.

Kyle Armstrong

As a filmmaker, Kyle Armstrong focuses predominantly on short, non-narrative film. Working with super8 and 16mm, as well as lo-fi video, Armstrong frequently uses techniques that alter film by hand, employing bleaches, dyes, scratches, and paint to both his own footage and found films. His works have been screened at various galleries, during live-cinema performances and in traditional cinemas across Canada. His work is influenced by filmmakers as diverse as Stan Brakhage, Hollis Frampton, Bela Tarr, Alexander Sokurov, Guy Maddin and Andrei Tarkovsky. Kyle has been working with Guy Maddin on the acclaimed director’s Hauntings/ Seances project as a “deputized” director, 2nd Unit Director and visual manipulator. Armstrong is the president of the Metro Cinema Society in Edmonton. In 2012, he was a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award.

Noel Bégin

Noel Bégin is an interdisciplinary artist and time-based media curator, who works spatially with objects, all manner of projected media, and performance. Bégin
has exhibited and/or curated installation, performance and media art with the Art Gallery of Calgary, the Glenbow Museum, The Banff Centre, the Mountain Standard Time Performance Festival, the Art City Festival and EMMEDIA. He received an ACDI grant in 2009, and is an Artist-in-Residence for Calgary 2012. He has served on the boards and committees of several artist-run centres in Calgary.

Elisabeth Belliveau

Elisabeth Belliveau is an interdisciplinary artist and the published author of
three graphic novels. Her work has been screened and exhibited internationally including venues in Cuba, Berlin, London, The Czech Republic, Sweden and across North America. She has attended residencies at The Banff Centre, Women’s Studio Workshop, New York and the National Film Board of Canada, among others. Her work has been supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec.

Belliveau completed a BFA at Alberta College of Art & Design and an MFA at Concordia University in Montréal where she was awarded the William Blair Brucebo Scholarship in 2009.

Richard Brown

Richard Brown’s practice consists of painting, drawing and stereo photography. He currently lives in Calgary, where he teaches in the Drawing Department of the Alberta College of Art & Design. He also plays in several bands, one with the artist, Rita McKeough.

Eric Cameron

Eric Cameron was born in 1935 in Leicester, England. He received his BA in painting from King’s College, Durham University in Newcastle and his Diploma in Art History from the Courtauld Institute at the University of London. He is currently a professor of art at the University of Calgary. Cameron is known for his “Thick Paintings” as well as his “Process Paintings.” “Thick Paintings” consist of objects that Cameron has painted with thousands of layers of gesso, changing everyday things into art objects that he says reveal the “mode of being in the world”. “Process Paintings” are minimalist works that he produces by layering vertical and horizontal grids of tape. More recently, he has added the series of “Dipped Paintings,” which he first showed in 2011. Cameron is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the 1994 Gershon Iskowitz Prize and the 2004 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Bruno Canadien

Bruno Canadien has been working as an artist since graduating from the Alberta College of Art & Design’s Painting Department in 1993. His work, such as the Freedom Fighter Series of paintings, brings about an awareness of the modern presence of First Nations, and native resistance, in the Americas. He exhibits steadily in Alberta, and his work is included in the collections of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Glenbow Museum, the Red Deer Museum and the Indian Art Centre in Ottawa.

Bruno Canadien is Dene (of mixed heritage), born and raised in Denendeh. He is a member of the Deh Gah Got’ie Koe First Nation, a Deh Cho Region member of the Dene Nation. Bruno lives and works in the Calgary area, and enjoys spending much of his time outdoors in the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and Nakoda nations.

Sherri Chaba

Sherri Chaba received a Masters degree specializing in Drawing and Intermedia from the University of Alberta. She enjoys her work as a Lead Artist at the Nina Haggarty Centre for the Arts in Edmonton, an art center for people with developmental disabilities. Sherri has received numerous awards and grants for her work, including creation grants from the Canada Council, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Edmonton Artists Trust Fund. Her works have been shown provincially and nationally and are in several permanent collections. She has lived most of her life in rural Alberta and has a strong personal connection to the land and its history, a connection that has been altered by industrial presence on her property. Her experience is reflected in works that merge the industrial with nature and recycled historical objects. She creates multimedia installations that draw on issues of ecological and social sustainability. Her work challenges viewers to imagine new ways of considering the environment and our relationship to it.

Chris Cran

Chris Cran graduated in 1979 from the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary. The recipient of numerous Canada Council grants, Cran has exhibited internationally at the 49th Parallel Gallery, New York City (1992) and in the Fourth International Painting Biennial, Cuenca, Ecuador (1994). In addition to his professional activities as a painter and teacher (ACAD), Cran has been actively involved with Calgary’s internationally recognized One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre. His work may be found in numerous private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Glenbow Museum, the Nickle Arts Museum and The Mackenzie Art Gallery. Chris Cran is represented by TrépanierBaer Gallery in Calgary and Clint Roenisch Gallery in Toronto.

Alysha Creighton

Alysha Creighton was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. After completing her BA in Visual Art (great distinction) at Trinity Western University she moved east, to Edmonton, to pursue further study at the University of Alberta.

She is currently in her final year of her MFA studies in Drawing and Intermedia. Her current work explores the body, language and encounter through drawing, video and performance-based work. She has exhibited her work in galleries and screenings across North America, in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, New York and the Los Angeles area.

DaveandJenn

Jennifer Saleik and David John Foy formed DaveandJenn in 2004. Together in 2006, they went on to earn their BFAs with distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design.

They were shortlisted for the Royal Bank of Canada’s Canadian Painting Competition in 2006 and 2009. In 2010, DaveandJenn were awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Biennial Emerging Artist Award and in 2011 were included on the long-list for the Sobey Art Award. They have exhibited in public spaces such as the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, the Glenbow Museum, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as Special Projects Spaces at the Toronto Art Fair and NEXT: The Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art in Chicago.

Their work has been mentioned in publications including Canadian Art, Border Crossings Magazine and Magenta Publishing’s Carte Blanche 2: Painting. DaveandJenn’s work has been collected by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Calgary Civic Art Collection as well as The Royal Bank of Canada. They have also received project grants and support from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. DaveandJenn live and work in Calgary.

Amanda Forbis And Wendy Tilby

Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby met at the Emily Carr College of Art & Design in Vancouver, where they studied film and animation. They each went on to create their own works with The National Film Board of Canada before co-directing When the Day Breaks (1999), which received over 30 international awards including the Palme D’Or at Cannes and an Academy Award nomination. Wendy and Amanda have continued to collaborate on commercials (their spot for United Airlines, Interview, was nominated for an Emmy) and commissioned projects, including video projections for the Alberta Ballet. Wild Life, their latest short, has won several prizes and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012.

Mackenzie Frère

Mackenzie Frère lives in Calgary, Alberta. His work has been exhibited in Canada, China, Japan, Korea and the United States. He holds a BFA from the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary and an MFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has written for several Canadian publications including Artichoke Magazine, Craft, and Perception and Practice Vol III. Mackenzie currently teaches at the Alberta College of Art & Design where he has introduced Jacquard weaving. Recent studio- based projects include an artist residency at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon and ongoing research of Jacquard weaving at the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles in Montreal, Quebec.

Sarah Fuller

Sarah Fuller was born in Winnipeg and works and lives in Banff. She earned a BFA from Emily Carr University in Vancouver in 2003, after completing her first two years of study at the University of Manitoba, School of Fine Arts. In the summer of 2011, she attended the XVII Advanced Course in Visual Arts Dream Seminar II with Susan Hiller at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, Italy.

Most recently, she has exhibited work at Les Territoires, Montreal, the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton; the Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary; and Three Walls Gallery, Chicago. Her work is held in public and private collections across Canada including the Canada Council Art Bank and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and she has received support for her projects from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Sarah will be presenting work at Truck Gallery, Calgary, and the Odd Gallery, Dawson, YT in 2013.

Jason De Haan And Miruna Dragan

Jason de Haan works through numerous forms to recognize the potential in various systems, materials and sets of conditions. Recent solo exhibitions include the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge (2012); Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto (2012); with Miruna Dragan at The Khyber, Halifax (2011) and Museo de la Ciudad, Queretaro (2012). His work has been presented in group exhibitions including Oakville Galleries (2012); with Miruna Dragan at 98 Weeks Research Project at the Thessaloniki Biennale (2011); Nuit Blanche, Toronto (2011); MOLAF, Bergen (2011); Art Gallery of Alberta (2010); OK Quoi?, Sackville (2010) and Galleri Kling og Bang, Reykjavik (2009).

De Haan recently participated in the Arctic Circle 2012 residency and the residency The Soiree Retreat: A bit of a Chekhovian Situation at The Banff Centre, and spent a year living and working in Beirut. Upcoming solo exhibitions include the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax. De Haan was recently shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award representing the Prairies and the North. He is currently pursuing his MFA at Bard College, New York and is represented in Canada by Clint Roenisch Gallery.

Miruna Dragan was born in Bucharest, has lived in New York, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Beirut, the island of Paros, Greece, and is currently based in Calgary. Her work reflects themes of dispersion and transcendence through site-responsive acts. Working within and between the realms of intervention, video, fresco, drawing, and photography, Dragan has exhibited her projects internationally at Museo de la Ciudad in Queretaro, Mexico (2009 & 2012), Khyber ICA in Halifax (2011), 98 Weeks Research Project at the Thessaloniki Biennale (2011), Truck in Calgary (2010), and Hearts of the New West: The 2012 Calgary Biennial. She has also made art for situations outside of the art-world, attended numerous residencies worldwide, holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and teaches in the Drawing program at the Alberta College of Art & Design.

Faye Heavyshield

Faye HeavyShield, a member of the Kainai First Nation, lives and works on the Blood Reserve in southern Alberta. Her work has been exhibited throughout Canada and the U.S.A. and is held in public and private collections throughout North America.

Terrance Houle

Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized, interdisciplinary media artist and a member of the Blood Tribe. Involved with Aboriginal communities all his life, he has traveled to reservations throughout North America participating in Powwow dancing along with native ceremonies. Houle utilizes performance, photography, video/film, music and painting in a practice that includes tools of mass dissemination such as billboards and vinyl bus signage.

A graduate of the Alberta College of Art & Design, Houle received his BFA in 2003. His groundbreaking art quickly garnered significant accolades and opportunities, including a 2003 invitation to participate in a Thematic Residency at The Banff Centre, which focused on 34 international indigenous people exploring issues of colonization and communion.

Houle received the 2006 Enbridge Emerging Artist Award presented at the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts, City of Calgary. In 2008 Houle was a semi-finalist for the prestigious Sobey Art Award. His work has been exhibited across Canada, parts of the United States, Australia, Europe and England. His first major solo exhibition GIVN’R, presented his works in film, video, performance, installation, mixed media, and photography, made between 2003-2009. Terrance Houle lives and maintains his art practice in Calgary and is a founding member of the Indigeneity Artist Collective Society.

Gary James Joynes

Gary James Joynes, also known by his performing moniker “Clinker”(www.clinkersound.com), has been active in the electronic and experimental music performance community for many years. He has more recently embarked on a broader artistic exploration
using his analog synthesizers and custom-made machines to create visual sound as photograph/drawing/sculpture hybrids along with immersive and unending installation environments for reflection and deep listening experiences.

His recent installation work Ouroboros had its world premiere at the Koffler Centre of the Arts international exhibition Spin Off: Contemporary Art Circling the Mandala in September 2011. His sound and visual installation Frequency Painting: 12 Tones premiered at the Latitude 53 Art Gallery in January 2011. Soundbursting No. 1, the most recent chapter in Joynes’ visual catalog was shown at Edmonton’s Harcourt House main gallery space from March 1 to April 14, 2012. Clinker’s most recent Live Cinema work, On the Other Side…, was commissioned by the 2008 International Leonard Cohen Festival and has toured internationally.

Kristopher Karklin

Kristopher Karklin graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2007 with a BFA with distinction. His work has been exhibited at the University of Arts in Kyoto, Japan in 2009, as well as exhibitions in Alberta and Ontario. He is the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the ACAD Board of Governors Award in 2007, the Jason Lang Scholarship for two consecutive years, and the National In-Course Millennium Scholarship in 2005.
His work can be found in the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts as well as private collections. In 2011 Karklin’s work caught the attention of Sir Elton John, a recognized collector of important contemporary photography. The legendary musician has since become a significant collector of Karklin’s art. Kristopher Karklin is represented in Canada by Skew Gallery.

Emily Luce

In addition to her studio and teaching practices, her work as President of the Board of Directors of DesignInquiry furthers her explorations into the complex nature of visual communication and the opportunities presented for building more meaningful relationships with our environment and with each other.

Robyn Moody

Robyn Moody currently lives and works in Calgary, Alberta, where he is a sessional instructor in the department of Media Arts and Digital Technology at the Alberta College of Art & Design. Moody received a BFA from the University of Lethbridge in 2000, and an MFA from NSCAD University in 2006. He takes a whimsical and multifaceted approach to artmaking, incorporating electronics, mechanics, film, performance, installation, sculpture, or whatever a project requires.

Often humorous, often strikingly beautiful, and often hiding a dark secret, Moody’s work explores (in whole or in part) the complex relationships between technological advances, human belief and interpretations of the world, and humanity’s relationship with science, politics and nature.

In the past decade, Moody has shown his work regularly across Canada and in Europe. Notable examples include Kling and Bang (Reykjavik), La Fabbrica del Vapore (Milan), Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery (Kitchener), PM galerie (Berlin), Lydgalleriet (Bergen), the AND festival (Liverpool) and Articule (Montréal). Upcoming exhibitions include the Whitewater Gallery (North Bay, ON), the Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon), and Eyelevel Gallery (Halifax). He has been twice nominated for the Sobey Art Award, in 2010 and 2012.

Eric Moschopedis And Mia Rushton

Eric Moschopedis is an award winning interdisciplinary performer, facilitator, educator, and curator. In 2008 Moschopedis completed his Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at University of British Columbia, Okanagan. By combining a child-like curiosity with the scrutiny of an ethnographer, Moschopedis creates community-specific, relational and participatory works that invite audiences to become active collaborators in the creation of community. In addition to participatory works, Moschopedis maintains a performance practice that oscillates between staged performance, performance for video, installation, performative work, intervention, and walking, finding, and collecting.

Mia Rushton is a mixed media artist, interested in the intersection of craft and performance. Her practice includes elements of screen-printing, sewing, knitting, social practice and intervention art. A graduate of Alberta College of Art & Design, Rushton has shown her installations and participatory works in artist-run centres and festivals in Canada, the United States and Switzerland.

Pamela Norrish

Pamela Norrish studied at the Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, including one year abroad at the New York Studio Program at Parsons, The New School, New York, and the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto. Norrish has attended artist residencies at The Banff Centre, the Ledge Gallery, Calgary; Mentoring Artist’s for Women’s Art (MAWA), Winnipeg, and Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto.

Gabrielle Paré

Gabrielle Paré completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta in 2012. She has participated extensively in exhibitions and festivals all over Edmonton. Her work has also appeared internationally at the Wimbledon College of Art in London, England.

Gabrielle creates artwork that focuses on the actions we take, and the ownership we claim to have over them. Gabrielle explores these themes through painting, printmaking and performance.

Taras Polataiko

Taras Polataiko was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. He received his BFA at the Moscow State Stroganov University of Fine and Industrial Arts, and his MFA at the University of Saskatchewan.

His work has been exhibited at the 25th Sao Paulo Biennale of Contemporary Art, Brazil; Incheon Biennial, South Korea; 5th Biennale of Video Art, Tel Aviv, Israel; Volta 5, Basel, Switzerland; Antoni Tapies Foundation, Barcelona, Spain; Muse d’Art Contemporain de Montreal; The Power Plant, Toronto, and across Canada. Most recently, his Sleeping Beauty Project at the National Art Museum of Ukraine, in Kiev, Ukraine, attracted attention worldwide.

Jewel Shaw

Jewel Shaw earned a BFA, and a MFA in Printmaking from the University of Alberta, Edmonton. She was a participant artist in the thematic residency Archive Restored, and the Aboriginal Studio Work Study program in Visual Arts, The Banff Centre. Her work combines traditional printmaking, drawing and digital media, that considers themes of identity, memory and loss. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, and Japan. She lives and works in Red Deer.

Laura St. Pierre

Laura St. Pierre is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator. Her installations, sculptures, public works and photography have been exhibited throughout Canada, garnering critical attention in national and international publications. St.Pierre earned undergraduate degrees at the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta, and completed a MFA degree at Concordia University in Montreal. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and scholarships as well as major arts grants from the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Quebec, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Canada Council. St.Pierre’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Alberta and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. She currently lives, works and teaches in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Larissa Tiggelers

Calgary-based multidisciplinary artist Larissa Tiggelers received a BFA from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2010. She maintains an active studio practice and contributes to the artist-run community in Calgary.

Laura Vickerson

Laura Vickerson is a mixed-media installation artist and educator who lives and works in Calgary. She currently teaches at the Alberta College of Art & Design. She has exhibited extensively in Canada as well as in the United States, Britain, Turkey,
Poland and China.

Vickerson has produced site-specific installations for various international exhibitions and venues including the Istanbul Biennial (1997), le Manifestation Internationale d’Art de Québec (2000), Biennial Internationale Du Lin de Portneuf, Québec (2007) as well as Fairytales and Factories, a site-specific project produced by Locus+ for a decommissioned textiles mill in the Yorkshire Dales, Britain (1999). She has participated in artist residencies at The Banff Centre and the Sympo-Fibres International in Saint-Hyacinth, Québec (1999). She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts, Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Arts Council of England.

Jennifer Wanner

Jennifer Wanner is a Calgary-based artist who holds a BFA in Drama from the University of Calgary (1995), a BFA with distinction in Visual Arts from the Alberta College of Art & Design (1999), and an MFA from the University of Western Ontario (2009). In 2008 she was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Scholarship (SSHRC). Wanner has exhibited her work widely in Alberta and throughout Canada. Recent solo exhibitions include Immuto at the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina and Florilegium: Jennifer Wanner at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.

Wanner’s work examines botanical art and nature cinema in a world dominated by “second nature” – a virtual simulation of pristine “first nature” wrought by the revolution in information, biotechnologies, and consumer culture.

Donna White

Donna White’s most recent large-scale artwork was the 2008 public billboard project, Prevailing Past, for Stride Gallery, Calgary. Displayed during the Calgary Stampede, on the parade route, the three rotating images questioned the inherent associations of the white cowboy hat through the lenses of gender and history. Previous to this project, White completed her first billboard project in Saskatoon as part of her 2006 MFA graduation exhibition. This double billboard project marked the beginning of the inclusion of photographic processes into her sculpture.

White received her BFA (with distinction) in Interdisciplinary Studies at the Alberta College of Art & Design in 1995. Between periods of art study, she has worked as a director/curator in both artist-run centres and public art galleries in Alberta.

Maria Whiteman

Maria Whiteman is Assistant Professor of Drawing and Intermedia in Fine Arts at the University of Alberta. She teaches courses in mixed media, photography, video, drawing and installation art. Her current art practice explores themes such as art and science, relationships between industry, community and nature, and the place of animals in our cultural and social imaginary. In addition to her studio work, she conducts research in contemporary art theory and visual culture. She is currently working on The Retreat (co-editor; to be published by Autonomedia) and Refiguring the Animal: Plasticity and Contemporary Art (co-edited with Amanda Boetzkes; to be published by University of Minnesota Press). In 2011, Whiteman was the recipient of an Interdisciplinary Course Seminar Grant from the Kule Institute for Advanced Study. She is presently a scholar in the Canadian Institute for Research Computing in the Arts. In 2011, she had a solo exhibition at Latitude 53 in Edmonton. Whiteman is a co-director of the 2012 Banff Research in Culture/ documenta 13 research residency.


Programs

Programs

Lectures

Curator’s Introduction: Nancy Tousley
The News from Here: The Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art
Friday, January 25, 6 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton

Nancy Tousley is the curator behind the exhibition The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Canadian Art. Tousley is an award-winning senior art critic, arts journalist and independent curator, who received the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts for outstanding contribution in 2011. She was art critic of the Calgary Herald for more than 30 years and the first Critic-in-Residence at the Alberta College of Art + Design. She has been a contributing editor to Canadian Art magazine since 1986. Her writing has appeared in magazines such as Artscanada, Vanguard, Parachute, Border Crossings and Canadian Art since the early 1970s and in more than 30 public art gallery and museum catalogues. Tousley is also an accomplished curator, having organized exhibitions for the Brooklyn Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Glenbow Museum and the Art Gallery of York University, among others.

Her work has been recognized with many prestigious awards including the Board of Governors of the Alberta College of Art + Design’s Award of Excellence (1997), the Ontario Association of Art Galleries award for best curatorial writing on contemporary art (1999 and 2001), the Canadian Museums Association’s award for outstanding achievement in arts journalism (2002) and the medal of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art (2009).

Film, Video & Performance Program

Wednesday, April 17, 7 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Lower Level
Free with Gallery Admission and AGA and Metro Members

Your AGA brings back the popular Alberta Biennial Film & Video Program for one final screening before the exhibition closes. The Program features the work of Trevor Anderson, Kyle Armstrong, Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby. This screening will also act as the Edmonton premier of Terrance Houle’s much anticipated isstahpikssi (Ghost).

Featured Films:
Trevor Anderson – The Man That Got Away (2012)
Kyle Armstrong – Magnetic Reconnection (2012)
Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby – Wild Life (2011)
Terrance Houle – isstahpikssi (Ghost) (2013)

 
Presented in partnership between the Art Gallery of Alberta and Metro Cinema Society.

Social Action

Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton
Hunter, Gatherer, Purveyor (2013)

Sunday, January 27, 12 – 2 pm
Manning Hall, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton
Free with Gallery Admission

HUNTER, GATHERER, PURVEYOR—a project in art and social engagement—brings together elements of craft, performance and civic participation to create edible art objects made from local vegetation and civic water sources—hot tea!

History

About the Biennial

Since its inception in 1996, the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art has presented new and exciting works by over 125 different Alberta contemporary artists. The Alberta Biennial helps to promote and bring national attention to the work of Alberta artists. The Art Gallery of Alberta has played a leadership role in the development of this exhibition which, in the past, has been presented in partnership with other provincial arts organizations including: The Glenbow Museum, the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre, the Illingworth Kerr Gallery at the Alberta College of Art and Design, the Nickle Arts Museum at the University of Calgary and the Art Gallery of Calgary and curated by 9 different Canadian curators.

Past Biennials

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Publication

The News From Here: The 2013 Biennial of Contemporary Art

Price: $15

THE NEWS FROM HERE: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art represents the diversity of Alberta’s contemporary art practices and investigations, and provides a framework through which we can see how contemporary art is shaped by and shapes different perceptions of time and place. The exhibition has been curated by long-time Alberta resident, Nancy Tousley, who has watched and documented the Alberta art community since the late 1970s, making an immense contribution to our knowledge and understanding of art in the province as well as beyond.

ISBN 978-0-88950-170-6


Timeland

Price: $15

Timeland” speaks to a geography of the past and the future, the old and new. As a theme for the 2010 edition of the Alberta Biennial, curated by Canadian Art Editor and independent curator Richard Rhodes, it is also a conceptual guide for an exhibition that blends both emerging and established generations of artists to create a snapshot of the vitality of the contemporary Alberta art scene.

ISBN 978-0-88950-153-9
Softcover | 77 pp | 23 colour photographs

Media

36 artists from 9 Alberta communities; the AGA announces the artists to be featured in the 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art.

Edmonton, AB (June 29/12) – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is pleased to announce the names of the artists who have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, to be presented January 26-May 5, 2013.

The artists are: Trevor Anderson, Edmonton; Kyle Armstrong, Edmonton; Noel Bégin, Calgary; Elisabeth Belliveau, Grande Prairie; Richard Brown, Calgary; Eric Cameron, Calgary; Bruno Canadien, Black Diamond; Sherri Chaba, Edmonton; Chris Cran, Calgary; Alysha Creighton, Edmonton; Dave and Jenn, Calgary; Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, Calgary; Mackenzie Frère, Calgary; Sarah Fuller, Banff; Jason de Haan and Miruna Dragan, Calgary; Faye HeavyShield, Standoff; Terrance Houle, Calgary; Gary James Joynes, Edmonton; Kristopher Karklin, Fort McMurray; Emily Luce, Lethbridge; Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton, Calgary; Robyn Moody, Calgary; Pamela Norrish, Calgary; Gabrielle Paré, Edmonton; Laura St. Pierre, Grande Prairie; Jewel Shaw, Red Deer; Taras Polataiko, Lethbridge; Larissa Tiggelers, Calgary; Laura Vickerson, Calgary; Jennifer Wanner, Calgary; Donna White, Calgary and Maria Whiteman, Edmonton.

Entitled The News from Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art will explore the theme of post-regionalism in the context of Alberta art. According to guest-curator Nancy Tousley, Alberta artists, working in the second decade of the 21st century, are forming their identities around the places they choose to live, work and travel—the idea of a single, dominant centre is no longer applicable as it is distant and divorced from their daily lives. They are now, more than ever, aware of the larger art world in which they participate. In this exhibition, the physical, societal and cultural geography of Alberta is felt in the works of art, both in the foreground and background of imagery, subject matter, content and critical issues.  Rather than a defensive regionalism, one finds in their work an acceptance and consideration of place.

The News from Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art is curated by Alberta-based writer, critic and curator Nancy Tousley. Tousley reviewed over 200 portfolios and conducted 60 studio visits before selecting these 36 artists. The Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art brings national attention to Alberta’s art scene and promotes the province’s artists. Since its inception in 1996, the Alberta Biennial has featured the work of over 130 Alberta contemporary artists.

 The News from Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art is presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta by ATB Financial from January 26-May 5, 2013.

For media information, interviews or images, please contact:

Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468
E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca
Background Information

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Nancy Tousley is an award-winning senior art critic, arts journalist and independent curator. In March, she was awarded the 2011 Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts for outstanding contribution. Tousley was art critic of the Calgary Herald for more than 30 years and has been a contributing editor to Canadian Art magazine since 1986. Her writing has appeared in magazines such as Artscanada, Vanguard, Parachute, Border Crossings and Canadian Art since the early 1970s, as well as more than 30 public art gallery and museum catalogues. Tousley is also an accomplished curator, having organized exhibitions for the Brooklyn Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Glenbow Museum and Art Gallery of York University, among others. Tousley has been recognized with many prestigious awards including the Board of Governors of the Alberta College of Art and Design’s Award of Excellence (1997), the Ontario Association of Art Galleries award for best curatorial writing on contemporary art (1999 and 2001), the Canadian Museums Association’s award for outstanding achievement in arts journalism (2002) and the medal of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art (2009).


ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta and the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Arts Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.

 


Alberta’s dynamic contemporary art scene the focus of major new AGA exhibition

For Immediate Release
January 18, 2013 

Edmonton, AB  – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is proud to present new works by 36 emerging and established Alberta artist from Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge and several other communities across the province in The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art from January 26-May 5, 2013.

Guest-curated by Alberta-based, award-winning art critic and curator Nancy Tousley, The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art is the eighth incarnation of the Alberta Biennial. This is one of the AGA’s most diverse Biennials to date, featuring painting, sculpture, installation, photography and animation, as well as a film, video and performance program.

The theme of this Alberta Biennial addresses the demise of Regionalism in an era of economic globalism and the renewed impact of ‘place’ on visual art production. The old centre-periphery model of Regionalism is no longer applicable here. With a mature acceptance and consideration of place, Alberta artists working in the second decade of the 21st century are forming their identities around the locations in which they choose to live and work. Yet, now more than ever, they are aware of and connected to the larger art worlds in which they participate. To reverse the terms of a popular catchphrase, they think locally and act globally.

Tousley reviewed 164 portfolios and conducted 62 studio visits across the province before selecting these 36 artists whose works are featured in the 2013 Alberta Biennial:

  • Trevor Anderson, Edmonton
  • Kyle Armstrong, Edmonton
  • Noel Bégin, Calgary
  • Elisabeth Belliveau, Grande Prairie Richard Brown, Calgary
  • Eric Cameron, Calgary
  • Bruno Canadien, Black Diamond
  • Sherri Chaba, Edmonton
  • Chris Cran, Calgary
  • Alysha Creighton, Edmonton
  • DaveandJenn, Calgary
  • Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, Calgary
  • Mackenzie Frère, Calgary
  • Sarah Fuller, Banff
  • Jason de Haan and Miruna Dragan, Calgary Faye HeavyShield, Standoff
  • Terrance Houle, Calgary
  • Gary James Joynes, Edmonton
  • Kristopher Karklin, Fort McMurray
  • Emily Luce, Lethbridge
  • Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton, Calgary
  • Robyn Moody, Calgary
  • Pamela Norrish, Calgary
  • Gabrielle Paré, Edmonton
  • Taras Polataiko, Lethbridge
  • Jewel Shaw, Red Deer
  • Laura St. Pierre, Grande Prairie
  • Larissa Tiggelers, Calgary
  • Laura Vickerson, Calgary
  • Jennifer Wanner, Calgary
  • Donna White, Calgary
  • Maria Whiteman, Edmonton.
As part of the exhibition, the AGA has published a 95-page full-colour catalogue, available at ShopAGA, as well as an expanded online presence devoted to the 2013 Alberta Biennial— providing all Albertans the opportunity to explore aspects of this important exhibition of Alberta contemporary art. To view the webpage please visit: youraga.ca/alberta-biennial.

The AGA also presents a special Curator’s Introduction with Nancy Tousley to the 2013 Alberta Biennial on January 25 at 6 pm, as well as a broad range of public programming and events that explore this exhibition and Alberta’s art scene. On Sunday, January 27 at 12 pm, the public can discover the Film, Video and Performance Program. This program features the work of several Alberta filmmakers, a live cinema performance and a unique social action. This event is free with Gallery admission. A Film and Video Program will also be presented in Calgary on February 27 at 7 pm.

Since its inception in 1996, the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art has presented new and exciting works by over 125 different Alberta contemporary artists. The Alberta Biennial helps to promote and bring national attention to artists working in our province. The Art Gallery of Alberta has played a leadership role in the development of this exhibition which, in the past, has been presented in partnership with other provincial arts organizations including: The Glenbow Museum, the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre, the Illingworth Kerr Gallery at the Alberta College of Art + Design, the Nickle Arts Museum at the University of Calgary and the Art Gallery of Calgary and curated by nine different Canadian curators.

The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art is presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta by ATB Financial.

Artist Patron Dr. James Wolfli in memory of Milan Wolfli.

 

EXCLUSIVE MEDIA PREVIEW

Friday, January 25, 1 pm, Art Gallery of Alberta

Itinerary:

• REMARKS

  •  Catherine Crowston, Executive Director / Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta
  •  ATB Financial, Exhibition Sponsor
  •  Nancy Tousley, Exhibition CuratorInterviews are available with Nancy Tousley and Biennial Artists following the opening remarks.

For media information, to coordinate interviews and to RSVP for the Media Preview, please contact: Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468 E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca

Oksana Gowin, Director, Marketing & Communications
T: 780.392.2466 E: Oksana.Gowin@youraga.ca

 

Public Programs and Events

Events

Members’ Opening Reception: The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art
Friday, January 25, 7:30 pm
AGA Members and VIP’s Only

Public Programs

Curator’s Introduction: The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art with Nancy Tousley
Friday, January 25, 6 pm
Ledcor Theatre
$15/$10 AGA Members


BMO All Day Sunday: Bring on the Biennial
Sunday, January 27, 12-4 pm Free with Gallery Admission
The News From Here: Film, Video and Performance Program Edmonton Screenings
Sunday, January 27, 12 pm
Ledcor Theatre and Manning Hall, Art Gallery of Alberta
Free with Gallery Admission
Filmmakers will be in attendance; Q&A to follow

Wednesday, April 17, 7 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Art Gallery of Alberta
Free with Gallery Admission and for AGA & Metro Members

Calgary Screenings
Wednesday, February 27, 7 pm
Plaza Theatre, 1133 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary Free
Filmmakers will be in attendance; Q&A to follow

 

ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.