Art Gallery of Alberta

Conversation with the Artist

ADAM WALDRON-BLAIN: does his best
with Adam Waldron-Blain and curator Ruth Burns

Friday, June 28, 6:30 pm
RBC New Works Gallery, Second Level

Located within exhibitions spaces, Conversation with the Artist is an ongoing series that features informal and engaging talks between artists, curators and audience members.

Join RBC New Works artist Waldron-Blain and curator Ruth Burns to learn more about this exciting exhibition.

Adam Waldron-Blain sings really sad songs and plays the violin for hours and hours on end. Currently-based in Edmonton, and recently-transplanted from Glasgow, Waldron-Blain’s performance-based art has been documented in billboards and on YouTube. His work references the confessional nature of social media and the amateur quality of DIY culture. He draws from a tradition of endurance-based performance art, and the role of chance and rules in conceptual art. Of late, he has been spotted fiddling in sublime mountain vistas and in desolate downtown parking lots.

Waldron-Blain graduated from the University of Alberta’s fine art program in 2007. In 2011 he was artist-in-residence in the Woodlands community in Glasgow, ran games for the IgFest Interesting Games festival in Bristol, and participated in a residency program at the Banff Centre with Icelandic artists Ragnar Kjartansson, Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir and Davíð Þór Jónsson. In the summer of 2012, he participated in Dirt City/Dream City in the Quarters neighbourhood of downtown Edmonton. His blog is

Ruth Burns is the former Associate Curator / Interpretive Programs Manager at the Art Gallery of Alberta. She holds a BA and MA in Art History from McGill University, and was a founder and editor of the visual arts magazine Locus Suspectus. Recent exhibitions that Burns has curated include IMPRINT: Contemporary Art from the AGA Collection (co-curator), Art School: Banff 1947 and A New Light: Canadian Art and Impressionism.

ADAM WALDRON-BLAIN: does his best performance

RBC New Works Gallery, Second Level
1-4 pm
Free with Gallery Admission

Over the course of the exhibition ADAM WALDRON-BLAIN: does his best, the artist will undertake a series of durational performances, which will take place in the RBC New Works Gallery.

Performance Schedule
June 29
July 6
July 13
July 20
July 27