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Paul Freeman, Cervus Ejectus, 2011. Image: courtesy if the artist
Paul Freeman’s art practice focuses on the tensions that are emerging in connection to new genetic technologies and what appear to be the blurred boundaries between genders, species and life forms. This exhibition in the RBC New Works Gallery features two life-size casts of stags whose antlers seem to have run wild, emerging from their bodies like the branches of a tree. In these works, Freeman uses one of the most traditional sculptural methods, metal casting, and a centuries old theme, the majestic wild animal sculpture, to create works that speak to a future of variation, hybridity and potential mutation.
The RBC New Works Gallery features new artworks by Alberta artists. Initiated in 1998 and named the RBC New Works Gallery in 2008, this gallery space continues the Art Gallery of Alberta’s tradition of supporting Alberta artists.