Art Gallery of Alberta

AGA to unveil the second work in the Manning Hall commission series: MARK CLINTBERG: Behind this lies my true desire for you

For Immediate Release
July 6, 2012 

Edmonton, AB (July 6/12) – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) will unveil the second, site-specific exhibition created for Manning Hall, MARK CLINTBERG: Behind this lies my true desire for you, on July 14, 2012. This exhibition will run until December 30, 2012.

For this work, Clintberg used the AGA’s 2010 renovation and re-branding campaign, “your AGA”, as a starting point. The piece pastes a rugged wooden façade overtop one of the new walls in Manning Hall, adorned with a rough, hand-painted message written in a style that one would see on the grain elevators that once dotted Alberta’s prairie landscape. The text on the wall suggests that behind the wall itself, as well the AGA’s renovation, is an ardent desire for viewers and for their ideas and involvement. The work can also be seen as a more personal message from the artist to one specific viewer or from the reader to an unknown other. These words could be intended for you.

Initiated in the fall of 2011, the Manning Hall commission series is an ongoing project that provides unique opportunities for the AGA to support the creation and exhibition of new, site-specific works by Alberta artists.

About the Artist

Mark Clintberg is an Edmonton-born and Montreal-based artist, art historian and curator. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Art History at Concordia University, where he is also a part-time faculty member. He earned his M.A. at Concordia University (2008), his B.F.A. from the Alberta College of Art & Design (2001) and has completed coursework and research at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (2000) and the University of Oxford (2011). Public and private collections in the United States and across Canada, including the National Gallery of Canada, have acquired his work.

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Related Programming

Conversation with the Artist: Mark Clintberg
Friday, July 13, 6 pm
Art Gallery of Alberta
Free with Gallery Admission

BBQ on the Terrace
Friday, July 13, 7:30 pm
City of Edmonton Terrace, Art Gallery of Alberta
Free with Gallery Admission

Following these talks, please join us for a casual evening BBQ on our 3rd floor Terrace. Mingle with artists, as well as enjoy great food and music.