Art Gallery of Alberta

Alberta artist materializes childhood memory in elaborate installation

New exhibition created specifically for RBC New Works Gallery

August 11, 2010

EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is proud to premiere Jonathan Kaiser: Celestial Bodies on August 14, 2010 in the RBC New Works Gallery.

Since graduating with a BFA from the University of Alberta in 2005, Jonathan Kaiser has exhibited his work in Alberta as well as internationally. In 2007, he participated in the Glenfiddich Artist in Residence program in Duftown, Scotland. Inside the AGA’s RBC New Works Gallery, Kaiser has constructed an installation based on the memories of his childhood bedroom. The installation comprises found and hand-crafted objects as well as drawings that attempt to tell stories about the room’s past inhabitant. Jonathan Kaiser: Celestial Bodies is on display until October 11, 2010.

The public is invited to attend Art for Lunch featuring Jonathan Kaiser in conversation with the AGA’s Deputy Director/Chief Curator, Catherine Crowston. This free talk takes place on September 16 from 12:10-12:50 pm in the Ernest C. Manning Hall. This event is part of the on-going series Conversations with the Artist that features the various Albertan artists presented in the RBC New Works Gallery.

Jonathan Kaiser: Celestial Bodies follows Sandra Bromley: FIRE and Storm Room by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller as the third show in the 2010 line-up for the RBC New Works Gallery. This space features new artworks by Alberta artists.

Opening on October 30, 2010 is Laura St. Pierre’s exhibition Urban Vernacular. The artist’s large format photographs depict abandoned urban spaces, which she alters with lighting and re-arranged objects to evoke possible new uses. These do-it-yourself dwellings are constructed from discarded objects such as plastic containers, old DVDs and used tires.

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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 AGA recently underwent a major re-building project. Designed by Los Angeles architect Randall Stout, the 85,000 sq foot (7,900 sq metres) new AGA opened to the public on January 31, 2010. The new Gallery features three floors of premiere exhibition space; the City of Edmonton Terrace; the Singhmar Centre for Art Education; Zinc resto lounge; Shop AGA; Ledcor Theatre and an Art Rental and Sales Gallery.

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.