Art Gallery of Alberta

Apparitions in mid-air, multi-headed monsters and rubber boots; Calgary-based artist, Chris Millar, captivates the human imagination with punk-rock, pop-culture, comic book inspired visions that merge paint and sculpture into moments past, present and future

For Immediate Release
January 19, 2012

EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) will launch its early 2012 season with the opening of CHRIS MILLAR: The Untimely Transmogrification of the Problem, January 28–April 29, 2012.

What will happen next? The Untimely Transmogrification of the Problem asks where we go from here with visual clues of whom and what posed by the author of paintings and sculptures that are poised to change and alter at any moment, often with grotesque or humorous effect – that’s transmogrification.

Calgary-based artist, Chris Millar brings nine paintings and two sculptures (including his largest work to date) to this exhibition, coaxing two-dimensional paintings into three-dimensional, free-standing structures, challenging our impressions of everyday reality.

This exhibition has been guest-curated for the AGA by Nancy Tousley, the Governor General award-winning Calgary art critic and curator. Exhibition sponsored by RBC Foundation. Chris Millar is sponsored by AGA Artist Patrons, Barry Zalmanowitz and June Ross.


About the artist: Born in Claresholm, Alberta, Chris Millar grew up in Sherwood Park. He completed a fine arts diploma at Grant MacEwan Community College in 1998, and a bachelor of fine arts in painting at the Alberta College of Art+ Design in 2000. His work will be part of the exhibition Oh, Canada at MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, opening in May 2012.

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.

For media information, images or interview requests please contact:

Shaun Peters, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
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Friday, January 27, 2 pm at the Art Gallery of Alberta
Itinerary: AGA REMARKS: Catherine Crowston, Acting Executive Director/Chief Curator
GUEST CURATOR: Nancy Tousley
Artist, Chris Millar will be in attendance and available for interviews.
Catherine Crowston and Nancy Tousley will also be available to speak with attending media.

Please RSVP by contacting:

Shaun Peters, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
T: 780.392.2466 E: 

Janis Galloway, Communications Coordinator
T: 780.392.2467 E:

Public Programs and Events:

CONVERSATION WITH THE ARTIST: Chris Millar with curator Nancy Tousley

Friday, January 27, 5 pm
RBC New Works Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta
Free with Gallery Admission

Located within exhibitions spaces, this popular AGA series features informal and engaging talks between artists, curators and the audience.


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 restaurant; 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