Art Gallery of Alberta

New works by Edmonton artist Catherine Burgess at your AGA

New works by Edmonton artist Catherine Burgess at your AGA

For Immediate Release
July 6, 2012

Edmonton, AB (July 6/12) – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is pleased to announce the new exhibition CATHERINE BURGESS: Absence | Presence, open July 14-October 14, 2012.

This exhibition in the RBC New Works Gallery features seven new sculptural works by Catherine Burgess that have never before been publically exhibited. In Burgess’ work, disparate parts, such as a hollow steel cube or a split sphere of granite, are unified into a compelling and enigmatic whole. The sculptural works are also interplays of materiality—stone, metal and found objects—and can also be seen as studies of solids and voids. Burgess is well-known for these quiet, contemplative works that are based on thoughtful arrangements of geometric forms, simplified shapes and found objects.

The RBC New Works Gallery features new works 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.

About the Artist 

Catherine Burgess is an Alberta born, Edmonton-based artist who has been working and exhibiting her sculpture for over 30 years. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1975. She has maintained a sculpture studio in Edmonton ever since, mounted over 25 solo exhibitions and shown in over 60 group exhibitions in Canada, the US and England. She has completed four large-scale public sculpture commissions, two of which are in downtown Edmonton: The Big Rock, 1995 (in collaboration with sculptor Sandra Bromley) and Return, 2001. She makes up one-third of the artist group Tricycle that has completed several large-scale public sculpture installations in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Her work is represented in over 25 public collections across Canada.

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Related Programming

Conversation with the Artist: Catherine Burgess
Friday, July 13, 7 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.