Art Gallery of Alberta

Canadian contemporary artist Geoffrey Farmer to give artist talk at the AGA on Friday, September 13!

First of three artists’ talks this month—Megan Morman and aAron munson also to speak in September.

Edmonton, AB (September 9/13) – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is pleased to present an artist talk by internationally renowned Canadian artist Geoffrey Farmer on Friday, September 13 at 6 pm. Farmer will be in conversation with the artists who are collaborating with him on the upcoming AGA exhibition The Intellection of Lady Spider House. Tickets are $21 for the general public and $13.13 for AGA Members (price includes GST); there are also a limited number of free student tickets available. The free student tickets must be picked up in person at AGA Member and Guest Services, valid student ID is required. All other tickets can be purchased online at youraga.ca or by phone at 780.422.6223.

Farmer, who was recently awarded the Gershon Iskowitz Prize for outstanding contribution to the visual arts in Canada, received international acclaim with his installation Leaves of Grass, which he created for the dOCUMENTA (13) exhibition in Germany in 2012. In addition to major exhibitions in Europe and the UK, he also has two upcoming solo exhibitions in Canada: February 2014 at the Art Gallery of Ontario and a mid-career retrospective at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2015.

The Intellection of Lady Spider House, opening to AGA Members on Friday, September 13 and to the public on September 14, is a collaboration between Farmer and 11 other artists: Valérie Blass, Julia Feyrer, Hadley + Maxwell, David Hoffos, Brian Jungen, Tiziana La Melia, Gareth Moore, Judy Radul, Hannah Rickards and Ron Tran. The exhibition transforms the 6,000 square feet of the AGA’s 3rd floor gallery into a labyrinthine haunted house walk-through. Superimposing the form of a museum exhibition on the structure of a fun fair haunted house, Farmer and the artists have created an environment in which visitors will make their way through deconstructed structures, darkened corridors and environments containing artworks, artefacts and assemblages. Working in a warehouse in Vancouver and onsite at the AGA, they have collected and altered original material from haunted house attractions and discarded theatre sets and mixed these together with newly conceived works of art for an exhibition that ruminates on ideas of the uncanny.

On Sunday, September 15 at 2 pm the AGA will host Lethbridge artist Megan Morman in Conversation with the Artist. This informal and engaging talk between Morman and AGA Curator Kristy Trinier is free for AGA Members or free with paid admission.

Morman’s installation, Now You See It, transforms the AGA’s Manning Hall into a giant word search puzzle. Designed to be an interactive game, the installation also celebrates numerous artists whose work is in the AGA’s permanent collection, as it is their names that are hidden in the puzzle. Viewers are encouraged to become active participants as they try to solve the word search and discover all 280 names.

Local experimental filmmaker aAron munson will give a talk on Sunday, September 29 at 2 pm. He will discuss his RBC New Works exhibition Isachsen, 1948-1978, which is a collaboration with Lethbridge artist David Hoffos. This exhibition, which opens on to the public on Saturday, September 14, tells the story of the now-abandoned Isachsen weather station located in the remote Canadian arctic. In addition to the talk, munson will also screen original footage shot over 40 years ago at the Isachsen station. This talk is free to attend as part of Alberta Culture Days at your AGA.

For media information please contact:

Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468 E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca


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 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 Edmonton Arts Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.