Art Gallery of Alberta

For Immediate Release
June 9, 2014

New Works and New Lines… Edmonton artist Alma Louise Visscher reveals a new installation in AGA exhibition opening alongside contemporary drawings from the National Gallery of Canada.

Edmonton, AB (June 9/14) – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is pleased to present two new exhibitions opening Saturday, June 20, 2014: ALMA LOUISE VISSCHER: Cathedral Cumulus, in the RBC New Works Gallery and New Lines: Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada, part of Capital Powered Art, an exhibition series sponsored by Capital Power. In the spirit of the AGA’s 90th Birthday, Cathedral Cumulus celebrates the art of Albertan Alma Visscher and New Lines brings a world of international, contemporary drawing to Alberta.

ALMA LOUISE VISSCHER: Cathedral Cumulus
June 20-August 17, 2014

In her installation Cathedral Cumulus, artist Alma Louise Visscher addresses how the themes of surface, shelter and the body resonate in built forms. Visscher’s hand-dyed, hand-sewn textile structure, made specifically for the AGA’s gallery, references Gothic architecture and natural forms, such as clouds, and reminds the viewer how environments and shelters—both built and natural—are tightly connected with the human body. Born in British Columbia, Visscher completed her Masters degree in Drawing and Intermedia at the University of Alberta. In immersive gallery installations such as this one, she continues her personal exploration of gender roles and isolation in contemporary landscapes.

Join Alma Louise Visscher and and AGA Curator, Kristy Trinier, for an informal and engaging Conversation with the Artist on Wednesday, July 2 at 7 pm. This talk is free with Gallery admission.

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. Presented with the support of the RBC Emerging Artists Project and Artist Patrons Barry Zalmanowitz and June Ross.


New Lines: Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada
June 20-October 5, 2014

This exhibition gives viewers a sample of fascinating names in contemporary drawing from Canada and around the world. With over 40 pieces pulled from the National Gallery of Canada’s (NGC) permanent collection, the exhibition features over 20 artists who have pushed the boundaries of the medium of drawing over the past 15 years. Some forego the traditional flat drawing surface of the page of paper, opting instead for sculptural work in three dimensions or cut-out surfaces. Others engage the time-based medium of animation. Many of these drawings display fantastic subjects. Some demonstrate the artist’s talent for realistic representation. All engage meticulous detail and rich imagery. Together, they tell a story about the changes in the way we think about drawing and the working methods that go into drawing today. Among the innovative artists represented in the exhibition are Shary Boyle, Peter Doig, Brian Jungen, Pia Linz, and the collective Los Carpinteros.

Join exhibition curator, Rhiannon Vogl of the NGC, for a tour of the exhibition on Thursday, June 19, 6 pm. Tickets are $15 / $8 AGA Members / Free for Ultra and Curator’s Circle Members and Artist Patrons. To complement this exhibition, the AGA also presents Drawing Night at the Gallery, with local artists Josh Holinaty and Lee Nielson on Wednesday, June 25, 5–9 pm. This drop-in workshop will feature live model drawing in the exhibition space and is free with Gallery Admission.

New Lines: Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada is curated by Rhiannon Vogl, Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Art. It is organized by the National Gallery of Canada and is part of the National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta program. Presented with the support of Capital Powered Art, an exhibition series sponsored by Capital Power.


Interested Media are invited to make arrangements for early exhibition access and interviews.

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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 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.