Art Gallery of Alberta

For Immediate Release
October 23, 2012

Variation, hybridity and mutation; the season of strange beauty continues at your AGA with a new exhibition by Edmonton artist Paul Freeman.
Edmonton, AB (October 23/12)
– A season of strange beauty continues at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) with PAUL FREEMAN: It’s Only Natural, on from November 3, 2012 to February 18, 2013

This exhibition in the RBC New Works Gallery features two life-size casts of stags whose antlers emerge from their bodies like the branches of a tree. In these works, Paul Freeman takes two long-standing artistic traditions—metal casting and the majestic wild animal sculpture—and turns them on their heads, creating works that speak to a future of genetic variation and potential mutation.

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
Edmonton artist Paul Freeman is the Artistic Director at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, a centre for artists with developmental disabilities in Edmonton, and a drawing instructor at the University of Alberta in the Department of Art and Design. In 1998, Freeman received his BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) in Calgary and a MFA from the University of Alberta in 2005. He is the recipient of numerous academic awards, scholarships and grants, and his work has been exhibited in public and private spaces across Canada.
For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:
Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468
E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca


EXCLUSIVE MEDIA PREVIEW
Friday, November 2, 1 pm, Art Gallery of Alberta

Itinerary:

  • REMARKS
    -        Catherine Crowston, Executive Director / Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta
  • Interviews are available with:
    -        Catherine Crowston, Executive Director / Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta
    -        Paul Freeman, artist
  • Exclusive Media Preview with access to PAUL FREEMAN: It’s Only Natural exhibition

Please RSVP by contacting:
Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468
E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca

 

Public Programs and Events

Conversation with the Artist: Paul Freeman with writer Mary Christa O’Keefe
Friday, November 2, 6:30 pm
Free with Gallery admission

Members’ Opening Reception: PAUL FREEMAN: It’s Only Natural
Friday, November 2, 7:30 pm
AGA Members and VIP’s Only

 

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.