Art Gallery of Alberta

For Immediate Release
January 22, 2014

Your AGA kicks off 2014 with a new exhibition celebrating the remarkable work of nationally renowned Edmonton artist Lyndal Osborne.

Edmonton, AB (January 22/14)The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is thrilled to announce a new exhibition featuring the work of Edmonton artist Lyndal Osborne, which will be on view from February 1-April 27, 2014. Entitled Bowerbird, Life as Art, this exhibition is a survey of Osborne’s nearly 40-year career.

EXCLUSIVE MEDIA PREVIEW

LYNDAL OSBORNE: Bowerbird, Life as Art
Friday, January 31, 1 pm, Art Gallery of Alberta, Level 3

Remarks by:
Catherine Crowston, Executive Director / Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta
Lyndal Osborne, Artist

Interviews and exhibition access are available following the opening remarks.

“Lyndal Osborne has played a significant role in the development of Alberta’s visual arts community. She’s made great contributions to our province’s cultural heritage,” says Catherine Crowston, AGA Executive Director and Chief Curator. “Osborne was instrumental in establishing the printmaking program at the University of Alberta, where she taught for decades, inspiring generations of Alberta artists. We’re thrilled to organize this exhibition by such an influential Edmonton artist.”

Bowerbird, Life as Art showcases Osborne’s diverse body of work—beginning with large airbrush drawings from the mid-1970s and a selection of print works that were created between 1975 and 1995. In 1995, Osborne’s creative focus shifted to the complex, multi-dimensional installations that she is now known for, and it was these large-scale sculptural creations that brought her work greater public and critical awareness.

Densely woven and deeply layered constructions, Osborne’s sculptures are made of natural materials and found objects sourced from her vast personal collection, which have been gathered from as far away as her native Australia to the prairies of her current home in Alberta. Through observing, collecting and manipulating these found materials, Osborne enhances one’s understanding of the natural world and asks us to question our place within it. Her work also expresses the artist’s interest and growing concern for the environment and addresses issues such as, genetic modification, global warming, urbanization and the effects of industry on the land. By incorporating industrial and technological objects and processes into her work—Osborne’s installations speak to the diversity and complexity of nature but also question the consequences of human intervention.

Lyndal Osborne has been exhibiting in Canada and around the world since the early 1970s and has been featured in over 350 exhibitions worldwide. Her work is also on display in the current BMO World of Creativity: Cabinets of Curiosity at the AGA.

Join Lyndal Osborne for a special pre-opening artist’s talk on Friday, January 31 at 6 pm where she will discuss her nearly four-decade long career. Tickets for this talk are $15 for the general public and Free for AGA Members. Tickets are limited and must be purchased or reserved in advance. Please visit youraga.ca.

LYNDAL OSBORNE: Bowerbird, Life as Art is organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and curated by Catherine Crowston.


For media information and to RSVP for the Media Preview please contact:

Oksana Gowin, Director of Marketing and Communications
T: 780.392.2466 E: Oksana.Gowin@youraga.ca

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


Public Programs and Events

Events

Members’ Opening Reception
Friday, January 31, 7:30 pm
AGA Members and VIPs Only

Public Programs

Special Pre-Opening Artist Talk
The AGA Presents: Lyndal Osborne
Friday, January 31, 6 pm


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.