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The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe. We also acknowledge all of the Indigenous, Inuit and Métis peoples who make Alberta their home today.

Jude Griebel

Photo: Brendan Griebel

Jude Griebel’s sculptures present sympathetic figures that are merged with architectural and landscape elements. From this liminal state, the characters speak to a range of anxieties from shifting environments to planetary collapse, through scenes playing out on their detailed surfaces. These hybrid bodies function as stages for productive and destructive miniature events that unfold upon them. While these situations speak to instances of human neglect and behaviors in a broader context, they also function as twofold metaphors for the development and destruction of the self.

Crafted from combinations of clays, papier-mâché, textiles and hand-carved woods, Griebel’s works are playful in their attempt to bestow material form to fleeting psychological states. The anthropomorphic qualities of his figures borrow from a myriad of histories relating to the re-imagined body—from Grotesque representations of the Renaissance era to the shape-shifting characters of mid-century popular cartoons. The structuring of these figures incorporates diorama and display methods from traditional scientific and didactic models. When applied to Griebel’s imaginative introspections, these elements cause the sculptures to waver between fantasy and objective understanding.

Hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 11am-5pm
Thursday: 11am-7pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

Admission

AGA members
FREE
Youth 0-17
FREE
Alberta students 18+
FREE
Out-of-province students
$10
General admission
$14
Seniors 65+
$10

Location

2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5J 2C1

780.422.6223
info@youraga.ca

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The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe. We also acknowledge all of the Indigenous, Inuit and Métis peoples who make Alberta their home today.