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The Blur in Between

An exhibition about the practices between contemporary art and design.

The Blur in Between is an exhibition about the practices that occur without division of discipline between those historically demarcated as either art or design: the blurry areas between fields of contemporary art, architecture, industrial design, craft, digital art, fashion, publishing and typography.

Design and art were not originally perceived as discrete disciplines and separate absolutes. Technē is an early Greek term that encompasses both craftsmanship and art, before art was deemed disparate from design in terms of design’s quotidian functional object production and art’s increasingly delineated aesthetic or conceptual value.

The exhibition demonstrates the operation and methodology of functional design in art making, alongside conceptual design that questions both form and aesthetics. The works do not exist exclusively as conceptual design strategies for object production; they evade a singular, definitive functional or aesthetic purpose. Contemporary process-based practices have become analogous to design production systems, merging and existing in the blur between.

The exhibition features works by the following artists, designers and writers:

Brandon Blommaert
Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson
Will Holder
Micah Lexier and Lisa Naftolin
An Te Liu
Colin Miner
Michael Morris
Lisa Robertson
Kathy Slade
Maaike Anne Stevens and Maite Zabala Meruane Brent Wadden

The Blur in Between is curated by Kristy Trinier. The Blur in Between is organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and presented as a part of the Poole Centre of Design. 

Kristy Trinier

Kristy Trinier is the former Director of Visual, Digital and Media Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Previously, as the Curator at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Trinier curated Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, as well as exhibitions at the AGA and Enterprise Square Galleries. Her previous roles include Public Art Director at the Edmonton Arts Council, where she managed the City of Edmonton’s Public Art Collection, related exhibitions and public art programs and Grant Writer at Banff Centre. Trinier has written for Canadian Art, Momus and other arts publications. She holds a Bachelors degree in Visual Art and English from the University of Victoria, and a Masters degree in Public Art from the Dutch Art Institute (DAI, ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten) as a Huygens scholar in The Netherlands.

Third floor


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


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