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The Double Bind: Conversations Between Modernism and Postmodernism

Brian Jungen, Companion, 2013. Steel, deer hide, Audi fenders, freezer. Image courtesy of Catriona Jeffries Gallery

As the prefix “post” suggests, Postmodernism both succeeds and follows Modernism, revising and redefining what Modernism has meant. While Modernism sought aesthetic purity to be achieved through aspects specific to certain media—the optical for painting, the spatial for sculpture, sonority in music—Postmodernism looked towards the dissonant mixing of media and the generic conditions of subjects and objects, experienced in everyday life.

By bringing together works of high Modernism with examples informed by Postmodernism, The Double Bind: Conversations Between Modernism and Postmodernism demonstrates the inter-relationship of the two, stressing how the succeeding postmodernism comments upon—and perhaps completes—some of the aims of Modernism.

The Double Bind features works from the AGA’s permanent collection that are presented in dialogue with each other. Featuring dynamic pairings of works, such as Barbara Hepworth with Brian Jungen, Arlene Stamp with Kenneth Noland, amongst others, the exhibition calls attention to both the commonalities and marked differences of artistic intent and approach.

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.

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