Canada is a physically and visually dramatic place to live. Canadians blessed with one of the most varied landscapes on the planet and are also exposed to a wide range of climatic conditions experienced within four rather distinct seasons. The exhibition Now is the Winter… examines one of these seasons – winter –presenting various interpretations of this season and offering insights into its effects on the human psyche.
For some people, winter is a ‘wonderland’ of crisp sparkling snow magically sculpting the landscape. For others it is a time of whistling, bitter winds which sweep over a ‘dead’ world. Some see winter as a time of fun and frolic whereas, for others, the season is a time of hibernation or desolation. These contrasting views of winter are encapsulated in the two distinct bodies of artwork presented in this exhibition.
The exhibition Now is the Winter…, featuring art works by Edmonton artist aAron Munson and works from the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, presents ‘winter’ in all its guises and invites viewers to examine not only their personal relationships to the physical world but also to themselves.
The exhibition Now is the winter... was curated by Shane Golby and organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program. The AFA TREX program is financially supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
Cover image: Don Cardinal, Feeding a Friend, 1973, Acrylic on canvas, Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts