After the Chinese New Years Festival, Chad and I headed to the Art Gallery of Alberta to check out some new exhibitions. I was amazed at how much things had changed since we were last there, probably about 7 months earlier when they had "The Indian Group of Seven." And, in fact, I think many of the exhibitions have changed since we were there only a couple weeks ago! Turnover is great! That means you can visit more often and never get bored :)
By far the most stunning and fantastical exhibit was The Vessel by David Altmedj. I'm pretty sure that hanging and assembling the strings would have taken the patience of a saint and a ton of time! I loved the molded body parts including hands and noses, and there were lots of stones and gems too. The way the body transformed into a moving swan was quite stunning. The exhibit was huge too! It took up an entire room, and so pictures can't really capture the entire scene. The piece looked very different depending on the angle.
When I studied the exhibit, I could actually see what the artist was talking about in terms of energy:
“What inspired The Vessel was a movement. The movement of something that retracts a little, to gain energy just before throwing itself forward. Like a wave that draws back and swells with water and energy, and is about to crash; or the movement of an arm that is about to throw an object.”
Photos by Chad Baba
The artwork below was interactive and collaborative. Visitors were allowed to move the strings and add new ones, to create an original mural inspired by the Vessel.
Sadly, I did not capture the names of all of the exhibits and artists, but Chad did capture some wonderful photos. This sculpture has amazing angles:
The painting below is from Edmonton artist Paul Freeman, who is the artistic director at the Nina Haggerty. I loved the vibrant and vivid colors! The piece really popped!
I also found a "self portrait." When I saw the painting below, it totally reminded me of myself. The blond hair and corn husk body! Even red wine stained teeth! A true Redcliff girl! Thank you Patrick Cruz for discovering my essence.
The artist featured above and below had an enormous exhibit, which took up two huge walls and reminded me of how I used to decorate as a teenager when I covered every single inch of space in my room. I LOVED it! I am obsessed with all of the colors, and there was so much to see in each individual painting! I created a collage using some of my fave pics in the piece, and assembled it below:
Right now admission to the art gallery is less than ten bucks as there are some exhibition closures on the first floor. It's truly a nice place to visit while downtown. In addition, the art galley is always hosting cool events, such as yoga and art classes for kids. Not to mention - even the architecture of the art gallery is amazing! Appreciate art folks, it's there to be admired!