SDA: Alberta is having its first meeting in Calgary
Tuesday January 15th, 2013 at 7:00 pm
DaDe ART & DESIGN LAB
1327 9 avenue SE Calgary AB
by Eveline Kolijn and Romy Straathof
Romy and Eveline will tell us about their project Paper Landscape, how their struggles with otherwise medicinal plants sometimes found them suffering for their art... yet the results are spectacular...
You will marvel at the varieties of paper surfaces that they produced and the efforts they went to to ensure true commitment to environmental considerations.
'branches prairie crocus'
It is a colourful story that will be told in an endearing manner and many of the results of their labours will be on display for you to examine and enjoy.
This is an SDA event but all are welcome.
Non-SDA members will be asked to make a small donation.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
all photos courtesy of Romy Straathof and Eveline Kolijn
On a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, we visited the oldest cathedral of the Americas, on which construction started in the 1504, twelve years after Columbus arrived on its shores.
There, in a forgotten corner outside the Catedral Primada de América, we discovered a row of gargoyles in the shape of winged, feathered wolves. They had never been mounted on the unfinished top of the cathedral. They were old and weathering had exposed the coral structures that are embedded in the local limestone from which they were carved.
What symbolism do these creatures represent, these curiously feathered Dogs of God - the Domini Canis, in the context of the Conquest of the Americas?
They sit howling to the sky, and it seemed to me, that they were lamenting for the past; the perished, native, Taino Culture, - and for the future; the current growing loss of coral reefs in the Caribbean.
Lamento del Caribe – Colón (2012)
Lamento del Caribe – Taino (2012)
Lamento del Caribe – Coral (2012)
JUNE 15 – AUGUST 29, 2012
The New Alberta Contemporaries is the inaugural exhibition for the Esker Foundation. One of its primary objectives is to celebrate the creative potential of recent fine arts graduates from all the degree granting institutions across Alberta. The 47 artists were chosen for the ability with which their practice moves across disciplines in the emerging post-disciplinary and post studio age.
The New Alberta Contemporaries exhibition is a snapshot of a cultural moment in the province of Alberta. It is neither representative nor thematic, although a series of "themes" have emerged. While one will not see the grand geopolitical issues that play out on the international stage in the exhibition, one will instead see elements of the artists' personal histories becoming staging grounds for exciting explorations in areas such as landscape/geography, gender, sexuality, the body, memories, and ecology
With the range of materials and theoretical approaches employed by the artists, the works can be seen as a series of possible conversations between artists, interweaving various common approaches found in their work. The exhibition is a travel story of sorts—across Alberta's institutions and faculties of art, artists' studios, and galleries alike—providing a window into the future of contemporary art in the province. Variety and commonalities have been found in the "temperaments" of the various institutions and the balance they have attained between studio practice, theory, and scientific research.
For the next ten weeks, the Esker Foundation will become a platform for this burgeoning class of art graduates, assisting them in developing their practice and allowing them to professionally exhibit their work at a time when both the market and government funding are shrinking.
- Caterina Pizanias
Jennifer Akkermans | Carolyn Bailey | Carissa Baktay | Nika Blasser | John Brosz | Stacey Brown | Matthew Brunning | Sheelagh Carpendale | Julie Cosgrove | Jane Durham | Raina Enss | Anna Gaby-Trotz | Yan Geng | Sara Girletz | Jamie Gray | Jill Ho-You | Whitney Horne | Leslie Hunter | Andrea Kastner | Annie King | Daniel J. Kirk | Lindsay Knox | Eveline Kolijn | Edith Krause | Galia Kwetny | Craig Le Blanc | Tyler Los-Jones | Colin Lyons | Maria Madacky | Emma McLay | Lindsay McDonald | Martina MacDonald-Blériot | Stephanie Murray | Miguel Nacenta | Leah Nowak-Petrucci | Shanell Papp | Mark Porcina | Patrick J. Reed | Landon Scott | Danielle Smerek | Kristin Smith | Richard Smolinski | Dana Tosic | Hope Wells | Ben Williamson | Ryan Wolters | Michelle Yong
Local Paper Landscape - a year-long paper-project by Romy Straathof & Eveline Kolijn
The Artist Ranch Project is an initiative designed to create a discourse about western heritage and values for the 21st century while inviting contemporary artists to reexamine what it means to experience Western Canada from a traditional perspective… our western heritage and the majesty of our physical environment.
Contemporary artists are invited each year to visit and experience a working ranch in Alberta. They spend the year creating artworks inspired by the experience, and exhibit them at the following Calgary Stampede Western Showcase exhibition.
The Western Rider
Screenprint - 2011
The Cowboy, wearing half-armor, is modeled after Albrecht Dürer’s famous print, The Rider, which depicts the ideal knight. In the West, the Cowboy embodies the romantic ideal ofthe Knight. However, this is part of a nostalgic past, as traditional ranching is replaced by more mechanized and modern methods.
Screen print - 2011
I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read,
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed,
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley
Look at My Works, ye Mighty, and despair….”