ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 - Southern Alberta Art Gallery - April 26th - June 7th <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Sponsored by Pratt &amp; Whitney<br /></strong><br /><em>There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, "Morning boys, how's the water?" And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, "What the hell is water?"</em><em><br /></em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Ten years ago David Foster Wallace delivered his, now famous, commencement address to the graduating class at Kenyon College.&nbsp; Committing to the conventions of the genre, he opened with the parable of fish in water.&nbsp; Not intending to take on the role of the older fish expounding on the meaning of water, he instead urged students to consider the following:&nbsp;<em>the most obvious, ubiquitous, important realities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">It is here the artist resides, living in the exploration of the unseen, difficult, mundane, grand, or completely banal; where the sometimes muddy day-in, day-out is dissected, studied, manipulated, observed and documented.&nbsp; For emerging artists at the University of Lethbridge, the experience of being in art school is immediate and ever-present; it is the daily experience that binds them together despite their wildly divergent interests and aspirations.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A current work by MFA student Megan Morman draws on the specific physical and mental space of the U of L Art Department.&nbsp; Titled&nbsp;<em>Congratulations!</em>, this large scale maze playfully challenges participants to navigate their way through their MFA degrees, the object of the game: leave the building at the end of the day.&nbsp; Cleverly disarming participants with humour and play, Morman shines light on the uncelebrated aspects of student life.&nbsp; Another artist, Dylan Dobbie, takes humour to the point of the absurd, as he obsessively explores the 375 permutations of a two-syllable name.&nbsp; Katie Bruce, a former U of L graduate now pursuing her MFA at York University, also finds significance in repetition, continually documenting the compositional variations of her folded handkerchief.&nbsp; Finally, MFA candidate Roy Caussy's move to Lethbridge proved significant, allowing space for his perceptions of masculinity and otherness to shift.&nbsp; Employing cultural, and political symbols combined with memories and personal experience, Caussy carefully directs our attention to charged issues such as race, sexuality, displacement and masculinity.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Whether looking outward to global issues or inward to the objects in their pockets, the artists in this exhibition move through their experience in art school, invariably reminding us:&nbsp;<em>This is water, This is water...</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Artists in this exhibition include: William Austin, Katie Bruce, Roy Caussy, Makaila Cline, Dylan Dobbie, Shona Fitz-Gerald Laing, Sam Loewen, Megan Morman, Elena Petzold and Potluck City.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>This is water</em>&nbsp;is organized by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in conjunction with the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge's&nbsp;<em>Soar: Emerging Artist Festival</em>, and is curated by Morgan Bath and Christina Cuthbertson.&nbsp; We would like to thank the University of Lethbridge Fine Art Department for their support of this exhibition.&nbsp; Funding assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the City of Lethbridge.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">- See more at:</p> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:53:00 +0000 - Southern Alberta Art Gallery - April 26th - June 7th <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Sponsored by Pratt &amp; Whitney
</strong><br /><br />Every year&nbsp;<em>Art's Alive &amp; Well&nbsp;</em>in the Schools reminds us that art is a fundamental aspect of learning and creative development.&nbsp; This one-of-a-kind exhibition features over 400 works by students from kindergarten through grade 12 and highlights the diversity of talent in our schools.&nbsp; The art on display reveals a community of young artists skilled in the acts of drawing, painting and sculpting but also reflects the creative and conceptual capacity of children growing up in today's world.&nbsp; It is inspiring to encounter a collection of work so vividly expressing a spirit of collaboration, vision, and innovation, all of which are foundations of a 21st Century learning experience. 
<br /><br /><em>Art's Alive</em>&nbsp;is a diverse collection of artwork that urges us to recognize just how important art education and creative expression are in the synthesis of core concepts from all disciplines.&nbsp; We see works that draw from history, science, math, sociology and computer science; from contemporary art recreations to one-of-a-kind designs.&nbsp; Students are a the heart of this exhibition, however it is also an expression of the hard work and dedication of teachers and school administrators who work tirelessly to craft a learning environment for the modern world.&nbsp; We want to thank teachers for inspiring the next generation of artists, innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs.&nbsp; 
<br /><br />SAAG is grateful for the efforts of Phyllis Furukawa from Lethbridge School District No. 51, the Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 4 and the countless art representatives from each of the participating schools.&nbsp; We take enormous pleasure working with the education community to coordinate this installation of hundreds of works, fostering the creativity of some of our School Districts' most talented students.&nbsp; 
<br /><br />Francine Desjardins from &Eacute;cole Agnes Davidson School has organized this year's&nbsp;<em>Art's Alive</em>&nbsp;mural.&nbsp; The installation is a configuration of hand woven baskets, which when installed create a fluttering of woven colour that elevates the imagination.&nbsp; While these baskets were created to showcase each student's distinct point of view and skill set, together they highlight just how impactful a group of students can be when they are brought together.&nbsp; This kind of collaborative installation exemplifies the presence of community and togetherness that&nbsp;<em>Art's Alive</em>&nbsp;aims to embody. 
<br /><br />At the heart of this exhibition is the students' clear desire to move beyond crafting.&nbsp; They become Makers whose creations have value beyond the scope of preciousness.&nbsp; Each year our educators tour thousands of students, teachers, and parents throughout this six-week exhibition and experience first hand the creativity of students during the tour's hands-on art activity.&nbsp; During this time students are encouraged to explore their creativity using a myriad of media to draw inspiration from the exhibition's many works.&nbsp; We find students immeasurably excited to showcase their skills, creative points-of-view and to share with us their own passion for making art.
<br /><br />Funding assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the City of Lethbridge. - See more at:'s-alive-and-well-in-the-schools-#sthash.J1IsvD60.dpuf</p> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:51:48 +0000 Doug Scholes - Southern Alberta Art Gallery - April 19th - April 26th <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Wandering, to ramble with the resolve to discover something not (yet) known</em>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Through the Rubbish Picker the notions of the pragmatic aesthetic, forgotten spaces and unseen actions are expressed.&nbsp; The performance persona of the Rubbish Picker is a contemporary of the Caspar David Friedrich character in&nbsp;<em>Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog (1818)</em>.&nbsp; Both characters conjure a double sense of awesomeness and of dread when faced with the things and places encountered during their wanderings.&nbsp; I plan to take the Rubbish Picker on two walks, for which there is an open invitation to the community to participate.&nbsp; The first walk will be four hours in the City of Lethbridge where the Rubbish Picker will pick up litter as it lies at the side of the streets and in the Coulee.&nbsp; On a separate day, there will be another four-hour walk carrying one or two bags of rubbish collected during the first walk from the City north to the Lethbridge Waste and Recycling Centre (approximately 13 km) where he will deposit the bags into the face of the landfill.&nbsp; After depositing the bag(s) of rubbish, the Rubbish Picker will stand at the top of some of the mounds of separated waste (mattresses, concrete, kitchen appliances, etc.) to have his picture taken in a contemporary re-creation of the scene from Friedrich's 1818 painting.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The wanderings of the Rubbish Picker provide an entry point for conversations about social behaviour and our relationship to waste.&nbsp; Waste is often hidden and "magically" removed to unknown places.&nbsp; Yet waste is produced everyday.&nbsp; What is the relationship between society's search for continual growth and the seemingly endless accumulation of waste?&nbsp; What are the alternatives?&nbsp; How does waste impact the aesthetics and perceptions of nature, society and culture?</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Through photography, video, sculpture and performance installation, Doug Scholes' work is focused on the details that are woven into life - how and why are they cared for not.&nbsp; His work has been exhibited at SAAG, MacLaren Art Center (ON), Track Gallery (AB), Verticale (QC), Sarling Foundry (QC), DARE-DARE (QC), CIRCA art actuel (QC), Joyce Yahouda Gallery (QC), and Stewart Hall Cultural Centre (QC).&nbsp; He has held residencies at SPACE Studios in London, UK (Canada Council), La Maison Laurentine (France), Rad'Art (Italy), Imagination Station (Detroit), AdMare, &Icirc;les-de-la-Madeleine (QC), and the Banff Centre (AB).&nbsp; Scholes' projects have received support from The Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qu&eacute;bec.&nbsp; In 2001 he received a Ma&icirc;trise en arts visuels et m&eacute;diatiques from l'Universit&eacute; du Qu&eacute;bec &agrave; Montr&eacute;al.&nbsp; He currently is an administrative board member at the 3e Imp&eacute;rial, centre d'essai en art actuel, and one-fifth of the artists' collective Centre de recherche urbaine de Montr&eacute;al (CRUM).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">- See more at:</p> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:50:40 +0000 - Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery - April 18th - June 28th <p style="text-align: justify;">「高橋コレクション」は、精神科医・高橋龍太郎氏の収集による現代アートのコレクションであり、1990年代以降の日本のアートシーンを俯瞰するうえで欠かせない存在として、内外で高く評価されてきました。1990年代に収集を本格化させた高橋氏は、奈良美智、村上隆、会田誠、ヤノベケンジといった、現在日本を代表する作家たちにごく早い時期から注目し、彼らの重要作品を次々と収集し、一躍現代アートのコレクターとして名を馳せます。また、近年ではより幅広いコレクションを志向し、「もの派」をはじめキャリアの長い作家なども積極的に収集する姿勢を見せています。高橋氏の収集に注ぐ情熱は、つねに日本のアート、日本の文化に対する溢れる愛情と透徹した眼差しに裏打ちされているのです。</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">本展は、高橋氏が日本のアートと文化を考えるためのキーワードとして提案する「ミラー・ニューロン」をタイトルに、より包括的で歴史的な視野から、かつてない規模で「高橋コレクション」を紹介し、日本の現代アートの流れと特質を読み解いていくものです。草間彌生、舟越桂、名和晃平、Chim&uarr;Pomら52作家、約140点の作品を通し、現代アートの息吹を生き生きと体感することができるでしょう。</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">「高橋コレクション」はこれまでに、「ネオテニージャパン」や「マインドフルネス!」など、日本のアートと文化をトータルで捉えるキーワードをタイトルに提案し、現代アートに馴染みのない人にも、作品の魅力を伝えてきました。今回新たにタイトルに選ばれた「ミラー・ニューロン」とは、他者の行動を見て「鏡」のように自分も同じ行動をしているかのように反応する神経細胞を意味し、それは他者との共感や模倣行動をつかさどるとも考えられています。本展においては、日本の現代アートに広く見られる「なぞらえ」の作法が、「模倣」「引用」などを重要な手段とする現代アートの世界的潮流だけでなく、「見立て」や「やつし」といった伝統的な日本の美意識とも通底していることを意識させるキーワードとなります。<br /><br />1990年以降の日本の現代アートのイメージが強い「高橋コレクション」ですが、収集の契機となった草間彌生はもちろん、60年代末に登場して現代アートの分水嶺として重要な「もの派」の作家などベテランの作品も紹介し、より広い視野から現代アートを考える機会とします。また内外の大規模プロジェクトなどで快進撃をつづける名和晃平の最新作で高橋氏のために制作された《PixCell-Lion》を初公開します。「アートの力で日本を元気にしたい」という高橋氏の願いが込められたコレクションを通して、現代アートの世界に触れ、その楽しさと魅力を発見してください。</p> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:46:39 +0000 David Peacock - Trias Gallery - May 6th - May 17th Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:58:21 +0000 Group Show - Trias Gallery - April 1st - May 3rd <p><span style="font-size: small;">A selection of still life paintings by gallery artists to celebrate the coming of spring.<br /><br /></span></p> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:36:05 +0000 Jon Pilkington, Milosz Odobrovic, Atelier Pica Pica, Adrien Horni, Linus Bill, Ted Gahl - V1 Gallery - April 30th - May 23rd <p style="text-align: justify;">A group exhibition with Ted Gahl (US), Linus Bill &amp; Adrien Horni (CH), Atelier Pica Pica (BE), Milosz Odobrovic (UA) and Jon Pilkington (US). Join us for the opening reception Thursday 30.04.15 from 17-22</p> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:30:56 +0000 HuskMitNavn - V1 Gallery - March 28th - April 25th <p style="text-align: center;">V1 GALLERY PROUDLY PRESENTS</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Morning</p> <p style="text-align: center;">A solo exhibition by HuskMitNavn</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Morning. Top of the morning. Day break. Breaking sleep, comfort and spirit. Forcing yourself to perform with night and sleep in your blood and guts. Performing mundane morning rituals. Showering, toast, tea, teeth, coffee, kids&hellip; KIDS, clothes, packing lunch, packing kids, kids unpacking, keys, keys, keys. Transition, transit, traffic jam, walk, bus, metro, bicycle, road rage, type A and type B personalities in full conflict. A - Good morning B - what&rsquo;s so fucking good about it?! Snowed in, crystal clear spring sky, coming home when the norm rises, newspaper, sunrise, first at work, morning swim, oatmeal and colleagues.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In his new exhibition Morning HuskMitNavn (RememberMyName) engages our common morning routines in paintings, collages and drawings. He investigates how every morning holds the potential of new beginnings and at the same time is an automated struggle for most of us. In a delicate clear palette he poetically depicts the sleep deprived, cozy and chaotic moments that forms the start of a new day.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A painting, Rush Hour, 2015, 160 x 120 cm, depicts a family getting ready. Mom is brushing her son&rsquo;s teeth while he is putting on clothes and she is simultaneously eating breakfast, while her man rushes past them out the door. In a typical Danish scenario, Sleeping Kids, 2015, 100 x 80 cm, a man rides his two kids to kinder garden and school on a bicycle, they are both sleeping, in the background a red sun breaks the horizon. What To Wear, 2015, 160 x 120 cm, shows a woman facing a large empty closet in apathy, sleep in her eye and hair styled by the night, while a large pile of laundry towers against it. In a Hopperesque composition, Bank Lady, 2015, 120 x 160 cm, a woman vacuums the floor of an empty bank at the light of dawn.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With Morning HuskMitNavn continues his heartfelt investigation of the dynamics of everyday life that has been the outset from the beginning of his artistic career. The magic, banal, poetic, ugly, humorous, weird and instrumental moments that make up our existence. In 67 new works ranging from large colourful paintings to small black and white drawings he captures, composes and distills mundane moments. We recognize ourselves and our neighbours in these works and they make us reflect on how we live. A rare empowering pause in the midst of contemporary life.&nbsp;<br /><br />HuskMitNavn (b.1975, Denmark) has relentlessly worked his way through a multitude of artistic disciplines over the past decade; museum exhibitions, gallery shows, public commissions, publications and in later years a unique artistic way of utilizing the Instagram format (@huskmitnavn1). He has recently exhibited at Munkeruphus Museum (collection of Jens-Peter Brask), Denmark, K&Oslash;S Museum (Museum of art in public spaces), Denmark, Link&ouml;ping Kunsthal, Sweden, Storm P. Museum, Denmark, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, Rutkowski 68, Cologne, The Hole Gallery, New York and Alice Gallery in Bruxelles. A smaller exhibition of new drawings and prints by HuskMitNavn will run in conjunction in the V1 Gallery project space The Depot. Morning is HuskMitNavn&rsquo;s sixth solo exhibition with V1 Gallery.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Good morning.</p> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:28:18 +0000 Superflex - von Bartha, Basel - April 25th - July 11th Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:25:13 +0000 Alexey Luka - Wunderkammern - April 18th - May 23rd <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Wunderkammern is proud to present&nbsp;<em>Being here</em>, Alexey Luka&rsquo;s first solo show in Italy.</strong>&nbsp;<br /><br />In collaboration with the Foundation &ldquo;<strong>Centre for the development of the relations between Italy and Russia</strong>&rdquo;.<br /><br />Alexey Luka (Luchko) was born in 1983 in Moscow, where he currently lives and works.&nbsp;<strong>Among the most talented and influential young artists in the Russian contemporary art scene</strong>, Luka has participated in important international projects, like the&nbsp;<em>LGZ Festival&nbsp;</em>in Moscow in 2013 and the project&nbsp;<em>Le M.U.R. XIII</em>&nbsp;in Paris in 2014, and recently created an&nbsp;<strong>installation commissioned by Pirelli which was shown at the Hangar Bicocca in Milan and presented by Achille Bonito Oliva</strong>.<br /><br />With a background in architecture studies, the Russian artist developed a unique and recognizable style, based on the use of abstract geometric shapes and chromatic variations. Perfectly comfortable with different techniques, spray paints, acrylic paints, sculpture, and collage, Alexey Luka creates complex compositions in which the colors and geometric lines interact, resulting in a sort of puzzle to decipher. The observer is left, therefor, to reconstruct and consequently interpret the image, starting precisely with the colors that suggest shapes: faces, characters and landscapes alternate in a game of perception that activates our imagination. Through the composition and decomposition of the shapes and the chromatic combinations, with references to Constructivism and Neo-plasticism, the artist aims to tell a story, to evoke a situation or a vision, in an entirely unusual and original way.<br /><br />In the new works produced for the show&nbsp;<em><strong>Being here</strong></em>&nbsp;at Wunderkammern, Alexey Luka explores the concept of home. Many aspects related to this concept are able to influence people in a relevant way: their background and family history, the culture of the country in which they are born, the local customs of the place in which they live, and even everyday activities have a real influence on the formation of personality, and on the way in which we reflect and act. Our past experiences interact with the present, shaping us and bestowing upon us an idea of belonging and identity, the feeling of a safe home. Nevertheless, these feelings can mask psychological patterns of self-deception, of compliance and conformity to the values and ethics of the group, which ignore a realistic evaluation of other courses of action. In fact, many find what they really need, their inner being, their independent will, only when they are far from home. Being here investigates this relationship between native environment and individuality, highlighting how the latter might be rediscovered outside of the geographic and cultural confines in which we are raised.<br /><br /><strong>Alexey Luka will present new artworks: wooden sculptures, paintings on canvas, wood and plywood assemblages and paper collages, produced specifically for the show&nbsp;<em>Being here</em></strong>. The critical essay for the exhibition is written by Anna Cestelli Guidi. As a preview to the show, Alexey Luka created an impressive public mural in Torpignattara titled Straniera, or &ldquo;Foreigner&rdquo; in English, for the Days of Moscow (May 26 &ndash; 30th, 2014), whose opening was attended by the Minister of Department for Foreign Economic Activity and International Relations of the Government of the Municipality of Moscow. The artist will be present at the opening.<br /><br />The exhibition&nbsp;<em>Being here&nbsp;</em>is the fourth one of Wunderkammern&rsquo;s artistic series&nbsp;<em><strong>Limitless</strong></em>, and follows the solo shows by Sam3 (Spain), L&rsquo;Atlas (France) and Sten Lex (Italy). The project will end with the exhibition by Jacopo Ceccarelli a.k.a. 2501 (Italy).&nbsp;<em>Limitless</em>&nbsp;explores the concept of limitation in its possible shapes and manifestations, designating Art as the preferred means of overcoming barriers that we are subjected to on a daily basis, and for reflecting on limitless reality.</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Wunderkammern &egrave; lieta di presentare&nbsp;</strong><em><strong>Being here</strong></em><strong>, la prima mostra personale dell&rsquo;artista Alexey Luka in Italia.&nbsp;</strong><br /><br />In collaborazione con Fondazione &ldquo;<strong>Centro per lo sviluppo dei rapporti Italia Russia</strong>&rdquo;.<br /><br />Alexey Luka (Luchko) nasce nel 1983 a Mosca, dove attualmente vive e lavora.&nbsp;<strong>Tra i pi&ugrave; talentuosi ed influenti giovani artisti della scena dell&rsquo;arte contemporanea russa</strong>, Luka ha partecipato ad importanti progetti internazionali, tra i quali l&rsquo;<em>LGZ Festival</em>di Mosca nel 2013 e&nbsp;<em>il progetto Le M.U.R. XIII</em>&nbsp;a Parigi nel 2014, ed ha recentemente realizzato&nbsp;<strong>un&rsquo;installazione commissionata da Pirelli, che &egrave; stata esposta all&rsquo;Hangar Bicocca di Milano e presentata da Achille Bonito Oliva</strong>.&nbsp;<br /><br />Proveniente da studi di architettura, l&rsquo;artista russo ha sviluppato uno stile unico e distinguibile, basato sull&rsquo;utilizzo di forme geometrico-astratte e variazioni cromatiche. Perfettamente a suo agio con differenti tecniche, vernice spray, pittura acrilica, scultura e collage, Alexey Luka realizza complesse composizioni nelle quali i colori e le linee geometriche interagiscono tra loro, creando una sorta di puzzle da decifrare. L&rsquo;osservatore &egrave; lasciato quindi alla ricostruzione e alla conseguente interpretazione dell&rsquo;immagine, partendo proprio dai colori che suggeriscono delle forme: volti, personaggi e paesaggi si alternano in un gioco percettivo che attiva la nostra immaginazione. Attraverso la composizione e la scomposizione delle forme e gli accostamenti cromatici, con referenze al Costruttivismo e Neoplasticismo, l&rsquo;artista ambisce a raccontare una storia, a suggerire una situazione o una visione, in maniera del tutto insolita ed originale.&nbsp;<br /><br />Nelle nuove opere realizzate per la mostra&nbsp;<em><strong>Being here</strong></em>&nbsp;a Wunderkammern, Alexey Luka esplora il concetto di casa. Molti aspetti afferenti a questo concetto sono capaci di esercitare sulle persone un&rsquo;influenza rilevante: il background e la storia famigliare, la cultura del paese in cui sono nate, gli usi locali del posto in cui vivono, e anche la stessa quotidianit&agrave; hanno infatti un peso sulla formazione della personalit&agrave;, e sul modo in cui tutti riflettiamo e agiamo. Il nostro passato personale interagisce col presente, modellandoci e conferendoci un&rsquo;idea di appartenenza e di identit&agrave;, la sensazione di una casa sicura. Tuttavia, questi sentimenti possono nascondere degli schemi mentali di autoinganno, di accondiscendenza e di conformit&agrave; ai valori e all&rsquo;etica del gruppo, che ignorano una valutazione realistica di altre linee d&rsquo;azione. In realt&agrave;, molti trovano ci&ograve; di cui davvero hanno bisogno, la loro interiorit&agrave;, la loro volont&agrave; indipendente, soltanto quando sono lontani dalle loro case. Being here indaga proprio questa relazione tra l&rsquo;ambiente di riferimento e l&rsquo;individualit&agrave;, facendo emergere quanto quest&rsquo;ultima possa essere riscoperta al di fuori dei confini geografici e culturali in cui siamo cresciuti.<br /><br /><strong>Alexey Luka presenter&agrave; opere d&rsquo;arte inedite, sculture in legno, dipinti su tela, assemblages di legno e compensato e collages di carta, realizzate appositamente per la mostra&nbsp;<em>Being here</em>.&nbsp;</strong>Il testo critico della mostra &egrave; curato da Anna Cestelli Guidi. Come anteprima della mostra Alexey Luka ha realizzato un impressionante intervento murale pubblico a Torpignattara, intitolato Straniera, nell'ambito delle Giornate di Mosca (26 - 30 maggio 2014) ed inaugurato con la presenza del Ministro del Dipartimento degli Affari Esteri del Governo del Comune di Mosca. L&rsquo;artista sar&agrave; presente in occasione del vernissage.<br /><br />La mostra&nbsp;<em>Being here&nbsp;</em>&egrave; la quarta del progetto artistico di Wunderkammern&nbsp;<em><strong>Limitless</strong></em>, e segue le personali degli artisti Sam3 (Spagna), L&rsquo;Atlas (Francia) e Sten Lex (Italia). Il progetto si concluder&agrave; con la mostra dell&rsquo;artista Jacopo Ceccarelli a.k.a. 2501 (Italia).&nbsp;<em>Limitless</em>&nbsp;esplora il concetto di limite nelle sue possibili forme e manifestazioni, designando l&rsquo;Arte come il mezzo preferenziale per il superamento delle barriere a cui siamo quotidianamente sottoposti e per una riflessione sulla realt&agrave; illimitata.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:21:27 +0000 Miriam Humer, Gazmend Kalemi - XVA Gallery Al Fahidi - April 4th - September 30th <p style="text-align: justify;">XVA Gallery is excited to announce the upcoming exhibition&nbsp;Seeds from the Desert Sand&nbsp;by Oman based German artists Gazmend Kalemi and Miriam Humer. The exhibition features work created individually by each artist alongside work they have created together.&nbsp;This is the first time Kalemi and Humer will have exhibited their work in collaboration&nbsp;publicly, it is also the first time they will show their work in the UAE. The exhibition opens with a reception for the artists on Saturday April&nbsp;4th,&nbsp;2015, from 6-9pm.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Although the work of&nbsp;Kalemi and Humer&nbsp;varies in style and subject, similar materials are utilized including paper, pencil and water, and reoccurring elements such as transparency, rocks and plants appear. The structures of nature play a hugely important role in the practice of each artist. Kalemi&rsquo;s style leans towards a more literal documentation of the deserts natural beauty whereas Humer records specific details found within nature in an abstract and unbound way. The style of Kalemi&rsquo;s work may be perceived by some to be the more masculine of the two, when juxtaposed with the delicate femininity of Humer&rsquo;s work. Together these two very different styles compliment each other to create a harmonious whole. The artists draw inspiration from all the elements of their home surroundings in the Middle East; their children, the natural environment, the architecture, and the culture.&nbsp;In&nbsp;Seeds from the Desert Sand&nbsp;they explore together and individually connective ideas of spring, growth and renewal.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">About the Artists:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Gazmend Kalemi</strong>&nbsp;hopes to prompt the viewer to consider the impact of his work when viewed individually and when viewed within a larger body of work.&nbsp;He envisages his pieces being&nbsp;heard&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;seen. His drawings document his encounters with natural phenomena, binding science and art, and merging rational thought with raw emotion.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Miriam Humer&rsquo;s</strong>&nbsp;works on paper are drawn, printed, sewn, cut and dipped in wax. They extract and amplify specific details from within nature, such as the serrated edge of a leaf, or the blossom of a plum tree, and so bind them creating an abstract portrayal of the seemingly random yet cyclic nature of life on earth.</p> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:16:41 +0000 Halim Al Karim - XVA Gallery Al Fahidi - March 14th - May 14th <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>From Sumerian to American, this chaos is this man.<br />Halim Al Karim, 2012</strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Chaos&nbsp;is a multimedia installation including sculpture, video, photography, LED light panels and &lsquo;Sumerian Skin&rsquo;. The installation will present the point of view of Al Karim about the&nbsp;disorder&nbsp;and madness surrounding our lives through love and war, and the &lsquo;hidden agendas&rsquo; of super powers, and their role in this&nbsp;turmoil. The installation will be presented outdoors in the main courtyard of XVA Gallery with the intention of allowing the viewer time andspace in which to confront their own chaos on a conscious level.<br /><br />About the Artist:<br /><br />Born in Najaf, Iraq in 1963, Halim Al Karim has held many solo exhibitions in Dubai, Paris, Holland, Switzerland, Istanbul, USA, Jordan and Lebanon. The artist was nominated for the 2010 Sovereign Art Prize and was awarded the jury prize in the International Cairo Biennale in Egypt. He is one of the six artists whose work was featured in the Iraqi Pavilion at the 54thVenice Biennale &ndash; the first Iraqi Pavilion in 36 years. His work is in the collections of major museums including the Arab Museum of Contemporary Art in Doha, the Victoria &amp; Albert Museum in London, the Saatchi Collection in London, Darat Al Funun in Amman, L'Institut du Monde Arabe&nbsp;in Paris, the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Artron Art Museum in China and Yinchaun MoCA in China. He lives and works in Dubai and Colorado, USA.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:14:55 +0000 Vladimir Safronov - Yekaterinburg Gallery of Modern Art - April 29th - May 12th <h1 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Paintings and Graphics by Vladimir Safronov, a well-known illustrator .</span></h1> <p style="text-align: justify;">Year 2015 is announced as the Year of Literature and the Year of Spanish language in Russia. Yekaterinburg gallery of Modern art has organized an exhibition project that is devoted to a Spanish novel &ldquo;The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of la Mancha&rdquo; by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, it will be 400 years in 2015 since it was first published.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Yekaterinburg viewers will see a series of the famous Ural artist for the first time on April 29, this series merges the plot and original fiction in surprising way. The exhibition with an intriguing title will feature more than 40 art works of Vladimir Safronov, who is known as a painter, muralist, talented illustrator of a great number of kids&rsquo; books and poetry collections. Poetry and fantasy were very close to the artist. The evidence of it is a cycle of paintings and graphics devoted to an image of the eternal romantic, Don Quixote, this character caught the artist&rsquo;s imagination during his last twenty years.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The project supported by Honorary Consulate of Spain in Yekaterinburg in the Urals Federal District.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition will run until May 12 daily from 11:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m.</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;">2015 год объявлен в России Годом литературы и Годом испанского языка. Галерея современного искусства специально подготовила выставочный проект, посвящённый классическому произведению испанской литературы &laquo;Хитроумный идальго Дон Кихот Ламанчский&raquo; Мигеля де Сервантеса, со дня публикации которого в этом году исполняется ровно 400 лет.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">29 апреля впервые екатеринбургский зритель увидит серию работ известного уральского автора, удивительным образом совмещающую литературный сюжет с творческим вымыслом. На выставке с интригующим названием будут представлены более 40 картин художника Владимира Сафронова &ndash; живописца, монументалиста, талантливого иллюстратора большого числа детских книг и поэтических сборников. Поэтичность и фантазийность была близка и самому художнику. Подтверждением тому является цикл живописных и графических работ, посвящённых образу вечного романтика - Дона Кихота, занимавший воображение Владимира Сергеевича последние двадцать лет его жизни.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Проект осуществляется при поддержке Почетного Консульства Испании в Екатеринбурге по УрФО.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Экспозиция открыта до 12 мая, ежедневно с 11:00-20:00.</strong></p> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:12:13 +0000 - Yekaterinburg Gallery of Modern Art - April 15th - April 25th <p style="text-align: justify;">Yekaterinburg gallery of Modern art is delighted to announce the 3rd Annual Open Competition Exhibition &ldquo;Rhythms of megalopolis&rdquo; by The Children&rsquo;s Art School students. The opening will be held at 17:00 on April 15.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition will feature more than 100 art works by Yekaterinburg Children&rsquo;s Art schools students aged 6 to 16. The main idea of their art is to show development of big cities, which are changing year by year &ndash; an urban skyline is constantly transforming. Also in the year of 70th Anniversary of Victory organizers offer to try to convey Ural homefront workers&rsquo; priceless and countless contributions and sacrifices to the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 using different artistic conventions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Viewers can vote online for the best authors in their opinion on vk page of Children&rsquo;s Art School. A ceremony of winners awarding will be held at the gallery at 17:00 on April 25.</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;">15 апреля в 17.00 в Екатеринбургской галерее современного искусства состоится открытие&nbsp;<a href="http://xn--3-7sba3bfrmq8c.xn--80acgfbsl1azdqr.xn--p1ai/article/280">Третьего Открытого городского конкурса-выставки творческих работ учащихся ДШИ &laquo;Ритмы мегаполиса&raquo;.</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">На выставке будет представлено более 100 работ учащихся детских школ искусств, художественных школ города Екатеринбурга в возрасте от 6 лет до 16 лет. В основу своего творчества авторам предстоит вложить главную идею &ndash; показать рост и развитие крупных городов, чей облик с каждым годом преображается, меняет своё очертание. Так же, в год 70-летия Победы в Великой Отечественной войне, организаторы предлагают участникам, используя различные художественно-выразительные средства, попытаться передать, как на Урале труженики тыла во время Великой Отечественной войны с 1941 года по 1945 год помогали стране, отдавая все свои силы для великой Победы.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Зрители смогут выбрать лучших авторов на официальной&nbsp;<a href="">страничке Детской художественной школы Вконтакте</a>&nbsp;в ходе проведения открытого интернет-голосования. Награждение победителей состоится в галерее 25 апреля в 17:00.</p> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:12:33 +0000 Jesse Amado - Ruiz-Healy Art - April 30th - June 6th <p>Ruiz-Healy Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new works by Jesse Amado. <em>30 Day Rx </em>opens Thursday, April 30th with an artist reception from 6&mdash;8 pm. Amado will also be in attendance for an Artist Talk moderated by independent curator, Patty Ortiz, Saturday, May 9<sup>th</sup> at 1:00pm.</p> <p>Known for art that is conceptually based and highly formal, Amado&rsquo;s practice occupies the liminal space that hovers between life and art. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, he received his BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin and his BFA and MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Amado resided in both Texas and New York City for many years, but has now chosen to live in his hometown full time.</p> <p>The works in <em>30 Day Rx </em>are informed by Amado&rsquo;s recent personal experience with illness and prescription drugs. Focusing on the gamut of ways that pharmaceuticals inflect our daily lives, Amado reveals the beauty, power, and consequences of living in bodies consisting of, and charged with, chemicals. Take a dose.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:09:36 +0000