"Rob’s Story (detail)"
Al Henderson, "Rob’s Story (detail)."
"Light Horse Tales of an Afghan War," March 19 to April 2, 2011, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton
Al Henderson is best-known for his figurative sculptures in stone and bronze, detailed public commissions with traditional techniques. His latest work, seen in Light Horse Tales of an Afghan War, March 19 to April 2 at Douglas Udell Gallery in Edmonton, is a departure, combining sculpture and illustration in depicting the Afghanistan conflict as seen by Canadian soldiers in the South Alberta Light Horse Regiment. A former member of the Regiment, Henderson has taken their visceral memories and translated them into graphic, comic book-style panels, elegant figurative sculpture, and unusual bronzes — casts of bullet-torn metal and other battlefield memento mori.