Esker Foundation Gallery

Anna Torma’s lush and imaginative art fuses Hungarian textile traditions and feminist avant-garde practices. Her prolific and eclectic show is almost encyclopedic. more


The Hamilton-born, Paris-based artist will realize an open-air installation in Randall’s Island Park, exploring freedom of movement and architectures of exclusion, tentatively titled "Shady." more


"Le rêve aux loups (The Dream of Wolves)" at Calgary's Esker Foundation examines environmental concerns and Indigenous culture through the visual iconography of forest animals, including beaver, owl, wolf and coyote. more


"A Very Long Line" by artist collective Postcommodity is an immersive four-channel video and sound installation comprised of four screens of moving images featuring desert landscapes, framed by the constant presence of a fence. more


Calgary-based artist Jason de Haan was due for greater recognition at home when the Esker Foundation stepped up with a solo show. more


The show, with upwards of 100 pieces, many laden with detail and cryptic narratives, is an imaginative trove, much of which may confound as much as it beguiles. more


Iraqi-born, New York-based artist Wafaa Bilal’s "168:01" features a makeshift library filled with empty white books. more


Colleen Heslin, “Needles and Pins,” 2016, installation at Esker Foundation

John Dean

There’s a push and pull in Colleen Heslin’s quilt-like paintings, a pull to examine the undulating dyes and the rolling seams that stitch together second-hand fabrics used as surface and support. more


Celia Perrin Sidarous, "Folding fan, hands, Venus, geode and hairstyle," 2015

Courtesy of the artist and Parisian Laundry, Montreal

In "Interiors, Other Chambers", Montreal artist Celia Perrin Sidarous presents intuitively organized collages and sculptural assemblages that consider collections of objects and how they are transformed by the visual languages. more


"Boreal (detail)"

Photo: Sue Wribcan.

Mia Feuer is highly regarded in the United States, much better known there than in Canada, and has garnered awards and exhibited widely since 2009, including a show last year at the former Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. more


If you didn’t get to the vast survey of contemporary Canadian art at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, organized by American curator Denise Markonish in 2012, there’s now an opportunity to see it in Western Canada. more


From "Holding Our Breath"

Photo by Henri Robideau, grunt gallery.

Adrian Stimson’s installation "Sandbox" is chilling. The Saskatoon-based artist, a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation in southern Alberta, has created an ordinary-looking children’s sandbox. more


"Le gendarme/The Policeman"

Photo: Guy L’Heureux.

Inside a maze of white scaffolding, artist Cynthia Girard displays her collection of recent paintings, banners, sculptures and other objects at the Esker Foundation in Calgary. more


Esker Foundation Gallery 'Nest'

Photo Credit: Kasian Architecture Interior

The MUDA’s are held every two years and celebrate the contributions the design community makes to enhancing the quality of life in the city. more



Photo: Robert McNair; courtesy of the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

A short flight of stairs invites viewers into Saskatoon-based artist Dagmara Genda’s drawing installation, Panorama. The work is suspended like an enormous lampshade, encircling the viewing platform. more


Vancouver-based painter Landon Mackenzie’s work is diverse. The surprisingly varied look of individual pieces in this survey of two decades of abstract painting and drawing represents well her central theme of movement. more


Without much fanfare the shape of the arts waterfront has dramatically altered in western Canada. more


Lindsay Knox, "Poem for a Homebody", 2009

Photo: Dick Averns

Choosing the right approach for a premiere exhibition in any new facility is a hard task, and it is refreshing that Esker didn’t opt for contemporary art stars or a blockbuster show from the historical canon. more

STORIES 1 Comments