Summer 2014 issue

Galleries West Summer 2014

Galleries West

Vol 13 No 2    ISSN No. 1703-2806

Editor: Portia Priegert

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Graphs are an artful solution to complex sets of data. They are visually elegant; one horizontal and one vertical axis meet to contain an erratic line of points. Perhaps it’s for this reason that Winnipeg artist Jeanette Johns uses them in her work. Read more


"Canoe People" and "Kimono Spirit Catching Thunderbird"

Photo: Ken Turner.

Richard Watts’ art exists at a strange confluence. The processes he uses break with traditional approaches to sculpture, and yet his art is a call to reconnect to the tactile world, to nature and to an increasingly threatened ecosystem. Read more



University of Lethbridge Art Collection. Gift of the House of Seagram.

Located near the American pavilion, Moses stood some 17 feet tall and weighed almost two tons. Cast in bronze, its mass and strength immediately impressed Dr Van Christou. Read more


"Alberta Bound"

Photo by Herb Sellin.

Herb Sellin, who moved through realism to abstraction in a career spanning four decades, presents 40 paintings in his first major exhibition in a public art gallery. Read more


The photographs in Andrzej Maciejewski’s Garden of Eden series are inspired by the still-life paintings of master painters such as Caravaggio, Luis Melendez, Willem Kalf and Jan Davidszoon de Heem. Read more


"Artist Kara Sievewright on the Chilkoot Trail"

Photo by Genesee Keevil

Kara Sievewright expected solitude, gold-rush history and the odd grizzly during her two-week artist residency on the Chilkoot Trail. Read more


Children’s drawings have influenced the direction of Tony Baker’s work over the last few years. Read more


For more than 30 years, Cliff Eyland, a Winnipeg painter, writer and curator, has created paintings, drawings and notes in an index-card format that measures just three inches by five inches. Read more


Agnes Ruest’s commitment to painting outdoors is so great that during Saskatoon’s frigid winters she used to rent a downtown hotel room so she could paint riverbank scenes from a window. Read more



Private Collection.

James Agrell Smith was a master engraver but also explored other media in work that retained a strong graphic presence. Read more


The images are haunting. Children’s shoes lie scattered in a classroom covered with layers of grime and debris. A tree pushes against the ceiling of a hotel room, its moss-covered floor littered with glass shards. Read more

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"We saw the reflected, inverted image of our own age"

Courtesy Tyler Los-Jones.

Calgary-based artist Tyler Los-Jones considers relationships between provisional and inherited conventions of representing the natural environment in We saw the reflected, "inverted image of our own age." Read more



Photo by R.Sarrat-Cave.

Andra Ghecevici explores notions of trespass as she reconsiders landscape traditions in Transcendence, a collection of paintings and charcoal drawings on canvas. Read more


Saskia Jetten explores themes related to theatre, identity and relationships, often using masks as a starting point. Read more


"Haiku 3: DREAM"

Photo by Lyle Pisio.

Lyle Pisio, a Calgary-based artist, musician and animator, builds a set with props to create a new stop-motion animated film during his summer residency at the Ledge Gallery. Read more


"Salmon on Saran"

Collection of Angus and Jean Bruneau.

Luminous paintings of everyday objects in her home – everything from jars of jam to a dead salmon – light up the 50-year retrospective of celebrated Newfoundland artist Mary Pratt. Read more


In BOG – "High Art from Low Lands," Winnipeg screenprinter Andrew Lodwick takes a page from cherished books to explore what’s so compelling about inky squiggles on paper. Read more


"Rapides et dangereux"

Purchased 2007
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
 Photo © National Gallery of Canada.

The Quebec artists’ collective BGL, composed of Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère and Nicolas Laverdière, will represent Canada at next year’s Venice Biennale. Read more


"A Car, Some Trees, Some Buildings, Some Other Cars, and a Sign, in Hampstead"

Photo by Noel Hodnett.

Val Nelson is unapologetic about her lack of interest in the machinations of contemporary art. “These are not strategically political or conceptual paintings,” she says. “They are an embodiment of my affection for the world.” Read more


Gordon Harper’s oil paintings evoke scalding summer days of desultory wandering through aging neighbourhoods that seem nearly devoid of life. Read more