Some weekends, in Alberta, there is NO LIMIT to the number of events available to me, given that I’m interested in live music, books, art, theater and dance. This past weekend was one of those for me. I really wanted to see Billy MacCarroll’s Aftermath opening at Jarvis Hall, but will have to attend on my own. The Glenbow opened its Sybil Adrews: Art and Life and ExtraOrdinary Objects exhibits. The Bee Kingdom were hosting an open house…didn’t make that despite all of my good intentions. A big one, Dave More: A Painter’s Gift, guest-curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette, happened in Red Deer on Sunday. I’m happy to know that The Edge Gallery Calgary location is hosting an exhibit of David’s works, Hidden Within, opening on October 26 1-4. And as I write this, I am reminded that I would love to see the recent works by Michael Corner that are on exhibit at The Edge Gallery in Canmore. So…that list should demonstrate the dilemma. And I know that it is only a beginning…we are so blessed in this province.
Did I mention that at the same time Wordfest was happening? More on that later.
If you haven’t, try to make space to visit the Esker Foundation’s current exhibits and if possible, attend some of the engaging and inspiring programs. Presently, Jeffrey Gibson: Time Carriers and Nep Sidhu: Divine of Form, Formed in the Divine (Medicine for a Nightmare) creates a rich dreamscape of texture and voice for the viewer. The work feels like a bridge between space and time, contributing to a bigger knowledge/experience of culture and collaboration. I find these exhibits intoxicating.
Almost soothing, the piece, Kablusiak: Qiniqtuaq located in the project space is best-seen in the night time as it becomes animated by the warm light of the projection and its complexities are more successfully captured.
On Friday evening, Jeffrey Gibson generously moved through a brief history of major bodies of work, beginning with the Punching Bag series and continuing to talk about abstraction, collaboration and garments. It was very kind of Jeffrey to take the time to chat with us beyond question period, given that the garments and drums were being de-installed for the next day’s performance. From Esker, Karen and I drove to cSPACE via a random path selected by Google Maps. (another story) We were able to enjoy the work of artist and friend, Louise Lacey-Rokosh. I met Louise some years ago at Gorilla House and I have enjoyed following her work.
I was blessed to have the opportunity to also enjoy Jeffrey Gibson’s performance piece, To Name Another, a piece that left me in tears three different times. Did I take note of the words that most moved me? No… I think that the complete engagement in the sound/movement experience took all of us to a deeper place. And while this might sound a little strange, that’s okay.
I continue to have a sense of wonder about the work that is on display and am looking forward to learning more about Nep Sidhu’s work and process.
Thanks to my sister-friends, Karen and Linda, for sharing in parts of this immersive journey with me this past weekend. I enjoyed the yummy Ruben sandwich on the Spolumbos patio with you, Karen, on a perfect autumn day. And Linda, I’m so happy that we had a chance to share deep fried dill pickles and a terrific Blues Jam and the Can.
A few images follow…I regret that I am missing the titles of the works below. I will backtrack and complete the information as I collect it. Initially, I have posted photos of some of the titles available that are linked to the subjects or interests of the artists presently on exhibit. I really appreciate how the Esker always provides a reading list.