June 1 – July 29, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday June 1, 6-9 pm
International Children’s Festival: May 30 – June 4, 2017
Walkthrough tours: Thursday June 15, 12:05 – 12:45pm and Thursday July 20, 12:05 – 12:45pm
Take a walk through the wonderfully vibrant world of art educator and artist Twyla Exner. Technological Wanders explores the potential of technology to go awry, spawning mutant living forms that thrive in the manmade landscape. Emerging from the idea of technological and electronic self-reproduction, these works imagine the evolution of electronic devices.
Exner is an inventive and eco-conscious artist. Her imaginative sculptural creatures are crafted through the repurposing of miles of old telephone wire, outdated electronics and technology. Exner’s labor intensive process marries used, defunct materials with traditional art-making techniques such as weaving, braiding and knotting. The resulting organisms inspired by microscopic life and undersea creatures speak to the actual and potential impact of technology on living things. Constant advancements in technology quickly render previously heralded innovations obsolete. In similar fashion Exner’s beings are continually growing and evolving, becoming stranger with invasive alien potential.
The ingenious and imaginative nature of Exner’s work makes this exhibit the ideal candidate for Art Gallery of St. Albert’s annual Northern Alberta Children’s Festival programming in 2017. Children have unbridled imaginations and these adventurous works will serve as inspiration for their own creative learning.
Art Gallery of St. Albert will be taking part in Children’s Festival programming onsite at the Gallery from May 30th through June 4th. We are looking for a free satellite dish and old telephone wire to incorporate into an art installation and children’s art program during the St. Albert Children’s Festival. Visit our volunteer page for more information on how you can help.