Art Gallery of Alberta
May 27 to September 10, 2017
*Manning Hall (Svea Ferguson) – April 29 – August 13; Walter Phillips Gallery open June 24 – September 10
In late 2015, curators Peta Rake and Kristy Trinier travelled extensively across Alberta for studio visits. Then, in summer 2016 they invited artists to collaborative workshops in Banff. This informed the Alberta Biennial’s 2017 theme and title for the time being: what it means to be in between spaces and times.
This 10th Alberta Biennial teams the Art Gallery of Alberta with Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity’s Walter Phillips Gallery to bring viewers never-before exhibited works by 24 Alberta artists, showing concurrently in both locations.
for the time being: 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art approaches the political implications of self-organization and wayfinding in new and unknown territories, that may or may not be visible. Spread over two sites—here at the Art Gallery of Alberta and at Banff Centre’s Walter Phillips Gallery—the Alberta Biennial investigates the distribution of wealth and labour through the provisional practices of 24 artists from across the province. In conversation with the artists, the curators acknowledged common threads that emerged relating to interstitiality and site—albeit physical or virtual—and a preoccupation with language and echoes, that reflect the way in which artists see reverberations within larger discourses in their communities.
The cohort of 24 artists met at Banff Centre in the summer of 2016 for the Alberta Biennial Sessions to further develop their artworks and expand upon the exhibition themes together with the curators. Two international guest curators, Kendal Henry and Lorenzo Fusi, led an intensive series of workshops with the artists and facilitated an open conversation on the status of biennials and their impact regionally and internationally. This was the first time that artists have been brought together in such a way prior to the opening of the exhibition.
Since its inception in 1996, the Alberta Biennial has presented new and exciting works by a total of 222 artists, promoting Alberta artists across the country and bringing national attention to Alberta’s art scene.
Kristy Trinier is the Director of Visual, Digital and Media Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Previously, as the Curator at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Trinier curated Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, as well as exhibitions at the AGA and Enterprise Square Galleries. Her previous roles include Public Art Director at the Edmonton Arts Council, where she managed the City of Edmonton’s Public Art Collection, related exhibitions and public art programs and Grant Writer at Banff Centre. Trinier has written for Canadian Art, Momus and other arts publications. She holds a Bachelors degree in Visual Art and English from the University of Victoria, and a Masters degree in Public Art from the Dutch Art Institute (DAI, ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten) as a Huygens scholar in The Netherlands.
Peta Rake is the Curator of Walter Phillips Gallery and the Banff International Curatorial Institute at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She has curated exhibitions at ISCP (New York), Oakland Museum of California (Oakland), CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art (San Francisco), Luggage Store Gallery (San Francisco) and the Esker Foundation (Calgary). She writes regularly for C Magazine and her texts have appeared in Canadian Art, Fillip, and Blackflash among others. She has previously worked at California College of the Arts and Steven Leiber Archive (San Francisco) and the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane). She holds a Masters in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts, a Bachelors degree in Creative Industries from Queensland University of Technology and was the 2014 Curator Award recipient from ISCP in New York.
Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal
Craig Fahner and Neal Moignard
Nicole Kelly Westman
Walter Phillips Gallery Artists (opens June 24)
Justin Patterson and Stacey Watson
Organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Presented by ATB Financial. AGA exhibition is supported by Artist Patrons: Bruce and Carol Bentley, Marie Gordon, John and Maggie Mitchell, Sheila O’Brien, and Allan and Marianne Scott. Walter Phillips Gallery exhibition is supported by the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Outstanding Artist Program.