May 17 to June 21, 2013. Public Reception: Friday, May 31@ 8:00.
There will be a public artist talk with Clint Wilson (Edmonton), Maria Whiteman (Edmonton)
Memories Of A Naturalist: the first premise is that memories consist of points in time, as such memories form a punctual system. The “Naturalist” as such, an old-school ecologist, traditionally approaches nature as something to be written down. Guided by the data of memory, the Naturalist works hard to establish networks of points that eventually form a complex map of nature, coordinates for a scientific account that aspires to be a whole account. From this vantage point we begin with the work of Clint Wilson and Maria Whiteman, both artists who take the ecological recording as but a point of departure. Whiteman photographs mummified specimens of natural history found in their museum habitat, objects that are presented as strangely haunted despite the “fixed” character of the diorama representation. Wilson studies the living wolf as seen pacing back and forth within the margins of captivity. In both cases a pathos emerges, as Whiteman and Wilson independently strike upon suppressed, redacted, or messy data. With this “becoming animal” an out-bounding content overwhelms the memories of a naturalist, just as an irrefutable, natural chaos is bound to eventually disintegrate and sweep away the scientific hubris of any closed system.
Maria Whiteman is Assistant Professor of Drawing and Intermedia in Fine Arts at the University of Alberta. Her current art practice explores themes such as art and science, relationships between industry, community and nature, and the place of animals in our cultural and social imaginary. She is presently a scholar in the Canadian Institute for Research Computing in the Arts and was a co-director of the 2012 Banff Research in Culture/ documenta 13 research residency.
Clint Wilson uses photography, video, sculpture, sound and kinetics to construct inter-media environments that reflect upon and embody states of wonder. He received his BFA from the University of Alberta and his MFA from the University of Victoria and has been a practicing visual artist in Edmonton for 15 years.
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6 June - 28 July 2013
Jack Lavender draws from a world of mass-produced objects, transforming their singular banality through their composition within such structures as grids and metal armatures. Sitting between the disciplines of painting, sculpture and collage, Lavender brings different elements together to create a new entity.