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The Esker Foundation is the largest privately funded, non-commercial contemporary gallery in Calgary. Esker is committed to the advancement of contemporary art through the production and presentation of innovative artistic and curatorial projects.
Opening Sep 16 Mary Anne Barkhouse: Le Rêve aux Loups.
The artistic practice of Mary Anne Barkhouse is deeply engaged with environmental and indigenous issues and incorporates in a central role a visual iconography of animals. Barkhouse situates her work between the two worlds of the human and the natural and employs the beaver, raven, wolf, and coyote as symbols of the ability to adapt, persist, regenerate, and repair throughout endless environmental incursions. Guest curated by Jennifer Rudder.
Opening Sep 16 Postcommodity: A Very Long Line is an immersive four-channel video installation comprised of four screens of moving images featuring desert landscapes, framed by the constant presence of a fence. Shot along a portion of the border ‘fence’ between Douglas, Arizona, USA and Agua Prieta in Sonora, Mexico we see variations of the fence with surrounding neighbourhoods and landscapes – although it is not clear which side we are viewing from and to. Beyond documenting a section of the US-Mexico border, ‘A Very Long Line’ captures the deep complexity of border-related issues, with its varied pacing and uncomfortable noise, it acts as a metaphor, critiquing and asking questions on colonization and contemporary culture.
To Oct 22 Making Treaty 7: Finding Common Ground PROJECT SPACE. This Project Space exhibition is a rotating presentation of works produced in response to the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society’s Common Ground Dinner Series. Over the next twelve weeks, each of the works created in response to the Dinner Series will be displayed in the Project Space in rotating groupings. The artists involved are: Jill Allan, Derek Beaulieu, Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal, Chris Cran, Amanda Fox, Micheline Maylor, Keegan Starlight, Andrew Tarrant, and George Webber. Based on the Making Treaty 7 methodology, this dinner series explored the theme of The Land through eight sub-themes: Energy, Agriculture, Education, Law, Culture, Borders, Safety and Security, and Medicine.
Opening Oct 30 Veronica Verkel: Second Nature: FERAL. An abandoned house in the forest gradually collapses as time, nature, animals, and the elements take over and ultimately transform it. The video reads as a time-lapse shot over several years, but in reality, it is a stop motion animation shot over many months, with the ruin and decay painstakingly animated by hand. From destruction, there emerges a transformative beauty: the house becomes uninhabitable to some, but in its decay, it becomes refuge for others.