Archive: 2017


Knock On Wood

October 6–November 18, 2017

This collaborative exhibition by Jeremy Pavka and Sean Procyk uses sound, video, and sculpture to examine human processes of disturbance on the land. More specifically the installation considers the role that fear has played in shaping settler practices of interacting with the natural environment. Our relationship to land waivers from a resource for exploitation to an object of possession, or a matter of inquiry for preservation, comfort, and enjoyment. Through this series of multi-sensory works Sean and Jeremy explore the inconsistencies in the perception of 'land' in capital-driven North American cultures.

Exhibition opening is October 6 at 7pm.

Sean and Jeremy will be giving an artist talk on October 7 at 2pm.

Read Christina Cuthbertson's critical essay on knock on wood.


Getting Big

October 6 - Novmeber 18, 2017

Calgary artist Violet Costello’s toddlers, created from paper composite, stand precariously balanced on stools, everyday objects perched on their heads. In her paintings, she reinterprets her own works in humorous compositions with a sense of strangeness and of being out-of-place. Her installation locates nostalgias, beliefs, and desires in these surreal children, cartoon figures, animals, and objects, in absurd, dreamlike worlds.

Exhibition opening reception is October 6, 7-10pm, free to Latitude members and guests.

Artist talk and tour of the exhibition with Violet Costello is October 7, 1pm.  

Read Carolyn Jervis's critical essay "soft comforts for a newly not-me world" reviewing Getting Big.


Catastrophe, Memory, Reconciliation

July 28 - September 9, 2017

Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo will construct a sawdust tapestry using methods from traditional religious celebrations in Central America. The El Salvador-born artist then asks visitors to participate in the tapestry's erasure throughout the exhibition. Ramirez Castillo sees it as an opportunity for viewers to subvert the power of political and cultural icons. The floor tapestry refers to ancient cultural practice and converging local tradition. Ramirez Castillo uses his personal experience to inform visual language that addresses identity, memory and violence. In turns, the exhibition speaks to collective memory and historical trauma in narrative form in a series of mixed media drawings and a stop motion animation.

Members and guests are invited to join us July 28th for the opening reception from 7-10pm. An artist talk with Ramirez Castillo will be on July 29 at 1pm.

Read Roberta McDonald's exhibition essay Redrawing Memory as Resistance.



July 28 - September 9, 2017

Calgary artist Kale Vandenbroek peers into the self, hypercritical of every movement and thought in this collection of print and mixed-media works. Pasting an image down and wearing it away, his paint-like surfaces suggest imprecise narratives of introspection and a cast of personalities in extended techniques grounded in the traditions of printmaking and illustration.

Exhibition opening reception is July 28th 7-10pm, free to Latitude members and guests.

Vandenbroek will be giving one-on-one tours of the exhibition Saturday July 29. Contact to reserve a time.


Big'Uns by Dayna Danger

June 9 – July 22, 2017

Dayna Danger's exhibition Big‘Uns explores the reclaiming of the bodies and sexualities of trans, non-binary, femme, and female-identified individuals.

The Montréal based, queer, 2Spirit, Métis/Saulteaux/Polish artist Dayna Danger travelled to Alberta in April to photograph local participants for her photo series, which will be presented in this exhibition.

The exhibition is presented in partnership with the Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective and Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture.

Members and guests are invited to join us June 9th for the opening reception.



June 3 – July 15, 2017

Visual Arts Alberta -- CARFAC presents the work of five Alberta artists and one collective who use art to question today's political realities, and prompt challenging discussions. Their work is diverse, sometimes conflicting in perspective, and presents visions of the world some would find uncomfortable.
The works presented may provoke questions on motive, but these artists speak their own truth directly through their work.

Artists include Barbara Amos (Calgary), Lee Deranger (Calgary), M.E.D.I.U.M. (Frater Tham, Madame Symona, Char Latan, and DR I.M. Auftenhazie; Lethbridge), Kzumi Marthiensen (Lethbridge), Alice Schoenberg (Calgary), and Gerry Yaum (Edmonton).

The exhibition is curated by Visual Arts Alberta -- CARFAC and presented by Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture.


Danièle Dennis and Shantel Miller – Skin Glowing in the Moonlight

April 13 - May 27, 2017

Opening reception: Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7-10pm for Latitude 53 members and guests.

In "Skin Glowing in the Moonlight" Ontario artists Shantel Miller and Danièle Dennis present two viewpoints that confront the barriers and stereotypes surrounding the perception of Black identity in society today.
Dennis’ video performance work in "Colour Me Bad" investigates race, culture and identity through blackening her own body with makeup, markers and dirt. And in Try a Little Tenderness, she exposes the contradictions forced on Black women to soften their appearance by covering her body with pink cotton candy.

Miller’s “Side Profile” series uses classical oil painting to depict Black men in mug shot poses. By using this imagery Miller unravels how politics and surreptitious stereotypes have affected and now obstruct individual Black identity in men.

These works appear alongside each other to explore the issues around Black identity in society today. 

Nasra Adem, Edmonton's youth poet laureate, wrote this poem in reflection on the themes found within Skin Glowing in the Moonlight


Shanell Papp – Based on a True Story

April 13 - May 27, 2017

Opening reception: Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7-10pm for Latitude 53 members and guests.

Shanell Papp’s textile work in "Based on a True Story" presents violent crime, truth and revenge.

Lethbridge artist Papp uses textiles and plastic sculpture to create backdrops for scenes of strange figures, inspired by fairy tales, horror films, and true crime in clusters that spin a story of revenge. Preview some of Shanell Papp's work on her website.


MADE presents Sheltered + Exposed

February 16 - April 1, 2017
Opening reception: Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 pm, for Latitude 53 members and guests

Winter is a defining feature of life in Alberta and the cold climate is often seen as a challenge to navigate. We design with winter in mind, but too often this means structures isolate us from the elements rather than deliberately connecting us to a beautiful season. Sheltered + Exposed offers a discussion on the duality of shelter from and exposure to winter conditions. It suggests ways in which architecture and design can help to create a balance between these two positions. The exhibition features over 20 recent projects from across Alberta that exemplify ways in which architecture can support Albertans can enjoyment of winter life.

This exhibition was inspired by both the exhibition Vivre et concevoir avec la neige au Québec, produced by Montreal’s Maison de l’architecture du Québec (MAQ), and the City of Edmonton's Winter City Strategy. Vivre et concevoir avec la neige au Québec is being presented in english for the first time in conjunction with our Alberta-based Sheltered + Exposed. MADE and Latitude 53 are pleased to highlight successful Quebec-based examples of architecture and design which confront winter head on. We aim to create a framework for dialogue about design between these two provinces for whom winter is a defining experience.

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