Insoon Ha: Monology & Face
June 19–July 26 In the Main Space
Opening reception for members & guests: Thursday June 19 at 7:00 pm
Featuring a performance by the artist
Insoon Ha’s print and photographic installation delves into violence and post-colonial stasis through minimal forms. Ha’s confused identities are created in “Monology” as hybrid woman-animal forms and everyday objects apparently repurposed for torture—and by forcing viewers to walk directly on her self-portraits, damaging them as well as offering a kind of insult to the artist, in “Face”. In live performance, Insoon Ha will place this dirty process directly on herself, washing her face in dirty water mopped from the installation floor.
Read the essay by Mari Sasano.
Natalie McDonald: Feast
June 19–July 26 in the ProjEx Room
Opening reception for members & guests: at the Patio, Thursday June 19 from 5–11 pm
Calgary-based artist Natalie McDonald’s paintings create narratives about how we experience place and society as individuals. Finding sources for her painting practice in from film and printed material, she manipulates and reimagines images to change the storylines they tell us, and responds to the ways that she experiences relationships and interactions, and the ways that our society values these. In this play of overlapping interfaces, the audience’s own experience of the work, especially in the crowded celebration of its opening, becomes a performative part of the project itself.
June 24–September 6 in the Community Gallery
Incubator is Latitude 53’s annual look into what’s going on in our artistic community. Over the summer, we invite artists working in Edmonton to show their current projects, to discover new chances for collaboration, and to interact with new audiences at our weekly Patio parties, Thursdays 5–9, which bring together our membership of artists and art lovers with guests from Edmonton’s downtown, and other local organizations and businesses.
This year, Incubator is about collaboration, and challenging artists to feed off of one another to create something new. We’ve invited creators working in design as well as the art-gallery world to make five exhibitions together, bridging the disciplines and the generations in biweekly shows. Incubator is a rare look into the creative process of some of Edmonton’s most interesting makers, a glimpse at artists developing ideas and trust in one another.
Image: Eleanor Lazare
24 June–5 July: Eleanor Lazare & Zachary Ayotte
7-19 July: Robyn Stuart & Matt Whitson
22 July–2 August: Hailley Honcharik & Bob Iveson
5-16 August: Chris Camp & Royden Mills
18 August–6 September: Erin Elizabeth Ross & Jesse Sherburne
Charles-Antoine Blais Métivier and Serge-Olivier Rondeau
July 31–September 6 in the Main Space
These Montréal artists investigate how we make identities in a post-internet world. After Faceb00k is built around a collection of images straight from the social networking site that implicates the gallery and its community directly in mentions, friends and visitors, and interaction. In each of its exhibitions since being first realized in Montreal, the work has developed in new ways. After Faceb00k is a site-specific project that explores the context of the gallery as a part of community. The artists treat Facebook as a territory, a space for wandering, and find evidence for the developing ways that photography and privacy interact in our emotional relationships.
Presented with the support of RED The Agency.
Sheri Barclay: Hosers in Cuba
July 31–September 6 in the ProjEx Room
Sheri Barclay went to Sancti Spiritus in Cuba with Solidarity Rock: an artist-run cultural exchange between the music scenes in Cuba and Edmonton. Her photographs are of a time of change within Cuba, as speculation continues to develop about the future of the island after Fidel Castro, and in particular on increasing cultural influences from outside, and the sometimes uncomfortable power dynamic of visiting from the wealthier parts of the Americas. But her images are taken from the point of view of an artist invested in local punk connections, music and DIY culture.
Our Day Will Come
Initiated by Paul O’Neill – A project in the form of a Free School
Four week-long sessions this year, starting in July
In the form of a free school—a participatory, decentralized space for learning and sharing knowledge—this collaborative off-site project will create a space for becoming in Edmonton’s rapidly changing East downtown. New York-based, Irish artist-curator Paul O’Neill challenges ideas of curation and education in his work, and here he invites a roster of artists, locals, visitors, and others to create and reexamine their practices through workshops, school dinners, classes, radio broadcasts, lectures, and dances.
First session with Paul O’Neill, Mick Wilson and Jem Noble
Friday–Saturday, July 4 & 5
9:30 am–5 pm at Boyle Street Community Centre
Lunch and refreshments provided
This summer session is to be followed by three more in the coming months. These events will be linked by participant-created zines published over the next year.
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