’Berta Boys is a short film and exhibition that contemplates the teetering instability of Alberta’s hyper masculine identity. For artist Kyle Terrence, this exaggerated posturing has fused Alberta’s aesthetic and economic identities into a petrolphilic culture that is put on display via hyper-masculine regionalisms; roof-racks, lift-kits, oil-slogans and truck nuts, these are the accessories of the twenty-first century petrol cowboy. Driving forward with a self-assured camp, Berta Boys looks to open up this imagery by creating an isolated world where men turn their violent gaze on each other.
Curationism: How Curating Took over the Art World and Everything Else (2014/2015) traces the history of curating in the so-called West and its so-called art world alongside the development of late-capitalist ideas about value. In this talk, Balzer updates the ideas in Curationism for 2019—what feels like another time entirely—to look at how the expression of value in the art-world establishment is as anxious (and as tied to late-capitalism) as ever. The talk will broach ideas in Balzer's forthcoming book, This Is Not New.
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There is still good and bad writing about art. But the prescribed form of the review, and the idea of the practicing critic as someone who tells readers what is formally good and bad in art is, thankfully, slipping away. So how exactly do you write well about art in 2019? This is a workshop about the many ways to do that—analysis, observation, testimony, dialogue, discourse, more. We will talk about curiosity, skepticism, uncertainty, power, readership, attitude, subject positions—and how to pitch to publications. Bring a piece of writing you are currently working on to discuss and edit with the group.
Join author Amy Fung and University of Alberta writer in residence Janet Rogers for an evening of readings and conversation from their latest works.
Following the tangents of a foreign-born perspective and the complexities and complicities in participating in ongoing acts of colonial violence, Fung’s Before I was a Critic I was a Human Being takes the form of a very long land acknowledgement. Taken individually, each piece roots itself in the learning and unlearning process of a first generation settler immigrant as she unfurls each region’s sense of place and identity.
Zachary Ayotte’s new work engages in remembrance and rethinking of the gradual disappearance of queer spaces in our city. BAMF is a series of human-scale images of bodies slipping into the aether, realized as black-and-white photographs. As they vanish, they leave behind trails of dust, the black air closing in and swallowing the spaces they leave behind. Ayotte is interested in the relationship of the physical—bodies and the spaces they inhabit—to our conceptual and political landscapes. When these places don’t stay open, how do they live on, and how do they inform our other approaches to community?
Gather your good luck charms and start practicing your bingo call! Latitude 53's first Art Bingo is on Friday April 12th. The night will feature performances by the stunning and hilarious drag queen bingo callers, Kat Marlowe and Ivy League. With delicious beer by Blindman Brewing and cool prizes including art and vintage Latitude 53 swag up for grabs it's sure to be a fun night!
TRUCK Contemporary Art and Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture are pleased to present the Calgary launch for Orphan Well Adoption Agency, a publication produced in concert with Alana Bartol’s recent Latitude 53 exhibition, featuring texts by Lindsey V. Sharman and Lou Sheppard.
Spring was a Man in New York is the third chapter of Vicky Sabourin’s ongoing project, Becoming Invisible. Taking over the gallery as her studio for two weeks, Sabourin will conduct a casting call to find the perfect double of a fleeting glimpse of a stranger she encountered in New York years ago—a man who threw pinecones over fences, in a gesture that seemed intentional and performative, but the purpose of which was ultimately unknown–a double for the artist. From this on-site work, Spring was a Man in New York will ultimately result in an installation including 8x10 headshots, records of her interactions with the actors, and larger photographic works.
Coinciding with the end of the exhibition by Alana Bartol, Latitude 53 is pleased to present a catalogue publication featuring texts by Lindsey V. Sharman and Lou Sheppard. Latitude 53 invites members and guests to visit the show one last time, and mark the publication launch with an afternoon reception. Catalogues will be available at the event for $20.