The Illingworth Kerr Gallery presents: Performing the Landscape

Festivals: M:ST 8 Biennial | October 1 - 26, 2016.

Reception Thursday, September 22

Illingworth Kerr Gallery Reception, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary 5:00  – 7:00 PM
Contemporary Calgary (8th Ave) 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Glenbow Reception Museum 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Stride Gallery 8:00 PM – late

The exhibition runs from September 22 – November 12.

Landscape as a genre is one of the most evocative tropes in Canadian visual culture and a powerful detonator in the country’s collective consciousness. Generations of artists have attempted to capture and depict the sensation of being overpowered by the majesty or beauty of the natural environment. Performing the Landscape proposes to look at new ideas of landscape through the lens of contemporary art, in particular, the moving image. Each work selected for the show introduces elements of performativity into the ‘natural environment’ and links landscape and performance via different categories: theatre; actions; happenings; cinema; music; circus; etc. In all these works the landscape is a temporarily occupied space, at least for the duration of the action at the centre of each piece, and yet it resists the pressure of simply shifting to the background.

Artists and Locations:

Zackary Drucker
Lost Lake, 2010
Directed by Zackary Drucker with Van Barnes
Location: TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary

Ragnar Kjartansson
The Man, 2010
Location: Stride Gallery

Ming Wong
Aku Akan Bertahan / I Will Survive, 2015
Location: TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary

Julian Rosefeldt
Clown, 2005
Location: Illingworth Kerr Gallery

Janine Antoni
Touch, 2002
Location: Contemporary Calgary

Taus Makhacheva
Tightrope, 2015
Location: Contemporary Calgary

Sara Ramo
A Banda dos Sete (The Band of Seven), 2010
Location: Illingworth Kerr Gallery

Cyprien Gaillard
Real Remnants of Fictive Wars PART IV,2003
Location: Contemporary Calgary

Miruna Dragan + Jason de Haan
The Wood and Wave Each Other Know, 2011
Location: Illingworth Kerr Gallery

Mikhail Karikis
Children of the Unquiet, 2013-2014
Location: Illingworth Kerr Gallery

Hans Op de Beeck
Celebration, 2008
Location: Illingworth Kerr Gallery

Bill Viola
Walking on the Edge, 2012
Performers: Kwesi Dei, Darrow Igus
Location: Glenbow Museum

Curated by: Lorenzo Fusi
Image credit: Hans Op de Beeck

Presented by the Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art + Design.

Image Courtesy of Hans Op de Beeck.