Esker Foundation announces new exhibitions Landon Mackenzie: Nervous Centre + PROJECT 35
On view from September 7, 2012 - January 5, 2013
Opening reception Thursday September 6, 6 - 10 pm
Press preview - Wednesday September 5, 3 - 5 pm
CALGARY, Aug. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Nervous Centre presents a significant selection of works from the last 20 years by Vancouver-based artist Landon Mackenzie. Continuing her abstracted study of cartography to map out human systems of movement, thought, and convergence, the exhibition will present new work, rarely seen drawings, and several of her better known large-scale abstract canvases. A diverse range of public programs will accompany this exhibition, including several talks by the artist, lectures by Dr. Shepherd Steiner, Dr. Andrea Protzner, and Dr. Benedict Fullalove, and a tour of Inglewood by Iris Taylor. On September 29, five unique soundscape compositions by composer Dennis Burke will be added to five of Mackenzie's large-scale paintings. Mackenzie and Burke will be present to discuss their unique collaboration, followed by the unveiling of the Nervous Centre catalogue.
Project 35, a touring project from Independent Curators International (ICI), is an evolving exhibition of 35 single-channel video works selected by 35 international curators, each of whom has chosen a work s/he considers vital for contemporary art audiences across the globe. Project 35 draws in ICI's extensive network of curators to trace a complexity of regional and global connections among practitioners from places as varied as Colombia, the Congo, and the Philippines, as well as to demonstrate the extent to which video is now one of the most important and far-reaching mediums for contemporary artists. Presented at over 30 institutions around the world, this is the first showing of Project 35 in Canada. Project 35 will be presented in four chapters, each containing 8 - 9 videos; Chapter one, September; Chapter two, October; Chapter three, November; Chapter four, December/January.
Project 35 is a traveling exhibition produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition is made possible, in part, by grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Foundation for Contemporary Art, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation; the ICI Board of Trustees; and donors to ICI's Access Fund.
Mackenzie has built an impressive body of work and is known for her large-format abstract paintings. Her work has been exhibited in over ninety exhibitions across Canada and internationally, and is collected by many museums including the National Gallery of Canada and the Vancouver Art Gallery. She began her education at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax (1972-1975), and received her MFA at Concordia University (1976-1979). Mackenzie has received numerous awards and is an influential artist and educator. Based in Vancouver, she Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Independent Curators International (ICI) connects emerging and established curators, artists, and institutions to forge international networks and generate new forms of collaboration through the production of exhibitions, events, publications, and curatorial training. Headquartered in New York, the organization provides public access to the people and practices that are key to current developments in curating and exhibition-making around the world, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art. Since it was established in 1975, ICI has worked with over 1,000 curators and 3,700 artists from 47 countries worldwide.
Since 2010, 15 ICI exhibitions have been presented by 70 venues in 23 countries profiling the work of over 370 artists worldwide; 110 curators and artists from the U.S and abroad have contributed to ICI's talks programs, online journal, and conferences; and 121 curators from 24 countries and 14 U.S. states have participated in the Curatorial Intensives, ICI's short-course professional training programs.
About Esker Foundation
The Esker Foundation is the initiative of local philanthropists and art patrons Jim and Susan Hill. As the cornerstone of a new mixed use building in historic Inglewood, the Atlantic Art Block, the gallery features 15,000 square feet of environmentally controlled purpose-built exhibition space.
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