CALGARY, June 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Esker Foundation explores our unsettling
relationship with nature in its summer exhibitions that run from June
15 - September 6th.
Featuring over 35 works by Janet Werner and new work by both Dagmara
Genda and Jillian McDonald, these exhibitions encompass Werner's
playful and provocative portraiture, a series of immersive wilderness
drawings by Genda, and Valley of the Deer, McDonald's haunting new film, set in northern Scotland.
"What might appear to be light summer exhibitions actually contain some
sinister undertones and dark narratives that underpin the works," says
Naomi Potter, Esker Foundation's Director/Curator. This trio of
exhibitions, by three female artists, includes Another Perfect Day, curated by Kent Archer, which showcases Janet Werner's unconventional
portraiture. This collection of work considers alternate views of
female imagery and the hyper-domestication of animals.
Dagmara Genda's exhibition, Scenic Route, addresses clichés of the Canadian landscape and literally consumes
viewers within new versions of natural spaces. Genda's series of animal
portraits, Corrupted Animals, explores the complex, hybrid relationships between humans, animals,
Jillian McDonald's new film, Valley of the Deer, features residents of Scotland, the majority of whom are craftspeople
at the Glenfiddich Distillery. The work was made in response to the
Scottish landscape and pagan legends - both real and imagined - and
hints at our deep, and at times uncanny, connection to animals and
In addition to regular free admission to Esker Foundation, free public
programming during the summer exhibition will include artist and
curator talks, as well as hands on drawing and mask making workshops.
Interested participants can visit www.eskerfoundation.com for more information and registration.
SOURCE: Esker Foundation
For further information:
Chelsea Patrick, Community Relations
+1 (403) 930 2493