By Allison Musial
CALGARY — Welcome to the first ever Calgary Art Corner column. Every month, we’ll be providing information on what’s going on at the many galleries Calgary has to offer.
This November, Stride Gallery promises you a “lurid and bizarre spatial experience” with Sasha Foster’s exhibition, Alien Worlds: An Aesthetic Examination Of Foreign Environments. Running from October 23rd until November 27th at 1006 Macleod Trail S.E., the exhibition merges science fiction and art, but don’t be mistaken! This is not the fantasy fan art found en-masse online. Foster spins a dream-like reality in her works, bursting with colour and influenced by retro, futuristic design. Head to Stride on Sunday, November 8th for light snacks, coffee, tea and exhibition discussion with the Foster herself.
Duck into Herringer Kiss Gallery (709 – 11 Ave. S.W.) before November 14th to experience the exhibition by Katie Ohe, a legend in Calgary for her kinetic, steel sculptures. Dubbed Ethos, Now And Then, the exhibition will allow you to discover the artist behind the University of Calgary’s Zipper sculpture (the iconic student meeting spot). The ‘no touching’ rule for art doesn’t necessarily apply here, so be a rebel and give the floor sculptures a gentle push to put them into action.
On November 19th Herringer has an opening reception for two more artists, who will also be showing at their gallery until January 2nd. Ben van Netten brings us Pre-Form, an exhibition of his distorted oil paintings. The works have a vintage feel, like stills taken from an old television with an askew signal. Over in the middle gallery, Habitat by Eszter Burghardt shows us the natural world, two steps removed. First came the diorama, then the photograph. Behind the lens, the delicate displays of felt, acrylic and tinted “water” become magical, living wonderlands. The opening reception for both is on November 19th from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Come to Newzones (730 – 11 Ave. SW) on Thursday, November 26 for their opening night of a new gallery that runs from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The Line will be a display of vivid colour and intuitive simplicity. This exhibition looks at some of the best in Canadian abstraction. This is not high school geometry; these paintings are alive on the wall. Sharing the gallery space, you’ll find the Holiday group show Deck the Walls! The wall-to-wall exhibition stacked with small and medium sized pieces is perfect for the art appreciator with varying taste, or a short attention span. The gallery runs from the 26th until January 9th.
The New Gallery (208 Centre Street South), Calgary’s oldest artist run centre, is hosting an opening reception Friday, November 20th for the video store exhibition titled Under New Management by Su-Ying Lee. This interactive exhibition runs from November 20th until December 19th, and in it you can literally buy, barter, or simply walk out with the artwork. Returns are on the honour system. The traditional concept of the gallery space is modified in this refreshingly direct, fun and personal video-art exchange.
Head back to Stride Gallery on Saturday November 21st at 7 p.m. for an artist discussion featuring Susan Menzies. Her Hare and Thistle exhibition brings patterns, motifs and botanical forms to the page through an exploration into decoration and the natural. The exhibition is already open; it ends on November 27th.
Finally, if you are looking for Christmas gifts, itching to enter the glamorous world of art collecting, or craving some functional design work, then come check out the ACAD Show And Sale. This semi-annual sale of student work is like a treasure hunt brimming with new talents. The diversity of artwork is endless; find an item you love and help support an artist’s beer fund for the winter semester. The first night fundraiser is on November 26th and runs from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.; tickets are $25. The show and sale itself runs on November 27th from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on November 28th from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.