Image may contain: outdoor, food, water and natureNatalie Stevenson – Rebirth of Venus (variation 1)

Exhibition Runs: Oct. 2 – Oct. 27, 2017

Reception: Oct. 19, 6 pm – 8 pm
Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art + Design
These images are from a video performance of a modern Venus that is derived from Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus (1480). This reborn Venus is devouring and destroying art historical icons (pomegranate and papaya) that negatively represent females then cleansing herself in milk to reclaim her body. The aggression and power shown in these photos show a new Venus who is not concerned about fulfilling a purpose for others, but solely focuses on her desires and needs.Natalie Stevenson (b. 1995) is a mixed media artist living and working in Calgary, Alberta. Her work focuses on her own femme identity and negotiating the implications around her experiences. She is currently working towards her BFA at the Alberta College of Art + Design with a major in drawing.

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Kerry Maguire Image.pngKerry Maguire – Ambiguities of the third dimension

Exhibition Runs: Oct. 10 – Oct. 20, 2017

Reception: Oct. 19, 6 pm – 8 pm

Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art + Design

The plasticky, junky found objects of Ambiguities of the third dimension are discarded items past their prime, rescued as sculptural objects. These found components are at turns obfuscated, elevated and even narrativized as both sculptural work and the subject of five prints.
As sculpture, these objects’ material qualities take precedence. But through the process of silkscreening, the objects’ dimensionality is traded in for colour and halftone, and this flattened representation is redistributed through takeaway prints. Both processes are in pursuit of the status, history and future of these things that have come from our consumerism.

Kerry Maguire is an artist and musician living in Calgary, Alberta. She is in her final year at the Alberta College of Art + Design, and works mainly with found objects and sculpture.

 

Michaela Bridgemohan – DuppyDuppy.jpg

Exhibition Runs: October 2 – December 1, 2017

Reception: November 16, 6 pm – 7 pm

Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 Space at Arts Commons

Old skin ’kin ‘kin

You na know me’

You na know me’

-Soucouyant, David Chariandy

Duppy engages with the fluidity of identity by drawing on Jamaican mannerisms and symbolism to connect my personal experience with racial erasure and sexism within Alberta. ‘Soucouyant’ a Caribbean folktale of a shape shifting phantom, cocoons herself with sagging flesh that fails to fit her real form underneath. Only when it is dusk, this monstrous feminine busts towards the sky, fooling as a falling star. Duppy uses this tale to physically capture the metamorphosis of living as the ‘other’ while being born into an environment of displacement.

Michaela Bridgemohan is a biracial multidisciplinary visual artist in Calgary Alberta Canada. Spoken through secrecy and perseverance, her practice investigates her “coming of age” story in Canada through race, femininity and sexuality. She has also spoke in the Divisions of Discourse Symposium and has been showcased in the Hear/d Residency Waves Through Fog, The Closet Gallery and Jugglers ArtSpace, Brisbane Australia.

 

The call is now closed. Stay tuned for further information on MNG Fall 2017 programming!

The call is now closed. Stay tuned for further information on MNG Fall 2017 programming!

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