In the Main Space
Kristi Malakoff: Blazzamo
October 1 – November 13, 2010
Opening Reception: October 1, 2010, 7 – 10 PM
Artist Talk: November 13, 2010, 2 PM
Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture is pleased to present BLAZZAMO, an installation-based exhibition by British Columbian artist Kristi Malakoff. Malakoff’s intricate, detailed works create a sense of enchantment and wonder, emphasizing “experiences that are sublime and exquisite.” Kristi utilizes traditional two-dimensional materials to create a visual and emotional sanctuary for the viewer, animating media such as wallpaper, photographs, and cereal boxes, to breathe new life into everyday, insentient things.
Kristi Malakoff graduated with a BFA from Emily Carr Institute in 2005. She has since exhibited widely and participated in a number of artist residency programs throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. Most recently, she participated in a two month residency at Proekt Fabrika in Moscow, Russia in the spring of 2010. She recently returned to Canada from Berlin, Germany, and now resides in Nelson, British Columbia.
In the ProjEx Room
To Main Street
October 1 – November 13, 2010
Opening Reception: October 1, 2010, 7 – 10 PM
Artist Talk: October 23, 2010, 2 PM
Andrew Buszchak’s new exhibition at Latitude 53, To Main Street, explores the leftovers of a “consumer zeitgeist”—mining the materials and processes that characterize the information age. Found images from the internet are enlarged to over seven feet high, and recreated tonally with layered text from blogs and social media. Buszchak acts as a digital flaneur, working to reflect “the North American experiences and values predominantly reiterated through mainstream media.” He is particularly interested in how the technologies common to our everyday lives can help to shape our values and habits.
Andrew Buszchak holds a BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and has exhibited throughout Canada. He currently lives and works in Edmonton, Alberta.
VISUALEYEZ 2010 / FOOD
September 15 – 21 2010
Rooftop Patio Launch Party: Thursday September 16, 5 – 9 PM
Latitude 53 is pleased to present the 11th annual Visualeyez performance art festival, featuring new works from fourteen local and international artists exploring the concept of FOOD. Founded and curated by Todd Janes, Visualeyez was developed by Latitude 53 to create opportunities for artists and audiences to experiment and interact with performance and time-based art by a wide array of artists. This year’s festival brings together artists of diverse concerns and backgrounds to explore the timely and pressing issue of FOOD.
Jonas St. Michael: Gore, Quebec and Members Only
July 30 – September 4 2010 in the Main Space
Artist Talk and Opening Reception: Friday July 30th, 7:00 PM
In The Main Space, Jonas St. Michael exhibits two series. The first, 'Gore, Quebec' is centred on “Kerr’s Farm”, a turn-of-the-century farmhouse that eventually became a hotel and later a home for the disabled. In his photographs, St. Michael explores the tension between the timeless historical appearance of the place and it’s contemporary uses, reflected in a fragmentary narrative he creates through photographs of the locale and its inhabitants. With the second series, 'Members Only,' St. Michael looks into exclusive, private club spaces cordoned off by class, gender, politics and religion.
Not Another Fucking Landscape
July 30 – September 4 2010 in the ProjEx room
Opening Reception: Friday July 30th, 7:00 PM
In The ProjEx Room, Edmonton ex pat Anthony Easton has Curated a group exhibition of Edmonton based photographers. 'Not Anoher Fucking Landscape' features works by Zach Ayotte, Ted Kerr, Amie Rangel & Marshall Watson, each exhibit their unique take on Alberta Landscape.
Saturday July 24th, 12 PM –12 AM at Harcourt House, SNAP and Latitude 53.
This July 24, the third annual DRAW is expanding across downtown Edmonton! This year’s 12-hour-long collaborative drawing party is stepping out, kicking off with daytime events at SNAP and Harcourt House and concluding with an evening party at its traditional home, Latitude 53. This year, DRAW brings the community together all day long at Edmonton’s artist-run centres, where artists professional or amateur can draw and celebrate through the afternoon and night.
The National Portrait Gallery
June 11–July 17, 2010 in all Latitude 53 galleries
Instead of lamenting Edmonton’s ignored bid to house Gatineau’s treasure, Edmonton artists build a grassroots collection in the West, calling on artists across the country to join in. The NPG hopes to revitalize, decentralize and liberate the idea of a national portrait gallery, starting at Latitude 53. Traditional portraiture will compliment film, music and other experimental forms, with a focus on Canadian subjects familiar, iconic, personal and sometimes abstract.
The National Portrait Gallery draws on artists from across the country including: Sarah Adams-Bacon, Trevor Anderson, Daniel Barrow, John Blerot, Brandon Blommaert, Sean Borchert, Penny Jo Buckner, Myron Campbell, Bebop Cortez, Douglas Coupland, Charlotte Falk, Sarah Fuller, Fish Griwkowsky, Josh Holinaty, Terrance Houle, Dara Humniski, Erin Ignacio, Luis Jacob, Nickelas Johnson, Jonathan Kaiser, Jenny Keith, Kirsten McCrea, Megan Morman, Stephen Notely, Norm Omar, Fedora Romita, Anya Tonkonogy, Kristy Trinier, Victoria Wiercinski and Alison Yip.
View posts about the National Portrait Gallery on the Latitude 53 Blog.
April 30 - May 29 2010 in the Main Space
Opening reception: Friday April 30th, 8:00 PM
Artist Talk: Friday April 30th, 7:00 PM
Vancouver Artist Jody MacDonald takes on notions of identity and celebrity with dark humor and wit. Working in a truly intermedia fashion, MacDonald combines art historical references, 3D creations, textiles and photo multiples.
Macdonald’s work is playful and sardonic, the plush elements are at the same time inviting and repulsive as they reveal abnormalities and hybridity that may cause one to double-take. Ultimately the plush and humorous works start to point a finger and ask some serious questions about modern consumer culture.
View posts about Jody MacDonald on the Latitude 53 blog.
April 30 - May 29, 2010 in the ProjEx Room
Opening Reception: Friday April 30th, 8:00 PM
Artist Talk: Saturday May 22nd, 2 PM
Patrick Higgins’ painting evokes the discontinuous nature of our visual experience, a movement between clarity and obscurity. He focuses on common, collective moments; fleeting gestures at seen dinner tables and street corners, repeated in our memory and often assigned significance long after they first come about. His images are melded and broken explorations of built experience, at once pursuing clarity and obscurity.
View posts about Patrick Higgins on the Latitude 53 blog.
Aim is Important, 2009 (enlarge)
Brenda Draney: Hold Still
March 5–April 10 2010 in the Main Space
Artist Talk: Saturday March 27th, 2:00 PM
Opening reception: Friday March 5th, 8:00 PM
Edmonton artist Brenda Draney is the national winner of the prestigious 11th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition. This exhibition will feature new work recently created during a residency at the Banff Centre. Draney’s spare, fragmentary paintings continue her exploration of how memory, which is by its nature personal, operates in families, communities and cultures.
Brenda Draney received a BA in English and a BFA in painting from the University of Alberta, and in 2009 completed her MFA at Emily Carr University. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre.
View posts about Brenda Draney on the Latitude 53 Blog.
Patrick J. Reed: Wadcutter
March 5–April 10, 2010 in the ProjEx room
Opening reception: friday March 5th, 8:00 PM
WADCUTTER is a series of drawings about unavoidable and inescapable trouble. It is about getting prepared for the worst. In the words of T. S. Eliot, “I will show you fear in a hanful of dust.”
Patrick J. Reed was born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa, where he eventually attended the local university. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa in 2008 with a BFA, concentration in photography, a BA in Art History, and a certification in Museum Studies.
View posts about Patrick J. Reed on the Latitude 53 Blog.
53 Ways to Leave Your Lover
20 February 2010, 8:00 PM
Latitude 53 invites members and guests to our annual anti-Valentine’s Day fundraiser: 53 Ways to Leave Your Lover. Heal your broken heart with delicious food, specially designed Belvedere Vodka cocktails and a silent auction of fun art and pampering prizes. Local DJs Jesse Gado (Red Star), Karen Campos and Jaycie Jayce (NRMLS WLCM/Shout out out out out) will play songs of romance, heartbreak and hook-ups to keep us dancing our heartache away all night long.
Gabriel Coutu-Dumont – Sketches of Synchronicity
15 January–13 February in the Main Space
Artist Talk & Opening Reception Friday 15 January, 7:00 PM
This photo-based exhibition is a very personal collection of photographic markers that define the artist and influence his work through synchronicity's dual play. This photographic sketchbook forms a corpus of images in which there is an interplay between colour, settings, of urbanity and reconstituted nature, and interior and exterior environments. Collected into pairs and groupings, Sketches of Synchronicity highlights the images' dialogues.
Stacey Cann – Forgotten Love Affairs
15 January–13 February in the ProjEx Room
Opening Reception: Friday 15 January, 8:00 PM
A new toy is only an object, but given to a child it develops a personality, sharing life experiences and emotions with the child it belongs to. Stacey Cann's grey watercolour portraits of abandoned toys create implied emotional trauma, along with her installation of forgotten, second-hand toys. Removed from their imagines realities to plain urban landscapes and storage shelves, the toys lose their innocence and are transformed back into inanimate objects.