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Alberta Art Scene Heats up: Part One

You may not imagine too much of a happening art scene when you think of Calgary, Alberta…

Wednesday Lupypciw, Lucky Charmz Clubb (video still). Image: stride.ab.ca

…but you’d be wrong. There’s a good art scene in Cowtown, as you can tell by a quick browse of VoCA’s ‘Calgary’ link, on the category sidebar on the left of the screen.

Here’s some of what’s on this fall:

1. THE MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME PERFORMATIVE ART FESTIVAL is a festival of performance art on from today until October 22, in Calgary. It features a good roster of performances from the likes of Reona Brass, and Wednesday Lupypciw, both artists whose work I’d love to see more of.

Other artists include Andrew Forster, Lori Blondeau, Dave Dyment & Scott Rogers and provocateur extraordinaire Istvan Kantor.

The Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival (M:ST) is a biennial festival that celebrates innovative and critically engaged performative art in the Southern Alberta region.

Check out the full schedule HERE

Attila Richard Lukacs, Bad Dog.(no date) Image: canadianart.ca


I’m really looking forward to seeing the new catalogue of Polaroids by one Canada’s most talented artists, Attila Richard Lukacs. The book, POLAROIDS: Attila Richard Lukacs and Michael Morris features thousands of Polaroids that Lukacs assembled over the past 20 years, and that he used as referents for his paintings. Curator Michael Morris assembled the photos into this book.

The book launch will be at the Illingworth Kerry Gallery at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary on November 10, from 5 – 7 pm. Attila Richard Lukacs, Michael Morris and exhibition curator Catherine Crowston will all be there.

Check out Lukacs’ website, and his talent, RIGHT HERE.

Elisa Johns, Then the Tension Grew, 2010. Oil on canvas. Image: skewgallery.com


Elisa Johns is an L.A. painter who brings an admirably light touch to her oil works on canvas. Her mythical characters – in this show, Diana the Huntress – appear contemporary, creating “a complex heroine who is filled with modern contradictions”, according to the gallery.

The exhibition, titled Devotion is Enough, is on at Skew Gallery in Calgary from October 14 – 13 November.

Look at more images, at Skew Gallery’s website, HERE.

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