MAIN SPACE EXHIBITION
OCTOBER 21 – NOVEMBER 12, 2005
RECEPTION: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2005 AT 8 PM
LOCATION – STRIDE GALLERY
1004 MacLeod Trail S.E., CALGARY, ALBERTA
20 YEARS OF CONTEMPORARY ART, GOSSIP AND LIES: THE EARLY YEARS is an exhibition that examines Stride’s first ten years by presenting new/current works of artists who exhibited at Stride in the earlier stages of their careers. Artists will participate in lectures/artist talks and studio visits with post-secondary students at the Alberta College of Art and Design, and The University of Lethbridge.
Stride Gallery’s 20th Anniversary programming is made possible through the generous support of The Calgary Foundation. The Lecture Series is presented by Stride Gallery with the support of the Calgary Foundation, the Painting and First-Year Studies Departments at the Alberta College of Art and Design and the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge.
VIKKY ALEXANDER is an artist living in Vancouver and teaching Photography at the University of Victoria. Her studio practice has focused on expanding the medium of photography to include installation and sculpture. She is interested in isolating areas where the Architectural collides with the Natural, in both extant and imagined locations. Her work of the last five years has its’ basis in the collage work of Mies van der Rohe and other visionary architects.
Alexander’s work has been exhibited at The National Gallery of Canada, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery, Pittsburgh Centre for the Arts, and her work is represented in more than 30 public and private collections throughout Canada, Europe and the United States. Her recent photographs titled ‘Model Suite’ will be included in a group exhibition in December 2005 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, Belgium. She is represented by Trepanier Baer Gallery in Calgary and State Projects in Vancouver.
In 1979 ERIC CAMERON began applying coats of gesso to some objects thatjust happened to be lying around his Halifax apartment. Since then, a total of sixty or so “Thick Paintings” have been initiated; about half are in museum collections across Canada while the rest remain in process. The piece included in the present exhibition was begun at the Ecole nationale de la photographie in Arles, France while he was visiting artist there in1993 and has at its core an undeveloped canister of film with images of every orifice in the body of Salima Halladj. It has since accumulated 2660 half-coats of gesso and is here shown along with perspective studies for the installation in which it was first presented in Arles and with a small book written for the occasion.
Following studies in painting and art history in England, Eric Cameron has taught for a total of 46 years at universities in England and Canada. He presently holds the position of University Professor at the University of Calgary and was the recipient of a Governor General’s Award in 2004.
WILLIAM MACDONNELL has an interest in the importance of both society’s collective memory, and society’s forgetfulness or amnesia. His paintings attempt to link these thoughts and experiences to a sense of place, and he has traveled extensively to research areas of historical significance for his work including sites in Western Europe and the U.S.A., Sarajevo, rural Bosnia, Croatia, Northern Ireland, Vietnam and areas of the former U.S.S.R.
MacDonnell obtained a B.Sc. (1966) and a B.F.A. (1977) at the University of Manitoba, and an M.F.A. at NSCAD (1979). Since 1980 he has lived in Calgary, and in 1985 had the first exhibition ever presented at Stride Gallery. He is currently on faculty at the Alberta College of Art and Design and is represented by Paul Kuhn Fine Arts. Major exhibitions include Canvas of War, which traveled to several major venues in Canada; After Eden, the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art and Dort? Ja, Ebendort, Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Memory Works: Postmodern Impulses in Canadian Art circulated by the London Regional Art Gallery, and That Still Place/That Place Still at the Nickle Arts Museum.
JOHN WILL was born in Waterloo, Iowa and obtained his BA at the University of Northern Iowa and an MFA at the University of Iowa. Will received a Fulbright Fellowship to the Rijksacadamie in Amsterdam and was a Ford Foundation Printer Fellow at Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque. Will has taught at the University of Calgary, the University of Wisconsin-Stout, the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, the Banff School of Art, Utah State University and NSCAD. As well, he has been a visiting artist at over thirty institutions including, the Universities of Lethbridge, Regina, New Mexico, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Mt. Alison, Concordia, York, Windsor, Yale, and The Rijksacademie. His work is in over 50 public collections and he has exhibited work in various one person shows and in over 100 group exhibitions. Currently, he spends his time 4 blocks west of the Stride Gallery in the regional office of Artists Anonymous or 4 blocks south at the Elbow River Casino where he conducts seminars in losing.