MAIN SPACE EXHIBITION
OCTOBER 6 – OCTOBER 28, 2000
RECEPTION: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2000 AT 8 PM
ARTIST TALK: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2000 AT 2 PM
LOCATION – STRIDE GALLERY
722, 11 AVE S.W, CALGARY, ALBERTA
Patrick Traer will exhibit new work for his installation UNSPEAKABLES at the Stride Gallery. Traer has worked in a variety of media, including video, drawing, installations, and textile based works. Traer’s practice has repeatedly dealt with ways in which identity is perceived and developed, especially in terms of one’s subjective experience within the world – often in terms of the imaginable internal space.
By developing drawings and sculpture which offer up comparison to fictionalized characters and their situations, Traer originates the development of these situations in such a way that the features he creates and manipulates begun to point towards a larger human concern that can range from the implication of ethics to a study of social manipulation. By exhibiting his work in an exterior public forum (1995—1997 North wall of the Regina Public Library) Traer proposes a host of visual information and connection that specifically engages those viewing from a distance outside of the gallery proper.
PATRICK TRAER received an English Literature Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, and his MFA from York University, Toronto. He has had several solo exhibitions across the country (Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; YYZ, Toronto), and been involved in numerous group shows as well. In 1998 Traer received an Individual Artist B Grant from the Saskatchewan Arts Board and in 2001 will be participating in the Canada Council Paris Studio. Patrick Traer is currently teaching at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon with the Art and Art History Department where he maintains his practice.