Vue Weekly’s Agnieszka Matejko talked to our Executive Director Todd Janes about our big move:
TJ: It’s taken a lot of work to get into this space. It’s been empowering to have the support of the community and volunteers. It shows that we are an important artistic and cultural fixture in the city, that we’ve done good work. In some ways we are being rewarded for that work by the support. It’s heartening and I want to acknowledge that.
As well as talking about the move itself, Todd reveals some of our plans for curatorial projects and the future of our gallery spaces. Check it out.
Come and see our new space tomorrow night—Megan Dickie gives an artist talk at 7, followed by our first opening reception at 8!
I attended Marilyn Arsem’s performance at Latitude 53 last Sunday. It was, as Todd mentioned in my ear, a sort of christening of the new space. That had a ghostly tone to it, as the space was deathly quiet as viewer’s watched Marilyn perform. A chair with dirt on it. Marilyn Arsem manipulating fabric.
Digital Collage of drawings and a photograph.
Resophonic City includes both ambient sounds in the gallery, and specially-pressed records of sounds from Edmonton and Milan. Come in and give it a listen—and join us for the opening reception Friday evening!
Some more snapshots for Marilyn Arsem’s performance here on Sunday. Thanks to everyone who came out to see it—we’ll next be hosting Toronto-based artist Paul Couillard on June 5.
Marilyn Arsem performing in our Main Space.
Come visit us and see her this afternoon!
It’s incredibly exciting to be at work in the new building—every day we are closer to the incredible gallery spaces being fully realised.
We hope that you’ll join us for our first events. This weekend we have a performance by Boston artist Marilyn Arsem on Sunday from 2–6. We’re really proud to be working with the KULE Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Alberta to bring this great artist to Edmonton for the first time.
Then—the big one—next Friday, May 24, we’ll be hosting our first opening reception. Thanks in part to the support of Emery Jamieson, LLP, we’ll be setting up a show of Victoria-based artist Megan Dickie’s playful interactive sculptures, Flips Folly, in the Main Space. If you enjoyed the interactive works last year, like Sergio Serrano and Alexander Stewart’s The Flood, which included a very popular ball-pit in the ProjEx Room, you’ll very likely love her work too. She’ll be giving an artist’s talk at 7:00 pm, followed by a reception at 8 for members and guests. Also opening is Resophonic City, which is already up in the ProjEx Room.
As always, you can find out more about our shows at latitude53.org.
Kyle and Tyler take a break from reenacting Robyn music videos in our big Main Space gallery to do the floor treatment. Megan Dickie’s interactive sculptures are waiting in shipping crates to be installed!
Our executive director Todd Janes joined Natalie Loveless from the University of Alberta (who helped organize the performance by Marilyn Arsem this sunday at the gallery) on Alberta Primetime this week—discussing the scandal at ACAD over Gord Ferguson and one of his students.
An ACAD student’s performance art piece in which a live chicken was beheaded sparked outrage and disgust across Alberta. Was the student wrong to kill an animal for art? Should art be bound by ethical considerations? Where should Albertaâs artists draw the line?
We’re joined in the studio by Natalie Loveless, from the University of Alberta, and Todd Janes, from Latitude 53.
Happily, while they were in the studio for this interview, ACAD was preparing to announce Ferguson’s reinstatement.