Draw: it's almost here!
We’re setting up today for tomorrow’s sixth annual Draw—and it’s going to be a great one. With a vinyl collage wall, drawing games and a late-night party, it’s going to an awesome Saturday at Latitude 53, Harcourt House and SNAP. On the roster of events: A kite-making workshop hosted by SNAP, with access to their arsenal of printmaking tools and expertise...
Tonight is sweet
Find a sampling of treats from Duchess Bakeshop at tonight’s patio This week’s Rooftop Patio is going to deliver the goods. We’ve got so many fine things on offer: delightful treats from our guest hosts Duchess Bakeshop and sponsors Blue Plate Diner, the glamourous Modified French 75—with gin, sparkling wine and a violet-lavender infused syrup— and an amazing prize...
Latitude 53 wants you
The submissions deadline for our In/stall/ed project soon approaches! We’re still looking for artists-of-all-trades—visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, poets, dancers, actors—to fill a parking lot stall with site-specific work that explores the public-private divide for a day-long public arts project on August 27. In/stall/ed is inspired by public art projects such as...
Incubator: now showing drawings by Paul Smith
Hearts and Hatches: works in progress by Paul Smith Find drawings and paintings in progress from Paul Smith this week until July 30th as part of our Incubator series. He’ll also be giving a talk at 7pm during his opening reception at our Rooftop Patio series. Behind the playful aesthetic of his artwork, Smith explores the complex and ever-changing relationship between humans, nature and...
Talk Theory to Me
Hey Latituders, You know what this Wednesday night is? Theory for Dinner Time. Any last minute cramers can find our processional hymn, Michel Foucault’s “Of Other Spaces”, here. Unlike the seminar room, drinking is somewhat encouraged. Bring tasty snacks, libations, and an appetite for discussion. It’s far better to come with questions rather than answers, so please...
Hey friends! It’s that time again. We’ve got a survey up and we’re looking forward to hearing from you about Edmonton, Latitude 53, and how we can make opportunities for contemporary art and culture in this city even better in the future. Plus, if you fill out the survey you get a free drink for one of our opening receptions! Nice. Fill out this summer’s survey...
Hanging out at Capital Ex this week? Make sure to check out the Container Series in the Edmonton Expo Centre, it’s truly cool. Our development assistant Tyler Sherard is one of the contributing artists. Find more details about the Container Art exhibition here.
Auditing Edmonton's Cultural Capital
“I should go, really I should… but it’s just so…” “… it’s daunting, you know?” “I don’t feel comfortable or welcome.” The past week I’ve been talking with Edmontonians about their willingness to visit and participate in what we might call the city’s major cultural institutions such as the Winspear Centre, the Art Gallery of Alberta, and the Citadel Theatre. The quotes above...
Call for submissions: Exhibit P
Prefix Photo magazine is looking to feature work from Western Canadian artists in an upcoming issue. They sent us this call for submissions: Exhibit P: Photography and Media Art from the Prairies The western interior is not simply W.O. Mitchell’s “basic requirements of land and sky,” the kettle lakes and bluffs of Gabrielle Roy’s water-hen country, or the remote forests and mountains...
On the rooftop
Prepare for a riot. Of a good time. With our guest hosts and sponsors FSC Consulting Engineers, we’ll be out on our rooftop patio tomorrow from 5-9pm. Come and visit! There will be: The opening for Geoffrey Lilge’s very cool show, Hole Slab —with an artist talk at 7pm! Possibly the best way to celebrate Marshall McLuhan’s 100th birthday, with the last days of...
Happy 100th, McLuhan.
Tomorrow is media visionary’s Marshall McLuhan’s 100th birthday. To celebrate, catch the last days of SPACES&PLACES:VisioningMcLuhan@100 in our Main Space. It’s on until July 23. And it’s Thursday, so of course we’ll be partying out on our patio from 5-9pm. Stay tuned for all of the details here on the blog or on Facebook. While you’re out and about,...
An appetite for discussion
Yearning for the days back when salons were de rigueur? Us too. Thankfully, our current writer-in-residence Anne Pasek has stepped to the fore and is happy to announce Theory For Dinner, a bi-weekly evening full of conversation about art theory and ideas coupled with a potluck meal of great eats. To find out more, I interviewed Anne last week about her plans for the upcoming series. |...
Spread the word: video art hits McCauley
It’s been well over a week since filming, but Latitude 53 is still brimming with excitement over a public arts project we started on July 6. Ten students from Jasper Place High School and Edmonton-based film company Highwire Films came into the gallery for a day of filming, art creation and granola-bar eating. Yes. Granola bars were had. Director Mike Robertson was perfect with the students,...
Fast & Dirty call for submissions
Our friend Kristen Hutchinson at Fast & Dirty sent us their latest call for submissions: Fleeting Glance: a fast & dirty project fast & dirty is calling Canadian artists for a traveling exhibition. Work selected will address the themes of transience, temporality, portability, duration and/or ephemerality. Artists chosen will be exhibited in London and Berlin. Work...
(So, here I am, talking about sound on an art blog. Alright, I know, I know; it’s Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture, but I hope you’ll hear me out. I don’t presume art to be purely visual anymore, and this fits into what we might call the artistic practice of our everyday lives.) Lately I’ve been very interested in the idea that architecture has an aural as well as a visual dimension....
For McLuhan experts and rookies alike
Check it out—our writer-in-residence alumnus Carolyn Jervis wrote a review of our current Main Space show, SPACES&PLACES in Vue Magazine. She writes: Although Marshall McLuhan is a household name for the CBC-listening set, his ideas about how technology and media shapes our lives have faded from niche ubiquity, beyond his famous lines, “The medium is the message,” and,...
M.A.D.E. for each other
Get ready for it. photo credit: the delightful Miss Sarah Chan of Girls and Bicycles We’re already halfway through our patio season, and this week we’re pairing up with M.A.D.E. In Edmonton to bring a great evening on tomorrow’s rooftop. To celebrate, we’re presenting everyone who attends a very special offer! Tomorrow night, become a member of both M.A.D.E. and...
Incubator: Paintings in progress by Martina...
Now Showing: Paintings in progress by Martina MacFarlane in the Community Gallery until Saturday, July 16. Come for the opening reception this Thursday, July 14 between 5-9, with an artist talk at 7. That’s the night of our Patio Series hosted by M.A.D.E. A few words from Martina about the portraits: “A portrait not only captures the sitter but also their connection to the...
Call for submissions: The Collective Memory...
Our writer-in-residence and friend Anne Pasek is currently collecting submissions for an exhibition that will take place this October and November at the U of A’s Faculty of Extension galleries in Enterprise Square. Of the project, she writes: Artists and community members are invited to submit artwork to a forthcoming exhibition addressing the legacy and future inheritance of eugenic...
NEW: Call for In/stall/ed Submissions
Hello all you lovely artists! Latitude 53 is looking for dancers, visual artists, filmmakers, performers, and anything in between for our upcoming public art project In/stall/ed, scheduled to take place on August 27, 2011. Park(ing), an open source project from San Francisco-based studio Rebar In/stall/ed is a public arts event that explores the public/private divide in the context of parking...
Come one, come all
Tonight’s patio brings multiple acts. We’re pairing up with interVivos to present our first rooftop evening of July, and it’s going to be really grand. They’ve invited a few special guests to bring a taste of Edmonton’s festival season onto the patio, including performances by a bagpiper, a bellydancer, a burlesque trio and also a magician. On the food side of...
Edmonton artist Jana Hargarten on ‘Wrecked Exotics’, a series drawings in development, addressing the complexity of current environmental and economic concerns. Jana Hargarten is featured in the ‘Incubator Series:Works in Progress’ at Latitude 53 July 4-9 , 2011, with a reception on July 7.
Incubator: Wrecked Exotics by Jana Hargarten
This week, artist Jana Hargarten considers interdependency, power structures and Holocene Epoch extinctions, as part of our Summer Incubator Series.On show in the community gallery through July 9, Wrecked Exotics is a series of metaphorical drawings-in-progress of animals in teetering balancing acts. Look forward to a video podcast of a visit to Hargarten’s studio on the blog later this...
Exotic Canada: National Post →
That’s right, our exciting rooftop patios were recommended last week by the National Post. Because they are exotic. See for yourself
Warhol, McLuhan, and Understanding Media.
Sometimes events seem to line up with a perfect synchronicity. For example, it is very appropriate that on the eve of the Marshall McLuhan centenary the Art Gallery of Alberta is host to the exhibition Andy Warhol: Manufactured. Warhol, the infamous pop artist, was not only a contemporary of McLuhan, he was in many ways a similarly pivotal media critic of the 1960s and beyond. McLuhan was to...