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.
If you’re a member you might have already seen the details of our upcoming shows in print or in your email box—but we’ve just updated our website with all the details—including an essay on Megan Dickie’s work by Christine Walde.
We’re excited to announce the theme and the call for proposals for this year’s Visualeyez Festival!
The fourteenth annual Visualeyez festival of performance art happens from 10–16 September 2013 in the downtown core of Edmonton, Alberta, exploring on the curatorial theme of Vulnerability.
Visualeyez takes place over a period of seven days and it is required that all invited artists are able to attend for the entire length of the festival. Artists experience the work of other artists; engage in discussion groups, meals and other activities that enhance the work of individual artists and the performance art community within Canada and beyond. Please visit www.visualeyez.org for the past festival information.
Curator and Founder of Visualeyez, Todd Janes envisions Visualeyez 2013 as a conversation that begins by asking artists to explore issues around the curatorial theme of Vulnerability on an individual level and to confront issues of access, the body and social anxiety. Aiming to connect with communities of people with disabilities and aging individuals, this theme will explore issues such as emotional and physical vulnerability within urban environments and our struggles, through enhanced dialogues regarding societal issues, community connectivity, and understanding of vulnerability’s impact on individuals and society as a whole.
Situating part of the festival within our new barrier-free facility we desire to highlight many important choices that our organization has deliberately made to involve greater disability communities and artists. Now in its 14th year, Visualeyez—Canada’s only Annual festival of performance art—will situate work in site-specific locations and raise awareness to social issues including homelessness, shelter and access.
Check out the full call for proposals at visualeyez.org!
Here’s the poster for our upcoming Winter Salons. Check back next week for the details on what our first week’s lineup is going to be performing!
We’re pleased to announce that this year’s Parka Patio is set for February 23—and you can snap up your advance tickets at latitude53.org/parka!
We’re working on something special for Schmoozy on the 24th. Look for some previews here next week—and get your advance tickets now from latitude53.org/schmoozy.
The Fine Art of Schmoozy: November 24
What if 2012 really was our last year on earth? You’d have to mark it with the right kind of party. As winter approaches, we’re busy planning our holiday fundraiser, The Fine Art of Schmoozy—and tickets are available now at latitude53.org/schmoozy for a special October advance price of $30.
We’re busy in the gallery this week setting up Aimée Henny Brown and Kent Tate’s multimedia shows—we’re excited for the shows to be ready in time for the Friday night opening.