Contemporary Calgary's new home in the updated centennial planetarium building is now open 6 days/week. Launch exhibitions include a huge moon sculpture by UK-based Luke Jerram and a collection of works by Calgary-based artists, inspired by the architecture and history of Contemporary Calgary's new home. For contemporary art enthusiasts, the return of regular Contemporary Calgary operations is a welcome complement to the programming at Esker Foundation.
Educational, inspirational and always free (admission, guided tours, hands-on workshops, and parking), Esker Foundation is a great starting point when planning a (half) day in Calgary's Inglewood neighbourhood. Through December 20th, there are two exhibitions in the main space: Jeffrey Gibson's "Time Carriers" and Nep Sidhu's "Divine of From, Formed in the Divine (Medicine for a Nightmare)." Ask for a copy of the printed exhibition brochure or download the Esker app to get the most out of a visit to one of Calgary's leading contemporary art galleries.
Three artists are showcased at Esker this summer. Vanessa Brown prompts thought by using steel to embody living, natural things as sculpture. Anna Torma uses a blend of embroidery, drawing, appliqué, and layering to combine familiar and fantastic things in colourful, multi-layered textile art hangings. And over a twelve week stretch ending July 29, Jolie Bird's performance-based installation will transform a blank space into an 8-foot diameter representation of the Fibonacci Sequence.
After seeing images of the oh-so Instagrammable pink-blue room at Esker Foundation pop up in my feed for weeks, I finally headed to Esker Foundation's exhibition space to see it IRL. And while I can understand why pink-blue is garnering so many likes, there's a lot more to this show, all of which got me thinking about some of the ways architectural design is intended to influence human behaviour. The show runs through May 6, 2018. Admission to Esker is free.
Backstory One Saturday morning in late February I made my way on foot from the City Hall LRT station to Inglewood. I carried a well-thumbed copy of the 2015 Exposure Photography Festival Guide in which I'd marked 5 stops. But I didn't make it to all of them. Why? Well, I got side-tracked by Oh, …