January 6 - 27, 2018
Origin Stories is an exploration into the external factors that contribute to an identity. It questions the authenticity of personal and collective memory/loss, and the desire to find home in the midst of a shifting world.
Floods have had a place in origin stories and cultural identities since the beginning of time. The earliest surviving piece of literature, The Epic of Gilgamesh, references a devastating flood. The Judeo-Christian tradition is prefaced by a flood narrative and many indigenous oral histories include variations of similar flood stories. Hundreds of regions around the world have been affected by such natural disasters. One recalls the recent event of the Alberta floods. There is no doubt that individual and collective identities are heavily influenced by the brutality of the natural world. And yet, water in its many forms sustains and nurtures life.
Identity, whether personal or collective, can be defined by embellished narratives that border myth and legend. This show explores that ambiguous threshold between perception and reality, and its effect on the psyche. The artworks are rooted in the artistʼs origins; her hometown, family and experiences. Her narrative fluidly departs from fact into myth when familiar forms are used in unfamiliar arrangements; mirroring the fragmented yet resilient nature of memory.
The artworks include handkerchiefs hand embroidered with monograms, Norwegian text, a topographical map, paintings, collage, a sculpture made out of found shotgun shells, and wax embodiments of the river that reference flood narratives and oral history.
November 25 - December 16, 2017
Your art, our walls. Be inspired by works from over 45 local artists in this 'open mic for visual art'.
Get it Down on Paper
October 28 - November 18, 2017
Dozens of spontaneous, automatic drawings from internationally exhibited Edmonton artist, Blair Brennan.
Blair Brennan is represented by DC3 Art Projects.
View Blair Brennan's website at http://blairbrennan.com
This exhibit contains mature themes/language.
A Group Show Curated by The Green Room (IFSSA)
May 23 - July 4, 2017
As children of immigrants who are living on Treaty Six territory, what does home mean to us? As Muslims living in North America, what does belonging look like, especially given the recent political climate? As people of colour living in a time of immense fear mongering, what does it mean to build a home and community amongst friends and strangers?
The HOME exhibit is a showcase of photographs that depict the meaning of belonging, family, and rootedness to fifteen Muslim youth in Edmonton.
Visit The Green Room (IFSSA) online at http://www.thegreenroomyeg.ca
Maskihkîy Âcimowin / Medicine Stories
May 28 - June 21, 2017 (outdoor installation in the green space across from the gallery)
In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, the Diocese of Edmonton’s Indigenous Ministries Initiative and Bleeding Heart Art Space collaborated on Maskihkîy âcimowin/Medicine Stories, a public art installation that opened Saturday, May 28th, 2017.
derek beaulieu | Alex Linfield | Ryan McCourt | Petra Schulze-Wollgast
Curated by Edward Van Vliet
April 22 - May 20, 2017
Edmonton poet and visual artist Edward Van Vliet brings these two passions together into a collective exploration of the ways text and image interact in arts.
February 4 - March 11, 2017
Sculptural works by Hilary Mussell. View Mussell's sculptures on her site at http://www.hilarymussell.com/#!sculpture/c1zuo
Built to Last
December 3, 2016 - January 21, 2017
Installation artist Carly Greene explores memory and shelter in the Bleeding Heart Art Space.
Visit Carly Greene online at http://www.carlygreene.com
Open Walls 2
October 29 - November 19
Everyone gets space in this annual group show open to artists from backgrounds and skill levels.
Our walls. Your art.
A NEW BEGINNING
SEPTEMBER 9 - OCTOBER 22
Drawings that blend Atkinson's tattoo-inspired style and stories from his Indigenous traditions.
(This show was part of the Kaleido Family Arts Festival.)
What Bernice Sees
May 21 - July 2, 2016
Bernice Caligiuri is an multi-disciplinary self-taught artist and long-term resident of the Parkdale Community. Her work spans decades and nearly every conceivable medium, from poetry to painting; photography to sculpture; furniture making to crochet to cross-stitch landscape painting.
Visit Alberta Avenue and you’re likely catch Bernice sharing coffee at the Carrot or reading poems at an open mic. She may be wandering the Kaleido Festival grounds in her trademark purple jumpsuit and matching purple hair. She might walk up to you to hand you a photograph she’s taken. A photograph of you.
What Bernice Sees presents dozens of previously unseen works by Bernice Caligiuri, curated to reflect the sheer volume and variety of Bernice’s creative output over decades. The Bleeding Heart Art Space will be transformed into menagerie of creative explorations, with new discoveries in every corner. In addition to 2 dimensional visual works and sculptural pieces, a large bookshelf will house forty photo albums packed with snapshots Bernice has taken of the Alberta Avenue arts revitalization.
Printed copies of Bernice’s poems will be available to read, with a live reading from Bernice at the show’s opening.
Come and let What Bernice Sees change the way you see.
MARCH 19 - APRIL 30, 2016
Come to Jesus
“I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians.” Mahatma Gandhi
My name is Borys Tarasenko. At the time of my birth my dad was parish priest at Sts. Borys and Hlib Church in Redwater, Alberta, so it is no great mystery how my name was chosen. I go to church at least once every week. Sometimes more than once a week. It has been this way always. Hours a week I am surrounded by Byzantine iconography, a very specific visual system establishing the Christian narrative and the individuals important to the Catholic Church. I have been an altar boy, a priest helper or “palamar”, a youth group member, a pincher of parish perogies, a choir member, a church janitor, and a cantor. Figuratively and literally I have grown up very close to the Church. However, few who are close to me would call me a spiritual person. My formal education led me away from a Catholic understanding of the universe and my principles have grown to be different from those of my Church. But the rituals I grew up with are my rituals today, and I continue to attend church.
With SWEET JESUS, I am attempting to articulate the beauty and incongruity of my own spiritual life and play with what I feel is at the heart of the New Testament. SWEET JESUS is a series of sitespecific temporary murals in the Bleeding Heart Art Space, and an amplification of my colouring book, the original springboard for this content. Prayer is not always oral. Colouring has an unmistakable meditative quality, and iconography is viewed as prayer. In this way, the audience is invited to colour and complete SWEET JESUS with their own offering of visual prayer.
About the Artist
Borys Tarasenko is a Canadian artist and illustrator based in Edmonton, Alberta. A BFA Art & Design grad from University of Alberta with a focus in Painting, Borys now works in a variety of media to examine spirituality, human consumption, and cultural identity. This past year Borys released SWEET JESUS: A Colouring Book, a collection of illustrations acting as an eccentric supplement to the lore of Jesus Christ. Borys, a church cantor and son of a Ukrainian Catholic priest, further investigates a complicated and incongruous spiritual life with the interactive, site-specific solo exhibition SWEET JESUS.
Ni wapataenan (We see)
February 7 - March 5, 2016
92nd Street and 118 Ave
Ni wapataenan is Michif for “we see” (Michif is a traditional language of the Metis people).
The We See project seeks to participate in the process of reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people as laid out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In particular, this project hopes to further reconciliation in Edmonton neighbourhoods and communities by creating opportunities for engagement and response through art, listening, conversation, and interactive educational activities.
We See aims to engage the stories of our shared history in this land. When we are able to see ourselves and our place in the stories of the relationship between settlers and indigenous peoples, and see how those stories intersect with the stories of our own lives, then we can begin to imagine a new story together--one where each of us can take action to acknowledge truth, and pursue healing, justice, reconciliation and change so that the future does not look the past. Our hope is that new ways of seeing will lead to new ways of thinking and acting.
We See has chosen to highlight the lived experiences of missing and murdered indigenous women and their families through an interactive, participatory outdoor public art installation incorporating red dresses and an empty tipi frame. Metis artist Jamie Black’s work with red dresses has made them a way of making the nearly 1200 missing and murdered indigenous women of this country present and visible as mothers, sisters, friends, daughters and as part of the fabric of our communities
On Sunday, February 7, at 2 PM, this installation opened in the field at 118th Ave and 92nd street.
This project has been inspired by the REDress project originated by Jaime Black in Winnipeg.
We are so grateful for her work, and her encouragement of related projects which have taken shape across the country.
Find out more about her original project at http://www.theredressproject.org
January 30 - March 5, 2016
kâ-katawasisicik iskwêwak is pronounced [kaa kut tuh wus SIS (sit) tsik ISS kway wuck] and means "beautiful women", "women who are beautiful".
My art springs from gratitude - a powerful teaching and practice of my grandmothers. I create to honour them; to continue the work they left to challenge me; and to express that which fear attempts to silence. The beauty of my grandmothers stems from their freakish strength and courage. I am eternally grateful to carry the blood of these strong nehiyaw iskwewak (Cree Women). When I create, I connect to spirit, not just mine and those I came from, but also to those who bless me with their presence and guidance.
Each work of art communicates the iskotew (fire) that lives within the centre of my iskwew (woman) being. The place that my passion, determination, and Cree humour reside. Colour and form sing that which my words cannot express, each sending their waves of energy to communicate the light that defies the darkness. I create to transform the darkness of being from oppressed/colonized/assimilated people into the dream of all our grandmothers and grandfathers – to live a good life - miyopimâtisiwin.
Art is language that carries spirit. I want to speak my truth. To educate, to create dialogue, and to share good medicine.
ay ay mistahi – thank you with great respect
About the Artist
ayisîyiniw ôta asiskiy I am human being from this earth.
Lana Whiskeyjack is a multidisciplinary treaty Indian artist from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Treaty Six Territory, Alberta. Among her early influences and teachers were her mother's and grandmother's gifts in the traditional arts (beadwork, moose hair tufting, fish scale, moccasin making, quilting, and sewing). At 10 years old, her mother's gift of a book of Pablo Picasso’s etchings changed her life, the simple and expressive lines influenced her to draw on everything she could.
After graduating high school, the young single mom moved to Red Deer to attain her Art & Design diploma, then moved with her two children to Edmonton to work at the Royal Alberta Museum, after a few years she returned to school to fill her hunger for sculpting at the University of Alberta. She fell crazy in love with a brilliant Cree man and joined him in an adventure that included moving across the country to Ottawa, attaining B.A. (Honours) and M.A (Canadian Studies) degrees. The story continues with doctorate degree at University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills in iyiniw pimâtisiwin kiskeyihtamowin (Indigenous Studies).
Guided by her grandmothers advice, “Go to school, travel, and see as much as you can. Then return home to share what you learned, but do not forget where you came from.”, Lana returned home to work at the first Indigenous owned and operated educational institution in Canada, UnBQ. Prior to 1970, UnBQ operated as Blue Quills Indian Residential School, where two generations of her maternal family attended.
Lana’s research, writing, and art explores the paradoxes of what it means to be nehiyaw (Cree) and iskwew (woman) in a Western culture and society and how she and other Indigenous women are reclaiming, re-gathering, and remembering their ancestral medicine (sacredness and power)
Her art is passionate and expressive, born from the deep roots of her culture, history, and ancestors. With emotionally charged expression, Lana art ranges from dry wit to soul-full colourful creations. Through the examination of sometimes difficult subjects, her art reflects the intrinsic beauty of her interconnections with the earth, environment and living beings. She invites you to join her on the next chapter of her adventure.
View Lana Whiskeyjack's website at lanawhiskeyjack.ca
Waiting Room: A Sound and Video Installation
November 21, 2015 - January 15, 2015
Alysha Creighton’s new multimedia work Waiting Room poses the river as a site of healing, source of life and liminal place. This two part installation addresses both the interior and exterior spaces of the gallery through video, sound and interactive technologies.
A large-scale site-specific video projection illuminates the exterior of the gallery. The imagery of running water interjects in the dark, mid-winter cityscape of busy 118th Avenue. The projection runs through the night, bringing light and motion to the street.
Inside the gallery an immersive soundscape envelops viewers with the sounds of rushing water. Viewers are invited into a contemplative space where they may interact with the soundscape exploring the tension between sound and silence.
Alysha Creighton is a visual artist working in drawing, video, installation, and performance-based practice. She holds an MFA in Drawing and Intermedia from the University of Alberta. She has exhibited extensively within Edmonton as well as across Canada and the United States. She is a drawing instructor at the Univeristy of Alberta and a lead artist at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the arts.
OPEN WALLS: Works from Community
OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 14, 2015
OPEN WALLS is a grand experiment in community creativity. We have opened up our space for the public to submit a work of art which we will display, and if they want, sell. There are very few limits, and very many wonderful pieces to take in.
Early test results are positive.
September 5 - October 22, 2015
"These works concerning Edmonton are a reflection on mental states and the urban environment ... my personal interest seems to stem from a desire to remember forlorn areas of towns and the unique ideas they conjure in me. Each painting in this series is meant to depict the beauty of the forgettable and their novelty ... This series focuses on the under-appreciated areas of town with a sense of transience in order to emphasize that subtle influence a place has on our daily lives". - Riley Tenove
Riley Tenove is an Edmonton based artist who holds a Diploma in Fine Arts from MacEwan University. Find him online at http://rileytenove.space
The Battle of Barking Creek
June 20 - July 2015
The Battle of Barking Creek was the first time one of the most beautiful aeroplane designs showcased its prowess and ability over the skies of Europe. Three days into World War II, Supermarine Spitfires shot down two fellow British aeroplanes killing one pilot and chalking up the first British airman casualty of the war. This exhibit explores the Spitfires elegant design and a deadly mistake.
Bridge Songs: Perfict
June 13, 2015
Art, music and language that deals with perfection, perfectionism, failure and utopian ideals.
The First Metaphor
Poetry By Kelly Shepherd
Linocuts By Alison Kubbos
April 19 - May 30, 2015
"The First Metaphor is a collaborative gallery show made up of 14 linocut images by Valemount BC visual artist Alison Kubbos, paired with 14 poems by Edmonton writer Kelly Shepherd. These pairings, or “stations,” are meant to explore and blur the lines between the conscious and the unconscious, and particularly between the human and other-than-human worlds. Hidden (perhaps not too deeply) within the 14 stations are mythical, ecological, and religious images and themes." (from the Edmonton Poetry Festival website)
Curated by Mark Power
March 28 - April 11, 2015
"Life2 selected seven parolees, each vetted for their determination to make a change for the better, and paired them with seven of Edmonton's most talented photographers."
Get more info on this exhibit at giveofyourself.com
Saturday January 10 & Sunday January 11
"It’s that time of year again. Frozen wind chapped cheeks, running to various places of warmth, away from the cold. A time when we are so subject to the whims of Mother Earth, we find ourselves aching for a warmer day—or for somewhere else, no matter where. My work reflects the angst I feel as these cold winds blow; driving me inwards to seek shelter, and in the same instant driving my very blood towards vital organs. It’s in winter that I truly wonder what is at my core. I draw from Indigenous themes of the Medicine Wheel as I ponder all I have to learn about the ways of these cold winds: how they can act as agents of change to shift and sculpt what is at my core. My work reflects concepts of winter from various vantage points: historical, Indigenous, aerial, philosophical, non-western, and traditional. In relation to my travels, it reflects the mercilessness of all the climates I have faced, in far flung corners of the globe, freeing me from the illusion that Canadian winter is always the highest ground for self-pity. Through INNER CORE I seek to ask the viewer to consider what aspects of their subconscious person are exposed and sculpted by the harsh winter winds." - Marcie Rohr, 2015
Featuring glass by Keith Walker
December 6-21, 2014
Longest Night Liturgy on December 21 at 4 PM
Our first installation in our new home on Alberta Avenue, Blue Christmas will create a space for shared grief during the holidays–a time of difficult joy for those who have suffered loss at this time of year.
Bridge Songs: Dear Edmonton,
June 14 | St. Faith's Anglican Church
November 15 & 16, 2013 (Part Of The #JusticeYEG Conference)
Bridge Songs: Heartbreak
June, 2013 | St Faith's Anglican Church
This year's annual event focussed on Heartbreak. Our gallery featured works by Grace Law, Alexis Marie Chute and others.
November, 2012 | The Studio
A group show exploring beginnings, endings and the season of Advent. Featuring works by Jessica Culling, Alexis Marie Chute, Little Miss Justice, Keith Walker and Lori Anne Youngman.