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WE at Latitude 53 Contemporary, Edmonton

  • Posted on: January 8th, 2014
  • By James McLardy
  • Title: What grows on our heads is dictated by what goes on outside, and what goes on outside is subject to our control
  • Materials: Gold leaf, paint, pigments, baize and wood
  • Dimensions: 0.40 x 0.40 x 0.95 m

WE includes work by: Laura Aldridge, Jonathan Owen, James McLardy, Rachel Duckhouse, Ciara Phillips and Daisy Richardson from Glasgow; and Andrea Williamson, Hannah Doerksen, Kent Merriman Jr., Steven Cottingham, Tyler Los-Jones, and Stephen Nachtigall from Calgary.
WE brings new work from the leading edge of artist-run culture to Latitude 53, Alberta’s
oldest artist-run centre. Conceived originally as a two-part community-based exhibition that would bring Glasgow artists to Haight Gallery in Calgary, and Calgary artists to The Old Hairdresser’s in Glasgow, WE documents and explores the connections in and between these two cities, specifically focussing on D.I.Y.-informed artists and independent projects. Taking the social and professional networks around the artists as a starting point, WE offers Edmonton a take on independent art-making elsewhere that resonates in this growing city.

This exhibition celebrates and documents the grassroots art scenes in both cities, including those spaces, in a snapshot of two close groups of artists that straddle D.I.Y. practices and the professional. The six Calgary artists share a tactile sensibility that lends itself to poetic romance, loss, and nostalgia, across media. In Glasgow, the artists explore medium and process in print, collage, and sculpture. At Latitude 53, WE includes works by both groups of artists, presented together for the first time in anticipation of their first meeting and conversation in Glasgow in summer 2014.

Images of WE at the Haight Gallery

We curated by Yvonne Mullock & Matthew Mark Bourree

January 10–February 15 in the Main Space At Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture – 10242 106 Street, Edmonton

10242 – 106 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 1H7 Canada – Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11-7, Saturday 12-5

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