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Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 19:00

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 19:00


Art Shows

Opening Thursday, July 4th, The Art Gallery of Calgary presents Summer Spirit, a group exhibition featuring Leslie Bell, Billie Rae Busby and Alex McLeod. Featuring painting, installation, digital art and video, Summer Spirit is a mystical, otherworldly exhibition where emotive colour and experiments with depth convey the essence of light.

Leslie Bell is an abstract painter whose collage-like installations evoke an ethereal absence of gravity, where biomorphic forms converge in a tapestry of colours. Bell completed her MFA at Concordia University in 2009 and her BFA at Alberta College of Art + Design in 2002. She currently teaches at ACAD and is represented by Skew Gallery.

Billie Rae Busby’s abstract landscape painting uses hard edge techniques to navigate both rural and urban visual territories. Through her considered palette and precise application of paint, Busby investigates the borders of abstraction and realism. After studying Fine Art at the University of Saskatchewan, Busby studied painting at ACAD and has subsequently exhibited her work in numerous group exhibitions in the Calgary area.

Alex McLeod constructs hyper-realistic 3D environments populated with crystalline mountains, frozen and fiery lakes and rotund clouds rendered in a candy-coated palette. His CGI prints are a hybrid of astral dystopias inspired by Romantic landscapes and fantasy. McLeod completed his BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design (2007); since then his work has been shown in over 20 international solo and group exhibitions. He is represented by the Angell Gallery in Toronto and Galerie Trois Points in Montreal.

Summer Spirit includes new works by Calgary-based, self-taught abstract painter James Wyper. Paintings from Wyper’s geometric-inspired meditation series reveal balance and proportion, pointing to a spiritual idiom in his practice.

Summer Spirit also features "Who is Boo?", a solo exhibition of paintings from the children’s book “Who is Boo? The Terrific Tales of one Trickster Rabbit” by artist Jason Carter and author Bridget Ryan. As a member of the Red River Cree Nation, Carter is a soapstone carver and painter whose vivid colours and bold lineation create comical narratives. Inspired by Nanabozho characters from Aboriginal mythology, Carter weaves folklore into a contemporary context. He was featured as the only Alberta artist showing at Alberta House at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and his work is currently on tour as a part of the Art Gallery of Alberta’s TREX program. He has been commissioned by The Edmonton Arts Council, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Edmonton International Airport among others.

Bridget Ryan is an actor, singer, playwright, director and television host of CityTV’s Breakfast Television in Edmonton. Her partnership with Jason Carter started in 2008 when she began writing descriptions for his carvings. Soon after, Carter and Ryan unveiled the children's book at the Royal Alberta Museum in 2011. Since then, the book is currently being developed into a Children's Television series as well as a full scale musical premiering this year.

In the Media Gallery, The Art Gallery of Calgary presents Alternative Currency; a feature-length documentary by emerging filmmaker Lewis Liski investigating Calgary as the Cultural Capital of Canada for 2012 through a series of interviews with artists, writers, curators and working professionals in the Calgary arts community. The film will run twice daily for the duration of the exhibition, and will be accompanied by a group exhibition in the Tall Gallery featuring the work of five emerging artists highlighted in the film: Natasha Alphonse, Ashley Ohman, Jesse Stilwell, Kris Weinmann, and Dan Zimmerman.

The Art Gallery of Calgary acknowledges the generous support of:
Red Tree Catering, Calgary Herald, Swerve, City, Lite 95.9, Avenue Magazine

About The Art Gallery of Calgary
The Art Gallery of Calgary (The AGC) is recognized and valued locally, nationally and internationally for the exceptional quality of its leading-edge contemporary art exhibitions and art education programs. The AGC exposes a broad audience to a diverse range of contemporary art through the presentation of exhibitions and public and education programs. The AGC is a public art gallery and a registered charitable organization, dedicated to providing cultural experiences for people of all ages. The AGC does not seek to acquire a permanent art collection.

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