Presented by: Exposure
Saturday, November 22, 2008
This event is proudly sponsored by GayCalgary®!
Edmonton's Queer Arts & Culture Festival
WEEK LONG EVENTS
You Are Here: A queer youth art exhibit
Nov. 14 to Dec. 1 (World AIDS Day 2008) / Art Gallery of Alberta, 100, 10230 Jasper Ave. (Enterprise Square)
Curated by a trio of queer youth, You Are Here is an exhibit that explores ideas around location, geography and a sense of self in relation to growing up queer.
Curators Tour: 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15
Reception: 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29
In partnership with the Art Gallery of Alberta and the Institute of Sexual Minority Studies and Services.
Wayne Yung - 100 Flowers
Travis McEwen - I Bet They Can Tell Just By Looking
Oct. 24 to Nov. 22 2008 / Latitude 53, 10248-106 St., Edmonton AB
Wayne Yung – 100 Flowers
There's a Chinese poetic saying "Let a hundred flowers bloom, let the hundred schools of thought contend." This inspired a Chinese Communist movement in 1956-57, the Hundred Flowers Campaign. The exhibition is a video installation and single-channel video focusing upon identity (both in terms of sexuality and race and otherness), desire; and fantasy.
Artist Talk on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m.
Travis McEwen - I Bet They Can Tell Just By looking
This body of work is inspired by the simple -- and complex -- question, "When did you first realize you were different?" That moment was articulated in preschool when a classmate of McEwen's stated that playing dress up was not something that boys did.
jackson photografix / Nov. 10 to 25 / 29 Armstrong, 10129-104 St.
jackson photografix is exploring new territory with a novel process of photographing nudes. The series entitled Abstract Nudes is a collection of abstract images. Initially, jackson came upon the technique in response to experimentation in how to uniquely present the male nude. The result was a study in photographic form and texture which left the viewer with the impression of eroticism and sensuality without necessarily being able to identify body parts. The images you see are exactly as they were captured in the camera with the exception of cropping and minor adjustments in exposure/contrast and color saturation. Jackson has been delighted by the response to the new series. He is also intrigued by how some individuals, who would not normally purchase a nude photograph because of its graphic nature, have been very interested in collecting these images. Jackson plans to approach a publishing company with his Abstract Nudes series in the hopes of producing a coffee table book.
Curated by Josie Cross
Nov. 14 to 22 / Garage Burger, 10242-106 St.
"The transgender community is afforded little recognition, and where this is the exception, it is often on other people's terms. TRANSgressions bucks this trend by presenting the visual creations of three transgender artists, Mercedes Allen, Denby Jorgensen and Chris Buffalo. Together these artists showcase the cultural contributions of trans people, as well as the challenges faced by those who transgress the gender binary." –curator Josie Cross.
Live a Bit More
Nov. 14 to 22 / Naked Cyber Café, 10354 Jasper Ave.
“My intention is to show the queer body how I see it. To show the fat girls, transboys, skinny fags, nellies, cubs and dykes and not to prettify, nor degrade. Rather, I am interested in showing the part of us that sometimes feels like it is becoming extinct, the oddball. I am not here to promote social awareness, but I do want to celebrate this part of us that sometimes hides a bit too much. Ultimately, I would like my images to provoke us all to live a bit more authentically and to just live a bit more.” – Sarah Race
Hot Topic vs. Wednesday Lupypciw
with The Ladies in the Back Room
Artists: Wednesday Lupypciw, Kirsten McCrea, and Corissa O'Donnell
Curated by Amy Fung
Nov. 10 to 30 / The Artery 9535 Jasper Ave.
Taking on the pop/queer/feminist iconography of Kirsten McCrea's "Hot Topic" series, which in itself is an ode to pop/queer/feminist icons La Tigre, performance artist Wednesday Lupypciw investigates the idea of how we interpret feminism(s) in a modern-day (yet retro-grade) fashion. Meanwhile in the Backroom, Corissa O'Donnell presents her "Ladies" series of reconfigured female nudes inspired by mid-20th-century North American "girlie" magazines. Lupypciw will be live in the space for the reception at 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21.
Amy Fung is an independent critic and curator and the author of www.prairieartsters.com.