Exhibition Dates: February 5 to March 28, 2015, 3rd floor, 10215-112 ST Edmonton, Alberta, Wednesday – Friday 1- 4pm, Saturday 12-4 pm.
Songs of the Soul: Father Douglas osf in Gallery A
A series of paintings inspired by William Blake’s poems Songs of Innocence & Songs of Experience
Songs of the Soul represents in paint issues such as the environment, equality/inclusiveness, aging, homelessness, depression, religious/racial differences, mortality and the need for social justice.
Father Douglas’ fondness for dogs leads to the imagery in this body of work that expresses how humankind has not changed since Blake exposed these troubles to the world over two hundred years ago.
Tengingar: connections and contrasts in Iceland Deborah Catton in Gallery B
TENGINGAR is Icelandic for connections. The exhibition captures the personal experiences of artist Deborah Catton during a 30 day residency period in May, 2014 in Iceland. The work explores connections between the landscape, the geography and the climate and the many connections and contrasts that exist with the colour, shape and form of this amazing place.
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 5th from 7 to 9:30pm
symbol: 1. an object standing for or representing something else; an emblem
(The New Webster Handy College Dictionary, pg. 526)
‘Tis an old saying, the Devil lurks behind the Cross.
Miquel de Cervantes (1547-1616)
Sola Dei Gloria, 2011
Egg tempera, gold leaf on wooden cross
Courtesy of the artist
A cross is a very simple geometrical figure consisting of two lines perpendicular to each other and dividing one or two of the lines in half (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross). Cross shaped signs are one of the most ancient of human symbols, dating back to the earliest stages of human cultural development. While the exact meaning of these early signs is unknown, it is supposed that the cross was used for its formal and ornamental value, and may also have possessed religious significance. During the European Bronze Age (1800-700 BC) the cross became a widely diffused symbol throughout Europe. By the second century AD it had become the most potent and widely disseminated symbol of the Christian religion, reminding Christians of God’s act of love in Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary and, through his death on the cross and subsequent resurrection, his triumph over sin and death. Throughout the centuries the cross has also served many other uses, including functioning as a personal signature, as a grammatical marking device, as a vehicular sign, and as a sign of danger.
The exhibition X position, presented by the Visual Arts Alberta Association (VAAA), explores ideas
concerning the use of symbols and how artists re-interpret symbols in contemporary times,
especially the politically and socially loaded symbols pertaining to Christianity and the Church.