Friday, August 24, 2007

Graduating Show at The Nickle

This show is a must. Really, this is an impressive collection of conceptual art. Jennifer Stead's A Long Story evokes a piece I saw recently by Louise Bourgeois at the Fabric Museum in Philadelphia involving a scroll of text that wrapped around the entire gallery. Stead's is a scroll of landscape. Brilliant. In particular Martine Audet's Finding The Seam, stands out with its bold assemblages of wood, both fabricated and raw (although polished and cut...). In the past I've argued that the seam has become an obsession in contemporary art, but one that often doesn't illuminate much (David Altmejd and Jessica Stockholder for example...), but this is a different kind of seam. The fact that Audet's piece also had the best lighting and did not have to deal with carpet might have contributed to the strength of it--the work just leaps out. Beautiful. All of these works, including Reflections by Patricia Dawkins, Crystal Palace by Jane McQuitty, and Presents from the Invisible by Courtney Chetwynd, are worth seeing. At the Nickle on the U of Calgary Campus until September 15th.

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