A great little exhibition myself and other BAIR (Banff Artist in Residence) put on while I was there.
CONJURE THE GHOST.
LESLEY ANDERSON • KATIE BRENNAN • AMY FRIEND • PATRICK J. REED • JONATHAN REID SÉVIGNY • BEVERLEY SIMMS • HARVEY WEISS
EXHIBITION STATEMENT: A wide-ranging cast of mountain ghosts have awaken, ravenous for human form to occupy. Seven artists have been transported to the midst of an Albertan valley, where they have been immersed in an astonishing display of rocky giants who’ve summoned mighty spirits to consume our heroes and ultimately guide them through deeper explorations of their individual practices. A mountain’s curvaceous slopes and jagged edges will arouse magic in one girl to build you a collection of pretty cuts. A sunbeam lays a top a man in a garden of forget-me-nots where a memory is illuminated and soon dissipated in the shade of a passing cloud. A drop of water tunnels it’s way through a glacier while a curious woman follows. A boy builds a fire; burning desires and truths become clear in the light of its flames, while another finds himself in a cemetery of dancing corpses. Two girls find themselves at opposing vistas, freezing time and ultimately capturing the novelties of these unambiguous spaces.
Ghosts are good here in the valley.