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New Art Exhibitions at Esker Foundation

By RACHAEL FREY

Peter von Tiesenhausen, Deep Space, 2011 (Photo: courtesy Peter von Tiesenhausen/Esker Foundation)

Peter von Tiesenhausen, Deep Space, 2011 (Photo: courtesy Peter von Tiesenhausen/Esker Foundation)

Esker Foundation is the largest privately funded, non-commercial contemporary art gallery in Calgary, known for its uniquely designed space. Nestled in the hip, historic Inglewood neighbourhood, the gallery presents innovative artistic and curatorial projects by local and international contemporary artists.

Three winter exhibitions launch at Esker this weekend that focus on the struggle of humans to impose order on nature and explore the architectural philosophy of brutalism. The reception for all three takes place January 17, 6 – 10 pm. Admission is free.

Experience of the Precisely Sublime
Environmental artist Peter von Tiesenhausen’s work highlights tension points between humans and nature. His latest exhibition features a sculptural work entitled “Flood Plain.” The 1,350 kg (3,000 lb) block of medium-density fibreboard has been exposed to the elements and gouged with circular and chain saws. Also displayed is “Relief,” a freestanding timber wall with a mountainscape hacked into its surface. The artist will give a talk about his works on April 25, 6:30 – 7:30 (free, click here to register).
Esker Foundation, 444, 1011 – 9 Ave SE, eskerfoundation.com
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Vele
In the 1970s, a monumental brutalist housing complex was built in northern Naples. Though it was initially intended as a revolution in urban social housing, it was taken over by the Camorra crime syndicate before construction was even complete. Artist Tobias Zielony uses photo and video to explore the eerie, crumbling structure and it’s inhabitants. The artist will give a talk about his works on March 1, 3 – 4 pm (free, click here to register).
Esker Foundation, 444, 1011 – 9 Ave SE, eskerfoundation.com
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Concrete Logic
Photographer and installation artist Cedric Bomford investigates the folly of civic architecture in a series of large-scale photographs focused on air vent structures in Prague, Czech Republic. The artist will give a talk about his works on January 18, 3 – 4 pm (free, click here to register).
Esker Foundation, 444, 1011 – 9 Ave SE, eskerfoundation.com
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