Bill Viola:
Walking on the Edge

Sept 22, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017

Presented as part of the multi-venue Performing the Landscape exhibition, curated by Lorenzo Fusi and located at Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Contemporary Calgary, Glenbow, Stride Gallery and Truck Gallery

Walking on the Edge

Bill Viola (b.1951) is internationally recognized as one of today’s leading artists. He has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a vital form of contemporary art, and in so doing has helped to greatly expand its scope in terms of technology, content, and historical reach. Viola’s immersive installations, video projections and sound environments focus on fundamental human experiences such as birth, death and aspects of consciousness. Walking on the Edge represents the inevitable separation of father and son as they take separate paths in their life’s journey.

Performing the Landscape

Landscape is one of the most evocative tropes in Canadian visual culture, a popular genre and a cliché that often insist on conventional and stereotypical representations of the country. It is nevertheless a most powerful subject matter still very much appreciated by practitioners and audiences alike. Generations of artists have attempted to capture and depict the sensation of being overpowered by the majesty or beauty of the natural environment time and time again.

Performing the Landscape proposes to look at new ideas of landscape through the lens of contemporary art, in particular, the moving image. Each work selected introduces elements of performativity into the ‘natural environment’ and links landscape and performance via different categories: theatre; actions; happenings; cinema; music; circus; etc. In all these works the landscape is a temporarily occupied space, at least for the duration of the action at the centre of each piece, and yet it resists the pressure of simply shifting to the background.

Performing the Landscape is curated by Lorenzo Fusi and features the work of the following artists:
Illingworth Kerr Gallery: Miruna Dragan and Jason de Haan, Mikhail Karikis, Hans Op de Beeck, Sara Ramo, Julian Rosefeldt
Contemporary Calgary: Janine Antoni, Cyprien Gaillard, Taus Makhacheva
Glenbow Museum: Bill Viola
Stride Gallery: Ragnar Kjartansson
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary: Zackary Drucker, Ming Wong


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