One New Work
Walter May: Object Lessons

February 27 - May 29, 2016

Curated by Nancy Tousley

Walter May,12 Canes, 2016, severely pruned tree, metal table, plaster, canes. Collection of the artist.

One New Work is a series of three small focused exhibitions, curated by Nancy Tousley and mounted at Glenbow Museum throughout 2016. Each exhibition will feature a new work by an artist shown in the company of other works or objects selected to set it within a context. The aim is to illuminate aspects of the artist’s practice by emphasizing them.

The context can take many different directions. It might be provided by an artist’s earlier, related works; preparatory sketches or maquettes for the piece on view; art from the museum’s collection; artifacts or archival material from the museum’s collection; art or artifacts from the artist’s collection; and so on.

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About Walter May

Calgary artist Walter May has developed his own language of sculpture. Using non-traditional assemblages and materials, May seeks to probe and redefine the changing nature of sculpture. He engages the viewer to participate in this process. The artist relies on the audience to derive meaning from the shapes and materials he uses in his work. May is interested in plays of meaning, form as metaphor, and the interchange of opposites - the distinctions between functional and nonfunctional, industrial and natural, illusion and reality.

About Nancy Tousley

Tousley is an award-winning senior art critic, arts journalist and independent curator, who received the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts for outstanding contribution in 2011. As art critic of the Calgary Herald for more than 30 years,Tousley became known for making art accessible and relevant to the general public. She was the first Critic-in-Residence at the Alberta College of Art + Design has been a contributing editor to Canadian Art magazine since 1986. Tousley has received numerous awards for outstanding achievement in arts journalism.

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