On Location:
Artists Explore a Sense of Place


Maxwell Bates, Tourists in Victoria, 1967, Collection of Glenbow

Opening February 3, 2019

Organized by Glenbow
Curated by Sarah Todd

Drawn from Glenbow’s collection, and including works by Canadian and international artists spanning eight decades, On Location is a rich survey of modernist and contemporary artworks that use notions of place and the spaces we inhabit as a point of departure.

Expanding upon the beloved and well-worn trope of landscape within Canadian art and culture, On Location looks beyond the scenic toward the social, material, political, geographical and personal factors that shape places and our connections to them. These artworks engage with a plural conception of place beyond landscape – place as a physical location, a contested territory, an ecosystem, a human-made architectural space, a state of mind.

Edward Burtynsky, Carrara Marble Quarries #2, Carrara, Italy, 1993, Collection of Glenbow
Glenn Lewis, Marilyn Monroe [Banff 1], 1953, Collection of Glenbow

The artists in On Location work with spaces both real and imagined, from colonized landscapes, to impossible cities, to sublime vistas, to dreamlike interiors. These artworks are shaped by memory, collective histories and political forces, addressing what it means to be located within a specific space and to experience dislocation. The exhibition raises questions around how we collectively and individually relate to the environments we inhabit. This is a symbiotic relationship, demonstrating how we, as humans, construct a sense of place and how, in turn, these places ultimately shape us.

Exhibition Artists

Vicky Alexander, Karoo Ashevak, Maxwell Bates, Eleanor Bond, Paul-Emile Borduas, Edward Burtynsky, Emily Carr, Victor Cicansky, Lynn Cohen, L. Lemoine Fitzgerald, Tanya Harnett, Lawren Harris, Faye Heavyshield, Fred Herzog, Illingworth Kerr, Roy Kiyooka, Glenn Lewis, J.E.H. MacDonald, Kimowan Metchewais, Laura Millard, Ron Moppett, Marion Nicoll, Christopher Pratt, Mario Reis, Allen Sapp, Takao Tanabe, David Thauberger, Jeff Thomas, Jin-Me Yoon

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