Formerly Exit Five opens this Friday night at 7:00 pm.
Opening This Friday
Formerly Exit Five: Portable Monuments to Recent History
January 11 – April 28, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, January 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Curated by Shauna McCabe
Organized and circulated by Kenderdine Art Gallery

About the Exhibition
While place and history retain currency, landscapes are defined by increasingly fluid understandings of location, memory, and identity. The modern rise of what Marc Augé described as the “non-place” is not only reflected in processes like urban sprawl and the erosion of geographic particularities, but also increasingly accelerated and condensed cycles of landscape transformation and, sometimes, erasure. Undermining traditional bases for collective meaning and identification, the possibility for indelible markers of memory has given way to temporary reference points – the “just past” of the present – and vague terrains bearing no trace of the past at all.

The artists in Formerly Exit Five all start from a concern with understanding the composition of changing experiences of time and space as they have glimpsed and encountered them in everyday spaces. Responding from a variety of international and Canadian sites in a wide range of media including sound and video installations, photography, sculpture, painting, and drawing, they have sought to grasp the workings of contemporary cultural memory, considering the kinds of commemoration that could capture the persistence of the past in the present, and the meaning of what remains.

Vahram Aghasyan
Michael Alstad
Cyprien Gaillard
Sara Graham
Paul Griffin
Isabelle Hayeur
Craig Leonard
Andrew King & Angela Silver
David Rokeby
Denyse Thomasos

Organized and circulated by Kenderdine Art Gallery with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Sask Culture and special project assistance of the Artists and Community Collaboration Program.

Current Exhibitions

Peter von Tiesenhausen: Elevations
December 14, 2012 - February 10, 2013 
Through relics, sculpture, ‘painting,’ video, and documentary photography, Peter von Tiesenhausen reveals his voyages in his current exhibition Elevations at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie. The exhibition brings together significant artefacts and relics from von Tiesenhausen’s lifelong search for meaning, his lifelong attempt to understand the world and the artist’s place within it. Elevations is a work of research and of definition of place, a journey through space and time, and an attempt to perceive a sense of the essence of that meaning by capturing its residue. After twenty years of total immersion in his artistic practice, von Tiesenhausen’s journeys today are less epic odysseys than they are explorations of inner space. In this, von Tiesenhausen’s most ambitious exhibition in more than 10 years, the artist employs over 10,000 pounds of wood, steel, and bronze, along with video and photography to share his explorations with his home region.

Rise Again: The Restoration of the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
September 28, 2012 - Currently on view

On March 19, 2007, the historic 1929 Grande Prairie High School Building, home to the Prairie Gallery Society since 1985, partially collapsed under heavy snow. After several years of study, construction began in 2010 to restore the historic exterior and modernize the interior with the support of the Building Canada Fund. The City of Grande Prairie has managed the construction project, Teeple Architects of Toronto designed the restoration, and Chandos Construction of Edmonton was the general contractor.

Grande Prairie photographer Kim Scott visited the construction site frequently from 2010 through 2012, and has documented the historic restoration from beginning to end. The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie is pleased to present this small selection from the thousands of images she captured on this site for posterity.



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