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 upcoming 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.
Jon Sasaki: Good Intentions
September 28, 2012 - January 5, 2013
Utilizing video, objects, performance and installation, Jon Sasaki’s work takes cynicism, futility and tragedy as starting points, countering the thematic heaviness with dry, comic delivery. Jon investigates an eternal optimism that, while endearing and charming, is filled with the trappings of failure. Given that all things that pass do not end in a result that one might hope for, the inherent possibility for failure becomes an opportunity to find beauty, or to discover a sweetened sense of the human condition. An unfulfilled promise still has its origins in an earnest belief and still delivers the notion of one who tries… really, really hard.
Rise Again: The Restoration of the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
September 28, 2012 - December 31, 2012
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.
Gallery Holiday Hours
The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie will be closed for a short time during the holiday season. The Gallery will be open to the public during regular hours on all days not listed below. We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season.
December 31 10 am – 1 pm
January 1 Closed