Next week we will begin installing Fantastic Worlds, a group exhibition from 16 artists, with 20 works from the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
Fantastic Worlds asks us: how do we imagine the future? What other kinds of realities are possible? What would happen if time and space could bend, stop, or fast-forward?
Each of the works is a playful invitation to imagine and build worlds, new experiences, and ways of seeing. This generative and exploratory aspect of the fantastic is why historically, especially during challenging times of economic crisis and war, these artistic strategies have often surged to grapple with uncertainty, change, and the large, complicated question of the future. By offering an outlet of creative investigation that does not conform to the boundaries of our surroundings, the works in Fantastic Worlds express both the desire and potential to construct new pathways forward and challenge existing assumptions or barriers.
This exhibition was curated by Robin Lynch, Curator/Manager of Travelling Exhibitions Northwest
Featured artwork: Inflow, Alice Mansell, pencil on paper, 1978. From the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
The Travelling Exhibitions Program Northwest is sponsored by KMSC Law LLP
Fantastic Worlds was sponsored by Canadian Tire, Grande Prairie