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Lyla Rye: Cyclorama
Caoimhe Morgan-Feir and James Campbell

lylarye.jpgspacerFeaturing still images, single channel videos, and mixed media installations, Cyclorama looks to the theatrical curtain as a device to conflate illusion and reality, dreaming and wakefulness, audience and participant. Between the "cyclorama," typically a concave curtain at the rear, and the front curtains framing the scene, the stage becomes a liminal zone between everyday life and the imaginary world at play. The publication is comprised of 50 horizontally and vertically interlocking pages enclosed within an elegant slipcase.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2014) 50 pp col. ill. 9.5 x 6.5 softcover   9781894699624   $30.00 Can. $30.00 U.S.








Jason de Haan: Noghwhere Bodili is Everywhere Goostly
Richard Rhodes, Nicholas Brown, Candice Hopkins, Ryan Doherty, David Diviney, Crystal Mowry, and Gustaf Sobin 

jasondehaan.gifspacerSince the early 2000s Jason de Haan has made a name for himself with sculptures, collages, installations and public projects that engage time, especially the long-scale perception of time. Like Duchamp, his goal is to make an art that signifies more than just its three dimensions. Two of de Haan’s larger works New Jerusalem (2010) and New Jerusalem, Cloud Shrouded (2012) embody the artist’s approach as they push the viewer to envisage time on a broader, geological scale. Titled after the post-apocalyptic 'City of God', New Jerusalem is a dizzying cityscape of glass domes and crystal towers populated with monuments of omniscient eyeballs and spacecraft. It’s counterpart, New Jerusalem, Cloud Shrouded, is a veritable colour wheel of cloudscapes, void of any signs of life. Together the effect is one of ambiguity; which is our future and which is our past?  This work, like many others, revolves on a kind of magical thinking in which de Haan uses language to reinvent the purpose of the objects in order to reveal something more. The publication’s title is the Middle English version of the phrase “Nowhere Bodily is Everywhere Ghostly” and is drawn from The Cloude of Unknowyng, an anonymous 14th century text of theological mysticism whose main proposition is to surrender one’s mind to a realm of "unknowingness”. The text invites the reader to consider positions above and below "the cloud", an apt description of Jason de Haan’s work. This publication is the most comprehensive and significant monograph on the work of Jason de Haan to date. Original essays by a wide range of contributors, illustrations of remarkable works, and a foil stamped and embossed cloth cover of the artist’s own design, transform this book into an exquisite art object. Richard Rhodes is an author and Editor of Canadian Art magazine. Nicholas Brown is a curator and author who has contributed to Fillip, Hunter and Cook, and C Magazine. Candice Hopkins is the Elizabeth Simonfay Curatorial Resident, Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada. David Diviney is Curator of Exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Crystal Mowry is Senior Curator at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery. Ryan Doherty is Director/Curator at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Jason de Haan is a Calgary-based multidisciplinary artist whose work has been shown across Canada, and in the USA, Ireland, Mexico, Sweden, Iceland and the UK. He was shortlisted for the 2012 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s most prestigious contemporary art prize. The initiating exhibition for this publication is touring the country throughout 2013-2014 and is produced in collaboration with the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (01/2014) 176 pp 100 col. ill. 9.5 x 6.5 in hardcover  9781894699617  $30.00 Can. $35.00 U.S.






Common Ground: Yvonne Lammerich, Jean van Wijk and Nicholas Wade

Andrew Payne

commonground.gifspacerThree artists approach their practices through various strategies that link their production to architecture and the built environment. Toronto artist Yvonne Lammerich’s work speaks to the complexity inherent in the exploration of architectural space creating a language which defies epistemological constructs. Working in The Hague, Netherlands, Jean van Wijk considers architectural space as a social construct and imagination leads him to create new realities from everyday subjects and objects. Nicholas Wade is interested in the bodily and emotional effects of the spaces which we commonly occupy and surround ourselves. In his sculpture, he responds to ways that materials hold spaces and, reciprocally, how spaces hold materials. Yvonne Lammerich has exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal and Zayed University, Dubai. Jean van Wijk has shown his work across the Netherlands and in Paris and New York; this publication documents his first Canadian exhibition. Nicholas Wade has exhibited across Canada and has taught art at the University of Lethbridge since 1994.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (12/2013) 64 pp col. ill. 9.5 x 6.5 in softcover  9781894699563  $20.00 Can. $24.00 U.S.






Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins: The Collaborationists

Melissa Bennett, Linda Jansma and Christian Viveros-Fauné

collaborationists,jpgspacerThis publication of the Toronto-based duo is the most complete career overview to date. Featured are their signature sculptural and kinetic installations along with several smaller works that together form an experimental journey around the artists’ ideas on modernist art. In particular, cool geometric minimalism is used as part of a strategy of critique within the context of the information age. References to Wikileaks, Google, electronic surveillance, and information suppression are dissimilated within works marked by bright colours, enchanting movements, and humour. It is possible to see this collaborative work as both a playful encounter and a relevant critique of the supposed utopia of total information access. Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins have collaborated since 2000. Their work has been exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada, Albright-Knox and elsewhere. Published with the Art Gallery of Windsor to accompany a cross-country exhibition showing from 2013 to 2016.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery / The Robert McLaughlin Gallery / Art Gallery of Hamilton (11/2013) 102 pp 66 col. ill. 8.5 x 9.5 in softcover 9781926589787  $25.00 Can. $29.00 U.S.





Keith Langergraber: Theatre of the Exploding Sun

Liz Wylie, Ryan Doherty and Charlotte Townsend-Gault

keith.jpgspacer.gifThis first monograph on the cinematic work of Keith Langergraber focuses on his three-part film entitled Time Traveler Trilogy. The first film, The Theatre of the Exploding Sun, centres around the artist’s alter ego Eton Corrasable making a science fiction fan film that transports him to Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty on Great Salt Lake in Utah. In the second film Eton shoots a fan film based on the novel and film by Andrei Tarkovsky, Solaris. The third film explores Dr Who fandom and Robert Smithson’s never realized Glass Island project. Langergraber’s work functions on several levels at any given point of engagement: sometimes spoofing the forms it imitates, in other ways, paying homage, both to past artists and achievements in science fiction. Keith Langergraber has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows throughout Canada, the United States, and Asia since 1995. He lives and works in Vancouver.

Kelowna Art Gallery / Southern Alberta Art Gallery (11/2013) 80 pp col. ill. 11 x 8.5 in softcover   978-1-896749-67-9   $15.00 Can. $18.00 U.S.






Ecotopia
Amanda Cachia, Ernest Callanbach and Anthony Vidler

ecotopia.jpgspacerThis thematic publication of a group exhibition explores the confluence of nature and human intervention that has had both glorious and profoundly dispiriting effects on the world in which we live. Twelve artists approach the natural and built environment with anxiety, humor, irony, amazement and terror. Their vision in an ecotopian one, where the world is neither utopian nor dystopian, neither ideal nor nightmarish. They offer an alternative for postmodern living, where nature and technology can live more harmoniously, without wreaking great havoc on our environment. Through their work they suggest that while this world we live in may be upside down, the new and decaying structures that we have created possess a beauty of decay where objects, monuments, and sites that have been overtaken by weeds, graffiti, wildlife are in fact a new archaeology for a new generation. Participating artists: BGL, David Brooks, Dagmara Genda, Rodney Graham, Isabelle Hayeur,Tristram Lansdowne, Maude Leonard-Contant, Lynne Marsh, Lisa Sanditz, Jennifer Steinkamp, T & T and Kate Wilson.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery / Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (12/2013) 80 pp 40 col. ill. 9 x 8 in hardcover  978-1-897543-20-7  $25.00 Can. $29.00 U.S.





Milutin Gubash
Sylvain Campeau, Sandra Dyck, Annie Gauthier, Katarina Gubash, Marie-Claude Landry, Shirley Madill, Crystal Mowry, and Mathilde Roman
 
gubash.jpgspacer.gifSerbian-born Canadian artist Milutin Gubash has developed a diverse practice incorporating performance with video, photo and digital installations and focused on the investigation of his own personal, social, and cultural identity. This first monograph examines the overlap of history, humour and authenticity found in his multifaceted practice. Often cast as the lead alongside his family and friends, Gubash employs narrative to blur the boundaries between real, lived lives and the people that we wish we were. Major projects featured include Which Way to the Bastille?, which recounts the story of his father’s life in, and escape from, communist Yugoslavia. These Paintings explores the life of the artist under Communism. The hilarious Born Rich, Getting Poorer is a sitcom-style video series (complete with laugh track) starring Gubash as himself, the Buster Keatonish everyman who embarks on a hapless search for home and for roots, after the recent death of his father. Published to accompany a multi-venue ten year survey of Gubash’s work, the publication includes original essays and complete photographic documentation. Born in Novi Sad, Serbia and living in Montréal, Milutin Gubash has exhibited throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe since 2000. His practice encompasses photography, video, and performance, and regularly features the participation of his family and friends in sitcoms, soap operas, family photos, and improvisational theatre pieces. Co-published with Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Musée d’art de Joliette, Rodman Hall Art Centre, and Carleton University Art Galleryy. In English and French. Note: A DVD is not included as once announced.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery  (03/2013)  192 pp 80 col. ill. 11 x 8 in  hardcover  978-1-897543-19-1  $40.00 Can. $45.00 U.S.





Kelly Richardson: The Last Frontier
Kelly Gordon, Holly E. Hughes and Alistair Robinson

richardsonc.gifspacer.gifThis first retrospective publication features an extensive look at the UK-based Canadian born artist’s audiovisual installation works of the last fifteen years, and accompanies a international solo exhibition. Richardson’s works play with the idea of the hyper-real, a notion that due to our increased use of new media can no longer be distinguished from the real or the constructed. In particular she is fascinated by the way in which we connect with landscape, and within her deeply layered practice, she draws on devices from Hollywood science-fiction and horror, landscape painting and wildlife cinematography. The results are complex cinematic installations that present us with locations that appear real but have been subtly doctored with CGI, animation and sound to create an unsettling, otherworldly atmosphere. The lack of any physical human presence enhances the work; often making the scenarios feel like a post-apocalyptic future. Works by Kelly Richardson have been exhibited and screened at notably Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Sundance Film Festival.  Kelly Gordon is associate curator at the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington DC). Holly E. Hughes is curator of the collection at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo NY). Alistair Robinson is programme director at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (U.K.) Available in four different covers.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (02/2013) 160 pp 60 col. ill. 8.5 x 12 in hardcover  978-1-894699-57-0  $50.00 Can. $56.00 U.S.


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Dominique Rey: Erlking / Pilgrims
Josée Drouin-Brisebois and Leon Bernard Johnson

dominiquerey.gifspacer.gifDominique Rey is a photographer, painter, and performance artist whose work is marked by a fascination with the marginal figure. This publication documents two new series, one photographic and the other pictoral. In Erlking, Rey takes on a host of personas linked to the German and Scandinavian mythical creature that lures foolish travelers to their death. Drawing from psychoanalysis and the literay works of Angela Carter, Rey invokes personas in flux. Her painting series Pilgrims shows the influence of her involvement as a performer and attests to the intimate knowledge and experience she invests in her work. Recalling sideshow circus ‘freaks’ and 1950s burlesque, Pilgrims, explores notions of the ‘unbeautiful’ and how the unbeautiful becomes permissible, and even desirable, under the guise of performance and public display. Alterity is a central facet of Rey’s practice. She chooses not to simply document, but to immerse herself within these peripheral cultures. Essayist Josée Drouin-Brisebois is curator of Contemporaray Art at the National Gallery of Canada. Coproduced with Gallery 1C03 at the University of Winnipeg.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery  (July 2012) 80 pp 25 col. ill. 10 x 8 in hardcover   978-1-894699-54-9   $40.00 Can. $45.00 U.S.





Young & Giroux 
Kenneth Hayes, Jesse Huisken and Mark Lanctôt
 
YoungGiroux,gifspacer.gifDaniel Young and Christian Giroux have been making art together for nearly ten years. Their sculpture, public art and film installations are the product of an ongoing conversation concerning mid-century modernity, and the production of space and the built environment. This first in-depth monograph provides a career overview as well as an exploration of the duo’s most emblematic project, Beta Boole - sculptures involving Ikea furniture. The term "Boole" comes from the 3D computer modeling operation of adding and subtracting simple forms to generate more complex ones. These pieces of furniture provide both a recognizable and vernacular set of domestic forms, which perversely realize the Modernist goal of universal design through the machinations of globalization. Brancusi, Gordon Matta-Clark, and the Japanese architectural office SANAA are among their critical influences.

October 14, 2011: Daniel Young and Christian Giroux win the 2011 Sobey Award, Canada's pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian art.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (10/2011) 98 pp 30 col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover  978-1-894699-51-8  $30.00 Can. $35.00 U.S. (24 €)







Jon Sasaki: Good Intentions 
Ann MacDonald, Crystal Mowry and Ben Portis

spacer.gifUtilizing video, objects, performance and installation, Jon Sasaki takes cynicism, futility and tragedy as starting points, countering the thematic heaviness with dry, comic delivery. Through a multitude of scenarios where heroic attempts often result in failure, Sasaki evokes the tradition of slapstick cinema and Sasaki himself the figure of Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin. With full-colour illustrations and three critical essays this first monograph looks at themes of failure, pathos, comedy/tragedy and risk as found in Sasaki's romantic conceptual works. Publication accompanying the exhibition of the same name traveling across Canada through to 2013. Jon Sasakai has presented his work in solo exhibitions at artist centres across the country as well in group exhibitions at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (University of Toronto), the Owens Art Gallery (Mount Allison University), and Simon Fraser University Gallery. Jon Sasaki lives and works in Toronto. Published with the Doris McCarthy Gallery. 

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (08/2011) 78 pp 40 col. ill. 11.5 x 8.5 in hardcover  978-0-7727-5412-7  $40.00 Can. $45.00 U.S. (32 €)







Ian Pedigo: Works 2007-2010
Chris Sharp & Lillian Davies
 
pedigo.gifspacer.gifIan Pedigo's work is located between found-object assemblage and three-dimensional collage. Removing materials from their original context and incorporating their associative qualities in new forms, he creates objects already in a state of temporal change. Homasote, magazine clippings, concrete, fabric, and plastic cups are arranged and integrated so as to coax out poetic visual subtleties. These new structures and formal tableaux are imbued with formal and conceptual concerns proper to both painting and sculpture. Ian Pedigo studied sculpture at the University of Texas at Austin and at the Salzburg Academy of Fine Art. His work has been shown in London (Rokeby), Paris (Cardenas Bellanger), and Brooklyn (Klaus von Nichtssagend). This is the first monograph dedicated to his work. 

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (09/2011)  84 pp 37 col. ill. 10 x 8 in hardcover  978-1-894699-49-5   $25.00 Can. $29.95 U.S. (20 €)







Billy J. McCarroll: How To Play a Winning Game Your Natural Way
Jeffrey Spalding, Ryan Doherty & Peter White
 
billy.gifspacer.gifThis major retrospective monograph revisits 40 years of the career of the American-born Canadian artist. McCarroll began in California in the 1960s as a ceramic artist in the context of Funk art along with Peter Voulkos and David Gilhooly. His works were irreverent and infused with humour, and when mixed with the slick surfaces of Los Angeles’ hot rod culture, uniquely his own. Arriving in Alberta in 1971, it was a straight line from his ceramic works coated in industrial paint to his Clome paintings where automotive lacquer on Plexiglas brought an ironic playfulness to Hard-edge painting. In the 1980s, McCarroll’s work became inextricably bound to the image of Sam Snead and the sundry accouterments of golf. As always the works are studies of line, form, surface, colour and process. Illustrated with key examples of McCarroll’s most significant bodies of work from the 1970s to today, three essays reveal how many of the strategies he employs involve cultural and artistic reconfiguration, quotation and transformation.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (03/2011) 158 pp 30 col. ill. 9.5 x 9.5 in hardcover  978-1-894699-50-1   $40.00 Can. $45.00 U.S. (32 €)







Marie-Josée Laframboise: Network Installations

Eve-Lyne Beaudry, Andrea Fatona, Joan Stebbins & Marie-Josée Laframboise

mjlaframboise.gifspacer.gifArtist Marie-Josée Laframboise departs from traditional notions of cartography by constructing original environments out of preexisting spaces. These mixed-media sculptures draw attention to the elasticity of seemingly rigid architectural and geographical boundaries. Merging her interests in mathematics, architecture and drawing, she subverts our preconceived notions of space (and place) and the ways in which the collective movement of our bodies negotiate territory. Collaboratively produced by three institutions, this first monograph on the work of the artist contains two essays and an interview. Marie-Josée Laframboise has exhibited nationally and internationally most recently at The Musée d’art moderne et d’art contemporain de Nice. In English and French.

Musée d’art de Joliette / Southern Alberta Art Gallery / Ottawa Art Gallery (03/2011)
144 pp 100 ill. 9 x 6 in softcover  978-2-921801-48-5   $30.00 Can.  $35.00 U.S. (24 €)







Samuel Roy-Bois: Polarizer

Ryan Doherty

roybois.gifspacer.gifThe work of Samuel Roy-Bois resists categorization, freely mixing drawing, painting, sculpture, performance, music, architecture and literature to create large-scale installations that compell the viewer to enter. Polarizer presents a new body of work that continues to address an interest in mystery, passage and a shift in perception. Using a dizzying variety of found and constructed objects, Roy-Bois invites the viewer on an odyssey through murky corridors punctuated by moments of discovery, reverie and radiance. Originally from Québec, the artist now lives in Vancouver. Co-published with the Robert Mclaughlin Gallery and Rodman Hall Arts Centre.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (12/2009) 80 pp 30 col. ill. 9 x 6 in softcover 978-1-894699-48-8 $20.00 Can. $22.00 U.S. (16 €)








Ted Hiebert: Chronicles

Adrienne Lai & Ted Hiebert

hiebert.gifspacer.gifTed Hiebert’s experimental exploration of photography produces provocative serial images that contain layered references to the construction of identity. Rejecting the traditional lighting sources, Hiebert coats his own body in glow-in-the-dark paint and uses this self-generating luminescence to capture the figure on film. While his practice revolves around self-portraiture, Hiebert escapes any notion of narcissism through his acts of transformation which renders the artist anonymous. Hiebert’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions across Canada and group exhibitions internationally. This is the first monograph dedicated to his work.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (09/2009) 80 pp 43. ill. 9 x 6 in softcover 978-1-894699-46-4 $20.00 Can. $23.95 U.S. (16 €)







Derek Sullivan: We may be standing on the shoulders of giants but some of us are looking at the stars

Pamela Meredith

With appropriation and recombination as a strategy, Sullivan uses the poster as a medium of communication. Installed in semi-public locations, his kiosk projects address their sites by virtue of those who use them. The continuous postering results in an ever-changing subject matter dependent on whatever happens to be visible. By testing the limits of formal and conceptual associations, the works generate unexpected meaning from the abstractions of patterns and colours. The title of the exhibition reflects the artist's methods. Sullivan takes two well-know phrases and conflates them into one: Oscar Wilde’s “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars", and Sir Isaac Newton’s “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." The publication's dustjacket is in itself a work of art in that it unfolds to reveal a large poster.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (04/2009) 49 pp col. ill. 9 x 6 in softcover 978-1-894699-42-6 $20.00 Can. $21.95 U.S. (14 €)


Vid Ingelevics: Hunter/Gatherer
Kim Fullerton

Using a large format camera to insure clarity, precision and the illusion of factuality, Ingelevics explores the limits of historicization through documentation. This publication presents two bodies of work: photographs of hunting platforms scattered in the countryside and a series of images of woodpiles begun in Switzerland and continuing in Canada. The title refers to the prehistoric nature of the activities of hunting and the gathering and is, at the same time, an apt description of the activity of photography itself. Ingelevics’ intention is to show that photographs are not themselves historical objects but depend upon contexts and captions to allow them to contribute to history.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (04/2008) 54 pp col. ill. 12.5 x 9.5 softcover 978-1-89469945-7 $25.00 Can. $26.95 U.S. (16 €)


Mary Kavanagh: Seeking Georgia - Mapping O’Keeffe Country
Gerta Moray

Through an investigation of the multiple industries that surround painter and feminist icon Georgia O'Keeffe, Mary Kavanagh examines the production of cultural history, the cult of personality, and the detrimental effects of tourism on arts scholarship. Kavanagh's work encompasses a broad range of media including audio, video, and performance and is produced by researching and interpreting specific histories through sustained engagement with the material and cultural residue that accumulates with the passage of time.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (02/2009) 144 pp col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover 978-1-894699-43-3 $25.00 Can. $26.95 U.S. (16 €)


Tanya Harnett: Persona grata
David Garneau

Tanya Harnett’s new series of photographic works explore the many and diverse layers of her being through self-portraiture. Harnett reflects on her First Nations heritage and how it has been culturally defined and redefined through the parameters of a westernized education. The complexity of this history is subtly but relentlessly pursued through the lens of the camera.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (01/2009) 58 pp 19 col. ill. 9 x 6 in softcover 978-1-894699-41-9 $20.00 Can. $21.95 U.S. (14 €)



David Spriggs: Archaeology of Space

Charles Stanievech, Gordon Hatt, Mark Clintberg & Marie-Eve Beaupré

Using layered groups of transparent drawings suspended in museum-style cases, Spriggs creates what he calls Spatial Image Sculpture. These optical illusions of deep space, reminiscent of holograms, read as parallel spatial theatre. This deconstruction of form highlights the mechanics of vision at a time when cinema and digital imaging have come to offer alternative visual landscapes. Published with Rodman Hall Arts Centre.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (01/2009) 64 pp col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover 978-1-894699-44-0 $20.00 Can. / $21.95 U.S. (14 €)



Colwyn Griffith: Empire Projects

Rocío Aranda-Alvarado

Colwyn Griffith produces large-scale colour photographs that question the ethics of western consumption and empire. He uses candy and junk foods to construct elaborate reproductions of icons of excess such as Graceland and Iraq’s Ministry of Oil. For several years, much of Griffith’s practice has employed the use of processed food to investigate notions of landscape, tourism, consumption and history.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (06/2008) 58 pp 23 col. ill. 9 x 6 in softcover 978-1-894699-40-2 $20.00 Can. $22.95 U.S. (16 €)


Susan Bozic: The Dating Portfolio
Gordon Hatt & Bill Jeffries

Susan Bozic's work recalls the performance-based photography of Cindy Sherman and Jeff Wall while taking as its subject the social construction of romance. Bozic's character's dates a male mannequin and, through her photographs, we follow the couple from courtship and meeting the family to intimacy. Bozic reflects on consumer society's pursuit of happiness and the good life while referencing the internet dating phenomenon by staging dates with someone a little bit "different." Her project merges the optimism of movie-star promotional photographs with questions about both the tradition of courtship and its current state. Two essays elucidate her practice.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (01/2008) 64 pp 22 col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover 978-1-894699-39-6 $20.00 Can/U.S. (16 €)


Don Gill: D'Arcy Island
Lorna Brown

Social history is inextricably tied to natural history and Don Gill's investigations have produced a convergence of the two, often evolving into case studies which the artist documents through photography, text, video and installation. D'Arcy Island, which is just off Vancouver Island, was home to a leper colony from 1894 to 1924. Forty-nine Chinese men were exiled to the island after contracting leprosy and were left to fend for themselves. Gill's work maps this historical landscape through film and photography.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (02/2008) 48 pp 17 col. ill. 9 x 6 in softcover 978-1-894699-37-2 $15.00 Can./U.S. (12 €)

Dagmar Dahle: Lost Bird Collecting
Carol Williams

Dahle's interests are intricately bound to one institutional ethos, that of the museum. Her research has focused on historical and contemporary representations of animals, decorative art and craft practices that intersect with fine art, and the role of the museum in the construction of knowledge. Her collection emphasizes abandoned hobby craft projects such as naïve paintings, knitted animals and paint-by-numbers. It also includes natural objects such as bark, bird's nests, antlers, bones and so on. These objects are altered in various ways, transforming them into things of peculiar and ambiguous beauty.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (02/2008) 48 pp 31 col. ill. 9 x 6 in softcover 978-1-894699-38-9 $15.00 Can./U.S. (12 €)


Cheryl Sourkes: Public Camera / Caméra publique
Cheryl Simon

For several years, Cheryl Sourkes has been distilling images from web cams and live video streams that she has found on the internet. Selecting and editing from thousands of images has led her to organize her work into series. Locations are images from specific places. Interference focuses on images compromised by the weather or other natural phenomena. Interior features web cam images from public spaces. By placing surveillance images in a fine art context, the artist moves beyond the distanced instrumentality implicit in the originating technology, creating new meaning through the selection and classification of images. In English and French.

Au cours des dernières années, Cheryl Sourkes a exploré les dispositifs de surveillance publique, particulièrement les caméras Web. Elle a créé plusieurs projets autour de ce thème, empruntant des images fixes à des sites Internet. Elle réalise des montages composites de photos de grandes villes comme Londres, Tokyo et Toronto. Dans d'autres œuvres, elle montre comment des influences extérieures, tels les phénomènes météorologiques, peuvent altérer l'œil de la caméra. L'espace publique et privée, qu'elle étudie de l'intérieur, l'intéresse également. Bien que ces images aient été créées à l'aide de matériel technologique récent, l'artiste les inscrit dans l'histoire plus vaste de la fabrication d'image, composée à la fois de sources contemporaines et historiques. Sourkes nous invite à réfléchir à la façon dont cette technologie affecte notre compréhension de la société et notre relation avec ceux qui y vivent.

Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography /Southern Alberta Art Gallery / Tom Thomson Art Gallery (05/2007)
80 pp 53 col. ill. 10.5 x 8.5 in softcover 978-0-929021-49-2 $24.95 Can./U.S. (20 €)


Julie Voyce: Paste Up
Stuart Reid & RM Vaughan

This publication documents 32 abstract screen prints produced using the same three colours. Pre-computer paste-up, drawing and re-photocopied photo copies make the final images seem to be composed of many more than three colours.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery / Tom Thomson Art Gallery (05/2007) 32 pp col. ill. 8 x 6 in 978-1-929001-48-2 $20.00 Can./U.S. (16 €)



Lyn Carter: Incognito
Carolyn Bell & Sarat Maharaj

Using her strong background in textiles, Carter produces wall-mounted sculptures made from patterned cloth and everyday objects. The fabrics reference art history and reflect textile traditions from a variety of world cultures. Interwoven with objects such as plates and platters, her works heighten the antagonism between traditional women's work and male-dominated industrial production.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery / Tom Thomson Art Gallery (02/2007) 60 pp 28 col. ill. 8 x 8 in softcover
978-1-894699-35-8 $20.00 Can./U.S. (16 €)


Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky
Ken Lum

The Vancouver-based artists produce representations or alternations of everyday objects. Many works are cast directly from the object itself in a material approximating that object's general physical character. The resulting works conflate sculptural concerns such as process, materiality and literalism with the subjective and narrative content inherent in representation. Ken Lum, author of the accompanying essay, is one of Canada's leading artists. Co-published with the Liane and Danny Taran Gallery, Rodman Hall Arts Centre, Doris McCarthy Gallery and Cambridge Galleries. In English and French.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (11/2006) 64 pp 58 col. ill. 8.5 x 7.5 in softcover 978-1-894699-36-5 $20.00 Can./U.S. (16 €)


Robbin Deyo: Sweet Sensation
Mark Nullin & Jeanne Randolphe

Deyo's labour-intensive work includes wax-covered objects that give the appearance of candy, cakes and other confectionery delights. Hundreds of cookie cutter shapes adorn gallery walls and tempt patrons with their alluring colours and sugary appeal. Her work, subtly sculptural and architectural, hints at themes of gender roles and hyper-consumerism. An exploratory essay by Mullin is accompanied by poetic musings by Randolphe. In English and French.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (09/2006) 56 pp 22 col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover 1-894699-31-9 $20.00 Can./U.S. (16 €)

Gunilla Josephson: Resistance
Andrea Carson, Lewsis DeSoto, Catherine Elwes & Benny Nemerovsky Ramsay
Josephson's feature-length video work, The Blood-Red Heart of Johanna Darke, tells a tale of a woman who could have lived but perhaps never did. It is the 1940s. Fleeing her beginnings as a religious novice, Johanna Darke finds herself in Paris working with the Resistance against the Nazi occupiers. The political necessity of isolation creates a loneliness in Joanna that causes her to oscillate between fantasy and reality. Essays and an artist's statement provide a comprehensive perspective on the work of the Swedish-born Canadian artist. Sumptuously illustrated with several full-page and double-page colour stills. The film was premiered at The Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (08/2006) 120 pp 80 col. ill. 9 x 6 in softcover 1-894699-34-3 $20.00 Can./U.S. (16 €)


Lisa Klapstock: Liminal
Alison Nordström & Scott McLeod

Lisa Klapstock's photographic practice challenges visual perception of everyday urban environments. This splendid first monograph, illustrated with dozens of colour plates, presents several series produced from the late 1990s to today. Living Room documents the hidden life of urban back lanes. Threshold - scenes shot through holes in backyard fences - reveals views that are invisible to the naked eye. Ambiguous Landscapes juxtaposes stark landscapes with and without the human figure (Klapstock herself). While the work is highly formalized and richly textured, Klapstock's overriding concern is the gray area between private and public and how, as both artist and woman, one inhabites that space. In English and French. Lisa Klapstock has exhibited at George Eastman House, Presentation House Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Alison Nordström is Curator of Photography at George Eastman House. Scott McLeod is editor and publisher of Prefix magazine.

La pratique photographique de Lisa Klapstock défie la perception visuelle de l'environnement urbain quotidien. Cette première monographie nous présente plusieurs séries produites durant les années 1990 jusqu'à aujourd'hui. La série Living Room documente la vie cachée des ruelles urbaines. Quant à Threshold - des photographies prises à travers des trous dans des clôtures -, l'artiste nous dévoile des scènes cachées à l'oeil nu. La série Ambiguous Landscapes juxtapose des paysages avec ou sans une figure humaine (Klapstock elle-même). Quoique l'œuvre soit formelle et riche en textures, la préoccupation principale de l'artiste demeure la zone grise entre le privé et le public et, en tant que femme et artiste, comment habiter cet espace. En français et anglais.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery / Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery (2006) 96 pp 57 col. ill. 1-894699-33-5 hardcover $39.95 Can./U.S. (32 €)


Ed Pien: In a Realm of Others
Gordon Hatt, Tila Kellman & Linda Jansma

Ed Pien's integration of drawing into an installation format has created a new vocabulary for this elemental medium. His exuberant drawing style with images drawn from both Chinese and European sources has given new life to a traditionally formal endeavor. Here he explores the world of ghosts with drawings, dramatic lighting, projections, soundscapes and the videotaped telling of actual encounters. While Pien's work calls up any number of mythic, ritualistic and actual journeys and while his images evoke violence, suffering and deprivation, the visitor walks away from the multi-sensorial experience feeling uplifted and elated. Ed Pien has exhibited widely, notably at The Drawing Center (New York), Overslag and Eindhoven (Amsterdam), The Canadian Cultural Centre (Paris) and the Middlesbrough Art Gallery (England). Co-published with Cambridge Galleries.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery / Robert McLaughlin Gallery (2006) 96 pp 30 col. ill. 9 x 6 in softcover 1-894699-32-7 $20.00 Can./U.S. (16 €)


Michelle Bellemare: Blind Side
Carolyn Bell Farrell

Michelle Bellemare explores the manner in which associatively rich material like hair and dust gives voice to the inexpressible. She creates seemingly functional objects from familiar material (socks knitted from dust) so as to provoke the body's inherent reflexes. In 2005 Bellemare was invited to exhibit at ARCO, International Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid. Copublished with the Koffler Gallery.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (12/2005) 32 pp col. ill. 8 x 6 in softcover 1-894699-27-0 $15.00 Can./U.S. (11 €)


Faye HeavyShield: Blood
Paul Chaat Smith

Faye HeavyShield was born on Alberta's Stand Off Reserve and is a member of the Blood nation. Her minimalist installations are powerful fusions of her Christian and Native backgrounds. After a lengthy hiatus HeavyShield presents a powerful new work, Blood, an evocation of the personal, political and historical realities of the First Nations' experience. Paul Chaat Smith is associate curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and author of Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee (New Press). His essay intertwines thoughts on the work of Faye HeavyShield and on the opening of National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (10/2005) 48 pp 14 ill. (6 col.) 9 x 6 in softcover 1-894699-30-0 $15.00 Can./U.S. (11 €)


Wendy Welch: Taxonomy
Jan Gates

Welch collects and sorts everyday materials, transforming the mundane through structure and order into site specific works that defy categorization. Gates places Welch squarely within the traditional practice of taxonomy as practiced by natural historians throughout the centuries. Since much of the work involves stitching, pinning and threading, she also draws out the affinities between Welch's installations and traditional women's domestic labour.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (10/2005) 64 pp 25 col. ill. 9.5 x 6.5 in softcover 1-894699-29-7 $20.00 Can./U.S. (16 €)


Susan Turcot: Beingrich
Susan Turcot

wTurcot collaborated with musician Roger Turner to perform drawing on an amplified drawing board as a duet for paper and pencil. "I began explorations with paper and pencil which led to a focus on sound and a concentration on listening and responding to the drawing pencil. This is a process which creates dialogue between materialized and immaterialised process. The drawing is done with the eyes closed, which exaggerates the sensation of sound and obscures the sense of physical orientation of the body and of its surroundings."

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2005) pamphlet 12 ill with Audio CD 5.5x7.5 (metal container) 1-894699-28-9 $20.00 Can./U.S. (16 €)

Angela Leach: Paintings
Gordon Hatt & Emily Falvey

Having been introduced to the discipline of painting and to textile design, Leach found her way to a marriage of the two. The result is series of paintings called Abstract Repeat. By sequencing colour in random order these works offer vibrating fields of pattern that transform the picture plane through the resulting illusionary effect. Angela Leach studied painting at the Ontario College of Art and Design and crafts at Sheridan College. Publication of an exhibition traveling across the country throughout 2005-2006.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2005) 48 pp 15 col. ill 8.5 x 9.5 in softcover 1-894699-26-2 $20.00 Can./U.S. (16 euros)


Tania Kitchell: Cold Cuts
Rosemary Heather & Eileen Sommerman

Building on a documentary foundation, Kitchell produces photographs of herself playing in the snow. She also makes a vast array of winter clothing, including Joseph Beuys-inspired felt snow suits. While impractical, these items draw our attention to our interactions with the environment.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2004) 132 pp col. ill. 8.5 x 6 in softcover 1-894699-14-9 $20.00 (16 €)


Bettina Hoffmann: Spoilsport
Adrienne Lai

Hoffmann's photographic practice presents an investigation of conflict, non-verbal communication and the unspoken. With cinematographic undertones, she constructs banal everyday scenes, creating complex situations of people in an atmosphere of feigned indifference, desperate seduction and veiled humiliation. Spoilsport refers to the game of life, love and power and its willful disruption. Originally from Berlin, Hoffmann lives and works in Montreal. Produced in collaboration with the Liane and Danny Taran Gallery. In English and French.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2004) 56 pp 34 col. ill. 10 x 7.5 in softcover 1-894699-25-4 $20.00 Can./U.S. (16 €)


Michael Campbell: 12,000 Years Collapsing into Eight Seconds
David Garneau

Michael Campbell describes his most recent video installation, created expressly for the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, as expanding on previous production with the construction of a large cinematic set that implies multiple fictive narratives. These overlap and converge to form a coherent experiential tableaux that links reality with filmic memory and transcendental fantasies.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2004) 54 pp col. ill. 8.5 x 8.5 in softcover 1-894699-17-3 $20.00 Can./U.S. (16 €)


Monica Tap: Paintings
Nancy Tousley & Stuart Reid
Tap's large-scale canvases set up compelling dualities: historical/contemporary, abstract/representational and original/referential. While not a landscape painter, her work concerns itself with the history and convention of landscape painting. She manipulates the lines of her own drawings as well as those of other artists &endash; often seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish artists - until she creates an abstract composting of history. Two essays examine the language of painting in the microscopic detail of Tap's own work.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery / Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery (2004) 52 pp 20 col. ill. 9 x 7 in softcover 0-929021-37-1 $20.00 (16 €)



Vera Greenwood : High Ground
Sylvie Fortin, Johanna Mizgala & Jeanne Randolph

Greenwood enlists memory and fiction, as well as humour and horror, to immerse viewers in the home and family environment in which she grew up. Acting as the curator of her own personal museum, she meticulously re-stages her childhood home and poignantly evokes her memories of growing up in a family whose fortune were greatly affected by her father's mental illness. Three essays probe, among much else, the artist's anti-authoritarian critique of the family, the church and the museum. Randolph is the author of Why Stoics Box.

Greenwood a recruté mémoire et fiction afin d'immerser le spectateur dans l'environnement familial au sein duquel elle a grandit. S'attribuant le rôle de conservatrice de son propre musée personnel, elle a méticuleusement recréé son enfance et évoqué les mémoires entourant sa famille, dont le bien-être dépendait fortement des troubles mentaux de son père. Trois essais cherchent à éclaircir le positionnement anti-autoritaire de l'artiste face à l'institution familiale ainsi qu'à toute autre institution, même celle du musée.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery/The Ottawa Art Gallery (2003) 97pp. 16 ill. coul. 22 x 14 cm 1-895108-56-x $25.00 (21 €)


Karilee Fuglem: Cumulous
Laura Millard & Sylvie Parent
Employing modest materials such as plastic bags, tape and fishing line, the work of British Columbia born Montréal artist makes non-visible phenomena seem palpable. Fuglem's site-sensitive installation, Cumulous, emphasizes ways of knowing through sensation and visceral comprehension, rather than intellect alone. This first substantial publication on Fuglem's work contains two original essays and has been designed by the artist.

Utilisant de modestes matériaux tels que des sacs de plastiques, du papier collant et du fil de pêche, l'œuvre de cette artiste montréalaise née en Colombie-Britannique tranforme les phénomènes non-visibles en quelque chose de palpable. Cumulous mets l'emphase sur les manières de connaître à travers la comphéhension viscérale au lieu de ne faire qu'appel à notre intellect. Cette première publication substantielle de l'oeuvre de Fuglem a été conçue par l'artiste et contient deux essais originaux.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2003) 32 pp 34 ill (6 col.) 8x9 in softcover 1894699092 $15.00 Can./U.S. (11 €)


Lines Painted in Early Spring
Patrick Mahon

Referencing the poem by Wordsworth in which he sets forth the classic opposition between nature and culture, Mahon presents four Canadian artists whose engaging and often lyrical work embodies the fusion and collision of nature and culture. These artists show painting as a language capable of addressing ideas concerning space and landscape through painterly means that propose the mutual agency of human culture and the "ground" that surrounds it. Adopting the metaphor of marking lines upon the road, the exhibition proposes a space for painting where inventive ideas about representation cross-pollinate to produce a complex yet continuous expanse. With work by Gerald Ferguson (Halifax), Ben Reeves (Victoria), Carmen Ruschiensky and Francine Savard (Montréal). In English and French.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2003) 78 pp 25 col. ill. 9.5x6.5 in softcover 189469922x $20.00 Can./U.S. (14 €)


Blind Stairs
Emily Falvey & Sophia Isajiw

Janice Gurney, Mary Scott and Arlene Stamp have sustained a critical engagement with painting as practice rather than as medium. This openness has fostered an eclecticism and an improvisational approach to already-circulated material. The authors write with the conviction that there is much to be learned from careers that began 20 years ago, when modernist paradigms in painting were much harder to ignore.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery / Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery (2003) 98 pp col. ill. 9.5 x 8 in softcover 1-894699-20-3
$20.00 Can./U.S. (14 €)


Susan Kealey: Ordinary Marvel
Jennifer Rudder (ed)

Following the premature death by cancer of artist Susan Kealey, 12 of her colleagues have come together to create this monograph as a tribute to her enormous energy and creativity. These engaging and thoughtful essays document Kealey's prolific artistic output and mark her contribution to contemporary Canadian art. The book includes lush, full-colour reprints of Kealey's major photographic series wherein she critically examined the techniques of documentary and commercial photography through the creation of spare photographic studies. Contributors include Jeanne Randolph, Scott McLeod, editor of Prefix photo magazine, and video-artist Steve Reinke.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2003) 184 pp 74 ill 9.5 x 9.5 in softcover 0-920397-83-2 $45.00 Can. / $39.95 U.S. (31 €)


Yoko Takashima 
Mowry Baden

Large-format digitalized colour photographs confront the viewer with images of private matters and domestic relationships that have universal relevance. The artist's newly-acquired roles as mother and caregiver are threaded throughout. Other works relate to inter-family relationships and act as a catalyst for her explorations of the emotions associated with parenting: anxiety, vulnerability and obsessiveness. Yoko Takashima was born in Japan and currently lives in Vancouver.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery / Kamloops Art Gallery (2003) 38 pp 12 col. ill. 10x6.5 in hardcover 1-895497-54-X $20.00 Can./U.S. (14 €)


Anne Ramsden: Anastylosis, Inventory
Jennifer Fisher

Anastylosis is an archeological term describing the reconstruction of an object from its surviving fragments. Ramsden applies the technique to the nearly 300 household dishes which she smashed and reconstructed according to a precise system. The final installation is intended to encourage in the viewer an awareness of the activity of looking.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2003) 32 pp col. ill. 9x6.5 in softcover 189469919x $12.00 Can./U.S. (8 €)


Lethbridge Modern: Aspects of Architectural Modernism in Lethbridge from 1945-1970 (Volume 1)
Gerald Forseth

Arthur Erickson's internationally renowned example of "brutalist modernism", the University of Lethbridge, is a featured example in this review of the surprising number of buildings designed under the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier in this relatively small community. Illustrated with photographs and architectural drawings that showcase modern design in educational, religious, commercial, and industrial buildings and modern homes. Forseth's essay is accompanied by an interview with Erickson. Gerald Forseth is a Calgary-based architect and architectural historian. In 2000 he curated the highly regarded architecture exhibition Calgary Modern at the Nickle Arts Museum.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2002) 56 pp 68 ill. (9 col.) 8.5x11 in softcover 1894699173 $25.00 (Can./U.S.)

Susan Schuppli: Phony
Tess Takahashi

Phony is an interactive CD-ROM which explores the history and culture of the telephone in order to reflect upon contemporary communications technologies and is an expansion of Schuppi's multi-sited public art project. Media theorist Takahashi further develops the work and ideas through her audio analysis.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2003) CD-ROM 1894699165 $10.00 Can./U.S.


Colette Whitten and Paul Kipps: Over Taking Over
Terence Heath & Jessica Wyman

Whitten and Kipps are among Canada's most respected sculptors. The fact that they are also married would normally not be discussed even in a joint exhibition, except that here, in spite of the dramatically different nature of their works, there is a profound connection that moves the viewer. Focusing on that connection, the essayists discuss the works as meditations on the passage of time: the generation of their parents, now passing, and of their children, now arriving.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2002) 56 pp 24 ill. 7x5 in softcover 1894699130 $12.00 Can./U.S.

Lois Andison: Autobody
Carolyn Bell Farrell

Andison's kinetic sculptures explore the status of the body, particularly the female body, at the juncture of the biological and the technological. An intimate understanding of new media enables her to forge an art practice that is "absolutely right for this moment". Her work strikes a powerful and precarious balance between emotional vulnerability and aesthetic strength, and is at once elegant, politically barbed and extremely funny. Produced with the Koffler Gallery.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2002) 32 pp 14 col. ill. 9x6.5 in softcover 0920863639 $15.00 Can./U.S.

Renée Van Halm: Dream Home
Lisa Robertson & Sherry McKay

Van Halm creates sculptures and paints gouaches that breakdown and investigate contemporary domestic architectural obsessions. Her scale models of rooms and her evocative aerial renderings of homes illustrate how leisure, class and social standing are expressed through architecture, demonstrating, for example, that the more expensive the home, the more the design is steeped in nostalgia leaving more modest dwellings to utilize modernist notions of simplicity and utility. Essays by Roberston (author of the ongoing project Office for Soft Architecture) and McKay (professor at the UBC School of Architecture) discuss Van Halm's work as art, architecture, design and popular culture.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery /Kamloops Art Gallery (2002) 44 pp 18 col. ill. 9.5x8 in softcover 0920751857 $15.00 Can./U.S.

Gwen Curry: Witness
Derek M. Besant

Curry's large-scale works document various scientific names of plants and animals encountered on a road trip throughout the United States. Her ongoing work, Void Field - named after a work of the same name by Anish Kapoor - is a floor installation consisting of 100 square tiles made of varnished wood and engraved with the names and dates of species that have become extinct throughout the world.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2002) 24 pp 11 ill. 8x8 in 1894699122 $10.00 Can./U.S

Tom Bendsten: Argument
Catherine Osborne

Publication documenting Bendsten's large book structure series entitled Argument. This being the artists' first exhibit west of Toronto, the endeavor required the transportation of thousands of pounds of books across the country. Osborne's essay delineates the significance of the work, especially in an age of instant communication. Born in Coppenhagen, Bendsten lives and works in Toronto.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2002) 36 pages 12 ill. (5 col.) 7x5 in. 1894699106 $10.00 Can./U.S.

David Kramer: Heaven on Earth
Joan Stebbins & Christian Viveros-Fauné

Working from the persona of the angst-ridden everyman and hard-luck artist, the New York artist produces witty video installations featuring the cast-off, the unconnected and the adamantly unfashionable. Referred to as the "Jerry Stiller" of the art world, Kramer sardonically pines for the elusive grail of the "good life". But the buffoonery and self-mockery barely disguise a brutal reality: the disseminating effect consumer culture, with its emphasis on gender roles and body stereotypes, has on men. David Kramer has performed at the Whitney Museum and has had exhibitions at the Robert Birch Gallery (Toronto) and the Pierogi Gallery (Brooklyn).

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2002) 64 pages, 39 ill. 8x6 in. softcover 1894699084  $12.00 Can./U.S.

Baco Ohama: Miyoshi
Hiromi Goto, Arthur Nishimura & Paul Chaat Smith

"When I made the move to British Columbia it was to be closer to Steveston &emdash; this place where my maternal grandparents lived prior to World War II. This is where Ojiichan (my grandfather) fished and built fishing boats. It is here on the West Coast that I have been reconsidering my relationship to water. I have been thinking about how history, even events prior to one's own birth, impacts our lives and affects who we are. Over and over again I have been led to the water's edge to think about the relationships between history, language and location; and what lies in the space between what is articulated by tongue and mind, and that which is felt in the gut."

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2002) 3 brochures within a cardboard binding, 5 col. ill. 7x7 in. 1894699076 $15.00 Can./U.S.

Harold Klunder: The Lethbridge Paintings
James D. Campbell

Harold Klunder is one of the country's most acclaimed painters and, although non-representational, his works provide an ongoing record of his life. Throughout the winter of1997-98, he lived in Lethbridge, where, inspired by the ever-changing light of the prairie sky, he enjoyed a highly productive period. Of the dozens of oils and watercolours produced during that time, sixteen are presented here. In his essay, Cambell outlines what he calls the "alchemy" of Klunder's oeuvre.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2001) 24 pages, 16 ill. 9x9 in. 189469905X $15.00 Can./U.S.

Barbara McGill Balfour: Soft Spots
Kitty Scott

The subject of Balfour's practice is the body, particularly the skin. Highlighting the body's surface, with its marks, moles and freckles, her prints and print installations display the skin's surprising formal designs and suggest concerns with everything from physical beauty to illness and decay.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2001) 72 pages, 25 col. ill. 5x4 in. softcover 1894699033 $10.00 Can./U.S.

Sarah Stevenson: Almost Invisible
Michael Tarantino.

Sarah Stevenson's exhibition includes three large-scale sculptures constructed of netting and rods. Although made of everyday materials, these mysterious objects defy categorization and dominate gallery space with a power that contradicts their fragility. In his essay, Tarantino considers the architectural reverberations of her work.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2001) 24 pages, 10 ill. (2 col.) 1894699041 $12.00 Can./U.S.

Eric Metcalfe: The Attic Project
Hector Williams & Peter White

The Vancouver artist's long career has been marked by incursions into conceptual art, Fluxus and his own personal conceptual framework known as "Brutopia" whose chief preoccupations are repression and violence. His current project - pots inspired from Greek antiquity - with its lightens of vision and physical beauty, seems a radical departure from a dark and ironic practice. White's essay shows that the projection is in fact quite linear. By reproducing the original shapes of ancient Athenian pottery, painting them with designs that work on both literal and metaphorical levels and placing them in institutional spaces, Metcalfe manages to succinctly comment on the role of the museum and its historical manipulation of art. The results, visually stunning yet not without suggestions of parody and pastiche, project a wide range of attitudes. The name of the exhibition itself, which references both antique Greek culture and contemporary antique roadshows, signals the remove.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery / Kamloops Art Gallery (2001) 64 pages 38 col. ill. 9x6 in. hardcover 1894699025 $20.00 Can./U.S.

Catherine Ross: Stella Mere
Robin Peck

Essayist Peck places Ross's sculptural work within two traditions: the French "Animalier" school and, because Ross' work is scaled to the domestic interior, traditional female craftmaking. Her birds are carved in stone and marble, her starfish cast in aluminum, her snakes in wood sheathed with lead. Studying Ross's immense and almost repetitive production, Peck expands the discussion to reflect on the new role played by women sculptors in a discipline generally dominated by men. Noting that women's sculpture is now re-explorative of many nearly-abandoned technical and formal conventions, including stone carving and metal casting, the essayist posits that women come to sculpture relatively free from the prejudices that have formed it over the past century and now pursue the three dimensional and the material in art with a vengeance wrought by an historically denied access.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2000) 26 col. ill. 9x6 in. 0921613970 softcover $15.00 Can./U.S

Patrick Mahon: Palindrome
Anne Brydon & Robin Metcalfe

Mahon's installations explore the relation between structure and surface through the medium of wallpaper that he designs and has fabricated himself. Deliberately referencing William Morris and Le Coubusier, Mahon suggests several modernist aesthetic traditions. Interestingly, given that the artist is a heterosexual male, the essayists look at his work in the light of feminist analysis and homosexual aesthetics. Bryden discusses the artist's treatment of domestic space as a comment on traditional sex roles while Metcalfe considers the work as a critique of the heroic masculinism of Modernist aesthetics.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2000) 48 pp. 27 ill. (20 col.) 10x8 in. 1894699009 softcover $15.00 Can./U.S

Hamish Fulton: Magpie: Two River Walks
Robert Stacey

Refuting the labels of land artist, conceptual artist, environmental artist and conceptual sculptor, Fulton calls himself simply a walking artist. Since his first thousand mile walk in 1973, the British artist has made art exclusively that results from specific walks. This publication features Fulton's journey through the Milk River and Red Deer River areas of Alberta. The pieces displayed are not, according to the artist, the art but only fragments of the art, but the "fragments" are memorable. Magnificent full colour photographic landscapes, prints with text, wall sculptures and stenciled calligraphy, all in relation to what he saw and experienced. Stacey's essay considers Fulton's 30 year career with references ranging from Wordsworth to Goldsworthy.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2000) 80 pp. 33 col. ill. 6x8 in. 0921613997 softcover $25.00 Can./U.S.

David Hoffos: The Lethbridge Illusionist and His Cinema of Attractions
Nancy Tousley

Through the use of centuries-old optical techniques, film, video, composite projections, time-lapse photography and live closed-circuit video the artist creates what he refers to as illusions and which others may call installations. But while the devises may be drawn from the days of Méliès and the Lumière brothers, the concerns and references are straight from Hitchcock, Wells, Lang and Spielberg. Tousley's essay provides a close reading of Hoffos' non-narrative, time-based art, situating the artist now with Truffaut, then with Ed Wood and showing that while his interest in film is great, his interest in fantasy is greater.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2000) 26 col. ill. 8x5 in. 0921613938 softcover $25.00 Can./U.S

Lyndal Osborne: The Poetic Structure of the World
David Garneau

Australian-born Lyndal Osborne is a collector, a weaver and a maker of shapes. Seeds, pits, flowers, leaves, thistles, fungus and vegetables are gathered and woven into sculptures and installations, both strange and familiar. In his essay, Garneau cites cultural theorist bell hooks who explains that the experience of art must create a feeling of being "moved, touched, taken to another place, momentarily born again." This is what Osborne does. The delicacy of the work is reflected in a superb publication marked by colour fold-outs and reflections by the artist.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2000) 41 p., 6 col. ill., 8.5x5.5 in., 0921613954 $10.00 Can./U.S

Renate Buser: Objects in Mirror May Be Closer Than They Appear
Roman Kurzmeyer & Robert Ireland

Buser's photographs assume the real and fragile position of the photographer, becoming the amplified link between the human body - with its imperfections - and a perfected optical technology. Her decontextualized photographs of Montreal's architecture (office towers, apartment buildings) are in a way the antithesis of architectural photography in that they emphasize remoteness and lack of gravity. Essays in English, German and French.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2000) 44 p., 10 col. ill., 9x6 in. 0921613962 $15.00 (pb) Can./U.S

Yasufumi Takahashi: Injurious Inertia
Patrick Mahon

Takahashi's installations ask us to speculate about objects that resonate with familiarity even though they trouble us in our attempts to locate them in our own experience. This particular project is marked by an impulse to use a vernacular anthropology when viewing objects both strange and familiar to our eyes. Text in English and Japanese.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2000) 32 p., 8 col. ill., 9x6 in. 092161392x $12.00 (pb)

Jennifer Gordon: The Sky is Falling
Amy Gogarty

Gordon's works, thinly painted, identically-scaled, and bi-polar in their levels of eccentricity, show the combination of map and terrain, as well as giving an idea of where next to head in contemporary painting. She presents a rhythmic current from one to the next, dwelling on aspects of her life including what she derives from parenthood.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (1999) 40 p., 22 ill. (8 col.) 11x8.5 in. (28x21 cm) 0921613946 $16.00 (pb)

Euan Macdonald
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Bill Arning, Christina Ritchie & Gregory Salzman

While Macdonald's art is postmodern in its complexity and media cross-referencing (paintings and drawings integrated into video exhibitions) it is also simplistic and immediate with a limited number of distinct sets of imagery. His apparently casual observations of cities both real and unplanned reveal a quiet introspection that is in itself an indictment of a culture hooked on speed. Born in Scotland, Euan Macdonald moved to Canada in 1976. He has exhibited throughout Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (1999) 64 p., 31 ill. (18 col.) 21x16 cm / 8x6 in., 0921613911 $15.00 (pb)

Jeannie Thib: Geographia
Gary Michael Dault & Marnie Fleming

For more than a decade, Thib has graphed the social construction of the female identity, her fragmented maps, patterns and designs making up a singularly cohesive body of work. Her provocative installations of handkerchiefs and gloves, while disarmingly "pretty", are edgy and biting, undercutting the good-breeding and self-absorption these items suggest. Altering materials from diverse historical sources, Thib incorporates new compositions to reference the body.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (1999) 39 p., 10 ill., 19x15 cm./ 7.5x6 in., 0921613903 $10.00 (pb)

Gwen MacGregor: Fold It Up and Put It Away: Fernie's Curse
Andrew Forster

A specific historical event, the story of a tribal curse on the artist's hometown, is revived in an anecdotal rather than archeological way. Through myth, printed records, film and oral history, McGregor reveals the story of the creation of the curse by members of the Tobacco Plains band and its ultimate ceremonial lifting in 1964. Personal memory is woven into the social and political aspects of the event.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (1999) 82 p., 45 ill. (28 col.) 8.5x5 in./ 21x14 cm., 0921613881 $12.00 (pb)

Susan Shantz: Satiate
Lucy R. Lippard & Renee Baert
Lippard speculates on the ramifications of Shantz's transformation of everyday artifacts into uncanny sculptural shapes. Concerns with traditional woman's work and the menstrual cycle connect with the archeological and even spiritual aspects of the finished objects.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (1999) 23 p., 13 ill. (10 col.) 9x8 in / 23x20 cm, 092161389x $10.00

Nature Redux
Nancy Toulsey & David Garneau

Catalogue accompanying an outdoor sculpture exhibition featuring works by Carl Granzow,Bart Habermiller, Susan Shantz, Laurie Walker and Tim Watkins.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery. (1998) 67 p.,ill., 10x7.5 in / 25x19.5 cm, 0921613822 $10.00

Sandra Rechico: Gulp
Stuart Reid & Joan Stebbins

Trained in printmaking but shunning its classic tools, Rechico creates monumental installations using the most banal materials thereby producing an oeuvre which is at once engaging and subversive.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (1999) 45 p., col. ill., 7.5x5.5 in / 19x13 cm, 1895436370 $8.00

Laura Vickerson: Trace
Leslie Dawn

An installation, created especially for the gallery, which addresses the ephemerality of human existence both thematically and through the use of fragile and unstable materials like glass, flower petals, and light. Dawn's essay considers Vicker's current installation individually as well as in relation to her larger body of work.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery. (1998) 23 p., ill., 10x7.5 in / 25x19 cm, 0921613873 $10.00

Regan Morris: Moat
Barbara Fisher

An exhibition catalogue accompanying the Rhodesia-born Canadian's paintings which are described as autobiographical and coded with various personal histories.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery. (1998) 58 p., col. ill., 7x5 in / 17.5x13.5, 0921613865 $10.00

Janet Werner: Lucky
Carol Laing

The essayist speculates on the emergence of a figurative component in Werner's painting, the abstract language of which has always been particularly located in the flatlands of Saskatchewan.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (1998) 35 p., col. ill., 10.5x7.5 in / 26.5x19.5 cm, 0921613857 $10.00

Angela Inglis : a still life(s) with adjectives
David Wagner

A painter whose primary material is the paper found in phone books and newspapers, reduced and reorganized.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery. (1998) 16 p,. ill., 10x8 in / 25x20 cm, 0921613849 $8.00

Once Upon a Time: Contemporary Tales
Kim Pruesse (et al)

Using the conceit of the fairy tale, three essayists look at the work of Michelle Gay, Gunilla Josephson, and Max Streicher .

Southern Alberta Art Gallery. (1997) 56 p., ill., 10x8 in / 25x20 cm, 0921613814 $10.00

Greg Payce : Vase to Vase
David Garneau

The essayist demonstrates how Payce's work retains the integrity of ceramics while forging a postmodern quality.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery. (1995) 20 p., ill., 10x9 in / 26x23 cm, 092161375X $8.00

Patrick Traer
Joan Borsa

Issues of death, love and absence emerge from the artist's luminous installation.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery. (1995) 19 p., ill., 11.5x9 in / 29x23 cm, 0921613679 $8.00

Dominique Blain
Jessica Bradley

The author examines the artist's critique of the legitimization of otherness through scientific discourse and photography.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery. (1994) 48 p., ill., 8x5.5 in / 20x13 cm, 0921613555 $10.00

Lisa Couwenbergh .
Ranti Tjan.
Southern Alberta Art Gallery. (1994) 12 p., ill., 7x9 in / 17x23 cm. $6.00

Eric Cameron: Squareness.
Southern Alberta Art Gallery. (1994) 55 p., ill., 7x7 in / 18x18 cm, 0921613431 $8.00

Marlene Creates: Language and Land Use, Alberta 1993

Six photo-assemblages and an artist's statement.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery. (1994) 20 p., ill., 8x8 in / 21x21 cm, 0921621361 $4.00

Jon Baturin: Evidence of Justice
John Calcutt

An examination of the installation work and an interview with the artist
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Southern Alberta Art Gallery. (1994) 32 p., ill., 11x9 in / 28x22 cm, 0921613598 $10.00

Panya Clark Espinal: Like Ancient Pots Spilled from a Drowned Ship
Barbara Fischer

Detailed critique of the installation artist's increased preoccupation with the sensual.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery. (1994) 20 p., ill., 12x7.5 in / 30x19 cm, 0921613652 $8.00

Trevor Gould: Looking Awry.
Emily D. Hicks
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Southern Alberta Art Gallery. (1993) 8 p., ill., 12x9 in / 31x23 cm, 0921613504 $4.00

Spring Hurlbut: Sacrifical Ornament.
George Hersey (et al).

Southern Alberta Art Gallery. (1992) 20 p., ill., 10x9 in / 25x33 cm, 0921613342 $25.00

Micah Lexier.
Renee Baert.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery. (1991) 64 p., ill. 7x7 in / 18x18 cm, 0921613245 $6.00