LISA LIPTON

Soon All Your Memories Will Be With Me

Lisa Lipton’s solo exhibition – Soon All Your Memories Will Be With Me is a science fiction narrative that explores the nature of human experience in relation to futurist technologies, innovation, virtual communication and space travel. Written as a homage to Harlan Ellison’s Canadian-produced science fiction series – The Starlost, from 1973, the story follows three characters as they journey through deep space in an attempt to save remaining descendants of human civilization aboard The Ship Ultimo. Drawing from Soviet Science Fiction work of the 1970s, the plot offers a subverted social critique of present day political policy, social governance and retaliation. The trajectory of human and alien encounters reveals moments of anxiety, rebellion, hope and fear that unfold within each episode.  The content explores theatrics of science fiction, including prophetic warnings, utopian aspirations, strange voyages, while replacing the dominant male lead in the sci-fi genre with a female heroine.

ARTIST BIO

Maritime-born artist, Lisa Lipton is a multidisciplinary visual artist, musician and director who received her B.F.A. from NSCAD University and M.F.A. from the University of Windsor.  Her projects explore the potential for crossing genres of film, mixed media installation, performance, theatre and music.  Her visions are reflective of an interest in directorial and curatorial practices, collaboration and social interaction, as well as working within non-traditional contexts in order to explore the boundaries of performance and filmic production.  She recently released her multi-disciplinary project and first feature film – THE IMPOSSIBLE BLUE ROSE, at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge, AB, and in association with MS:T Performative Arts Festival.

She has exhibited her work on both a national and international level, and recently served as the Shortlist representative for the Maritime Provinces within the Sobey Art Awards (2015), as well as Longlisted in 2017, 2016, 2013 & 2012.

image credit: Soon All Your Memories Will Be With Me, 2018
HD Video Still
View of character – THE MOTHER
Character Played By – Thabi Ngwenya
photo credit: Carl Spencer/Lisa Lipton

EXHIBITION DATES

Feb 2 – March 10, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION

Thursday February 1, 2018
5 – 8pm

GALLERY HOURS

Tues – Fri, 12 – 6 pm
Sat, 12 – 4 pm

AMY MALBEUF

tensions

The Illingworth Kerr Gallery is pleased to welcome back ACAD alumna Amy Malbeuf for her first institutional solo show in Calgary. Malbeuf is a Métis visual artist from Rich Lake (AB), who works in a variety of media, including performance, beadwork, installation, and video. Her exhibition at the IKG, entitled tensions, focuses on the artist’s signature use of tarps as an artistic material. Mundane, industrial, colourful, accessible, utilitarian: tarps bring elements of reality and the quotidian into Malbeuf’s work. In the artist’s hands, it becomes a resilient and indestructible canvas on which she inscribes her reflections associated to the exploration of identity, place, language, and ecology. These reflections transform hierarchies within materials and the contemplative processes of animal hair tufting, hide tanning, and beadwork. Malbeuf’s artworks act like protest signs or mementos, that play with the contrast that generates in bringing together traditional textile based techniques and raw industrial materials.

ARTIST BIO

Amy Malbeuf is a Métis visual artist from Rich Lake, Alberta. Through utilizing mediums such as caribou hair tufting, beadwork, installation, performance, and video Malbeuf explores notions of identity, place, language, and ecology. Malbeuf has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at such venues as Art Mûr, Montréal, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina; Art Gallery of Alberta; and Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua, New Zealand. Malbeuf has participated in many international artist residencies including at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia; The Banff Centre; The Labrador Research Institute; and Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico. Malbeuf holds a MFA in Visual Art from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. In 2016 Malbeuf received a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award and a William and Meredith Saunderson Prize for Emerging Artists in Canada from the Hnatyshyn Foundation.

image credit: Woodland Camo, tarp, wood, inherited object (gun case), beadwork, 90″ x 110″, 2017.
photo credit: Jordan Bennett