28 April – 2 June 2016, Amalie Atkins, Kiarra Albina

28 April – 2 June 2016

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Amalie Atkins

Main Gallery

Sponsored by Tremain Media

Amalie Atkins is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Saskatoon. She creates cinematic fables through a blend of film, textiles, installations, performance, and photography, imprinting a fictional world onto everyday life. Atkins’ work has shown nationally and internationally and toured with major survey exhibitions, most notably, Oh, Canada (MASS MoCA) and DreamLand (The Textile Museum of Canada). Her photographs have appeared on the covers of Canadian Art Magazine, Visual Arts News, Grain Magazine, CV2, and in MUZE magazine (Paris).  Atkins was the recipient of the Locale Art Award for Western Canada in 2011 and long listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2012 and 2013.  Recent exhibitions include We live on the edge of disaster and imagine we are in a musical at the MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina), SAAG (Lethbridge) and the College Galleries (Saskatoon), Wundermärchen, at the Kenderdine Art Gallery (Saskatoon), and Little Black Listening Hut, commissioned by Remai Modern for Nuit Blanche (Saskatoon).  In 2015 her work appeared in exhibitions at the Gerald Moore Galley (London, UK), Schleifmühlgasse 12-14 (Vienna), and at NPAK/ACCEA in Yerevan, Armenia. 

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Kiarra Albina

Discovery Gallery

Sponsored by Sandy Baker, RE/MAX Check Realty

An amulet is an object whose most important characteristic is the power ascribed to it to protect its owner from danger or harm.

Amulet is a new suite of works on paper by Kiarra Albina created in night, in cautionary origins of magical fairy tales, in shape shifting, in ceremonial transformation, in the charged amulet, in soft musings, in portraiture, in behind the darkness so that even we cannot see.  

Red powder was taken out of one of the bottles, and with it was touched the crown, ear, elbows, knees, and feet of the applicant; a black powder then followed, and with it were anointed the shoulder, crown, knees, hair, feet, and head. 

Calgary-born artist, Kiarra Albina, works within and between the disciplines of drawing, painting, traditional animation, bookmaking, installation, and sound. Both a solitary and collaborating culture worker, she reintroduces nature, magic, and notions of wildness and unbridled play through her work. In 2010 she participated as a NFB/ONF Hothouse Director. Her drawings and book works have been exhibited and her films screened in galleries, artist-run centres, theatres, and non-ordinary spaces throughout Western Canada, London, Ontario, Montréal and Vienna. Her work has also been exhibited through: EMMedia, Arbour Lake School, Straw Gallery, Stride Gallery and recently at Contemporary Calgary, curated by Kim Dorland.