WINTER GARDEN: A GROUP EXHIBITION CURATED BY KATHERINE YLITALO
LAURA ST. PIERRE, PAMELA NORRISH, DANA PREDIGER, TOMAS JONSSON, TRAVIS LUTLEY
On the occasion of the 2018 edition of the Alberta Exposure Photography Festival, VIVIANEART presents “Winter Garden”; a group exhibition organized by acclaimed Calgary based curator, Katherine Ylitalo. Informed by her knowledgeable support of the arts, Ylitalo has selected recent works by five Western Canadian artists who incorporate photography as part of their practice.
Ylitalo’s interest in the intersection of contemporary art and gardens emerges as the curatorial focus of this photography exhibition. As she describes, “in a winter garden, bones are revealed; texture carries the residue of the past and promise of renewal; memory is interrupted by surprise.”
Katherine Ylitalo is an independent curator, writer, educator and garden historian. Recently, she has worked with The Glenbow Museum, the Walter Phillips Gallery, the Nickle Galleries and Bow Valley College and taught at the University of Calgary. Her writing has also been published in Avenue magazine and Galleries West.
Laura St. Pierre considers the impact of human interruption on the natural environment through her installations, sculptures, public works and photography. Her work has been exhibited throughout Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta in the 2013 Alberta Biennial, the AKA Gallery in Saskatoon, and Gallery 44 in Toronto among others. St. Pierre has earned Bachelor degrees from the University of British Colombia and the University of Alberta, and completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at Concordia University in Montreal. She currently lives and works in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Pamela Norrish is a multidisciplinary artist incorporating elements of photography, sculpture, and painting in a material based practice. She studied at the Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, including one year abroad at the New York Studio Program at Parsons, The New School, New York, and the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto. A selection of her work is held in the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and was recently on view at The Glenbow Museum. Norrish currently works and lives in Calgary, Alberta.
Dana Prediger focuses her photographic practice on explorations of the physical environment and the subjects that inhabit them. She holds a Bachelor of Design in Photography from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Her work has been included in several group exhibitions in Alberta and published in Alberta Views, Seities and Avenue Magazines. Prediger lives and works in Calgary, Alberta.
Tomas Jonsson is an artist, curator, and writer interested in issues of social agency in processes of urban growth and transformation. He has curated, presented, and performed work in Canada and internationally in Finland and Estonia. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Calgary and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Fine Art at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. In addition to his independent artistic practice Jonsson works in the Public Art Program for the City of Calgary.
Travis Lutley is an emerging Calgary based photographer who has been actively developing his practice for ten years. Lutley has also contributed to the curation of select exhibitions at The Glenbow Museum where he works as the onsite collections technician.