The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada has announced the opening of the Sobey Art Award exhibition.
Located in the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton, the event presents the work of the five Canadian artists who have been shortlisted for the 2019 Sobey Art Award. The prize recognizes those 40 and under who have been selected by an international jury of curators and art gallery directors.
Organized by Lindsey Sharman, curator of the Art Gallery of Alberta, the exhibition presents more than 35 works, spanning from video-based installations and audience participation to paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs.
The following provides the shortlisted candidates and their work:
Stephanie Comilang’s video follows Paraiso, a Tagalog speaking ‘drone’ who documents Filipino diasporic experiences (Ontario);
Nicolas Grenier uses painting and the coding of colour to investigate political, economic, cultural, and social spaces (Quebec);
Kablusiak uses humour to cope with their cultural displacement and is creating a methodology for inventing cultural connections from an urban perspective (the Prairies and the North region);
Anne Low uses sculpture, installation, textiles, and printmaking to investigate how forms can detach from their historical context to speak to contemporary notions of the domestic and the decorative (West coast and Yukon region); and
D’Arcy Wilson’s work examines a colonial relationship to the natural world from her perspective as a descendant of European settlers (Atlantic).
“The work by this year’s shortlisted artists is incredibly varied and their diverse ways of working makes for a really interesting exhibition,” said Sharman. “There are some crossovers of themes, there is an attention to language running through the exhibition, and there is definitely an interest in looking at colonial structures and legacies.”