The exhibition “QUICK DIRTY: Art/Des Pop-up” brings together University of Alberta MFA, MDes and MA in History of Art, Design and Visual Culture (HADVC) students. The Art and Design Graduate Student Association put together this exhibition to showcase the diverse work executed while earning a Master’s degree. The works are on exhibition at the Lodge gallery space, an exciting new Edmonton venue located at 11034 124th Street.
Myken McDowell, Madeline Mackay, Meghan Pohlod, T.J. McLachlan, Becky Thera, Sarah Jackson, Phoebe Todd-Parrish, Angela Marino and Noemi de Bruijn are all graduate students in the department of Art and Design celebrating their research through this exhibition. The artists are at different points in their degree, working in design and visual arts, brought together in support of each other’s research. One of the most rewarding parts of a Master’s program in Art and Design is the building of community and peer-connections. These artists certainly demonstrate the importance of shared support within a community.
The show is extremely diverse. As you enter the gallery, you are greeted with T.J. McLachlan’s minimalist sculpture, projecting abstract, computer-rendered images onto a sheet of frosted glass. Large-scale paintings from Noemi de Bruijn and Angela Marino confront the viewer’s body with bold colour and intricate mark-making. The remnants of Becky Thera’s embroidery performance linger in the middle of the gallery, discussing the trauma of sexual violence. Sarah Jackson’s digitally printed maps indicate the subjective ways humans interact with time and space. As you move to the end of the show you can see Myken McDowell’s photo-polymer prints which reference Super 8 film and the function of memory.
In a typical “pop-up” fashion, the exhibition is only open for a short period. If you want to check out the terrific work by these graduate students, the show is open May 19th-31st, Tuesdays to Thursdays from 12-5. The gallery will also be open on Saturday, May 27th from 12-5.