Experience art reinvented at Gallery@501

June 25, 2024

Experience art reinvented at Gallery@501

Gallery@501 is excited to present a dynamic new art exhibition this summer called “re:invention. This one-of-a-kind show challenges traditional and historical ideas in art to inspire imagination and broaden our understanding of what art can be.

Featuring the artworks of Edmonton artists Erika Germain and Thomas Weir as well as Regina, Saskatchewan-based artist Gerry Ruecker, the exhibit is on at Gallery@501 from July 2 until August 10, 2024.

“Each artist creates their own visual language to engage and connect with the viewer,” says Kris Miller, Gallery@501 curator. “Using a mix of materials, techniques and styles, these artists encourage us to expand what we know and value about art.”

Germain creates a system of colours and compositions to develop a new language of poetic conversation. Through the merging of paint, print media, ceramics and interactive engagement, she expresses her thoughts about how we share meaningful connections through language and art. Unique to “re:invention”, visitors can participate in a collaborative art ritual by creating their own mini artwork in the gallery and exchanging it for a small ceramic coin, created by Germain.

Ruecker breathes new life into forgotten treasures. He combines discarded, decorated picture frames with reclaimed and recycled objects to create entirely new constructions. Using fragments of picture frames, Ruecker cuts the literal border of the traditional art space and creates the “art” out of the frames and embellishments themselves.

Weir sees the art object as a source for exploring a realm beyond language. Inspired by art history, Scottish/Irish rock art and science fiction, Weir creates imaginary scenes with connections that span across space and time. Combining drawing, sculpture, photography, collage and cyanotype printmaking, he transports the viewer to a whole new world of wonder.

Prepare to be inspired and join the artists for a public reception at Gallery@501 on Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. Both the reception and gallery admission are free.

For more information, visit strathcona.ca/ArtGallery.



Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595