12 Visual Art Exhibitions To See This February

Sculptures of domestic items, printed T-shirts and film photographs of movie theatres are all on display this month.


Nickle Galleries

Dan Hudson | 360 and Other Journeys

Until May 1

2500 University Dr. N.W., 403-220-4949, nickel.ucalgary.ca

Dan Hudson, News, Weather and Sports (2010), looping HD video, collection of Nickle Galleries, image courtesy of Dan Hudson.

Dan Hudson’s multimedia production places the everyday in juxtaposition with the vastness of space. Using video installations and other media works, Hudson presents ordinary and routine scenes — such as a family walking home from work or kids hanging out — and then asks big questions that should take you way out of the ordinary. Think of this exhibition as a melding of art, physics, science and anthropology. 

Walter Phillips Gallery

things you can’t unthink

Until May 22

Banff Centre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr., Banff, 403-762-6281, banffcentre.ca 

This group exhibition at the Banff Centre presents the artwork of four female artists. The featured artists are Sara Cwynar, Erica Prince and Virginia Lee Montgomery, all from New York City, and Eunice Luk of Toronto. This is an intentionally philosophical exhibition, made up of both ordinary and unusual objects. It causes viewers to think about philosophical inconsistencies, while also thinking about innovation, art and artistic materials. 

Herringer Kiss Gallery

Fiona Ackerman | Chaos Theory

February 4 to 27

709 11 Ave. S.W., 403-228-4889, herringerkissgallery.com

Fiona Ackerman, Number 25, Mixed Media on Paper, 20" x 26".

This exhibition proves that making abstract art isn’t a chaotic experience. The exhibition aims to highlight that making such art is unpredictable, but there is a direction and a system. Ackerman is a Vancouver-based artist who studied art at Concordia University and The Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. 

Christine Klassen Gallery

Kevin Boyle | DaySleeper

February 4 to March 19

321 50 Ave. S.E., 403-262-1880, christineklassengallery.com

Even though now he lives in Vancouver, Boyle’s photography focuses on where he grew up: the Canadian prairies. His images document ruins in what were once thriving towns and communities, and his subjects are abandoned gathering places. Boyle aims to give these abandoned spaces a second life through his images. This new exhibition is part of the Exposure Photography Festival


Leesa Streifler | Drawing the Photograph

February 4 to March 19

Streifler is a multidisciplinary artist who has been showcasing work for more than three decades. She is known for her investigation of the female body through painting, drawing and photography. This new exhibition is part of the Exposure Photography Festival

Contemporary Calgary

Roula Partheniou | Inventory

February 4 to March 27

C2, 104, 800 Macleod Tr. S.E., 403-262-1737, contemporarycalgary.com

photograph by toni hafkenscheid

Roula Partheniou, Storage Shelf, 2015, Wood, MDF, acrylic paint, courtesy of MKG127.

This exhibition will encourage viewers to rethink common domestic items, construction materials and office supplies. Partheniou sculpts these items so precisely that they look real. She places them in the gallery in a way that invites everyone visiting to consider how visual cues can often be deceiving. 


Kasia Sosnowski | Waste Land

February 5 to March 31

2009 10 Ave. S.W., 403-261-7702, truck.ca

You might want to consider re-reading T.S. Eliot’s classic poem, The Waste Land, before visiting this exhibition. (If you’re not going to do that, know that it describes a post-war wasteland, where things are broken and in pieces, and romanticizes of a past where these things were as they once were.) Like the poem, this exhibition examines feelings of fragmentation and preservation. 

Newzones Gallery

Sarah Nind | Pistes et Points

February 6 to March 19

730 11 Ave. S.W., 403-266-1972, newzones.com

(That’s “Stripes and Dots” in French.) Sarah Nind’s solo, mixed media exhibition showcases how images and ideas collide in our digital world, and how it makes today’s visual language chaotic and confusing. 



February 6 to March 19

Photography by notable artists such as Dianne Bos, Franco DeFrancesca and Stuart McCall are on display for this exhibition. In some way or another, all the photographs explore the theme of artwork that has been manipulated. It’s up to the viewer to determine how the work came together. This exhibition is part of the Exposure Photography Festival

Untitled Art Society

Lindsay McIntyre | Where We Stand

February 8 to March 31

Untitled Art Society +15 Window, 343 11 Ave. S.W., 403-262-7911, uascalgary.org

Lindsay McIntyre takes photographs of theatres using handmade 16mm iodo-bromide emulsion. The exhibition highlights the vulnerability of film in the digital age. McIntyre is a film artist and creator from Edmonton. She’s here in Calgary for the $100 Film Festival. Her exhibition is presented in partnership with this festival, running February 25 to 27. 


Fern Silva | Wayward Fronds

February 10 to March 5

Untitled Art Society Main Space, 343 11 Ave. S.W., 403-262-7911, uascalgary.org

Silva’s exhibition is all about the Florida Everglades, a 1.5 million-acre wetlands located on the southern tip of the state. The Everglades National Park is made up of mangroves and marshes, and is home to animals such as turtles, and manatees. Silva references historical events — and fictionalizes geological ones — to imagine how the Everglades took shape. This exhibition is also presented in partnership with the $100 Film Festival

Alberta Printmakers

April Dean | Blowing In the Wind

February 26 to April 9

4025 4 St. S.E., 403-287-1056, albertaprintmakers.com 

photograph courtesy of alberta printmakers

April Dean is a visual artist who also relies heavily on the power of words in her work. Her pieces are “explicitly vague” and encourage viewers to think about meaning. Text is printed on T-shirts and the result is kind of like advertising and kind of like fine art. 


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