Artist Talk: for the time being - Justin Waddell

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Justin Waddell, “Float in Space and Drift in Time” (2017). Plywood, glass, mirror, paint, steatite, custom projector. Courtesy the artist

Justin Waddell, “Float in Space and Drift in Time” (2017). Plywood, glass, mirror, paint, steatite, custom projector. Courtesy of the artist.

Please join Alberta Biennial artist Justin Waddell for a talk in Walter Phillips Gallery’s exhibition, for the time being: 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art.

Waddell will discuss his new work, Float in Space and Drift in Time (2017), which consists of various elements, including small carved steatite sculptures and a hand-dyed and processed 16mm film depicting abstracted and ambient fields of colour that reference a mountainous and rocky landscape. These elements of the work are accompanied by a composed soundtrack of tuned electric guitar, feedback, drones, percussion and field recordings, which is intend to invoke a sense of deep time and lost space.

for the time being is an analogy of thinking about what it means to be in-between spaces and times. Specifically, the exhibition focuses on our present and our relationships to perceptions of reality.

Justin Waddell graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design and received his MFA in Integrated Media from the University of Windsor in 2003. He has worked in various capacities at several Artist-Run Centers, Festivals, Galleries, and Magazines in Canada including Prefix Photo, Trinity Square Video, Lola Magazine, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the New Gallery, and the Gendai Gallery at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Center. He has served as the Director of Programming at YYZ Artists’ Outlet, the Director of the Stride Art Gallery Association, and more recently as a Board Member of the Calgary Cinematheque, M.S.T. Performative Art Festival, and as a founding Board Member with the every-age art and music venue, Local Library in Calgary, Alberta. His work and research is rooted in the development of a personal narrative of experimentation and process. Right now, he is interested in escapism. Waddell currently lives in Calgary, Alberta where he is a Permanent Instructor in the School of Visual Art at the Alberta College of Art and Design.