Artist Talks: for the time being

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Justin Patterson & Stacey Watson, Object Vocation (2017). Video. Courtesy of the artists

Justin Patterson & Stacey Watson, Object Vocation (2017). Video. Courtesy of the artists

Please join artists Wil Murray and duo Justin Patterson & Stacey Watson for an afternoon of artist talks in the Walter Phillips Gallery, part of the exhibition for the time being: 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art

Wil Murray will discuss his new body of work THE ONLYES POWER IS NO POWER (2017) which charts two intersecting histories across the Canadian prairies; his family’s travelling circus and that of the Fu-Go bombs that were dropped on the region in the early 1940s. Duo Justin Patterson and Stacey Watson will discuss their ongoing collaboration in context of their work Object Vocation (2017) a series of vignettes that animate the discarded and domestic into a series of anti-narratives.

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

Wil Murray studied painting at the Alberta College of Art and Design (Calgary) and lives and works in both Okotoks and Berlin (Germany). Recent solo exhibitions include On Invasive Species and Infidelity’, The Art Gallery of Alberta (Calgary); Please Boss Remember Me, VITRINE (London); Die Welt In Farben P|M Gallery (Toronto); and Last Summer I Build A 1:8 Scale Model of Your Vagina, Staatsgalerie Prenzlauer Berg, (Berlin). His group shows include A journey from a sweeping gesture to a lasting effect, VITRINE (Basel); NOT A PHOTO, The Hole (New York City); and The Painting Project, Galerie de L’UQAM in Montreal, CA. Murray received an honourable mention in the prestigious RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2008, and previously exhibited in the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art in 2015.

Justin Patterson and Stacey Watson are a collaborative duo that formed in 2003. Alongside their individual art practices and work with the Arbour Lake Sghool, they have maintained an ongoing creative exchange. Both are graduates of the University of Calgary, where Stacey received her Masters in Fine Art in 2004 and Justin received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005. Their collaborative work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Calgary (2003), Kulturpfeiffer, Berlin (2006), Salt Gallery, Cornwall, UK (2006) and at Kunstverein das weisse haus, Vienna (2008). They have exhibited sculptural installation work at IDEAL, Calgary (2008) and their immersive room piece entitled The Filthy Water Grotto was constructed at Art Gallery of Calgary in 2009. Leading up to the 2017 Alberta Biennial the duo the are creating video works in Calgary and Vancouver B.C.