No Visible Horizon

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40 Years of Walter Phillips Gallery

Maggie Groat and Jimmy Limit, Julia Crabtree and William Evans, Liz Magor, Amy Malbeuf, Lisa Myers

Walter Phillips Gallery, Main Space

Julia Crabtree and William Evans, Detail of “Gulch” (2016). Commissioned by Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.  Photo by Rita Taylor

Julia Crabtree and William Evans, Detail of “Gulch” (2016). Commissioned by Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.  Photo by Rita Taylor

No Visible Horizon
40 Years of Walter Phillips Gallery            

Maggie Groat and Jimmy Limit, Julia Crabtree and William Evans, 
Liz Magor, Amy Malbeuf, Lisa Myers

October 7, 2016 – January 22, 2017
Walter Phillips Gallery, Main Space

No Visible Horizon dissolves perspective, embraces groundlessness, and imagines possible futures through a series of new and existing contemporary artworks and an anthology of commissioned texts.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Walter Phillips Gallery examined its history and dedicated its fortieth exhibition to a series of new and existing works by a group of contemporary artists. As a starting point, each artist was invited to create a new work that takes Walter J. Phillips’ unusual Flying Island (1923) print as an open-ended starting point. The floating untethered landmass he depicted hovers above a body of water with no visible horizon. Conjuring divergent connotations; artists’ were invited to respond directly or as a thematic starting point. 

Alongside the exhibition will be a partial rehang of Walter J. Phillips’ works from the Gallery’s inaugural exhibition in 1976, which marked the official opening of the Gallery and Glyde Hall, home of Visual and Digital Arts residency programs. This selection of works will be on view in the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Building.

An accompanying anthology includes newly commissioned texts by alumni and is edited by WPG Curator, Peta Rake. The logic of the anthology takes up both the subjective and objective and towards multiple intersecting ‘horizons’, with each individual reconstituting, or dismantling typical renderings of this subject from their own worldview. Of the six invited contributors, three writers—cheyanne turionsAmelia Groom, and Andrew Berardini—have framed their essays through pre-existing texts of other writers and artists. Richard William HillKatherine Ylitalo, and Lisa Myers all addressed works from the Walter Phillips Gallery’s Permanent Collection. Richard William Hill writes on Rebecca Belmore’s work, "Ayum ee aawach Oomama mowan: Speaking to Their Mother" (1991); Lisa Myers writes on her own series of works, entitled "Blueprints" (2015/16); and Katherine Ylitalo pens a letter to artist Mike MacDonald about his work, "Butterfly Garden" (1999). These intersecting texts all speak to the concept of horizon in divergent ways, positing these artworks as sites of inquiry, tension, reckoning and reciprocity.

No Visible Horizon, the exhibition and the publication, was supported by the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Outstanding Artist Program.
Opening Reception
Friday, October 7, 2016 
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.Walter Phillips Gallery

The Perpetual Calendar: Artist Talk by Maggie Groat and Jimmy Limit
Saturday, October 8
1:00 p.m.Walter Phillips Gallery

Scats and Tracks: Artist Talk by Julia Crabtree and William Evans
Wednesday, October 121:00 p.m.Walter Phillips Gallery 

Blueprints: Lisa Myers Artist Talk

Thursday, November 241:00 pm Walter Phillips Gallery 

Curator's Tour: No Visible Horizon
Wednesday, December 7
4:00 p.m.
Walter Phillips Gallery 

Curator's Tour: No Visible HorizonFriday, January 20, 20171:00 p.m.Walter Phillips Gallery