Harcourt House Artist Run Centre opens two new exhibitions on Friday, October 14, that explore “the relationship of the social and the material through the use of spatial, relational, and craft practices, feminist issues, cultural identity, Indigenous storytelling, sense of place, collective memory, and other aspects related to existential philosophy.”
In the main gallery, Manitoba’s Kerri-Lynn Reeves’ project, Holding/Tenderness, is a result of her year-long residency at Harcourt. She says the installation, which includes ceramics, quilted banners, screen prints and tufted rugs, is meant to draw the viewer “through an embodied experience of contemplation that results in a sense of encompassing calm.” Who couldn’t use that these days?
At the same time, Harcourt’s Art Incubator Gallery will showcase you’ll always know, a suite of new-expressionist paintings by Edmonton’s Kiona Callihoo Ligtvoet, a recipient of a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artists Award this year. Her paintings recall memories shared between relatives on the land from which they grew. “It nods to place markers left between generations; where they played, grieved, gathered, where they kept ﬁres, and parted ways between visits,” Ligtvoet says.
The official, in-person opening of both exhibitions, with the artists in attendance, will be at 7 pm. Both exhibitions will be on display until Nov. 26. Admission is free.