February 4 – 27, 2016
Opening reception, February 4, 6 – 8:30 PM
Multidisciplinary artist, Bonnie Conly, has spent most of her life residing on the prairies of Saskatchewan. Salvage addresses the vastness of these wide-open landscapes and, at the same time, investigates the artist’s own history and connection to them.
Video works capture fleeting sunrises over foxtail grass and transport us to the Grasslands National Park, where Conly completed an artist’s residency. Many of the works in Salvage were born here. The dominant landscape features rolling hills, rough coulees, and precipitous ravines. Conly surveys this beautiful, yet brutal wilderness, capturing the sights and sounds of powerful winds rippling through oceans of swaying grass. Natural sites devoid of human presence and noise are increasingly rare – the artist celebrates them conceptually in her art, preserving them, both sacredly and physically.
Utilizing a variety of approaches including sculpture, video, sound installation and drawing, Conly contemplates the distinctiveness of her personal experience with the land as well as her own ancestry. This exhibition of searching artworks seeks to reclaim both land and memory – reflecting upon the unbreakable bonds between soul and space is Conly’s intent.
Please click here to read An Iron Clad Connection, an article about the exhibit and Bonnie Conly’s practice published in the St Albert Gazette.