June 1 – July 29, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 1, 6 – 9pm,
Artist Walkthrough Tour at 7pm
International Children’s Festival: May 30 – June 4, 2017
Walkthrough tours: Thursday June 15, 12:05 – 12:45pm and Thursday July 20, 12:05 – 12:45pm
Take a walk through the wonderfully vibrant world of art educator and artist Twyla Exner. Technological Wanders explores the potential of technology to go awry, spawning mutant living forms that thrive in the manmade landscape. Emerging from the idea of technological and electronic self-reproduction, these works imagine the evolution of electronic devices.
Exner is an inventive and eco-conscious artist. Her imaginative sculptural creatures are crafted through the repurposing of miles of old telephone wire, outdated electronics and technology. Exner’s labor intensive process marries used, defunct materials with traditional art-making techniques such as weaving, braiding and knotting. The resulting organisms inspired by microscopic life and undersea creatures speak to the actual and potential impact of technology on living things. Constant advancements in technology quickly render previously heralded innovations obsolete. In similar fashion Exner’s beings are continually growing and evolving, becoming stranger with invasive alien potential.
The ingenious and imaginative nature of Exner’s work makes this exhibit the ideal candidate for Art Gallery of St. Albert’s annual Northern Alberta Children’s Festival programming in 2017. Children have unbridled imaginations and these adventurous works will serve as inspiration for their own creative learning.
Collaborative Exhibition Space in the Gallery
Our collaborative exhibition space kicked off in the AGSA backyard Creation Lab during the Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival. Each day sees a new batch of electronic creatures added to our installation space. Visit the Gallery to add your own personal touch to the exhibition.
Admission is free, donations are encouraged. Suggested donation: $5 for families, $2.50 for individuals.