Opening Reception :: Kristen Keegan
Apr
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Opening Reception :: Kristen Keegan

Please help us celebrate The Drawing Room's upcoming exhibition featuring new paintings by Kristen Keegan!
Exhibition runs April 5 to April 29
Admission is $5 or pay what you can to the Artist
Artist will be in attendance for the Reception at 7 pm on Thursday, April 7

Series

Black mountains of glass-like waste material (slag) appear where iron and other metals are smelted or refined.  These paintings, through intuited processes, arrive at something in response to these human-made topographies.  Material experiments and open-ended methods of accrual and removal make up a series of actions, reflective of the reconfigured landscape as well as underlying geological processes.
In geology, the term ‘series’ refers to rock layers formed during a certain interval in time.  As units, they are themselves subdivisions and also further subdivided.
Through the play of gesture, colour, form and texture in materials such as beeswax, oil and latex paint, each panel represents a record of its own cumulative time, each a facet or segment of the next.

About the Artist
Kristen Keegan is an artist born and based in Edmonton, Alberta. Her work was most recently exhibited in the 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, Parade Gallery, Exposure Photography Festival, and Latitude 53 Gallery. She has travelled to attend residencies both remote and urban, and at the end of 2015 was artist-in- resident for two months at Messen in Ålvik, a small factory town in Norway. A road travel enthusiast, she gets around in a grey station wagon known as Alice.

 

 

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Pop Up Pysanky Show and Sale
Mar
26
to Apr 29

Pop Up Pysanky Show and Sale

Ukrainian Easter Eggs 

Handmade by Kathleen Day

Bring one of these beauties home for $50 each!

Statement
In my practice and travels between North America and Europe, I seek to understand a culture and how it shapes a group of people.

Pysanky are Ukrainian Easter eggs decorated with traditional Ukrainian designs using a wax-resist (batik) method. This craft was briefly introduced to me when I was in elementary school, then re-introduced by a friend last summer. Initially, I found the patterns very beautiful and the practice of drawing on eggs strange and intriguing. The process of making a pysanka adds to the appeal of this work. Using a batik method, I work backwards, adding wax to the places on the egg where she wishes the colour to remain, then dipping the egg in a new colour of ink. Throughout the process, colour and wax continue to be added. Once finished, all of the wax is melted off, and I can finally see what the pysanka looks like. The finished product is always a surprise, much in the same way a picture developed in the darkroom is.

Growing up in Edmonton, half of my family comes from Ukraine. Even though I have never been there, I feel strong connections to this country. The eggs on display, are decorated with traditional Ukrainian designs, because it is my intention to honour this tradition in the way that it has been developed and practiced for centuries. My background is photography, and in my previous bodies of work I have focused on documenting the people in certain cultures, this collection is different because I am not participating as an outsider, but taking a first-hand approach to master a cultural practice.

Artist's Biography

Kathleen Day is a visual artist, originally from Edmonton, Alberta. She received a degree from The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) with a major in photography in 2013. In addition, she also completed two off-campus exchanges at L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and Ar.co in Lisbon. After spending one year living and working in Madrid she returned to work at the Library and Archives Canada as a digital imaging technician at the Preservation Centre in Gatineau.
Day has been very involved in the arts community in Edmonton and abroad. She has shown her work across Canada and in Europe in several group and solo shows. She also enjoys volunteering at The Drawing Room assisting in the gallery and bookstore! She is currently based in Berlin working as a freelance photographer.

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Under The Covers Party :: Undercover Books Etc and Sweety Pie Records
Feb
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

Under The Covers Party :: Undercover Books Etc and Sweety Pie Records

In the coming days before UNDERCOVER BOOKS ETC's Winter '16 Catalogue Release, The Drawing Room is seeking donations of blankets, comforters and sheets. We also encourage donations of cold weather clothing (gloves, mitts, hats, scarves) and new socks/underwear before Feb. 20th!  Contact us by Email, or call 780.760.7284 to arrange drop off.

 

 

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Research talks, Poetry, and Comic illustration Show
Feb
1
1:00pm 1:00pm

Research talks, Poetry, and Comic illustration Show

Learning to Hate: An Anti-Hate Comic Project

On February 1, from 1:00-2:30 p.m., and in association with the SOMEONE Project, the Drawing Room (10253 97th Street, Edmonton AB) proudly presents "Learning to Hate: An Anti-Hate Comic Project".
Culminating a year long research project undertaken by 10 Graduate researchers from the University of Alberta's Faculty of Education analyzing the ways in which youth encounter hate in their daily lives, this event will highlight and allow participants to engage with 12 original comics designed for classroom use as catalysts for opening discussions pertaining to hate and hate speech.
In addition to unveiling the comics, the event will feature short research talks from Vivek Venkatesh, Jessie Beier, Cathryn van Kessel, Jason Wallin, and a poetry reading by Edmonton's 5th Poet Laureate, Mary Pinkoski.
We hope to see you there.

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Opening Reception :: Nora Myers
Jan
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Opening Reception :: Nora Myers

The Drawing Room presents new paintings and drawings by Nora Myers on exhibition from January 6th through 27th, 2016. Admission $5 or pay what you can.

Artist Biography
Nora Myers is a multidisciplinary artist from Southern Minnesota. She holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking and a Minor in Art History with an emphasis on Folk Art, Intuitive Art, and Art Brut, from the Minnesota State University, Mankato. She graduated last December from the University of Alberta with an MFA in Painting. Her current research focuses on the effort to translate memory into language. She aims to create work that may inspire the investigation in the beauty and complexity of our personal histories.

Artist Statement
This show is a collection of two developing series, North in the Night and Everywhere and Here. The collection contains paintings and drawings that make reference to the landscape and contain elements of poetry, obscured private spaces, and dark mental landscapes.

For sales inquiries, please contact Chelsea Boos at 780 760 7284 or chelsea@drawingroomedmonton.com

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Technical Difficulties
Jan
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Technical Difficulties

The Drawing Room is proud to host a one-time screeening of audiovisual works produced by Devon Beggs, Ashley Laventure, Davis Lavine, Jill Stanton, Evelyn Delgado in a Noise and Video class offered by Harcourt House late last year. Participants generated ideas, experimented with equipment, recorded video using a variety of techniques, and collaborated with others. Each week, a different theme was explored.

Please join us for some libations and enjoy the show!

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Jan
7
4:00pm 4:00pm

Bead Up Club with Lana Whiskeyjack

Join the Bead Up Club every other Thursday this winter, January 7, 21, February 4, and 18.
Facilitated by multidisciplinary artist Lana Whiskeyjack from Saddle Lake Cree Nation.
Admission is by donation or pay what you can.

This group-led workshop series will focus on supporting the collective and sharing knowledge, skills, as well as stories. Come together to bead, craft, or paint on old clothing–jeans, skirts, shorts, hats, or anything! Create a funky fashion statement around decolonization and walking in two worlds.
 

BrownBeaded Sunglasses by Candace Halcro, Plains Cree/Métis Designer from Saskatchewan

BrownBeaded Sunglasses by Candace Halcro, Plains Cree/Métis Designer from Saskatchewan

Bring clothing items and materials to work with, as well as any extra to share. Supplies will also be provided to those without them.

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PARK(ing) Day 2015
Sep
18
12:00pm12:00pm

PARK(ing) Day 2015

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Take to the Streets!

Last year, The Drawing Room hosted Park(ing) Day in Boyle Street // Photo: Make Something Edmonton

Last year, The Drawing Room hosted Park(ing) Day in Boyle Street // Photo: Make Something Edmonton

“Park(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.” (parkingday.org)
Ten years ago, Park(ing) Day started as an open-source project from San Francisco-based architecture firm, ReBar. In recent years, participants in other North American cities, have built interventions ranging from art installations, urban farming demonstrations, free health clinics  and more! Although temporary, Park(ing) Day has inspired direct participation in the civic processes that alter the urban landscape. It not only highlights the versatility of public spaces, but also showcases grassroots community development.

On September 18 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. we are inviting the community to participate in a Park(ing) Day celebration.

This event is presented by The Drawing Room in partnership with CITYlab and City Region Studies Centre. We hope to create an inspiring and accessible event that explores the significance of this place by asking, “How might public spaces better accommodate and celebrate the diverse people that live here?”

Metered street parking stalls will be transformed into temporary parklets, art projects, or performance venues! 
Working within the parameters of an 8 by 24 foot parking stall, participants are challenged to engage passersby, get creative with public space, celebrate diversity, and talk about place.

Mini Golf by Megan Gnanasihamany, Morgan Melenka, Emmanuel Osahor & Marie Winters, 2014 // photo by Tom Young

Mini Golf by Megan Gnanasihamany, Morgan Melenka, Emmanuel Osahor & Marie Winters, 2014 // photo by Tom Young

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Dog-Eared by Sara French
May
9
6:00pm 6:00pm

Dog-Eared by Sara French

Exhibition runs through May 30th
Drawing Room is open Monday through Friday, 12:00 pm to 6:00pm
Admission by Donation ($5 or pay what you can). All proceeds go to the artist.

Untitled, Sara French, Drawing, 2015

Untitled, Sara French, Drawing, 2015

Artist Statement
In an effort to engage with material I have read recently, from newspaper articles to fictional works, I created a series of sculptures that  embody my desire to reify the experience of reading. In order to augment the content and form of these various and oftentimes disparate texts, I conceptualized their readings, by way of an exploration into the act of their consumption. My process combines traditional mediums such as bookbinding, embroidery, and paper-making with non-traditional materials including: found objects, ephemera, and personal belongings. Extrapolating on the consumption of the written word, this exhibition aims to invigorate books along with the diversity of experiences beyond their covers. 

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Apr
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

CINEMACHINE :: Francis Ha

April’s Cinemachine will feature a discussion of Noah Baumbach’s film Frances Ha

April’s Cinemachine will feature a discussion of Noah Baumbach’s film Frances Ha

Special Guest Stephanie Bailey will lead a discussion in relation to our current exhibition, One More Time with Feeling by Jessie Beier, and the 2012 film Frances Ha—the story of a New York woman who throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility fades. It presents an image of contemporary life and the various responses such contemporaneity necessitates (or limits). This discussion will pose questions of what it means to be a “response”-able body in the world today, and thus how we might create exit strategies for a world otherwise defined by stasis, exhaustion, pain, despondency, and despair, or put otherwise, perpetual irony.

::HOW TO WATCH::
The film is available on Netflix.

RSVP to join the discussion! Click —> Here

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One More Time With Feeling by Jessie Beier
Apr
17
to Apr 30

One More Time With Feeling by Jessie Beier

The world, it seems, is becoming increasingly precarious. (Perhaps it has always been this way.) Our contemporary impasse — that dead-end cul-de-sac of habitual narratives and broken dreams —  is made and re-made daily by seemingly limitless flows of capital and dispersive systems of control, which in turn produce particular ways of knowing and relating to the world. Within the impasse, we have developed a reactionary stance to life’s precarity, struggling to keep damaged and outdated rhythms afloat. Here, we have learned to normalize our exhaustion, our pain, and our despondency, in the name of protecting that which we always-already know. Here, we have become caught between stasis and despair; we have become perpetually ironic.

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CINEMACHINE:: SAVE THE GREEN PLANET!
Mar
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

CINEMACHINE:: SAVE THE GREEN PLANET!

This month, CINEMACHINE investigates Joon-Hwan Jang’s 2003 film SAVE THE GREEN PLANET! and the anthropocentric blind spots that have come to constitute both thought and action in our contemporary moment. 

The anthropocene signals the geological age since the industrial revolution, where, through its activities and its growing population, the human species has emerged as a geological force now altering the planet’s climate and environment (Dibley, 2012).

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Just a Hard Rain by Brad Necyk
Mar
5
to Mar 27

Just a Hard Rain by Brad Necyk

Bob Dylan was asked if A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall was about atomic fallout and he said: 'no, it’s just a hard rain. It isn't the fallout rain. I mean some sort of end that’s just gotta happen.' Thinking of radioactivity as not always something physical, but something virtual, viscous, temporal and with dimension, providing lines of flight, strategies and tactics for engaging in the contemporary. 

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CINEMACHINE :: Laurence Anyways
Feb
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

CINEMACHINE :: Laurence Anyways

What better accompaniment to love (and heartbreak) than food?!? We're making this month's CINEMACHINE into one overindulgent potluck.
Join us on the sappiest day of the year to discuss “the more-than, the beyond representation, the knowing-with…the agitation-that-worlds” (Erin Manning) or what we might otherwise call LOVE.

Admission: $5 suggested donation or pay what you can. All proceeds go to keep CINEMACHINE running.

February’s CINEMACHINE will feature a discussion of Xavier Dolan’s 2013 film “Laurence Anyways”. Passionate and powerfully acted, this drama charts ten years in the relationship of a male-to-female transexual’s relationship with her best friend and lover. This film will make you weak in the knees, in all the right ways. Let’s talk about love, that spark that shapes an enthusiasm that will forever exceed us. xoxox
– Jessie Beier

Preview the film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwDzRzqFaIE

:: thought generators ::
As per the usual, we will get a bit heady with some questions and theories on luv. I'll post some ideas leading up to the event to get us thinking.

:: how to watch ::
CINEMACHINE features a discussion of the film, but the film-viewing is something you need to do on your own time. You can access the film here (streaming): http://www.solarmovie.ws/watch-laurence-anyways-2012-online.html

For more information on CINEMACHINE, join our Facebook group.

Don't forget your favourite snack!
Cash Bar!

Thank you for your ongoing support of CINEMACHINE and The Drawing Room

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Oct
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

CINEMACHINE :: UPSTREAM COLOUR

Shane Carruth’s 2013 film UPSTREAM COLOR

Shane Carruth’s 2013 film UPSTREAM COLOR

YOU CAN FORCE YOUR STORY’S SHAPE
BUT THE COLOUR WILL ALWAYS BLOOM UPSTREAM.

This month’s CINEMACHINE discussion will ‘grow’ from Shane Carruth’s 2013 film UPSTREAM COLOR. This strange portrayal of a man and woman who are drawn together— entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism— will act as the backdrop for a discussion of habituation, philosophical perspectives on the mutual entanglement of beings, and the BIG question: how might one live?

This month’s event is inspired by the current Drawing Room exhibition, “The Circulation of Fluids and Other Exchanges” by Josée Aubin Ouellette

“In the waiting room, people pass the time choosing their favourite cup and taking drink after drink from the water cooler. They sit in chairs staring into space, listening to the music they didn't choose coming from a speaker that they can't see. The plants in their pots slowly grow into dramatic shapes in response to the difficulties presented by their physical environment. The people in the posters on the walls model various cushions, braces, and supports that ease the discomfort experienced by ailing bodies.”

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Oct
23
5:00pm 5:00pm

Telegraph Hill by Charlotte Falk

Coup Boutique and The Drawing Room present an exhibition of paintings by Vancouver-based artist and architect, Charlotte Falk.
Join us at Coup for libations between 5pm and 8pm.
Charlotte Falk (b. Saskatoon, 1984) is an artist and designer currently residing in Vancouver, British Columbia. She holds a Master of Architecture (2012) from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Design (2006) from the University of Alberta where she studied Industrial Design, Visual Communication Design and Visual Art.

Charlotte's practice continually shifts between visual art, architecture, place-making, and design. She works with a range of media at various scales while employing both analog and digital methods - producing work that includes painting, sculpture, drawing, temporary installations, permanent installations, furniture, and visual communication design. 

This series of paintings was completed as part of a larger project investigating notions of body, place and memory in relation to intuitive-based design. Painted primarily en plein air atop Telegraph Hill, overlooking Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, these studies were employed to uncover moments within the landscape for potential architectural interventions.

More of Charlotte's work can be viewed at www.charlottefalk.ca

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The Circulation of Fluids and Other Exchanges
Oct
6
to Oct 30

The Circulation of Fluids and Other Exchanges

The Circulation of Fluids and Other Exchanges by Josée Aubin Ouellette

Opening Reception on October 11 , 3 - 7 pm
Event runs from October 6 - 30, Monday to Friday 12 - 5pm

In the waiting room, people pass the time choosing their favourite cup and taking drink after drink from the water cooler. They sit in chairs staring into space, listening to the music they didn't choose coming from a speaker that they can't see. The plants in their pots slowly grow into dramatic shapes in response to the difficulties presented by their physical environment. The people in the posters on the walls model various cushions, braces, and supports that ease the discomfort experienced by ailing bodies.

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CINEMACHINE
Sep
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

CINEMACHINE

“The question is no longer what we see behind an image but rather, how we can endure what we see in it already" (Deleuze, Cinema II, p. 230). 

Welcome to the second monthly film discussion group, CINEMACHINE that brings together people, film, and contemporary theory to produce new sites for dialogue and dissent. Each month we will explore a film in relation to the Drawing Room exhibitions, linking to some of the bigger questions at play in our contemporary moment — representation, identity, technology, politics. The aim of this group (albeit an aim that is untimely) is to move beyond those analyses of the world that are based on always-already coded modes of knowing, towards an image of the world that operates at the limit of experience, experience in excess of itself.

This month, Jessie Beier will mediate a discussion in context of the exhibition by Jeff Klassen called Work/Life, extending it to our very specific time and relationship with technology. Join us for a compelling evening of drinks and discussion about work as the default for daily life, how our tools/technology shape us, ascribing and internalizing meanings, control through algorithms, and limitations of technology. 

Let’s sense. Let’s think. Let’s become with our world.

Here’s how it works:
Each month a new film is chosen and can be watched at your leisure (links will be provided when possible). Each film will be paired with one (or more) theoretical texts to get us thinking! The discussion will be held at the Drawing Room and will be hosted by Jessie Beier. Jessie will begin with a brief intro to the theory/film at hand, setting the machine in motion. Then, discussion ensues! 

 

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FLEA MARKET
Sep
19
to Sep 21

FLEA MARKET

  • 10135 97 St NW Edmonton, AB, T5H 0C8 Canada (map)
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The Drawing Room presents

An Outdoor Flea Market and Yard Sale
10137 97 Street (our future home)
Friday, September 19th, 12 PM - 8 PM
Saturday, September 20th, 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday, September 21th, 10 AM - 6 PM

homewares • dishes • jewelry • antiques • tools • furniture • artwork • video games • books • clothing • shoes • records • craft supplies • unwanted pets • that Thighmaster collecting dust in your closet!

Proceeds from this event will help fund the expansion and relocation of The Drawing Room Studios and Salon, in order to deliver diverse arts programming and foster a vibrant cultural community in Edmonton.

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Park(ing) Day
Sep
19
to Sep 20

Park(ing) Day

The Drawing Room presents Edmonton’s first annual Park(ing) Day! 

Artists, designers and engaged citizens will transform ten parking stalls along 101A avenue and 97 street into temporary art installations, urban interventions and performance spaces.

The Drawing Room put out a call to urbanists, dancers, visual artists, musicians, graffiti writers, filmmakers and anything in between to submit a proposal for a temporary installation using the City of Edmonton parking stalls outside our future home at 10137 97 Street. We asked, What would you do if you owned a parking stall for a day?

These incredible people responded to the call with an amazing array of weird and wonderful ideas: Andrew Buszchak, Kasie Campbell, Kelta Coomber, City of Edmonton, Haylee Fortin, Émilienne Gervais, Megan Gnanasihamany, Sydney Gross, Kristen Hiemstra, Knitmonton, Gene Kosowan, Jeanette Lazar, Evelyn Liesner, Alex Linfield, Morgan Melenka, Anna Miklas, Erica Morton, Badieh Mozayan, Brad Necyk, Jesse Northey, Claire Otto, Emmanuel Osahor, Jane Purvis, Stephen Sereda, Spacing Edmonton, and Marie Winters

Working within the parameters of an 8 by 24 foot parking stall, participants are challenged to engage viewers by critically commenting on the significance of public space. Artistic concepts include the built environment, community, advertising, car culture, environmental issues, gender, and technology as it relates to the city. Park(ing) Day will highlight the versatility of public spaces, as well as showcase a broad range of creative disciplines. This event benefits the community by promoting public engagement and civic responsibility. Raising awareness of the Quarters Downtown as a destination for arts and culture, Park(ing) Day will encourage people to see the city differently. Although temporary, Park(ing) Day alters the urban landscape and inspires direct participation in public space. 

Park(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where people transform metered parking spots into temporary public places.

A few things happening at Park(ing) Day at The Drawing Room this year are: Interactive Sculpture • Mini Golf • Urbanist Tea Party • Croquet Tournament • Dusty Pedals Bike Clinic • Knitting Circle • Performance and Sound Art • Concrete poetry and more!

Help us reclaim the city and engage the community! 

Email Chelsea@DrawingRoomEdmonton.com or call 780.760.7284 with questions
Go to parkingday.org for more information.

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Work/Life
Sep
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Work/Life

Work/Life by Jeff Klassen

Opening Reception on September 13 from 7 to 10 pm
Although personal computing spread from our workplaces to our homes long ago, it never quite let go of that office mentality. It’s easy to forget that the promises of increased efficiency and access to vast amounts of information were made to benefit the bottom line. Marshall McLuhan (that patron saint of 1990’s computing) once said that we shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us. How has office software shaped us?

As personal computers became standard, the digital image repository known as Clip Art followed these machines into every organization, institution, and home office in the commercialized world. Although most Clip Art ends up on annual reports and PowerPoint presentations, I think it can be used for much more. A vast number of professionals have access to the exact same vocabulary of images - in this context, Clip Art begins to function as a discrete visual language. Because this language consists of images deemed acceptable, useful or profitable, I believe Clip Art can be used as a visual representation of the ideas inherent in office software. This exhibition is an exploration of the ideas which give shape to office software, and by extension, those who use it.

Exhibition runs September 13 to October 3rd
Presentation by the artist at 8 pm

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Sep
8
to Sep 10

OCC Consulting Inc.: Just Talk About It

credit: Olivia Chow

credit: Olivia Chow

Call for Participants | OCC Consulting Inc.: Just Talk About It

Event: Sept 8 - 10, 10AM - 5PM at The Drawing Room

Olivia Chow will be doing a performance piece at the Drawing Room, creating an office space for her consulting business, OCC Consulting Inc.. She will play a role as the consultant and is looking for participants to sign up as clients for these consulting sessions. Each session will run for 45 mins, and within the session, the client can talk about anything they want. Since these subjects can range from career prospects, personal/ relationship issues or simply casual conversations, all of the things discussed will be confidential and stay in the room. Through the process of dialogue, the piece explores premeditated thoughts on how the participant chooses content and their choice of language. In hopes that the conversations will offer a space to express and hear what they share, this piece is about communication and self-realisation.  

We do not take walk-in clients, all inquiries and scheduling an appointment please send an email to occ.justtalkaboutit@gmail.com right away!


Click here to find about more about Olivia.

 

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#flawlessyeg
Aug
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

#flawlessyeg

HEART-BEATS.CA began talking about clothing and fashion in 2013 as a way to also discuss bodies seldom represented in popular culture and online communities; bodies that are fat, bodies that are brown and bodies that are queer—bodies like my own. #flawlessyeg is heartbeats IRL—showcasing our bodies, hoping to find true love in the next selfie.

 

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CINEMACHINE: “HOLY MOTORS”
Aug
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

CINEMACHINE: “HOLY MOTORS”

Welcome to CINEMACHINE, a monthly discussion group that brings together people, film, and contemporary theory to produce new sites for dialogue and dissent. Each month we will explore a film in relation to the Drawing Room exhibitions, linking to some of the bigger questions at play in our contemporary moment — representation, identity, technology, politics.

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NERVURE
Aug
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

NERVURE

Come and join the artists this Thursday August 7th at the vernissage from 7 pm to 10pm. Nervure by Mel Liles and Sergio Serrano, a mixed media and sound installation, is on exhibition at the Drawing Room from August 6 to August 16.

FEATURING a mail art party! Bring your drawing and collage materials to create postcards for faraway friends and Edmonton expats.

RSVP and share the event here

ARTIST STATEMENT
Nervure is a mixed media collaboration between Melanie Liles and Sergio Serrano inspired by the Paris Syndrome — a condition first diagnosed in 1986 by Hiroaki Ota, a Japanese psychiatrist working in France. This transient disorder, experienced by travellers disenchanted with their destination, brings about feelings of anxiety, delusion, persecution, derealization and depersonalization. 
While some of the contributing factors to this affliction are attributed to language and cultural barriers, what is considered to be it's main cause is idealization of place and the inability to reconcile a disparity between expectation and reality. 
In this work we seek to explore this condition, it's effects and how these feelings are not necesssarily exclusive to Paris nor to travelling, but they can represent a universal predisposition to daydream and build up expectations — and the reaction and coping mechanisms when one is faced with reality. 

BIOGRAPHIES
Melanie Liles was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Melanie Liles has a degree in Art Education and a background in Theatre Design and Visual Communications. She is currently an Art and French teacher with Edmonton Public Schools and in her spare time works with different forms of printmaking, drawing, and sculpture. Her work often explores ideas around nature, science, and memory.
Sergio Serrano is a graphic designer and artist who has been working as a freelance designer since completing his BDes at the University of Alberta in 2009. His design client-work focuses mainly on the arts and education. His self-initiated work explores different thematic streams including issues of communication, information technology and translation; cosmology, mythology, folklore, proto- and pseudoscience as attempts to understand, explain and communicate human experience; and formal explorations of nonlinear narratives, constructed personal histories and nostalgia. He works in a variety of media including printmaking, drawing, digital, collage and bookworks — both individually and in collaboration with other artists. He has never been to Paris.  

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Jun
28
to Jun 29

Friends Who Sweat Together, Stay Together

Volunteers needed for a Demolition Festival this weekend! Bring your boombox, work boots and some beers this Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 from 10 am to 6 pm.

The demolition of the new space is coming along and we've made great progress so far. With your help, we hope to do a little more work inside.

Let us know if you can throw your weight behind any of these:
• Remove light fixtures and diffusers from ceiling
• Take down acrylic panels from ceiling
• Remove drywall from ceiling
• Remove tile from the floor
• Expose brick wall
• Pull nails and reclaim lumber
• Sort debris into recyclable and non-recyclable materials
• Filling up the dumpster

Please bring the following, if you have:
• refillable water bottle
• work gloves
• Safety glasses
• heavy soled and closed toe shoes at minimum
• Good dust mask or respirator

Here are a few things on our wish list:
• Truck or van - check!
• A-frame ladder or scaffolding - check!
• Flat pry bars
• Carpenters hammers - check!
• Pails 
• More volunteers! Keep those contacts coming!

THANK YOU!

Email chelsea@drawingroomedmonton.com for more information or to RSVP, go to the facebook event.

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Suzi Barlow
Jun
3
to Jun 7

Suzi Barlow

The Drawing Room Salon presents new performance work by Suzi Barlow. Daily performances are happening June 3rd to 8th between 12 pm and 1 pm. The artist will be inhabiting the window of the storefront gallery, engaging passersby on the street with her presence. 

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Sightings by Carly Greene and Olivia Chow
May
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sightings by Carly Greene and Olivia Chow

Join us at the opening reception for Sightings
Experience a
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And collaborative installation by
local artists, Carly Greene and Olivia Chow

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ARTISTS' STATEMENT
This exhibit explores how the limits of rational explanation give way to the prolific work of the imagination. In so doing, it examines the psychology of the believer, who exists to varying degrees within all of us.
With the advance of technology we are learning more and more about the universe, and becoming increasingly obsessed with that which we cannot understand. In a desperate attempt to make sense of the inexplicable, we tend to see more than what is there: a simple smudge on a camera lens becomes a sign of paranormal activity; a speck in the sky is evidence of extraterrestrial life. In the absence of explanation we create our own.
Drawing upon popular imagery of U.F.O. sightings and paranormal experiences, we use photos and video to document our interaction with the strange and unaccountable. We are interested in seeing the extent to which the viewer buys into the evidence we provide despite hints at its inauthenticity. The question is: “Why do you believe or remain skeptical?” 

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Dirt City Dérive; A Jane's Walk
May
2
6:00pm 6:00pm

Dirt City Dérive; A Jane's Walk

Meet at The Drawing Room on Friday, May 2 at 6 pm to join founder, Chelsea Boos on a Dérive through the inner city. Along with Leanne Olson, Chelsea will be hosting a psychogeographic tour taking us off our predictable paths and jolting us into a new awareness of the urban landscape.

According to Guy Debord's essay Theory of the Dérive written in 1958, "In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives for movement and action, their relations, their work and leisure activities, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there." 

The walk will begin at the Drawing Room at 10253 97 Street and drift through Edmonton's Downtown East. We will end at Brittany's Lounge at 10225 - 97 Street for drinks and post-walk follow up discussion.

REMEMBER: Bring pen and paper, camera, or recorder to document what you experience during the dérive. 

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