August 2 - October 31
Calgary based artist Lindy Pruitt was formally trained in sculpture at the Alberta College of Art and Design and for the past decade has worked in the landscaping industry, developing an affinity for utilizing living materials as her medium of choice. After completing her master gardener training in 2015, Lindy combined her hands-on experience in horticulture and a sensitivity towards large-scale art installations in the pursuit of a masters of Landscape Architecture at the University of Calgary, completing her studies in 2019.
In Variegated Memories, the physicality of both sculpture and gardening are expressed with heavy wood burning texture application across painted dreamscapes. These multi-media panels are meant to be enjoyed both from a distance as well as up close, in a similar way to the natural world. Lindy's previous works have been displayed in the Stantec Gallery at the University of Calgary, The Third Space of the Untitled Arts Society of Calgary and the Ivan Gallery at the Alberta College of Art and Design.
Variegated Memories can be viewed from August 2 - October 31 at O2 Planning + Design.
Allison Smith + Joseph Crawford
May 10 - July 26
Allison is a contemporary visual artist, filmmaker and writer whose work is inspired by the wilderness, landscape and communities of Haida Gwaii and Southern Alberta - both of which she has called home. Her current series, Above/Below, was inspired by the west coast of Haida Gwaii. It explores the opposing movement, colours and changing geometry of water. It captures the cerebral experience of the transition between air to water mediums, and the subsequent change in sound, pressure and movement. Her current work utilizes a variety of mediums including ink, pastels, watercolors, acrylics and spray paint. This series has been exhibited at Queen B’s Coffee House and The Smithers Art Gallery.
Joseph is a Métis Canadian photographer and filmmaker based in Calgary, Alberta. Joseph’s work is deeply inspired by the energy and immersive aspect of underwater photography. He aims to share his love for natural spaces by connecting viewers into these soul-feeding experiences. Joseph’s photography has been published in Northword Magazine, National Geographic Traveller, Coast Mountain Culture, Enroute Magazine and Tadswii’ Kaats’ii Hla. Joseph was trained at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. He is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.
Allison and Joseph are the Co-Founders of the media production company, Braid Films, that specializes in outdoor and immersive films in Canada’s Pacific Northwest. They have worked with clients including Parks Canada, The Council of the Haida Nation, Destination BC and Green Coast Kayaking. Their recent film, Eyes of Society was selected for the International Banff Mountain Film Festival, the DC Short Film Festival and aired on Air Canada’s In-Flight Entertainment. The film was exhibited across Canada in collaboration with a group of Canadian artists, as part of an Eyes of Society exhibit. This included an exhibition at the Robert Bateman centre in 2018.
Above/Below can be viewed from May 10 - June 26 at O2 Planning + Design.