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DaveandJenn: A Natural History of Islands

Friday, October 14, 2016 to Saturday, December 17, 2016

A SERIES exhibition organized by Nickle Galleries, curated by Christine Sowiak. Funded with support from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

DaveandJenn: A Natural History of Islands presents recent sculpture, a way of working that departs from their earlier landscape paintings. Their sculpture mixes fact with fiction, mythology with history, science with speculation just as readily as they mix media.  They are presented within a gallery space designed to animate them, designed to give them the appearance of floating within an ecosystem.  Their sculptures can be interpreted as unsettling portraits that are flawed and invincible and live between pathos and hope.

David Foy and Jennifer Saleik have been collaborating together as DaveandJenn since 2004. Following their graduation with distinction from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2006, they quickly became known for their complex and layered paintings. They have been shortlisted for the RBC’s Canadian Painting Competition (2006,2009), awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Biennial Emerging Artist Award (2010) and longlisted for the Sobey Art Award (2011).

DaveandJenn: A Natural History of Islands is presented within Series, an ongoing Nickle Galleries program and is curated by Christine Sowiak.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with a curatorial essay by Christine Sowiak.  Available at the Museo gift shop.

Opening Reception: 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Exhibition Events: 
Thursday, November 24, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join artists DaveandJenn for a tour of their exhibition, DaveandJenn: A Natural History of Islands.


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