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Robin Arseneault: ONLOOKERS

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

A SERIES exhibition organized by Nickle Galleries, guest curated by Katherine Ylitalo. Funded with support from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Robin Arseneault’s visual language takes many forms. With ONLOOKERS, she explores found material, fabricates objects and constructs images. She pays close attention to material qualities and formal aspects, with drawing always at the heart of the process.  A sense of myth, magic and loss seeps into this recent work. Archeological findings, shells and historic photographs evoke mythmaking, shrines and altars. Here you find, “the onlookers stare at you as you muddle through life, trying to make sense of it.”

Robin Arseneault is a Calgary-based artist who’s practice includes installation, drawing, sculpture, and artist-books.  She is a graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art (MFA) and Alberta College of Art (BA) and has exhibited widely. Her art work is represented in both public and private collections across Western Canada including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

ONLOOKERS is presented within Series, an ongoing Nickle Galleries program and is guest curated by Katherine Ylitalo.

A limited edition, exhibition catalogue/ artist book is available with a curatorial essay by Katherine Ylitalo.  Available at the Museo shop, contact 403 210 6201.

Opening Reception: 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Exhibition Events: 
Thursday, October 27, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join artist Robin Arseneault and curator Katherine Ylitalo for a tour of the exhibition, Robin Arseneault: ONLOOKERS.


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