IKG Presents ACAD Faculty and Alumna in two solo exhibitions by Lisa Lipton and Amy Malbeuf


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Alberta College of Art + Design’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery Presents Faculty and Alumna in two solo exhibitions by Lisa Lipton and Amy Malbeuf

WHAT: Lisa Lipton, Soon All Your Memories Will Be With Me (Gallery 1) and Amy Malbeuf, tensions (Gallery 2)

WHEN: Friday, February 2 until Saturday, March 10, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 1 from 5 until 9 p.m.

Performances by Lisa Lipton: Thursday, February 1 and Friday, March 9, 2018, from 7 until 9 p.m.

Gallery Tour with Amy Malbeuf: Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Illingworth Kerr Gallery - Alberta College of Art + Design 1407, 14th Ave NW, Calgary, Alberta

Calgary, Alberta, Canada, ACAD’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG) is pleased to premiere a new complex installation by current Faculty member Lisa Lipton, entitled Soon All Your Memories Will Be With Me.

Lipton’s presentation is a science fiction narrative that explores the nature of human experience in relation to futurist technologies, innovation, virtual communication and space travel. Written as a homage to Harlan Ellison’s Canadian-produced science fiction series The Starlost, from 1973, the story follows three characters as they journey through deep space in an attempt to save remaining descendants of human civilization aboard The Ship Ultimo. Drawing from Soviet Science Fiction work of the 1970s, the plot offers a subverted social critique of present-day political policy, social governance and retaliation.

The trajectory of human and alien encounters reveals moments of anxiety, rebellion, hope and fear that unfold within each episode. The content explores theatrics of science fiction, including prophetic warnings, utopian aspirations, strange voyages, while replacing the dominant male lead in the sci-fi genre with a female heroine. Lisa Lipton’s new commission and associated performances will be staged in Gallery 1.

Soon All Your Memories Will Be With Me is proudly supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, CJSW, Emmedia, and ACAD’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery

Amy Malbeuf, tensions
The IKG is also honoured to welcome back ACAD alumna Amy Malbeuf for tensions ,her first institutional solo show in Calgary. Malbeuf is a Métis visual artist from Rich Lake (AB), who works in a variety of media, including performance, beadwork, installation, and video.

Her exhibition at the IKG, entitled tensions, focuses on the artist’s signature use of tarps as an artistic material. Mundane, industrial, colourful, accessible, utilitarian: tarps bring elements of reality and the quotidian into Malbeuf’s work. In the artist’s hands, it becomes a resilient and indestructible canvas on which she inscribes her reflections associated to the exploration of identity, place, language, and ecology.

These reflections transform hierarchies within materials and the contemplative processes of animal hair tufting, hide tanning, and beadwork. Malbeuf’s artworks act like protest signs or mementos, that play with the contrast that generates in bringing together traditional textile based techniques and raw industrial materials. Amy Mabeuf’s solo show will be installed in Gallery 2.

Both exhibitions were curated by Lorenzo Fusi.

Amy Malbeuf’s tensions is presented by:

Funding for the Curatorial Internship in support of the development of these programmes at the IKG was provided by:


About Alberta College of Art + Design
Founded in 1926, Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) has been a major contributor to Canada’s visual culture in the 20th century, with many of its graduates gaining significant national and international reputations as artists, designers and creative leaders. ACAD provides accredited degree standard education and learning opportunities to 1,200 students enrolled in full- and part-time studies in a wide range of art, craft and design studio disciplines. In addition to credentialed undergraduate degrees in a variety of program areas, the College offers a Masters of Fine Art in Craft Media, making it the only institution in the Province to offer and confer university-level undergraduate and now, graduate degree programs.

For media information contact:
Marion Garden, Alberta College of Art + Design t. 403.284.7643 e. marion.garden@auarts.ca 

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