Art & Design

FAB Gallery

Current Exhibitions

disPOSSESSION by Miriam Rudolph, MFA Printmaking

Exhibition: February 21–March 18, 2017
Reception: Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 7pm to 10pm

In my artworks, I address issues of agribusiness models in developing countries, the ensuing environmental consequences of the expansion of soy and beef production, as well as connected indigenous land rights and peasant food sovereignty issues. The imagery in my work is inspired by first hand observations in Paraguay, South America – the country of my childhood. Through printmaking, I am building a visual narrative that not only analyzes but also embodies the issues I am addressing. While my research and imagery pertain to a specific region in South America, the issues I address are global issues and also lend themselves to comparison with Canada's colonial heritage and agricultural practices. The resulting artworks will contribute to the internationally relevant dialogue on such issues as cultural change, sustainable farming and the environment, dispossession and migration, while bringing international attention to the rapid alteration and destruction of the Paraguayan Chaco.

This exhibition is the final visual presentation for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking.

Obscura by Angela Snieder, MFA Printmaking

Exhibition: February 21–March 18, 2017
Reception: Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 7pm to 10pm

How can we think about the relationship between physical and psychological space? Obscura explores the possibility that spaces can foster experiences of deep contemplation and insight, enabling introspective observation and, furthermore, an attentive and empathetic consideration of our relationship with the world. Through various photographic and print-based forms, the exhibition proposes that illusion, artifice and mimesis contribute significantly to our experience and conceptualization of space. Calling to both wonder and fear, the dream-like scenes invite a silent individual encounter with things, as familiarity comes in and out of focus and the real overlaps with the imagined.

This exhibition is the final visual presentation for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking.

About FAB Gallery

Since 1987, the Fine Arts Building Galley has presented art and design exhibitions that benefit the University of Alberta, Edmonton, the Province, and beyond. These exhibitions feature work by students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, faculty and staff, as well as by contemporary and historical artists with national and international reputations. FAB Gallery exhibitions—featuring both in-house curated exhibitions as well travelling exhibitions organized by other galleries and academic centres—attract approximately 13,000 guests a year to the Department of Art and Design.

The gallery is a valuable teaching resource, providing many Department of Art and Design students with their first opportunities to present their work publicly. Public presentation of work prepares students for involvement in the professional art and design community and increases students’ awareness of the dialogue that accompanies the public presentation of their works. As the most public face of the Department of Art and Design, the Fine Arts Building Gallery provides Edmonton and the wider community with an aesthetically enriching and intellectually engaging resource in the visual arts.

Funding

The FAB Gallery receives financial support from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Alberta Community Development.