Current and Upcoming Shows

Current Exhibitions

Please note that FAB Gallery will be closed Saturday, Feb. 24, for Reading Week. We will return to our regular hours on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Chalef changeant | Wolf Willow: Robyn Adams | Curated by Tiffany Shaw

February 20 - March 15, 2024

First Gallery @ FAB 

Reception

University of Alberta faculty, staff, students and invited guests
Both the Artist and Curator will be present
Friday, March 1, 2024 | 7-9 pm | FAB Gallery
(view the e-vite)

About the Show

Chalef changeant | Wolf Willow is a solo exhibition by Red River Métis artist and designer, Robyn Adams, featuring photography, cyanotype, and recently published poetry. Adams’ artwork and research is rooted in family-centered, land-based knowledge around Métis history.

This exhibition invites viewers into the living history of her family and the Métis people through the storied landscape of vernacular Métis architecture. Her photographs of Red River Framed Métis homes share connections of settlement and displacement from southern Manitoba to Northern Alberta. Adams’ ancestors worked along the Red River Cart trails across Canada and south of the border, transporting logs, and building farmsteads along the waterways and in between. Her poetry flutters between past and present memory of her family’s intergenerational narratives, highlighting stories of how Métis relate to the land and community. The artwork Chalef changeant was made within this context, during a research trip to Métis Crossing, with the artist’s mother Myrna Adams along with Tiffany Shaw, and Vivian Manasc. Through laughter and conversations, native plants along the North Saskatchewan River were collectively placed and weaved with the daylighting of the sun into the fabric of the artwork.

This exhibition is the second presentation in a series of exhibition projects taking place at FAB gallery throughout winter and spring of 2024. These exhibitions have been funded through an Activation Project Grant from The Alberta Foundation for the Arts and aim to prioritize and elevate the vision and artistic voices of Indigenous and Black curators, artists, and designers.

About the Artist

Michif Biography: Robyn Adams si t’in sitwayayn Michif di la Rivyayr Roj. Sa famiyl Michif y vyin di la Rochelle ipi St Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba. Akchewelmen ayn dowb Mitres di Arkitekchur ipi in Arkitekchur di paysaj a l’University di British Columbia, Y li in inviti sur li teritwayr non sidi di li xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Sel̓íl̓witulh. Si t’in archis multidisiplinayr ki aym payshi, ki ramans di medikamen, beading, ipi fayr tot sort d’afayr avek si min. Robyn son ovraj s’inskri en synkronism dan l’ethos di la kaliti di vi d’Audre Lorde son “kaliti di vi”, ivo ki interof li rapor a la tayr ipi a d’lo a travayr li weaving di knowledge otokton, di l’art ipi di l’arkitekchur di seremoni. Robyn y sharsh a kryi in arkitekchur di jway powetchik, o koti di matryark ki l’on kontribuwi a kryi in senchimen d’apartenan powr li komunoti otokton a travayr li ten sonb afin kon ni kapab trasi di shmin l’bor d’in miyewr futchur.

Robyn Adams is a Red River Métis citizen of the Manitoba Métis Federation. Her Métis family is from la Rochelle and St. Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba. Currently a dual Master of Architecture and Landscape Architecture student at the University of British Columbia, living as a guest on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Sel̓íl̓witulh. She is a multidisciplinary artist working between Vancouver and her home territory in Winnipeg. Robyn enjoys fishing, medicine picking, beadwork, and making things with her hands. Robyn’s work synchronously exists in the ethos of Audre Lorde’s ‘quality of light,’ in which she interrogates relationships with the land and water through the intricate weaving of Indigenous histories, knowledge, ceremony, art and architecture. Robyn seeks to create architecture of poetic joy, alongside the matriarchs that have helped steward a sense of home for Indigenous communities through the dark times so that we may be able to forge paths into brighter futures.

About the Curator

Tiffany Shaw is a Métis architect, artist and curator based in Alberta. She holds a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University, a Masters in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and is currently working at Reimagine Architects and recently started an Indigenous owned consulting company, named Reimagine Gathering. Shaw has exhibited widely including the Architecture Venice Biennale, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Pier 21, Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Chicago Architecture Biennial. She has been the recipient of multiple public art commissions such as Edmonton's Indigenous Art Park and Winnipeg’s Markham Bus Station. Among her public art projects Tiffany has produced several notable transitory art works and is a core member of Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective.

Oscillating between digital and analogue methodologies Shaw’s work gathers notions of craft, memory and atmosphere. Her practice is often guided by communal interventions as a way to engage a lifted understanding of place. While born in Calgary and raised in Edmonton, Shaw’s Métis lineage derives from Fort McMurray via Fort McKay and the Red River.


Salutogenic Design: Bringing the 'Person' Into Personalization in Healthcare by Designing for Disabilities of the Hand: Stephanie Rossi, MDes in Industrial Design

 Three prosthesis hand models with different nail sets

Hand Models, Jan 2024, Digital photo

February 20 - March 9, 2024

FAB Gallery, Main Floor

Reception

University of Alberta faculty, staff, students and invited guests
Friday, March 1, 2024 | 7-9 pm | FAB Gallery
(view the e-vite)

About the Show

This exhibition explores the intersection of design, technology, and health through the lens of salutogenesis. Salutogenesis is a model of well-being that focuses on the complexities of an individual, such as needs, wants, values, emotions, and interests. Through the lens of salutogenesis and design, we can explore how embracing each individual's unique needs and preferences leads to new solutions vital to overall well-being beyond the physical body. This exhibition shows the marriage of these concepts through design for hand disabilities, and challenges the traditional medical model by encouraging a more holistic, emotional, and empathetic approach with design integration to enhance quality of life.

About the Artist

Stephanie Rossi is a designer from Calgary, Alberta. She holds a Bachelor of Design with an Industrial Design focus from the University of Alberta. During her undergraduate studies, she developed an interest in concepts of health and well-being. Stephanie wants to explore how to increase the quality of life for individuals by looking at what people truly need through empathy and understanding, but most importantly, the concept of personhood. She wants to demonstrate that understanding an individual's unique characteristics and complexities can create emotionally valuable outcomes and increase overall well-being. By looking at design for disability, she hopes this demonstrates the importance of looking "within" the person: a complex and important human being.  


Visiting FAB Gallery

FAB Gallery Hours:

Tuesday to Friday from 11:00am–5:00pm
Saturday from 12:00pm–3:00pm

FAB Gallery Location:

1-1 Fine Arts Building
University of Alberta
112 Street and 89 Avenue 

Second floor gallery can only be accessed by stairs at this time. We apologize for this significant barrier to access.


Upcoming Exhibitions 

February 20 – March 15, 2024
  • First Gallery @ FAB : Chalef changeant | Wolf Willow: Robyn Adams | Curated by Tiffany Shaw
February 20 – March 9, 2024
  • Main Floor: Salutogenic Design: Bringing the 'Person' Into Personalization in Healthcare by Designing for Disabilities of the Hand: Stephanie Rossi, MDes in Industrial Design
March 26 – April 06, 2024
  • Bachelor of Design Grad Show
April 16-27, 2024
  • Bachelor of Fine Art Grad Show

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