By Medicine Hat News on January 5, 2018.
Medicine Hat News
New year, new exhibitions at the Esplanade.
Opening Monday in the museum is Keepsakes of Conflict: Trench Art and Other Canadian War-related Craft presents metalworks, carvings, jewelry and embroidery related to armed conflict or its consequences. Trench art is defined on the Esplanade website as “any item made by soldiers, prisoners of war and civilians, from war material directly, or any other material” dates back to the early 18th century and continues today.
The exhibition, on display until March 3, is organized by the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery and curated by Heather Smith.
One of the exhibitions soon to open in the art gallery also is connected to war.
Opening on Jan. 20, The Sleeping Green by Dianne Bos is an exhibition of photographs taken between the trenches — an area known as no man’s land — on the First World War’s Western Front. Bos took photos from 2014-16 while travelling through France and Belgium. She then used objects from the battle sites — rocks, leaves and a bullet — in the darkroom printing process, scattering them over the paper. Using further photo techniques she produced layers of imagery “that convey the emotional depth of these extraordinary landscapes.”
The exhibition is curated by Josephine Mills and the tour is organized by the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery.
Also opening on Jan. 20 is Wes Bell’s On the Line. Bell recently returned to his home in Medicine Hat after a successful fashion photography career that took him to New York, London and Milan.
In On the Line, Bell the photographer captured images of everyday items like plastic bags caught on fences and trees entailed with wire and meticulously rendered the images in the darkroom to create stunning black and white prints.
Both exhibitions are part of the Alberta-wide Exposure Photography Festival.
A free opening reception for all three exhibitions will take place Feb. 1 with refreshments, a cash bar and music by the Natasha Shannon Trio. It begins at 7 p.m.
Current exhibitions Nick Wade: Study of Collapse and Other Works and MHC Visual Communications Faculty Biennial are on until Jan. 6.
Visit http://www.esplanade.ca for more information.
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