Art Gal­leries + Mu­se­ums

Where Calgary - - ART GALLERIES+MUSEUMS - BY SILVIA PIKAL

ESKER EX­HIBITS

THROUGH AU­GUST 27 The Esker Foun­da­tion is pre­sent­ing the work of Calgary-based artist Ja­son de Haan, who fo­cuses on the process of things trans­form­ing slowly over time. This process of change is shown through unique art­work such as his “Salt Beard” pieces, which are clas­si­cal busts with min­eral growths that re­sem­ble beards. In the new ex­hibit, some of his art­work in­cludes a new, full-sized salt beard fig­ure, a live tree, and a slideshow pro­duced in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum about Shelly, a soft-shell tur­tle who’s been liv­ing at the Drumheller mu­seum for more than 20 years.

“I think there’s go­ing to be a lot of sur­prises in the gallery that peo­ple will dis­cover,” says cu­ra­tor Shauna Thomp­son.

Also show­ing is The Com­mu­nist Rev­o­lu­tion Was Caused By The Sun. The film by Rus­sian-Amer­i­can artist An­ton Vi­dokle ex­plores the work of Soviet bio­physi­cist Alexan­der Chizhevsky, who be­lieved all the great up­heavals in hu­man his­tory, such as rev­o­lu­tion, epi­demics, and war were caused by in­creased ac­tiv­ity of the sun. The Esker Foun­da­tion, 1011 - 9 Ave SE, 403-930-2490, es­ker­foun­da­tion.com

Ja­son de Haan, A house that tells you where you came from, 2017 (pro­duc­tion still).

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