Installation art may best be described as art that may contain objects, visual images, sound, and written words in one space. The artist places the elements in the installation site and asks the viewer to bring their own associations to them. Like the "Place Settings" installations, it may be environmental and site-specific.
"Place Settings" features installation art by Steve Heimbecker, Colleen Kerr, Mark Dicey, Jeff Viner, Judy Cheung, and Jim Goertz.
Judy Cheung uses modern technology to enlist methods of media manipulation in the service of cultural portrayal. Between 1983 and 1987, Cheung studied photography, theatre design, literature, dance, film criticism, and video. In 1987, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Calgary.
Mark Dicey has been pursuing his diverse artistic practice for over twenty five years encompassing visual art (painting, drawing, sculpture, installation), performance art, sound and music. The work itself is very much process driven and all the disciplines he works in feed into and off of each other into a multifaceted practice. Dicey lives and works in Calgary, AB. and is represented by Jarvis Hall Fine Art.
Jim Goertz graduated with a diploma in Painting from the Alberta College of Art in 1984. He has also studied at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Okanagan College in Fine Arts foundation.
Steven Heimbecker, a Saskachewan native, has been living in Calgary since leaving the Alberta College of Art in 1980. Since 1978, Heimbecker has shown in several regional and private group shows throughout Alberta and Saskachewan.
Colleen Kerr, born in North Vancouver, British Columbia, studied Fine Arts at the Vancouver City College and Okanagan College in Kelowna, B.C. prior to attending the Alberta College of Art from 1984 to 1987 where she majored in Drawing. In addition to drawing, she is actively involved in performance and video art. Kerr has exhibited in Off Centre Centre's "Project/Product," performced in 2nd Story Gallery's "Performance Focus" series, and her videotapes have been screened at EM/Media (Calgary), PRIM Video (Montreal), and Centre for Art Tapes (Halifax).
Jeff Viner’s maintains a diverse artistic practice, ranging from found object collages, assemblages and performance art to more traditional work, such as naturalistic painting.