Melancholy Pleasures | Nelson Henricks


The exhibition "Melancholy Pleasures" by Calgary artist Nelson Henricks will be on display at the Second Story Gallery, including works executed in a variety of media and using the concept of death as a theme. Henricks is a recent graduate of the Alberta College of Art who works in video and performance as well as creating static works such as the ones in this exhibition.

Nelson Henricks

Nelson Henricks graduated with distinction from the Alberta College of Art in 1986 and completed the EM/Media Resource Access Scholarship Program in the same year. He acts as the assistant co-ordinator at Off Centre Centre and has held a position on the Board of Directors at several arts institutions, including Second Story Gallery, Off Centre Centre, and EM/Media. 

Julia's Dream | Cynthia Jennifer Smith | October 29 to November 14, 1987


"Julia's Dream," a series of black and white photographs by Cynthia Smith, is an exhibition of 24 photographs featuring a would-be bride in a dream-like setting specifically created for the camera. The Gothic qualities of the bride contrasts with more commonly seen bridal imagery found in contemporary magazines.

Cynthia Smith

Cynthia Smith, a Vancouver-based photographer, has exhibited her work in Vancouver, Seattle, Winnipeg, and Toronto. Smith was born in Toronto and studied at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (Bachelor of Applied Arts, 1978) and Maryland Institute College of Art (Masters of Fine Arts, 1985).

A2C SEG Part 2 | Laura Letinsky, Richard Claxton, and Donnely Smallwood

This is the conclusion of a 2-part exchange show with Ace Art, a similar gallery in Winnipeg. The show deals with the theme of perception and how artists see things in unique ways and is significant considering the artists involved in the exchange are from two distinct geographic, economic, and political environments. A2C SEG Part 2 was curated by Richard Brown and will include works by Laura Letinsky, Richard Claxton, and Donnely Smallwood, all Winnipeg artists. 

"The curatorial objectives of this exhibition are to explore individual interpretations of perception as an issue in the work of emerging artists from two similar yet disparate cities. Each artist deals with their daily perceptions directly through their work and invites viewers to share that experience. These experiences represent a polarity of ideas of the artists involved, and this was the reason for their selection. They choose to focus on very different aspects of society or their lives, and manifest these findings in very distinct, exciting ways, both conceptually and physically.

The curatorial focus on perception becomes especially significant considering the context of an exchange show; the idea, perceptions, and interpretations of the artists can reach a greater clarity through comparison and contrast." -Richard Brown, curator

Richard Claxton

Richard Claxton received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (honors) from the University of Manitoba in 1984. He is currently based in Winnipeg where he lives and works.

Laura Letinsky

Laura Letinsky is a photographer based in Winnipeg. She graduated with honors from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography in 1986.

Donnely Smallwood

Donnely Smallwood holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Manitoba.

Ace Art Inc.

Ace Art Inc. is an artist-run centre dedicated to the development, exhibition and dissemination of contemporary art by cultural producers. Ace Art Inc. maintains a commitment to emerging artists and recognizes its role in placing contemporary artists in a larger cultural context. Ace Art Inc. is dedicated to cultural diversity in its programming and to this end encourages applications from all contemporary artists and curators including those identifying as members of GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered), Aboriginal (status, non-status, Inuit and Metis) and all other culturally diverse communities.

A2C SEG Part 1 | Cynthia Boisvert, Joyce Fraser, and Stephen Peterson

This is the first of a two-part exchange show with Ace Art, a similar gallery in Winnipeg. The show deals with the theme of perception and how artists see things in unique ways. A2C SEG Part 1 was curated by Jim Goertz and will include works by Calgary artists Cindy Boisvery, Joyce Fraser, and Stephen Peterson. The show will then travel to Winnipeg.

"While most artists make conscious efforts to evoke response from the senses, few make this the prime area of their research. Although changing social, economic, and ethical issues shape the style and content of most contemporary art, the nature of perception has not changed dramatically throughout history, has never been fully understood by the layperson, and is therefore never out of date. It is not surprising then, that while various art-isms have come and gone, there have always been a portion of artists concerned with perception itself. All of the artists selected for this exhibition explore (in varying degrees) how we perceive, taste, and feel.

Because the work was selected, and is being shown in two parts, and between two cities, regional interpretive differences become visible both in the created works and in the selection of the artists. By examining these differences (similarities), we seek to foster the dialogue necessary in further understanding ourselves within the region."

-Jim Goertz, curator

Cynthia Boisvert

Cynthia Boisvert holds a diploma from the Alberta College of Art, where she graduated in 1986 with distinction as a Painting major with a minor in Sculpture.

Joyce Fraser

Joyce Fraser was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1961. She attended the Alberta College of Art from 1979 to 1983, graduating with a diploma in Painting. 

Stephen Peterson

Stephen Peterson is educated at the Alberta College of Art and the University of Lethbridge, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1986.

Primary Trees | Jeff Viner | August 27 to September 12, 1987


"Primary Trees" involves installing five trees on five fields of colour. It deals with the philosophic idea of context, with tree paintings that are unidentifiable as sculptures and also not strictly paintings; though making references to paint. 

Jeff Viner

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.

Out Damned Spot | Anne Ashton | August 6 to August 22, 1987

California-born, Montreal-based artist Anne Ashton will present recent paintings and objects in the exhibition "Out Damned Spot."

"Angels and devils, orisons and prayers, magic, good luck and bad omens."

Anne Ashton

Anne Ashton studied art at the University of California at Santa Barbara and later received a B.A. in Art and Literature from San Diego State University in California. In 1987, she attended the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts. Ashton is currently based in Montreal, Quebec.

Two Machines, Too Machine | Tim Lang and Wright Simmonds | July 16 to August 1, 1987


"Two Machines, Too Machine" is centred around technology and machines as the medium of expression. From that point their ideas diverge. 

Tim Lang

Tim Lang holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Alberta College of Art, where he graduated in 1987 as a Painting major with an emphasis in Woodworking.

Wright Simmonds

Wright D.C. Simmonds is currently attending the Alberta College of Art as a third year Sculpture major. He was also educated at the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan Community College. 

Place Settings | Group Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.