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  • The Esker Project Space (map)
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February 4 - April 28, 2019
Esker Project Space (444, 1011 – 9th Avenue S.E. Calgary)

Through beautifully crafted work that includes home furnishings, taxidermy, and rocks from the area around her former childhood home, Glenna Cardinal’s work explores themes of land and home, displacement and loss related to the construction Calgary’s Southwest Ring Road through Tsuut’ina Nation.

TRUCK is pleased to partner with the Esker Foundation to present Cardinal’s important and timely installation exploring the human impacts of urban development on First Nations land.

Artist Talk
Saturday, February 9th 2019 from 1pm - 2pm

Walking Tour
Saturday, April 13th from 1:00PM - 2:30PM

The Esker Project Space aims to engage the community by increasing the presence and accessibility of contemporary art. The Project Space program invites emerging and established artists to develop new, responsive exhibitions that directly address the neighborhood and explore important contemporary issues.

Exhibitions in the Project Space can be viewed day and night, seven days a week, and are on display for approximately three months, for a total of four exhibition changes a year.

Glenna Cardinal continues to explore her bone-deep connection to the reserve land that she grew up on, the land that was her Tsuut’ina Nation grandmothers’ and is now the Southwest Calgary Ring Road. Her work is a response to her displacement and forced colonial identity while seeking comfort in a new place. Cardinal is a Saddle Lake Cree Nation member who continues to reside on her maternal reserve, Tsuut’ina Nation.

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March 5 - April 30, 2019

The Calgary Central Public Library (800 3 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0E7)

TRUCK Contemporary Art and The Calgary Public Library present Peep Show by Janet Wang, an ode to the online spectacle, as well as an ode to the site in which it is situated. As we walk through the built structures of our society, we are being organized, shifted, moved in a programmed way. While we stroll, run or wheel our way through the guts of the city, our hands are moving over other worlds, other contexts as we scroll, post or consume from our screens.  Our hands, and the hands of others, become a digital proxy to our bodies moving through physical avenues.

Our brains are being reprogrammed by the way we absorb, seek and satiate our need for stimulation - visual, social and informational - online. We are constantly looking for that next hit of dopamine from a like, a repost, a frisson of recognition and confirmation in a headline or push notification.  We devour silent films of hands unboxing, cooking, gesturing, demonstrating all the possibilities that we too can achieve.  These hands become our hands, our possible selves, by digital proxy.

Janet Wang is a visual artist working within a traditional painting practice, integrated with sculptural installation practices and digital media.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia and her Master of Arts in Studio Practice from the University of Leeds in England.

Her work explores the construction of identity through the appropriation and disruption of social patterns and familiar gestures. The artist borrows heavily from the canons and traditions of history, both the artistic and the quotidian, in order to use the familiar as a meeting point with the viewer.

Her work has been exhibited internationally and is currently represented through the Art Rental and Sales at the Vancouver Art Gallery. She has been awarded residencies from the Arts Council of England, ArtStarts, the Burnaby Arts Council, and received awards from the Vancouver Foundation and the BC Arts Council. 

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