As the MAG is in a City-owned facility, we will be adhering to City of Red Deer policy and taking part in the provincial Restrictions Exemption Program. All staff and visitors to the building must wear masks and practice social distancing at all times. Check out our recent blog post for recent announcements about visitation and program restrictions. Visit our Calendar of Events for What's On this month!
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offered as part of the exhibition, A Prairie Vernacular: Folk & Contemporary Art Narratives of Life On the Canadian Prairies
We invite you to watch local artist Matt Gould as he creates puppets from a variety of artistic processes. He will be set up in Heritage Square (located next to the MAG) each afternoon from 1-4 pm from July 13-17, 2021.
Matt Gould is an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist with a solid grounding in theatre and the visual arts and has exhibited all-across Canada. For the past twenty plus years, he has been concentrating his practice on textiles and in the spring of 2020, he started up the Red Deer Puppetry Collective, a theatrical group which seeks to “poke the bear” wherever and whenever it can!
Artist-in-residence programs give artists the opportunity to work outside of their usual environments, providing them with space to produce work, and an opportunity for the community to learn an artist’s process.
A Prairie Vernacular examines historic and contemporary representations of the vernacular in artistic practice on the Canadian prairies, considering the relationship of folk art to contemporary art produced in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
These representations of the vernacular not only adopt the materials, methods and/or motivations of a folk aesthetic, but speak to shared contexts and subject matter, either reflecting on memories and histories of life on the prairies or presenting visual narratives rife with humour, fantasy, myth, politics, religion, and the prairie gothic.
This exhibition is on display at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) until August 16, 2021.
Image credit (top) L-R: Kenneth HouseGo, Casual Distress, Harvester, 1985, Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Ann Harbuz, Inside Views of Whitkow, 1980. Jude Griebel, Grandmother, 2012. William Panko, Happy Cabbages, n.d., Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Jane Zednik, Bull, 1980. Amalie Atkins, Scenes from a Secret World, 2010.