Audie Murray, Four-Point Ply, 2019. Photograph by Isaac Forsland. Courtesy of Fazakas Gallery.

Extraordinary Objects


Organized by Glenbow

Curated by Sarah Todd

From linoleum to drywall, dead flowers to toilet paper, ordinary, disposal and perishable objects serve as the point of departure for the array of contemporary artworks found in ExtraOrdinary Objects.

Drawn from Glenbow’s collection and beyond, these works born of humble materials – used as both medium and subject matter – come from eight Canadian artists, both emerging and established, who have breathed new life and complex meaning into seemingly ordinary things, revealing the incredible potential of the overlooked objects that surround us. ExtraOrdinary Objects features work by Eric Cameron, Svea Ferguson, Gord Ferguson, Audie Murray, Yvonne Mullock, Robin Peck, Arlene Stamp and Tim Zuck.

The Artists of ExtraOrdinary Objects

Calgary-based Eric Cameron is a painter, video artist, academic and a professor at the University of Calgary. Widely known for his “process paintings,” Cameron’s artistic practice and his 45 plus years as a teacher have left an indelible mark on the Canadian and International art scene.

Svea Ferguson is a Calgary-based artist who explores the sculptural possibilities and potential of unexpected materials. She has a BFA from the Alberta University of the Arts, and her work has been exhibited throughout Alberta and Canada.

Gord Ferguson is an artist and Professor Emeritus at the Alberta University of the Arts. His interests include the reconsideration of manufactured consumer objects, constructed environments, design, language, advertising, corporate behaviour and hierarchies of value in contemporary culture.

Audie Murray is a multi-disciplinary Metis artist from Regina, Saskatchewan, Treaty 4 territory. Working with various materials including beadwork, quillwork, textiles, repurposed objects, drawing, performance and video, her art practice is process oriented and explores overarching themes of contemporary Indigenous culture, duality and connectivity with the presence of medicine, healing and growth.

Robin Peck has been producing work within Canada since 1971. He received both his BFA and MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the mid-seventies. In addition to being a practicing artist, Robin has been celebrated and published both nationally and internationally for his art criticism.

Yvonne Mullock is a graduate from Glasgow School of Art and is currently based in Calgary. Her multidisciplinary art practice explores materiality and the processes embodied in the act of making.

Arlene Stamp is a senior Canadian artist living and working in Calgary, Alberta. Working in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, installation and computer technology, Stamp is interested in systems, media, and order.

Tim Zuck taught at the Alberta University of the Arts from 2001 and was awarded Professor Emeritus status in 2015. His images are deceptively simple on the surface; with focused looking they reveal complex formal relationships that underscore the process of perception.

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