Exhibitions

Location
230 8th Street, South
Lethbridge, AB
T1J 5H2, Canada
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(403) 327-2272
Hours
Monday 9:00 am 10:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am 10:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am 10:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am 10:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am 10:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am 10:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am 6:00 pm

Casa is closed Christmas Day, New Years Day and Good Friday.

All other holidays: 10:00am - 5:00pm.

Current Exhibitions

Pine Cones in Soft Mouths
work by Mandy Espezel

Opening Reception:
Saturday, March 4, 7:00 pm
Cash bar and refreshments

Show runs March 4 to April 15

BIO
Mandy Espezel is a visual artist originally from Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. They received a BFA from the University of Alberta in 2007, and a MFA in 2012 from the University of Lethbridge. In between these years in academia, Espezel contributed regularly to Prairie Artsters.com (the Alberta-based visual arts blog created by Amy Fung) and created/co-authored the weekly arts review column “Art Box” with Jill Stanton, which was published in Edmonton’s former SEE Magazine. Espezel has been the recipient of an Alberta Foundation for the Arts Production Grant, The Livia Stoyke Foundation Best in Show Award, the Telus Music Video Fund, and has participated in numerous residencies, group exhibitions, and solo exhibitions across Canada. Upcoming projects include solo exhibitions with Casa Public Art Gallery, and with Harcourt House Gallery, both in early 2017. Currently based in Lethbridge, Espezel is a recurrent sessional instructor in the Art Department at the University of Lethbridge.

ARTIST STATEMENT
Based in an intuitive, material studio practice, my work inhabits a feminist-phenomenological discourse and an intentional engagement with the power and necessity of vulnerability. I work to confront the limits and conceptual dilemmas present within historically binary modes of representation/mimesis, while striving for corporeal embodiment. The manifestation of anxieties (realized in both psychological and physiological states), empathy, otherness, and the “autobiographical” as a source of influence in interpretation and production are current thematic concerns. My work is informed by an interest in contemporary issues of cultural, socio-political, and scientific/dogmatic current events, and the evolving conversation around identity politics. Residing within the realm of the expanded field of painting, and utilizing paintings structural language, my interdisciplinary practice challenges the distinction between emotional and intellectual knowledge, the hierarchical dichotomies created between the arts and sciences/body and mind, and between classifications of identity, such as gender, race, and social class. Subjectivity is source material, and through intensive confrontations of these categories, cultural meaning is broken down, and new possibilities for understanding unfold.

 

DIVINING
work by Kelsey Stephenson

Opening Reception:
Saturday, March 4, 7:00 pm
Cash bar and refreshments

Show runs March 4 to April 15

Artist Statement: 
Time passing generates the history and identity associated with place. My mark-making process is intended to make the work, like landscape, feel as though it has existed for millennia. Drops from pools of inky water, and traces of where it evaporated remain, leaving patterning and reticulation. These remnants fascinate me. They resemble waters' passage through the world in the form of rivers and streams. Searching out and tracing these marks in order to divine their history references water as a source of my inspiration in this work. There is a duality to water's presence, as well as constant motion. Northern ice, soil erosion or storms may be unsettling, even dangerous, but one cannot live without water. My experience of the Drumheller badlands in Alberta, the inspiration for many of these images, is as a place where the direct effect of water's impact on the surrounding landscape can be felt.

As our bodies enter the landscape of the gallery, the fragile paper is disturbed, making it move and rustle. The papers along the wall exist at the intersection of multiplicity and originality. Combined, they present as a single piece, as though seeing an aerial view of landscape, or the division of a survey map. My work functions as both whole and fragment, exposing its vulnerability to disruption. A rupture in the illusion of wholeness occurs where we can see the edges of the papers, revealing movement. The fragility of the material and its constant motion references transience, both of landscape and of the viewer's relationship with it. This begins to reference my own experience of place as a series of multiple, fragmentary, subjective moments, or even as longing for those places. It also questions how we equate bodies and landscape as each touches on and interacts with the other. As one moves about the space, much like water running in its course, the work disconnects from the whole, and is experienced as a series of fragmentary moments. I consider this work to be a creation of such moments brought together in one place, informed by thoughts of desire, longing, and a search for completion.

This body of surrounding work, and solo exhibition examines our dual relationship with place, which is embedded deeply in our experiences, and the process of searching for identity within that framework. At the same time, the process of human beings passing time within a place also inevitably changes the place itself; each receives an impression of the other. Much how water subtly changes a location, human beings continually interact with the places they live, and both are inexorably transformed. Contrasts occur between inner and outer, self and place. An emotional landscape grows, attached to a specific space. My work draws on connections to places meaningful to myself, searching for how place has created an impact. For me, seeking to understand place is also a way of gaining insight and understanding into those who live within that context.


In the Concourse Gallery:

Celebrating Canada
work by the Lethbridge Photography Clubmembers: Ralph Arnold, Gordon Ayers, Chris Cook, Van Christou, George Clayton, June Crighton, Wayne Dwornik, Kathleen Klemen, Byron Lee, Marie Matkin, Kimberly McQuaid, Denise Nilsson,Trevor Page, Ian Thompson

Opening Reception:
Saturday, March 4, 7:00 pm
Cash bar and refreshments

Show runs March 4 to April 15


 In the Passage Gallery: 

work by Colleen Annable

Opening Reception:
Saturday, March 4, 7:00 pm
Cash bar and refreshments

Show runs March 4 to April 15

Colleen is a Lethbridge artist who works with traditional 2 and 3 dimensional media. In this suite of paintings she uses alcohol -inks to create fluid works that move from pure abstraction to suggestions of the landscape & floral still-lifes.


 

Gallery Hours:

M-F: 9-9
Saturday: 9-5
Sunday: 10-5

The programming at Casa Gallery is made possible with the generous support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

 

 

Also look for our Auxillary Gallery Spaces throughout Casa: 

Passage Gallery 

Focus Gallery (adjacent to Dance Studio)

Community Showcase

Concourse Showcase

Concourse Gallery

Digital Gallery