Skip to main content

The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located in Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous Peoples including the Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Beaver Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Anishinaabe/Saulteaux/Ojibwe and Dene Peoples. We also acknowledge the many Indigenous, Inuit and Métis people who make Alberta their home today.

Creatures

Creatures interior image Roundabout

Jude Griebel, Roundabout, 2017, Acrylic and pencil crayon on yupo paper, Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts

“What is real and what is not real? For centuries, the idea that unicorns and dragons could populate the Earth seemed as plausible, to some, as the existence of elephants. Before inventions like the printing press and camera, personal consciousness was limited to geographical boundaries. If elephants were not indigenous to an individual’s area, their knowledge of the animal was garnered either through oral tradition, written description, or an artist’s illustration (often based on the written description and not first-hand observation). Stories of fictitious animals were conveyed in much the same manner. The ability to distinguish between what was real and imaginary was not as obvious then as it is today.

Imaginary animals may not have a place in modern zoology, but their endurance in our contemporary mythologies indicates something very real about human need. Perhaps they endure because we need places for our minds to go—alternate realities that reflect the playfulness and possibilities of our imaginations. The artwork presented in Creatures does just that. Amongst the elongated ears, discombobulated limbs and topsy-turvy environments are open narratives that we can make our own.

Curated by Shannon Bingeman, Alberta Society of Artists  (TREX Region 3)

asa

Cover image: Janet Mitchell, Fun at Casa Claus, 1986, Etching on paper, Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 11am-5pm
Thursday: 11am-7pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

Admission

AGA members
FREE
Youth 0-17
FREE
Alberta students 18+
FREE
Out-of-province students
$10
General admission
$14
Seniors 65+
$10

Location

2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5J 2C1

780.422.6223
info@youraga.ca

Directions

The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located in Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous Peoples including the Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Beaver Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Anishinaabe/Saulteaux/Ojibwe and Dene Peoples. We also acknowledge the many Indigenous, Inuit and Métis people who make Alberta their home today.