Thursday, February 24, 2011

CANADIAN IMPRESSIONS @ The Cultural Center of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

February 28 to April 29, 2011  
Monday–Friday, 11 AM–6PM    

An exhibition honoring Canada and the City of Calgary, in the province of Alberta, site of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Twelve Canadian artists: Briar Craig, Delio Delgado, René Derouin, Katie Fife,    Joscelyn Gardner, Michel Gautier, Vanessa Hall‐Patch, Miriam Rudolph, Tracy L. Templeton,    Todd Tremeer, Oscar Danilo Vargas, and Laura Widmer, selected from an Open Call, present 34 works   in various printmaking techniques, from etching to monotype.  

On occasion of the celebration of the 52nd Annual Meeting of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank, in Calgary, Alberta, in March of this year, the IDB Cultural Center pays tribute to Canada with an exhibition in Washington, DC entitled “Canadian Impressions,” which gathers twelve printmakers belonging to different regions in Canada. The multicultural background of the artists selected exemplifies just one aspect of the fascinating cultural spectrum of Canada today. The curator of the exhibition is Félix Ángel, Director of the IDB Cultural Center.

According to Ángel, “Change is good when it is for the better, of course, but its paradoxical nature entails many risks. While embracing change is not a guarantee of things getting better, not pursuing it condemns us to perennial doubt about what else can be done to improve our lives. Artists are particularly susceptible to change because of their sensibility, their humanistic view of civilization, their holistic concept of the world, and their tendency to be uncompromising with regard to principles. Increasing levels of anxiety are symptomatic of a pattern pervading society these days that needs to be modified.”

“Canadian Impressions” is a dense exhibition camouflaged with a deceptive appearance of innocence, lightness, and ingenuity; it is reinforced with a strong, diverse determination to show sides of a world that tires and suffocates us, but where the promise of a better future is not yet lost. That is, at once, the most disturbing and the most outstanding quality of this exhibition.

The Cultural Center
of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

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