Media Release. Edmonton, AB (August 24, 2015)
The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) presents CHRIS CRAN, Sincerely Yours, from September 12, 2015 through January 3, 2016. Organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and the National Gallery of Canada as part of the NGC@AGA exhibition series, it features the work of Chris Cran, one of the most influential Alberta artists working today, and one of Canada’s preeminent painters of the last few decades. CHRIS CRAN, Sincerely Yours is the most comprehensive examination of Cran’s practice mounted to date and includes over 100 works surveying his artistic production over the last 30 years.
Chris Cran is known for his experimentation with traditional genres of painting, bringing his own unique perspective to still-life, portraiture, landscape and abstraction. His work challenges the traditional medium of painting to explore and question other forms of representation, including photography and printed media.
Working within the familiar terrain of well-known artistic movements and styles such as Pop Art, Photorealism, Op Art and abstraction, Cran challenges the viewer’s understanding and experience of them by playfully combining tradition with borrowed scenes from popular culture, including images from cartoons, advertising, magazine illustrations and newspapers. His recent work is a culmination of the tropes and techniques he has developed over his thirty year career, and at this stage in his practice, his work still defies expectations, while exploring perception and challenging our understanding of painting.
An award-winning and celebrated artist, Cran’s work can be found in major public and private collections in Canada and internationally.
Chris Cran will give an artist talk in conversation with friend and actor Bruce McCulloch on Friday, September 11 at 6:30 pm
A Conversation with Chris Cran and Bruce McCulloch (Artist Talk)*
Date: Friday, September 11, 2015
Artist Talk: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Ledcor Theatre, Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
*Chris Cran will be joined by friend and actor Bruce McCulloch to discuss his art and creative practice. Please note this is a ticketed event with limited seating.
Tickets at youraga.ca