Early Work is an exhibition of early work by fifteen Calgary artists in the traditional spirit of the collective exhibition. The works selected are ‘early’ in terms of the stage of career, but the invitees are emergent, mid-career and established artists. Vitality and quality of the commitment to contemporary painting unite the group across diverging content and approaches to the painting medium.
Initiated by emerging artists Jane McQuitty, Christine Cheung, and Kim Neudorf, this bottom-up blending of emerging and established artists reactivates the viewer as responsible for forming his or her own response. There are no certainties. Amidst the messages of gallery architecture and the canonicity that is implied by the generational, the view must engage with the work in manifold and complex ways. the exhibition’s contents will bring the viewer into intimate connection with preconceived judgment and the complexity of artists productive histories.
Work was included from the following artists; Chris Cran, Christine Cheung, Eric Cameron, Harry Steen, Jane McQuitty, Jeffery Spalding, Jennifer-Rae Forsyth, John Will, Kim Neudorf, Marcia Harris, Dave and Jenn, Mary Scott, Melanie Aikenhead, Susan Menzies.