October 19th, 2020

‘1984 Cranes’ one of eight new exhibits opening at Casa today

By Mabell, Dave on November 2, 2019.

Artist Freyja Patton, among her installation Ò1984 CranesÓ is one of several artist opening exhibits this weekend at Casa. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald


Two well-known books, with a similar theme.

Artist Freyja Patton says George Orwell’s iconic “1984” and the children’s book “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” became the starting point for her latest installation work.

Both deal with citizens losing control of their lives, she explains. The government or the army has taken over.

Her response, “1984 Cranes” will be one of the main gallery features tonight when Casa celebrates its second opening reception of the fall, with no less than eight new exhibitions.

Casa visitors will see hundreds of paper cranes suspended from the main gallery’s ceiling. Then they’ll realize each piece of folded paper was a page in one of those books.

They’ll also notice more paper cranes waiting to be added to a work that doesn’t yet have 1,984 of them in place.

And they’ll be challenged to find meaning, as visitors are with so many of today’s art works.

“I don’t do a lot of installations,” Patton says. “But I really like to do them when I can.”

It’s the second public showing of “1984 Cranes,” she adds.

A fine arts graduate of the University of Lethbridge, Patton now lives in Edmonton – where the installation first went on view. Coincidentally, an exhibition of some of her two-dimensional works is opening tonight in the Londonderry Public Library in Edmonton. It’s sharing space with a complementary show of works by Jenelle Sezucs, a U of L classmate.

Patton, originally from smalltown North Dakota, says she values the network of friends she gained while living in Lethbridge.

Still placing her artistic focus on words, she says some of her latest works are visual representations of somewhat illogical English phrases.

Can you imagine what Patton has done with “I’m all ears?”

Also opening this evening, “New Borders” is a selection of abstract “photograms” by David Miller, refering to and relying upon light. As well as displayed photographs, visitors will see “live” photographs capturing long duration images captured while the show remains on view.

They’ll also find more photography in the second-floor Concourse Gallery. “Why Are We Here?” features images by Jeanne Kollee, including black-and-white photos showing the surroundings of gravesites and cemeteries – without actually referencing grave markers.

In the concourse showcases, “You Can Get There From Here” features work by the Textile Surface Design Guild exploring the artist’s most essential resource, the sketchbook.

In the Passage Gallery, “A Study of Movement” by Samantha Newton explores both ballet and printmaking – both requiring repetitive physical practice.

On the “Digital Gallery” screens throughout the building, “Historical Lethbridge” offers “manipulated” archival photographs by Mike Jensen.

In the main floor showcase, “Geez It’s Cold Outsi . . Oooh Look! Sparkly!” is a suite of icy photographs by Lorraine Lee.

And the Project Space, near the main gallery, features an installation by Harley Morman entitled “Disorientation” which employs lenticular images which need the viewer’s body to move to complete the image. The images share feelings about health, gender and speed.

Today’s opening reception, starting at 7 p.m., is open to all interested.

All these shows will remain open until Dec. 31, and admission to Casa galleries is always free.

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