The Visual Arts Alberta Gallery presents Light Horse Tales of an Afghan War, selected works by artist Al Henderson, October 6 – November 5 / 2011. VAAA Gallery, 3rd floor, 10215-112 St. Edmonton, 780.421.1731.
This exhibition contains new works from the Light Horse Tales project, sketches and other materials used in its creation including the artist’s video diary. Seen through a chest mounted camera artwork is created for the Light Horse Tales project over a period of two years.
In association with this exhibition: Visual Arts Alberta presents The Art of War; in which writer and educator Dick Averns, creator of War Art Now, joins artist Al Henderson, creator of Light Horse Tales, for a joint presentation on art and war. Averns will discuss the history of War Art in Canada and how artists, like himself, see conflict today. Henderson will show his own process from its conceptual beginnings to the creation of various works using traditional stone carving and bronze casting methods in combination with 3D scanning and vector drawing programs on the computer. Learn how the stories of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan influenced choices of design, materials and methods of production. Saturday, October 22nd, 1 pm at the Jefferson Armoury Officers Mess, 11630-109 st. NW, Edmonton. This event is free and all are welcome. Cash bar on premises. See www.jeffersonarmouryofficersmess.info for more information (including directions).
The website www.lighthorsetales.com has more information and a selection of newspaper and magazine reviews of the premier exhibition. A full-colour catalogue including Dick Avern’s essay, Art and Afghanistan: Recalibrating Cultural Buffer Zones, is available – see website for details.
Artwork for this exhibition is made available to the VAAA Gallery courtesy of The Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, which premiered the exhibition of 17 new works by Canadian artist Al Henderson: Light Horse Tales of an Afghan War, March 19 – April 2 / 2011