to Mar 5

Brenda Draney: How to Tell a Story

Location: University of Alberta Museums Enterprise Square Galleries, 10230 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB.
Dates: November 26, 2015 - March 6, 2016
Click here to RSVP to the opening on Thursday, November 26, 2016  (from 6 - 9 pm)

As part of Do It Yourself: Collectivity and Collaboration in Edmontoncurated by the Art Gallery of Alberta, Ociciwan features new works by Edmonton Artist, Brenda Draney. This exhibition is a short and effervescent survey highlighting artists participating within a selection of the emerging and shifting new artist collectives and creative hubs in Edmonton. Over the past five years, a series of collaborations have developed between individual artists and independent curators/project organizers.

Most of the artists involved work together to pool collective resources, combined with support from local artist centres, to create artworks and interdisciplinary exchange. For the most part the artists are working within entrepreneurial spaces and initiatives that were inspired by previous incarnations of historically notorious local art experiments.

These creative connections are either loosely defined or tenuous in nature, reflective of and responsive to common threats to artist collectives: opportunities from outside that draw away creative activators, rent fluctuations from a booming economy and few artist-run gallery spaces for emerging practices. This exhibition highlights the artists’ responses to these challenges and features the work and energy of artists who participate in these experimental and newly formed local artist collectives while also profiling new studios and artist hubs across the city.

Other work in this exhibition includes

Andrew Buszchak, Ficus Studios
Parker Thiessen, Pseudo Laboratories
Ian Rowley & Brandi Strauss, Rhythm of Cruelty
Sergio Enrique Serrano, Sara French & Megan Bertagnolli, Hard Copy
Brittney Roy, Creative Practices Institute
Devon Beggs & Chelsea Boos, The Drawing Room
Nickelas Johnson & Candice Kelly, Local Gifts
Kristine Nutting, China Beach Beardo Detractor Productions
Zack Ayotte, Still in Edmonton
Tennis Club


About the Artist

Edmonton-based artist Brenda Draney grew up in Slave Lake, Alberta, and completed an English degree at the University of Alberta before graduating with a Bachelors in Fine Arts degree, majoring in Painting. She graduated with her Masters degree from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and became the eleventh winner of the annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2009. In 2013, Draney was long listed for the Sobey Art Award and in 2014 Draney won the Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize. Draney's work has been exhibited across Canada, including at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, the Toronto International Art Fair, MKG127 Gallery, Stride Gallery, Latitude 53 and The Art Gallery of Grand Prairie. In 2017, Draney will reveal a permanent art installation relating to the trap line in the new MacEwan University's Centre for Arts and Culture Building.




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to Sep 27

Scene Report, with Wendy - Nuit Blanche Edmonton

Wendy Comic Series by Walter Scott

Location: Stanley A. Milner Library, in the SW corner window  (between Second Cup and Centennial Plaza) 
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB

As part of Nuit Blanche Edmonton’s inaugural exhibition, Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective presents a new work by internationally renowned artist Walter Scott. Scott’s dual projection installation at the Stanley Milner Library features his ongoing Wendy Comic Series that depicts the experiences of Wendy, the comic’s protagonist. Wendy is a trendy, twenty-something living in an urban centre who aspires to global success and art stardom but whose dreams are perpetually derailed by the pitfalls of that world, including parties, boys and alcohol. 

Entitled Scene Report, With Wendy, Scott’s installation makes visible the hidden, often underrepresented private lives of visual artists for Edmontonians. Using the accessible medium of comics and public space, Scott blurs the lines between ideas of public and private, artist and viewer. We see beyond an artist’s "finished work" into the narrative and private lives of the artist as a work in progress itself. The graphic characterization of Wendy serves as a vehicle from which Scott can examine the constructs found within the ‘art scene’. Scene Report, With Wendy investigates the construction of identity, superficiality and the intersections of complex relationships centered within the art community - in the midst of an elite structure of artist, curators, critics and the general public. 

Walter Scott is a Toronto/Montréal based artist from the Mohawk Nation of Kahnawá:ke, who works across writing, illustration, performance and sculpture. Recent exhibitions include Joan Dark at Western Front, Vancouver, 2014, and Pre-Existing Work at Macaulay and Co. Fine Art, Vancouver, 2015. In 2014, Scott was Artist-in-Residence at the Koganecho Bazaar in Yokohama, Japan. To see more about Wendy, visit
-Wendy is available for purchase at Happy Harbour Comics

Nuit Blanche is a free, contemporary art event that will transform downtown for one night only on September 26, 2015 from 7 pm until 4 am. To find out more about Nuit Blanche and their programming, click here for more details about the exciting works being presented! 

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