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Agenda / August 08–September 27, 2020
Editors' Pick

A distinct aggregation / A dynamic equivalent / A generous ethic of invention: Six writers respond to six sculptures

A project by Aislinn Thomas with Anna Bowen, Angela Marie Schenstead, Crystal Mowry, Laura Burke, Catherine Frazee, Nicole Kelly Westman, and Shannon Finnegan
Aislinn Thomas and Shannon Finnegan, <em>Of all possibilities, this one here, now</em>, 2019. Drawing from the collaborative series, 'A seat at the table, a slice of the pie' for 'A distinct aggregation / A dynamic equivalent / A generous ethic of invention: Six writers respond to six sculptures' (2019), commissioned by Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.  
 
Visual Description of Image: A text drawing that reads “Of all possibilities, this one here, now.” It's white on a muted blue-green background. The hand-lettered all caps text fills most of the image. The spacing and size of the letters vary at times. The letter shapes are graphic with confident lines, made even smoother through the digitization process, but overall the text feels wobbly and was made without the goal of perfection, symmetry, or sameness. Aislinn Thomas and Shannon Finnegan, Of all possibilities, this one here, now, 2019. Drawing from the collaborative series, 'A seat at the table, a slice of the pie' for 'A distinct aggregation / A dynamic equivalent / A generous ethic of invention: Six writers respond to six sculptures' (2019), commissioned by Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Visual Description of Image: A text drawing that reads “Of all possibilities, this one here, now.” It's white on a muted blue-green background. The hand-lettered all caps text fills most of the image. The spacing and size of the letters vary at times. The letter shapes are graphic with confident lines, made even smoother through the digitization process, but overall the text feels wobbly and was made without the goal of perfection, symmetry, or sameness.
Walter Phillips Gallery

107 Tunnel Mountain Drive

Banff, Alberta

Date

August 08–September 27, 2020

At the invitation of Aislinn Thomas, six writers wrote poetic responses to works in Banff Centre’s public art collection; the resulting audio work and broadsheet serve as points of entry to the collection beyond the visual, opening conversations around the politics of accessibility.

Editors' Comment

A concentrated project for poetic responses to visual artwork doesn’t happen often. As someone in the realm of arts writing and trying to get better at it, I think a lot about the meaning of writing about, with, and around visual art, and about where poetry—my first love—can enter criticism and storytelling. Poetry circulates around the essence of a feeling, caught in the space of what is said and unsaid; similarly, I question all the time: What is the core of this artwork, seen and unseen, that can be put in words? This is beyond the descriptive, what would maybe be captured in a conventional gallery audio description. It includes world context, and reading between the lines, and reading between feeling and meaning. “A distinct aggregration,” existing as a broadsheet and an audio work that can be signed out from the gallery or streamed on SoundCloud, opens the subtle but deep possibilities of accessing visual work through other means (that become works and experiences in themselves), and the collaboration of word and image.  —Joy Xiang, assistant editor