Travelling ART Exhibit
Kate Andrews is hosting this exhibit from
February 28 – April 4, 2018
The exhibition, White Nurse, presents a series of 20 artworks that portray Blair Brennan’s battle and rehabilitation from the addiction to prescription pain medication. The name “White Nurse” is a slang term for heroin and morphine. “I have never found this term in common usage, but when I think about it, it feels right,” says Edmonton artist Blair Brennan.
The coloured ink and burned paper artworks feature words and phrases emphasizing key emotions, concepts and realities associated with addiction. The inner world and the inner struggle is clearly, and at the same time vaguely, put to paper. The series’ specific use of burned paper as a mark-making tool is fitting because, unlike a pencil that can be erased from paper, it creates a lasting and permanent impression.
Brennan has been making branding irons since 1987. Brennan’s steel branding irons are in every way similar to the sort of branding iron that would be used on livestock. Regina-based artist and critical art writer Dave Garneau has called Brennan an “Edmonton-based neo-beat poet disguised as a blue-collar industrial artist who brands walls, books, leather and paper with the world’s subtexts.”
Brennan’s sculptures, installations and drawings have been exhibited nationally in numerous group and solo exhibitions. Brennan has contributed articles to a number of printed and digital arts, and cultural publications. His work was recently included in a three-person exhibition in Athens, Greece, the first substantial exhibition of his work internationally.
The exhibition White Nurse was curated by Todd Schaber.
This exhibit is made possible through the help and support of:
Art Gallery of Grand Prairie
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Government of Alberta
Kate Andrews Board Game Club
Drop In @ KAHS Library
Mondays at lunch
Mrs. Wittebolle will be hosting a Board Game Club in the library at lunch on Mondays. Bring your favorite game or use the games in the library and connect with some friends.