Kyle Beal: Electric Park

March 14th - March 28th, 2015 - Edmonton Gallery

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Opening Reception: Saturday, March 14th, 2-4 pm
Exhibition continues through March 28th

The Douglas Udell Gallery is proud to present Electric Park a presentation of new drawings, mixed-media objects and prints by Calgary-based Kyle Beal in parallel with Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton, AB). The Alberta Biennial runs from January 24th – May 3rd, 2015.

With the obvious irony of such a named place becoming a tragic tableau, the new series of work by Kyle Beal is based on found images of Funtown Pier- a New Jersey amusement park destroyed in 2013 by electrical fire after largely surviving Hurricane Sandy.

Along with charcoal drawings, Electric Park is comprised of inkjet prints based on kitschy souvenir postcards and mixed media objects that can best be described as formalist interpretations of the visual language and material aesthetics of the amusement park. The site and the event at Seaside Heights’ Funtown Pier speak to the notion of favouring spectacle and leisure over maintenance and pragmatism, with error, neglect, and decay as passive paths to destruction.

About the Artist:

Kyle Beal (born in Calgary, Canada 1978) holds a diploma from the Alberta College of Art and Design (2001) and MFA in visual art from the University of Victoria (2004). Beal’s studio-based inquiry uses traditional media (primarily drawing) along with interactive electronic objects to explore ideas related to language, comedy and the space between authentic and affected behavior. He has exhibited throughout Canada including the Glenbow Museum (Calgary, AB) and more recently at the Elora Centre for the Arts (Elora, ON) and ARTsPLACE (Annapolis Royal, NS). His work can be found in a number of private and corporate collections. He has participated in residencies at the Vermont Studio Centre (VT, USA) and the Corbin Union Residency (BC, CA). Upcoming exhibitions include Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton, AB), as well as Roulette a solo exhibition at Truck Contemporary Art (Calgary, AB.)

Image details: Kyle Beal, Funtown: Shocking and Spectacular, Charcoal and pastel, 38 x 50 in., 2014.


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