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New Exhibitions at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery

June 29 - September 15, 12:00am - 12:00am

The Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG), an internationally-acclaimed institution fostering the work of contemporary artists, is pleased to present its newest exhibitions – Dave Dyment’s Watching Night of the Living Dead, and The Closer Together Things Are, curated by Shannon Anderson and Jay Wilson. The exhibitions run from June 29 to September 9 2018, with an opening reception on June 29, from 5:00-8:00PM.

The Closer Together Things Are | Kathleen Hearn, Laura Letinsky,
Ève K. Tremblay, Dave Dyment, Micah Lexier, Luke Painter, Rhonda Weppler/Trevor Mahovsky, Chris Kline, Roula Partheniou

The Closer Together Things Are explores the space between difference and similarity that arises from intense observation and consideration. It focuses on proximity – that of time, heredity, frottage, palette, concept and presentation. The closer together things are, the more the differences appear. In the process of observation, the most mundane objects and situations can compel us, drawing our full attention for no particular reason. Like the still-lifes of Giorgio Morandi, the more we look, the more variations surface; differences arise from things that once seemed identical, and sameness arises from things that once seemed unrelated. The Closer Together Things Are visually organizes the ephemeral and makes sense of stuttering imagery to introduce meaning into the friction where same meets different. By confronting nearness, it gives voice to a collective noticing.

Watching Night of the Living Dead | Dave Dyment

Watching Night of the Living Dead reanimates the 1968 George Romero classic entirely using footage of characters from other films and television series watching the movie on TV or at the cinema. Originally titled Night of the Flesh Eaters, the producers re-branded it as Night of the Living Dead, at the last minute, to avoid confusion with a similarly titled horror film. The title card was hastily replaced and the copyright symbol was accidentally omitted. This minor clerical error caused the film to immediately fall into public domain.

Night of the Living Dead is ground-zero for the contemporary zombie, the last new mythology to be publicly owned. Countless comic books, novels, television series and feature films have used variations on Romero’s walking dead monsters. In addition to the myriad unauthorized sequels and reproductions, the film’s public domain status allows other filmmakers to include clips in their own projects, eliminating the costs and administrative headaches of securing permission to use copyrighted materials.

Watching Night of the Living Dead collects these scenes and arranges them sequentially along a bed track of the original. The characters watching television will sometimes serve as surrogate zombies, staring blankly at the horror unfolding on their sets, but also mirror the protagonists in the original, where most of the plot exposition is delivered via a television news reader.

Located in the heart of downtown Lethbridge, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery offers dynamic, award winning contemporary art programming and exhibitions. The gallery’s park setting and proximity to local cafés and shops make it an excellent place to drop in and explore during a day’s outing. Its many programs include children’s art classes, cutting-edge exhibits, and expert lectures and artist presentations.

For more information, visit: www.saag.ca, or contact Jon Martin, Communications Coordinator, at jmartin@saag.ca.

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