Drawing Conclusions – Edward Bader

Drawing Conclusions – Edward Bader

Drawing Conclusions – Edward Bader

For the past four decades, my drawing practice investigates the interrelationship between the local and the global: In particular how history, society, and culture determine our experience of place. I believe that an artist should be intellectually curious and aware and cognizant of the philosophical, social, and scientific concerns of their age. The following areas inform my artistic practice: the first is technology and how it mediates our perception and cognitive understanding of the world. The second concern present in my work is a direct response to an environment or location where I may reside at a specific time. The third point of investigation is an interest in the imagery and narrative forms found in popular culture. As a gay male, I am interested in the performative aspects of homosexual and queer identity, gender roles and how sexuality impacts upon our relationship to place. The final point of inquiry is of a metaphysical nature where I contemplate and mediate on the purpose and meaning of my existence. The directness of traditional media such as drawing allows for a more personal investigation and unique articulation of concepts unmediated by technology.

Edward Bader was born in Lethbridge, Alberta and has had a passion for visual culture in the form of comic books, commercial illustration to traditional fine art. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Lethbridge (1974-1979) and holds a Masters of Fine Arts, (Drawing/Painting), from the University of Calgary (1993) and Interdisciplinary MA in Popular Culture with Distinction from Brock University (2007). From1998 to 2023 Edward was a tenured instructor at Northwestern Polytechnic , Grande Prairie, where he taught art history, drawing, and digital media.

For the past 40 years Edward has exhibited drawings, paintings and new  media projects widely throughout the Province of Alberta in numerous solo  and group exhibitions including the Alberta Biennale of Contemporary Art 2000, White Wall Gallery, Toronto, 2012, Paul Kuhn Fine Arts, Calgary, 2016, Artspace, Montreal Fierte, 2017, SLAM, Seattle Leather Arts Media, Seattle Washington, 2018, Pride in Art, Queer Arts Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 2018, DENCKER+SCHNEIDER Gallery, Berlin, April 2019. He was the subject of a one man a retrospective exhibition of drawings at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, April to September 2023. His most recent exhibition, Convergence was shown at the Trianon Gallery, Lethbridge, September to November 2023.

His work is represented in the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Collection, The Canada Council Art Bank, the University of Lethbridge, The City of Calgary, Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Northwestern Polytechnic plus numerous private collections.

Date:November 10th, 2023  -  January 13th, 2024

Location:Casa - Main Gallery

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