Erickson’s Building in the Landscape – Julie Duschenes

Erickson’s Building in the Landscape – Julie Duschenes

Erickson’s Building in the Landscape – Julie Duschenes

Growing up, I had the opportunity to visit building sites when my father, an architect, did construction inspections. This engendered an interest in buildings and structures that was fed by building tours on family vacations, perspective drawing classes and a bit of drafting. My interest in Erickson’s university building comes from this and combines with my love of the coulee landscape. Over the years, this combination has become more about the building as part of the landscape, rather than seeing the landscape through the building. The landscape is the context affected by the building rather than the reverse. From a distance, the university building sits comfortably in the coulees, stratified like the layers of geology and resting on the bottom of what was the Inland Sea. The breezeway frames the landscape to east and west and allows the air to flow from the upper prairie to the Old Man River, becoming part of the breathing landscape and part of an enduring painting interest.

Julie Duschenes grew up in southern New Brunswick, near Saint John. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax, NS) in 1975 and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC) in 1982. In Vancouver, she directed the Malaspina Print Workshop and served on the board of the artist-run Helen Pitt-Unit/Pitt-Pitt International Gallery. She received 4 Canada Council Arts Grants and served on 3 Canada Council juries for arts grants. Her work has been exhibited in 30 public art institutions in Canada and the United States and in various galleries across Canada. Images of Julie’s work is in 12 public art collections, various private collections and can be seen at <>, which is the website for the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art Database.

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

Location:Casa - Concourse Gallery

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