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Two New Solo Exhibitions Opening on September 8 in the Art Gallery at the Esplanade

Post Date:09/03/2020 2:00 PM

Medicine Hat – This Fall, from September 8 to November 14, the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre is presenting two solo exhibitions: Thinking of Others, by local artist Jeff Goring, and Outgrowth, by Regina-based artist Zachari Logan. In addition, Jeff Goring aka Sonz1 will be hosting a Rooftop Graffiti Workshop on the terrace, Friday September 18 at 6 PM. Register on TIXX for the workshop or to safely book your visit to the galleries.

Thinking of Others is an exhibition of large-scale graffiti paintings by Medicine Hat artist Jeff Goring, aka Sonz1. The sixteen-foot graffiti works that line the gallery wall were inspired by biblical quotes such as “Love your neighbour as yourself” and “Do not look to your own interests but to the interests of others”. Goring explains, “We are living in such a crazy time, and people can be a big help if they would just take a minute to think of others”.

These works are the result of the artist’s prolific twenty-year street-art career and speak to the evolution of the graffiti-art genre—which has extended beyond the forbidden walls of alleyways and immersed itself within the contemporary art world. Graffiti began in the mid-1960s at a youth corrections facility in Philadelphia and has grown to become a global phenomenon. Corporations are now funding large graffiti projects and advertising campaigns. On a similar trajectory, Sonz1 has branched out through various creative opportunities that have had a positive cultural impact on communities. He is the organizer of Medicine Hat Mural Fest and is committed to positively changing the atmosphere in the downtown core through visual art.

Sonz1 has travelled all over the world sharing his creativity and passion for graffiti and hip-hop culture. His works are in over fourteen countries, from Norway to England and as far away as Australia. He has worked with Nike, Lululemon, Coca-Cola and the Toronto Raptors.

On September 18, Jeff Goring AKA Sonz1 will host a Rooftop Graffiti Workshop on the terrace. Starting at 6 PM, the artist will lead a tour of his exhibition and discuss graffiti culture in the art gallery. Next the event will move to the terrace where there will be some guided practice and sketches before doing the real thing with spray paint in hand, a rooftop view and DJ music for inspiration. Space is limited, register on TIXX ahead of time. This event will adhere to Alberta Health Services physical distancing protocols.

Outgrowth is an exhibition by internationally renowned artist Zachari Logan. His exquisitely rendered pastel drawings and ceramic sculptures metaphorically communicate perceptions of memory, mortality, the body and queer identity. The use of flora in Logan’s work is layered with symbolic intent and challenges gender norms and expectations. Through his use of flora, Logan conveys concepts rooted in humanity’s connectedness to land, visually articulating how we are an extension of it. He explains “Humans, as extensions of the land, are no different than any other being, yet our actions suggest we think ourselves outside or elevated. These drawings intersect aspects of memory, place and identity focusing a queer gaze on the natural world, the catalyst for which is always my body”.

Logan’s work has been exhibited widely, in both group and solo exhibitions throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and can be found in public and private collections worldwide, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Remai Modern, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, TD Bank, 21c Museum Hotels and the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery: the University of Tampa, among others. Logan has attended residencies across North America and Europe, including in Paris, London, Calgary, rural Tennessee and Vienna, and has been featured in many publications.

Thinking of Others and Outgrowth will be on exhibition from September 8 to November 14, 2020. Virtual programming, such as a 3D tour of the exhibitions, will be on our website, and the artists will be engaging with the community through youth and adult visual-art workshops in September and October. For more information, visit  the Esplanade website.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Xanthe Isbister
Curator of Art, Community Development

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