Photo Credit:  Douglas Clark 1987

Photo Credit:Douglas Clark 1987

June 26 - July 5, 1987

Richard Purdy
East/West Exhibition and Performance

Montreal artist, Richard Purdy, brought an interdisciplinary approach to The Works Festival with his performances and exhibit. Drawing from music, dance, history and religion, Purdy merged his varied personal interests to create an imaginary mythos. His exhibit included fictitious objects from imaginative cultures, myths and creatures. His performances also created alternate realities through his play on reason and the senses.

Photo Credit:  Douglas Clark 1987

Photo Credit:Douglas Clark 1987


Wearable Works Exhibition

The Wearable Works Exhibition was presented at the Edmonton Art Gallery (EAG). The theme -Wearable Works- examined the relationship between the body and adornment. National in scope, three curators from across Canada were asked to select art that took the body as its starting point, but could still be worn. In conjunction with the exhibit at the EAG, four performance artists from Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver also presented their interpretations of the relationship between the body and clothing. From Edmonton, the Mile Zero Dance Company also conducted eighteen more performances based on the body at the EAG during the Festival.

The Works “Look” Featured Artist Exhibits

Brenda Malkinson – “Stained Glass”, Heritage Trust Building

Steven Heimbecker – “Wall-mounted Steel Sculpture”, Canada Trust Building 10036 Jasper Avenue

Seka Owen – “Abstract paintings”, Four Seasons Hotel

Barbara Roe Hicklin – “Canada Coast to Coast”, Scotia Place, 1100-10060 Jasper Avenue.

“Collaboration in Clay” – Exhibit of artworks created from the 1986 The Works Artist Interchange Program, Bank of Montreal, 10199 101 Avenue. Featured artists: Alan Reynolds, Don Kottman, Charles Wissinger, Robert Harrison, Gary Williams, Blake Senini, Catherine Burgess, Clay Ellis, Phil Darrah, Isla Burns, Robert Scott and Terrance Keller.

Rafael Moreno – “Computer Paintings”, Metropolitan Building 10154 101a Avenue.

Peter Rasmussen – “Encounter”, Metropolitan Building 10154 101a Avenue.

Graham Peacock – “Abstract Paintings”, Sidetrack Café 10333-112 St

Roszay – “Artist Underground  Modern Cave Painting”, Downtown Edmonton LRT stations

Philip Cairns – “Paintings and Drawings”, Metropolitan Building 10154 101a Avenue.

Flo Dutka, fibre artist– “Growth”, Continental Bank Building 103rd Avenue & 101 Street.

Don Begg – “Bronze Wildlife”, McCauley Plaza, 10025 Jasper Avenue.

Debbie Cherniawsky – “Ceramic Sculpture”, Edmonton Centre, 10088 102 Avenue.

Nelson Shaw – “Steel and Clay”, Edmonton Centre

Carol and Richard Selfridge – “Terracotta Vessels”, Edmonton Centre

JoAnna Lange – “Birth Rites”, Canada Trust Building

Ric Kokotovich – “Hard body Series”, Sidetrack Café 10333-112 St

Jackie Anderson – “Sculpture/Jewelry” Ramada Renaissance Hotel 10155-105 St

Malcolm Brekkie – “Collography, The Citadel Theatre 9828 – 101 A Ave

Corliss Bukcland Nicks – “Paintings”, Cosmos Greek Restaurant, 10020 101a Avenue.

Stephanie Bowman – “Temples of You”, Marlowe’s Restaurant 9828 101a Avenue.

Yuriko Igarshi –“Wildflowers and Mountains”, Mongolian Food Experience Restaurant.


1987 Featured Community Arts Groups, Post Secondary Institutions Art Organizations

Sculptors Association of Alberta – Manulife Place 101 Avenue & 101 Street.

The Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communications – The Citadel Theatre, 9828 101a Avenue.

University of Alberta Faculty of Extension - 75th Anniversary Exhibition: U of A Alumni. Raku demonstrations were presented at Churchill Square.

Calgary Society of Independent Filmakers – “Short Films”, The Bay Building. 10230 Jasper Ave.

Red Deer College  - Alumni Exhibit, McCauley Plaza, 10025 Jasper Avenue.

“Central Alberta Artists” – exhibit at the Bank of Montreal, 10199 101 Avenue. Red Deer College Faculty: Pat Matheson, Shirley Rimer, Ian Cook, Peggy Johnson, David More, Graham Page, Jim Westergard, Joseph Reeder, Charles Wissinger, and Gene Leavitt.

“Human Image II – Myth and Magic in Inuit Art” – Curated by Helen Collinson, Friends of the University of Alberta MuseumsManulife Place, 101 Avenue & 101 Street.

“Celebration of Women in The Works” – organized by Celebration of Women in the Arts. Featured on the 101 Street foyer of Manulife Place, demonstrations by 5 women artists.

NAIT Phototechnology – “Edmonton in a Day”. Continental Bank Building, 10250-101 St.

The Works International Correspondence/Mail Art Exhibit

The Works High School Banner Competition

Alberta Society of Artists            

Latitude 53                           

Edmonton Art Gallery


Festival Photographer – Douglas Clark