The Last Frontier opens December 3, documents and fabricates the natural world

November 30, 2010 – HALIFAX, NS – The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia presents The Last Frontier, a remarkable exhibition examining the tension between nature, culture, technology, and the built environment through works of art.

Once regarded as a permanent paradise, the “natural” world has become an elusive last refuge of the wild. Faced with globalization, oil spills, overbuilding and overpopulation, artists have—over time—documented and also recreated their environments. Where artists once recorded their pristine surroundings, now advances in technology allow for fabrication of that open, infinite universe.

The Last Frontier, curated by Sarah Fillmore, features works by 12 renowned artists representing three countries – Canadians Vikky Alexander, David Askevold, Iain Baxter&, Mark Bovey, Ed Burtynsky, Erik Edson, Holly King, Kelly Richardson, and Tom Sherman, American Alan Sonfist, plus France-based Isabelle Dehay and duo Scenocosm.

The Last Frontier is proudly presented by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in partnership with Halifax Regional Municipality and Centre Culturel français|French Embassy in Canada with additional support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.

The exhibition opens Friday, December 3 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Prior to Friday’s public opening, the Gallery’s Young Patrons’ Circle hosts an exhibition pre-party on Thursday, December 2 at 6:30 pm. This event is open to Young Patrons’ Circle members and non-members alike. Then, at 7:30 pm, is an exhibition preview open exclusively to Gallery members. At this time, in addition to unveiling The Last Frontier, the Gallery will celebrate other exhibitions that opened this fall including Cecil Day: Traps and Aboretum, both on view until January, and Cathy Busby: Atrium, on view until February.

As part of the exhibition program, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has collaborated with the Centre Culturel français|French Embassy in Canada as well as the Centre for Art Tapes to host a talk by French artist Isabelle Dehay. This artist talk takes place Friday, December 3 at 7:30 pm in the CBC Radio Room, 1599 South Park Street in Halifax. All are welcome to attend the presentation of a multi-disciplinary practice where Dehay delves into her film, video, and performance art, discusses arts and culture in France, and reflects on her first Canadian exhibition.

The Last Frontier runs until April 26, 2011.

For information contact:
Bernard Doucet | Director of Development
Cell 902 223 7246

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