The Work of the Week for March 5 - 12, 2018, is Shell by Craig Le Blanc.
This month we are featuring artwork acquired in 2017 from the Art Acquisitions by Application (AAA) program. See an overview of all artwork acquired in 2017 through AAA. AAA is designed to acquire contemporary works of art by any eligible Alberta artist. The annual deadline is April 1st. View application guidelines.
Shell was acquired into the AFA art collection in 2017 through the AAA program. The AFA purchased two artworks through this program adding Le Blanc as a newly represented artist in the AFA art collection. According to the artist:
“Shell was the final piece produced in my previous body of work (1996-2013); a long term focus on gender identity and continuing narrative pertaining to façade, bravado, the masculine archetype, and social perception. The vehicle in Shell is symbolic of barriers we erect for emotional protection, thereby reversing the stereotypes of masculine power, instating instead on strength in vulnerability”
Craig Le Blanc completed his BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NASCAD) in Halifax, NS, and his MFA at the University of Calgary. His work has been exhibited widely throughout Canada, including at Mocca, The Ottawa Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Art Gallery of Calgary, Art Gallery of Alberta, and DC3 in Edmonton.
Le Blanc's 2011 Edmonton Arts Council public art commission, Henri, was recognized by the Americans for the Arts as one of North America’s top 40 public art pieces for the year. He currently lives and works in Edmonton.
See more through the AFA Virtual Museum.