+CONTEXT Design Lectures, EMBASSY featuring Cedric Bomford @ St. Louis Hotel, Thursday, 15. November 2018

An Embassy is a foreign construct inserted into an otherwise cohesive built fabric - a destination and embodiment of home for visitors, but disengaged from the time and place in which it exists. Cedric Bomford’s Potemkin Village Embassy brings to the forefront concepts of temporailty, belonging, and the exotic via the insertion of a tangible object into an alien environment. Bomford will present the installation, the third in a four-part series of exhibitions consisting of architectural interventions modeled after aspects of international diplomacy, conventions of identity, and power relations. 
Discussed in the context of his wider body of work, built or documented in dramatically different settings, Bomford confronts questions of how structures fit within not just their place, but their time - questions that are reflected back on the viewer of his installations and photography. His work encourages the viewer to engage a new perception of her surroundings and role within them, and provoke contemplation of the history and trajectory of places and the objects and buildings constructed there.
+ CONTEXT introduces the local works of architects and artists through the lens of their larger bodies of work, encouraging Calgarians to engage with design in their city, province and beyond. The series will explore ways in which location, time, and culture shape what is built and how we experience space; each lecture will focus on a specific circumstantial factor and examine how it can be considered and embraced to produce meaningful design.
For the second lecture of the series, contemporary artist Cedric Bomford present his large-scale installation and photographic work. Though they are built or captured in dramatically different settings, each work of art confronts questions of how structures fit within not just their place, but their time - questions that are reflected back on the viewer of his installations and photography. 
Cedric Bomford lives and works in Victoria, BC and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Victoria. His installation and photographic work has been exhibited internationally in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Australia, the United Kingdom, Iran, and Taiwan, as well as within his native Canada. Recent completed installations include Deadhead, a floating inhabitable sculpture that floated in the Vancouver harbour in the summer of 2014, and The Traveller, a installation constructed at the Esker Foundation gallery here in Calgary in 2016.
He has also participated in residencies in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. Bomford holds an MFA from the Malmo Art Academy (2007) and a BFA from Emily Carr University, Vancouver (2003). Potemkin Village Embassy is the culmination of the first of a two-part residency at the Canadian Museum of Making. The installation will remain on display through spring 2019, when work will begin on the second phase of the project. 

Thursday, 15. November 2018, EMBASSY featuring Cedric Bomford @ St. Louis Hotel, +CONTEXT Design Lectures

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