Saskatoon artist Laura St. Pierre is exhibiting her new body of work, the Sowers, solo at VivianeArt in Calgary, January 17-February 29. Recently featured in Galleries West Magazine, the Sowers is a collection of staged photography and video featuring a dystopian character named the Sower. This timely commercial exhibition takes place alongside Alberta’s Exposure Photography Festival which draws in 30,000 attendees each year.
At a commercial gallery there is always potential for sales. St. Pierre notes that some of the photos are larger in size and more suited for a museum’s collection, with museum placement easier to attain when exhibiting at an artist-run space like VivianeArt.
Creative Saskatchewan’s investment through the Craft and Visual Arts Production Grant has helped St. Pierre prepare the Sowers for the exhibition.
“Creative Saskatchewan’s funding has been key in getting the show printed and mounted or framed. With large scale works this gets expensive. For example, one of the photos is 57” x 111”. Proper framing and mounting sound like superficial concerns, but good presentation really helps work to shine.”
Exposure at VivianeArt is only just the beginning for this body of work. St. Pierre is currently creating new work for upcoming exhibitions, to be announced soon. For updates about new exhibitions and new work, follow Laura on Instagram at @laura.stpierre.