Denton Fredrickson speaks in Art Now, 12 noon Sept. 26, 2011 in the Recital Hall

Monday, September 26, 2011 - 12:00am - 12:50pm

Denton Fredrickson completed a multi-disciplinary B.F.A. from the University of Lethbridge (2001), an M.F.A. from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2003) and he currently teaches in the Art Department of the University of Lethbridge. He has exhibited throughout Canada, in the U.S., The Netherlands, France and Japan.


Science fiction and its accompanying technologies are fields that Fredrickson routinely mines.  The seductive lure of new fangled inventions, fantastic discoveries and absurd theories with their promise of salvation is familiar territory for Fredrickson and he has long been absorbed by their histories and representations in popular culture.  He frequently riffs on a sci-fi aesthetic associated with cult classic B-movies replete with out-of-date special effects and corny plotlines.  In Dreaming in Science Fiction (2009), he considers his own fixation and complicity with the construction of scientific legitimacy and authority.  With colorful probes attached to his head, Fredrickson monitors his movements while sleeping after having watched one of a selection of sci-fi movies released in the year of his birth, 1977.   Each movement is captured through a software program that digitally manipulates the form of a virtual pillow and then translates the virtual form into a physical sculpture using plastic lumber and a CNC router. The final pieces are elegant white objects loaded with pseudoscientific and pataphysical absurdity (yet stringently adhering to scientific process) countered with an arbitrary if highly personal subjectivity.

Opening Reception at SAAG on September 24 at 8:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome