On a cold January in Edmonton, a miniature model house gently sways in the breeze three stories above the sidewalk. Below, artist Emily Luce watches as a crane lowers months of hard work down to the terrace of the Art Gallery of Alberta.
The exhibit opens in 72 hours.
Four days earlier in Lethbridge, Emily and her partner, fellow artist Rodney Sayers, are fastening the last straps down on the model house for the drive to Edmonton. The trip usually takes around five hours. With the house in tow, the journey will take four days.
There’s a famous house in Lethbridge – a full sized house – that has been home to a number of artists over the years. The house, now named for their most famous residents, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, was the inspiration for the piece. Not only is the house itself now a piece of art, but inside, the Cardiff/Miller house is adorned with the art of those who have lived in the famous Lethbridge abode.
Every two years the Art Gallery of Alberta holds their annual Biennial, which serves to promote Alberta artists across the country and bring national attention to the Alberta art scene. Modeled after the Venice Biennale, first held in 1895, the Alberta edition has showcased works from over 130 local artists since 1996. This year, the Biennial of Contemporary Art is being presented from January 26 to May 6.
To construct this ambitious installation, the artist reached out to JELD-WEN Canada to provide the specialty windows and doors required to make the dream a reality. Working with Ms. Luce, JELD-WEN supplied the products needed to enclose the house, proving there truly is a JELD-WEN window for any project.
Speaking about JELD-WEN’s involvement, Ms. Luce says, “I’m eternally grateful for JELD-WEN’s support and am happy to help spread the word about our beautiful windows and the fantastic leap of faith that JELD-WEN took with me. It really made a huge difference and people are so impressed with the windows and the sponsorship, I think it genuinely perked up a few ears.”
JELD-WEN Canada would like to congratulate Emily on her achievement and inclusion in the 2013 Alberta Biennial exhibition.