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Southern Alberta Art Gallery: Into The Streets Public Art Series: Ultra Violet | Matthew Cardinal
An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until November 14, 2021
Southern Alberta Art Gallery: INTO THE STREETS PUBLIC ART SERIES: ULTRA VIOLET | MATTHEW CARDINAL
July 3, to November 14, 2021
As part of SAAG’s ongoing Into the Streets Public Art Series, Matthew Cardinal created a photographic mural of urban flora on the front windows of the SAAG using purple colour negative film. Cardinal’s photography practice often combines the contrast of nighttime flash photography with Lomochrome purple colour negative film resulting in velvety depictions of urban overgrowth. The purple film causes green leaves to appear as a desaturated, smooth violet and allows for surprising floral red hues to emerge. The results are dreamy, unearthly photographs generated from the mundane. Cardinal’s use of Lomochrome Purple film creates an effect similar to colour infrared film where photosynthetically active plants reflect infrared light, appearing purple and red in the final image.
Matthew Cardinal is a musician and sound designer based in Amiskwaciy (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 Territory. He is a member of the band nêhiyawak, the moccasingaze trio whose debut album nipiy was nominated for the 2020 Polaris Music Prize Shortlist and was nominated for a 2020 JUNO Award for Indigenous Album of the Year. Cardinal released his first full-length solo album, Asterisms, through Arts & Crafts in October 2020, a meditative, avant-garde, improvisational interplay of freeform guitar and synth. This dazzling collection of ambient electronic music acts as an audio journal that crystallizes captured moments of experimentation and expression, drawing attention to where Cardinal was musically, mentally and emotionally.
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