Meet the Artist

Friday 18 February at 12:15 pm
Visit the exhibition with Wanda Koop. In English with bilingual question period. Included with Gallery admission.

Meet the Curator

Friday 25 February at 12:15 pm
Visit the exhibition with Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Curator, Contemporary Art. In French with bilingual question period. Included with Gallery admission.

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada
and the Winnipeg Art Gallery

In the course of three decades, Winnipeg painter Wanda Koop has created an overwhelming body of work tied to an overarching critique of how modes of technology impact nature. Be it social or ecological, nature is a broad concept that has been constructed, manipulated, destroyed, mutated, copied and revered since humans began to use simple tools. Koop is deeply entrenched in these approaches, building an archive of sorts through compulsive note-taking, sketching, researching, photographing and filming. For each idea there is a resultant investigation that culminates in an all-encompassing installation of paintings which more recently has been twinned with video.

I don't really work on paintings as such; I've always worked in a series, or a continuum of ideas and thoughts
Wanda Koop, May 1998

On the Edge of Experience presents a selection of large-scale signature paintings ranging in date from 1983 to the present. Visitors will be able to explore key elements of the artist’s inspiration through a recreation of Koop’s impressive studio environment that outlines her creative process and includes a number of her single-channel video works.

Purchase the  exhibition catalogue