For the past two decades my creative practice investigates the interrelationship between the local and the global: in particular how history, society, and culture determine our experience of place. I believe that an artist should be intellectually curious and aware and cognizant of the philosophical, social, and scientific concerns of their age. The following areas inform my artistic practice: the first is technology and how it mediates our perception and cognitive understanding of the world. The second concern present in my work is a direct response to an environment or location where I may reside at a specific time. The third point of investigation is an interest in the imagery and narrative forms found in popular culture. As a gay male I am interested in the performative aspects of heterosexual and queer indentify, gender roles and how sexuality impacts upon our relationship to place. The final point of inquiry is of a metaphysical nature where I contemplate and mediate on the purpose and meaning of my existence.
My sense of self is fluid and ever changing and my multi-disciplinary nature of my studio practice reflects this. There has been an evolution from the use of traditional drawing and painting media to digital media. The result has been a rich interplay and cross-fertilization between my work in both traditional and electronic media. At the same time, I continually return to my roots and use drawing and painting languages as means of formulating ideas for various projects. The directness of traditional media allows for a more personal investigation and unique articulation of concepts unmediated by technology.
Artist Bio / CV
Edward Bader was born in Lethbridge, Alberta and has had a passion for visual culture in the form of comic books, commercial illustration to traditional fine art. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Lethbridge (1974-1979) and holds a Masters of Fine Arts, (Drawing/Painting), from the University of Calgary (1993) and Interdisciplinary MA in Poplar Culture with Distinction from Brock University (2007). He has taught at the University of Calgary, The University of Lethbridge and The Alberta College of Art and Design. Since 1998, Edward has been an instructor at Grande Prairie Regional College teaching drawing, contemporary art history and digital media.
For the past 30 years Edward has exhibited drawings, paintings and new media projects widely throughout the Province of Alberta in numerous solo and group exhibitions. His drawings are represented in the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Collection, the Canada Council Art Bank, the University of Lethbridge, The City of Calgary plus numerous private collections.
Most recently his drawings were included in 2 group exhibitions of note: “Location”, curated by Josephine Mills for The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, 2008 and “Here, Now and Nowhere”, curated by Micah Lexier for The Prairie Art Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB, for January 2009.