New Works Opening: Wei Li and Margie Kelk



Two New Exhibitions Open at Harcourt House on August 10, 2017 at 7 pm:


Dear Friend of Harcourt House Artist Run Centre:

You are cordially invited to the official opening of two exquisite exhibitions at Harcourt House. In the Art Incubator Gallery,“Curious Things,” showcases a series of abstract paintings by Wei Li, an Edmonton-based visual artist and one of 15 finalists of the prestigious 2017 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. The Main Gallery features “Substratae” – a stop-motion animated film + multi-media installation by Margie Kelk, a Toronto-based artist.

The official opening of both exhibitions will be taking place on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 7 pm to 10 pm. Both exhibiting artists will be in attendance. An Artist’s Talk by Margie Kelk will take place at 7:30. A wine & cheese reception (cash bar) will be offered, Admission is free.

Please mark Thursday, August 10th in your calendar, and join us for the official opening and a bohemian evening.




For more information, please contact Jacek Malec, Harcourt House’s Executive Director, Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, tel. 780-426-4180; email: or Angèle Karosi, Harcourt’s Gallery Services Coordinator, Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, email:, or visit our website at  Harcourt House Gallery is open to the public Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. The Gallery is closed Sundays, Mondays and statutory holidays.



The Art Incubator Gallery, August 10 – September 22, 2017


Wei Li is an Edmonton-based visual artist, a recent graduate of the University of Alberta (BFA in Painting), and one of 15 finalists of the prestigious 2017 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. The Art Incubator Gallery at Harcourt House functions as one of the foremost forums in Edmonton for local contemporary art, this exhibition selection is yet another example of that function. Harcourt House selected Wei Li’s work for exhibition before she was nominated for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition.


In Curious Things, organic patterns, symbols, and gestures emerge from Li’s experiences, her subconscious, and her imagination. Her paintings are created layer by layer, with structures, rhythms, and energies, slowly combining to construct an intricate whole. Li’s impressive body of work also explores the delicate balance between abstraction and figuration. Says Li: “… the inspiration for my work for this exhibition has come from my personal experience, imagination, or memory. I always look for inner structure during the entire process of painting …. Line crosses line, shapes run into shapes …. As the process goes on, there is always an active dialogue between painting and myself. The rhythm will form, the energy will explode … those abstractive elements turn into figurative … the ambiguity creates room for interaction …. And the viewers complete the painting with their own experience and imagination …”



The Main Gallery, August 10 – September 22, 2017

Margie Kelk, a Toronto-based visual artist, takes an exploratory and experimental approach as she appropriates and reconstructs visual fragments of ideas through diverse artistic media: ceramic sculpture, multi-media installation, drawing, painting, and animation. She has been exhibiting her projects in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Margie Kelk is a graduate of Wellesley College, The John Hopkins University (PhD.), and the Toronto School of Art (Diploma Program).

Substratae, Kelk’s first stop-motion animated film, has been featured in several film festivals, including The New Renaissance Film Festival (London, UK), The New Animation and Cartoon International Film Festival (West Hollywood, California), and The New York State International Film Festival (New York City, NY), to name just a few.

The inspiration for Substratae and the film’s main characters have come from the events from Kelk’s childhood and her exploratory travel to Iceland in 2014. In the film, individual and unique clay and Fimo characters interact with metaphorical electronic components that symbolize hidden underground energies. According to the artist: “energy currents move everything and everyone; thus they drive the earth and the mythological humans who inhabit a rugged terrain not unlike that found in Iceland …. A large assortment of sculptural heads complements the characters in the film, as they emerge from their hiding places. They are display like souvenirs from a journey into a mythological world …” Alan Sondheim, an experimental computer theorist and sound artist, created the original score for the animation. Sondheim employed the guqin, a seven string Chinese instrument of the zither family, to weave an enchanting musical bed of perfect choreography for Substratae.


Photos from both exhibitions, taken by Jacek Malec on Thursday August 10, 2017:
















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