Kris Lindskoog is a Calgary artist who has exhibited regionally, nationally and abroad. He attended Grant MacEwan University and graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2001. Lindskoog’s exhibition career began at TRUCK Gallery in 1999, and he has since shown there twice more in the exhibitions North and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly with Richard Smolinski and John Will. Primarily a drawer and installation artist, Lindskoog has collaborated with Jason de Haan and Mark Clintberg and is working towards an exhibition with Edmonton artist Blair Brennan. Recent exhibitions include Search Party!!!, Artcite, (TEXT), Propeller Centre and Super String, Stride Gallery. This past fall he traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland to participate in TRUCK: Contemporary Art in Calgary and Curator David Diviney’s collaboration with the Icelandic Kling and Bang Galleri which resulted in the exhibition Sleepless Nights (andvökur): Visions from Western Canada.
“I have always believed in simplicity of means and results. I often find myself wondering and wandering, thinking about ways that people roam and gather impressions, things, ideas that become the big weird encyclopaedia in each of our beings. I am fascinated by the tramp’s meandering footsteps, the aimless filling in of the Os in the phonebook, a personal diary, the calendar with X’d out days, the careless jot and half-finished crossword puzzles. When our brains have a chance to slow down and lose focus and attention, we can reach a sort of sublime boredom. In this world it is hard to find time to be aimless. Our lives have to be so driven and full of meaning. When given the opportunity to relax, I do funny things and abandon strategy in favour of curiosity. Some works are made simply because they can be made as I watch TV, or talk on the phone. Other works are sometimes laboured over yet produce no greater meaning or purpose. I can mock the intention of the philosopher, the federal investigator, the folk singer, the poet, the artist, the janitor, the butcher, the wall climber and most often, myself. I wonder about the idea that people finish something, be it an art project or a life mission. Nothing ever finishes, does it?”
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