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An Exhibition on Two Sites

June 17 - August 1, 2015

EPCOR Tower Main Floor                
Reception June 19 5-7 pm
10423 101 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

dc3 Art Projects                              
Reception June 19 7-10 pm
10567 111 St NW          
Edmonton, AB

“Being” is sometimes seen as an automatic state requiring little effort. We exist in an age where technology and excess have lulled some into the delusion that living a life is easy. Granted, with a reduced effort required for providing safe shelter and avoidance of death from starvation and hostile forces, modern living has allowed many of us the opportunity to occupy our time with ever greater numbers and types of distractions. From the ubiquity of electronic babysitters to pursuits such as running away from imaginary hostile forces on treadmills and trails or moving balls around various types of combat fields, we occupy ourselves with busy work. This privileged conceit is neither universal nor guaranteed, but in our world of Canadian excess it seems to be common. We buy and do, like and surf, tweet and gram all the world around us while becoming increasingly disengaged from our own perceptual and emotional existence. There is a sense that we are very good at existing and far less good at being. 

What does it mean, then, to strive towards meaningful engagement as a life’s pursuit? How would one go about chasing the depths, rather than the surface sparkle, of a life on an ongoing and committed basis? What would it be like to feel ones way through the world, nerve endings raw and open, and to try to influence others to live their lives in similar ways? Risking emotional and existential connection, creating opportunities to be found wanting and in adequate, taking risks and failing, getting hurt and truly feeling the wounds before concealing and ignoring them: these are the lessons of living a life. These are the concerns of Royden Mills’ No Job More Dangerous - An Exhibition on Two Sites.

Living, Creating, Inspiring and Teaching are cornerstones of being for Royden Mills, a near lifelong Edmonton area artist and  instructor in Art and Design at University of Alberta. Mills had been trained in a school of rigidly formal ideology, has kept some of that dogma as true to him and opened himself to the influences of other mindsets. He has nurtured generations of young people in art and creativity and has been as available to learning from them as he is eager to teach. Mills has placed himself in the dangerous position of living, rather than existing, with all the joy and hurt that entails. Mills worked for British sculptor Sir Anthony Caro, was admonished by him for making things well yet leaving out the riches of his own life and experience, and made choices to forge his own path through the wilds of a creative practice. Royden Mills has shown widely across North America and has public and private artworks placed in London ON, upstate NY, California and throughout Alberta including upcoming public artwork in Edmonton’s Terwilligar Park on the river valley. He continues to learn and share with young artists at University of Alberta, and mentor them into successes long after their formal relationship is done. Mills has won national teaching awards and seen his students receive prestigious awards and exhibitions at the International Sculpture Centre and Franconia Sculpture Park in Minneapolis MN. 

We are thrilled to be able to present, in conjunction with Royden Mills' work, a parallel group exhibition of Mills' past students from the U of A curated by Justine Hartlieb-Power and graciously hosted by Epcor Tower. Specific details on these young artists and their work will be included in a future blast from dc3 Art Projects. 




Dc3 Art Projects is an Edmonton Canada based supporter, advocate, producer and promoter of the best of contemporary art. Dc3 Art Projects is committed to helping emerging and mid-career artists to bring challenging and engaging work to a greater public through exhibitions, critical writing, travelling shows and international art fairs. Through strong connections with galleries and artists in the major centers of the contemporary creative community, dc3 Art Projects will aggressively promote the artists affiliated with us and bring exciting work to Edmonton to allow collectors and art lovers exposure to discussions occurring nationally and internationally. Dc3 Art Projects will offer advice, assistance and inspiration to new and established collectors looking to acquire contemporary work by gallery artists, at fairs or at auction.

Founder of dc3 Art Projects, David Candler, has spent 20 years looking and reading, travelling for and absorbing the world of contemporary visual art. A self-described artjunkie, he has a passion for artists and their creations, and through dc3 Art Projects will be sharing this obsession with others. As a longtime collector himself, he is a tireless advocate for the importance of art within a society and the role it plays in making the world richer and more complete.




Download an overview PDF of the
dc3 Represented Artists HERE

Represented Artists:

Amalie Atkins
Cindy Baker
Richard Boulet
Blair Brennan
Sean Caulfield
Paul Freeman
Gary James Joynes
Craig LeBlanc
Travis McEwen
Mitch Mitchell
François Morelli
Tammy Salzl
Daniela Schlüter

dc3 Art Projects
10567 - 111 Street
Edmonton, AB, Canada
T5H 3E8


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Thurs 12 - 8 pm
Fri 12 - 5 pm
Saturday 11 - 5:30 pm

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