Blair Brennan

With Brian Webb and Allyson MacIvor

Blair Brennan

Photo: Nika Blasser, dc3 Art Projects

An Unlearned Human Language

A new collaborative performance/installation by Blair Brennan, Brian Webb and Allyson MacIvor presented in conjunction with The Right Side of Magic, a solo survey exhibition of Blair Brennan’s art from 1986 – 2014 at dc3 Art Projects .

The Right Side of Magic is a self-curated survey exhibition featuring work by Brennan from 1986 through 2014. It includes An Unlearned Human Language, a new collaboration with Brian Webb and Allison MacIvor. The phrase “an unlearned human language” has been used to describe speaking in tongues. With this title, Brennan and Webb reveal their continued interest in ritual and ecstatic religious experience and the value of exploring ritual, obsession and the often hazy separation of magic, religion and science through performance/installation art. New themes and aesthetic concerns also emerge in this work – the dignity of labour, misplaced Christian work ethic, hyper-masculinity and a further exploration of the connection between language, magic and ritual.


Blair Brennan (Concept/Objects) combines his writing and art practice from his home in Edmonton. His drawings, sculpture and installations have been exhibited nationally in numerous group and solo exhibitions. Brennan has contributed articles to a number of national arts and cultural publications. His favourite Ramones song is “Strength to Endure”.

Brian Webb (Performer/Movement Creation) has been the Artistic Director of the BWDC since 1979. His company produces his interdisciplinary dances, contributes co-creation monies to other artists and presents dances from across Canada and abroad. The BWDC follows a practice of community engagement where the creation of art and an appreciative audience for it are simultaneous activities.

Allyson MacIvor (Marimba) is a recent graduate of the U of A Bachelor of Music (Performance) program and the winner of the recent University’s Concerto Competition. She has played in several classical-music groups, including the University Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia, Alberta College Percussion Ensemble and has recently been hired as an extra percussionist for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Allyson records and performs with the folk rock group Nature Of.