Archive for February, 2008

Underrated Canadian artist: Ron Kostyniuk

RON KOSTYNIUK Calgary artist Ron Kostyniuk has been making and exhibiting architecture-inspired relief structures since the 1960s. A relief sculpture by Ron Kostyniuk. Image: Courtesy of the artist.

VoCA Recommends…And Beauty Answers

An excellent book has just come out by Elspeth Cameron about the lives of 20th century Canadian sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle: Frances Loring and Florence Wyle. Image: Read my review in Quill & Quire HERE

Simon Starling at the Power Plant, Toronto

Simon Starling: Cuttings (Supplement) at the Power Plant, Toronto March 1 – 11 May, 2008 Simon Starling, Infestation Piece (Musselled Moore), 2007/8. Image: The Power Plant will open a retrospective of British conceptual artist Simon Starling with a newly commissioned work made for The Power Plant, part of the gallery’s Commissioning Program launched in 2006.

News: AGO announces 2008 photo prize finalists

Power to the people: The Grange Prize is an annual $50,000 contemporary photography prize where you decide who wins! Raymonde Aprile, Miroir (mirror), ink-jet print,, 2004. Image:

Subconcious City at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Subconscious City at the Winnipeg Art Gallery 8 February – May 11, 2008 Diana Thorneycroft, Audition for Eternal Youth, 2007. Digital photograph (triptych). Image: Subconscious City, currently on view at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, is an exhibition filled with a lot of quiet, quirky pieces, but the show’s impact comes through loud and clear. With an impressive, diverse roster
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The New New Media

Pixel power: Virtual art online commands high prices in the real world An MFA graduate exhibition in Second Life. Image: Second Life, the virtual world that mimics the real world, has held art auctions fetching big prices. And curiously “real world” galleries have sold artworks based on online creations — capturing the image, enhancing it and transferring it to
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Calgary vs. Winnipeg: Best art scene?

Both Calgary, Alberta and Winnipeg, Manitoba are surprisingly creative cities. Calgary’s nearby Banff Centre has long been recognized as an international meeting place for creative minds, while Winnipeg’s Royal Art Lodge famously produced Marcel Dzama. (VoCA loves his new dioramas!) But there’s more to these art scenes than meets the eye… CALGARY 1. Collective: The Arbour Lake Sghool – click
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Re-enactments at DHC Art Foundation, Montreal and Mike Grill in Vancouver

1. RE-ENACTMENTS AT DHC ART FOUNDATION, MONTREAL February 21 – May 25, 2008 Harun Farocki, still from Deep Play, 2007. Image: Re-enactments gathers six media artists whose works ‘re-enact’ – in some way critically re-stage media spectacles, performance art or films – cultural events of the past – to pose compelling questions about the present. Including work by Nancy
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Thoughts on Art…

Thanks to the Clint Roenisch Gallery for this Youtube link… [youtube]pDo_vs3Aip4[/youtube] If you can’t see the clip, please click HERE

David Askevold, R.I.P.

Celebrated Halifax-based conceptualist David Askevold passed away on January 23, 2008. David Askevold, Love Mansion – 9 Matrix. Image: As a teacher at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the 1970’s, David Askevold developed and led what he called the Projects Class. During this period, Askevold selected artists, including Lawrence Weiner, Robert Smithson, Lucy Lippard, Joseph
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