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Canada in May: VoCA Recommends…Ottawa and Winnipeg


Carlton University Art Gallery

Michèle Provost: Selling Out
Ron Giii: Hegel’s Salt Man
Nanuit: The Polar Bear in Inuit Art

5 May – 24 August 2008

Ron Giii, Atomicus Removing The Atomic Space, 1985. Image: paulpetro.com

RON GIII: Coming from the University of Toronto, this survey exhibition of the brilliantly-named Ron Giii’s work features early work, performance documentation and other ephemera, a selection of his voluminous writings, and more recent drawings and oil stick paintings.

Victoria Mamnguqsualuk, Inuit Hunting Polar Bear. Image: spiritwrestler.com

NANUIT: This exhibition emphasizes the connection between the polar bear and Inuit daily life and cosmology, past and present. Inuit artists such as Victoria Mamnguqsualuk, Mark Emerak, Ekidluak Komoartuk, Paulosie Sivuak, and Parr are represented here, as are the sculptures of Pauta Saila and Enook Manamie.

Claes Oldenburg, Pastry-case 1, 1961-62. Image: artstamps.dk

MICHELE PROVOST: High impact embroderies by Gatineau artist Michèle Provost blend a send up of commercialism with homage to artists from Caravaggio to Kruger. The installation is designed as a merchandising display – evoking this history of consumerism and art from Claes Oldenburg’s The Store (1961) to Takashi Murakami’s Louis Vuitton collaborations – like the one on now at the Brooklyn Museum – and Damien Hirst’s art market mastery.

None of the work is for sale.

For more info, please click HERE

Geoffrey James at the National Gallery
30 MAY – 19 OCTOBER 2008

Geoffrey James, Nanton – Beside the Homestead, 2006. Image: trepanierbaer.com

Recognized as one of Canada’s most eloquent interpreters of landscape, Geoffrey James has been making photographs since the early 1970s. His first photographs, images of gardens, express classical notions of beauty as they reveal the geometry and underlying structures of the formal garden. His fascination with the bucolic and utopian landscape in particular has informed his creative oeuvre.

Geoffrey James, Marly-le-Roi, 1981. Image: trepanierbaer.com

In his most recent work, James pays particular attention to the way in which nature and culture intersect. While not concerned with “Romantic” notions of “the ruin,” his photographs do suggest a fall from grace.

James is represented by Trepanier Baer Gallery, Calgary. Please click HERE.

For the National Gallery website, please click HERE.


Informal Architectures at Plug In ICA
May 3, 2008 to June 28, 2008

Jimmie Durham, Building a Nation, 2006 (2 installation shots). Image: mattsgallery.org

This exhibition brings together a number of newly commissioned and historical works about the intersections of “architecture, social thought and failure,” according to the press release.

A piece by Gordon Matta Clark at David Zwirner. Image: robkphoto.com

“The artists in Informal Architectures visualize economies of both excess and lack —chocolate and dirt, shopping malls and ruins, humour and destruction—proposing alternative strategies and criteria for the creation, representation and inhabitation of space—or of how to be in the (built) world.”

There’s a starry line-up of artists here, including VoCA favorites David Hoffos, Luanne Martineau, William Pope L., Gordon Matta Clark and Jimmie Durham.

Click HEREfor more info.

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