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VoCA Recommends…Donigan Cummings, Halifax and Rebecca Belmore, Vancouver

1. DONIGAN CUMMINGS: EX VOTOS

MSVU Art Gallery, Halifax

21 June-10 August 2008


One of Donigan Cumming’s collages. Image: canada-culture.org

Montreal-based artist Donigan Cumming is known for his staged portraits of the aging, ill and socially assisted poor, in the form of photographs, videos and, best of all, his photographic collages.

Cumming’s work deliberately attacks the objectivity claimed by traditional documentary media. His disturbingly intimate images have been influenced by Artaud’s “theatre of cruelty,” Surrealism and cinema verite, among other historical art forms.

Cumming works with a committed group of friends, models and professional actors. His videos deploy fictional monologues by the artist and his subjects, sing-alongs and reminiscence to explore themes of loss and alienation.

The exhibition will feature selected videos (1996-2005), the photo installation The Stage (1990) and two new 8 x 14-foot photo-collages (Prologue and Epilogue) that transform Cumming’s earlier, intimate material into epic narratives with biblical overtones.

As the artist describes them, “these dense collages are a collective portrait of the community that I’ve been working with for twenty years.”

For more info, please click HERE

Visit Donigan Cumming’s website HERE.

2. REBECCA BELMORE: RISING TO THE OCCASION

Vancouver Art Gallery

June 7 to October 5, 2008

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Rebecca Belmore, White Thread, 2008. Image: vanartgallery.bc.ca

Through powerful performances that address history and memory and gestures that evoke a sense of place, Rebecca Belmore is known for creating multi-disciplinary works that reveal a long-standing commitment to the politics of identity and representation.

This exhibition comprises a selection of work that spans the course of Belmore’s significant career, drawing out connections between early performances and later sculptures, photographs and videos through recurring metaphors that are as provocative as they are poignant.

In Belmore’s work, the classical reclining figure, for example, is bound in cloth, suspended or scarred, disrupting an otherwise passive gaze and asking viewers to reflect on their relationship to the practice of looking.

For more info, please click HERE.

Visit the artist’s website HERE.

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