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If You’re in the Hood…Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal

If You’re in the Hood….


Scott Massey, Two Yellow Lines, 2006. Image: Helenpittgallery.org

In Vancouver, I just got word of a video projection exhibition that will happen on March 18 at W2 Storyeum, 151 W. Cordova.

The show is the work of a new not-for-profit called Drop Out Video Arts that has brought together artists, artsworkers and musicians to create this one-off event. Expect 30 projections, alongside installation and interactive artworks.

And if you’re an artist, submissions are still being accepted until Monday. Check out their website at the link above and the submission form HERE.

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The image from CSA Space for Scott Massey’s show. Image: CSAspace.com

Also in Vancouver, at CSA Space Steven Tong has curated a show by photo-based and installation artist Scott Massey titled Topologies and Limits. Massey is an interesting artist, and if I were in the hood, I’d stop in.

It’s on from Thursday to March 27, but the opening is this Friday night, from 6 – 9 pm if you’re in the area.


Flavio Trevisan, The Three Dales 2010. Image: canadianart.ca

Meanwhile, in Toronto local artist Flavio Trevisan, whose recent work I blogged about HERE, will show his sculpture Pink Republic at local fave indie book shop TYPE Books on Queen West. It sounds sort of familiar to other recent work by Trevisan, but will be painted a “spectacular shade of pink.” An the sculpture rests on a platform of books that have inspired him. That’s worth heading down there for, I would think.

If you want bang for your buck–so to speak–head down on Friday, March 4 from 6 – 8 and meet the artist and hear him give a short talk on the work.

The work is on view from March 1 until April 4, 2011.

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A drawing by Erica Brisson, 2010-11. Image: ericabrisson.com

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A drawing by Erica Brisson, 2010-11. Image: ericabrisson.com

At Bookhou, another cool local shop on Dundas Street West, you will find new drawings by Erica Brisson on view until March 9.

The exhibition is called Local Colour, and it is inspired by the people and places that define the neighbourhood – a perspective that the artist found attractive after many years spent living in cities across the country.

There are other nice things–textiles, letterpress–to look at on their website too.

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A drawing by Erica Brisson, 2010-11. Image: ericabrisson.com

Speaking of local exhibitions, popular local hotel-slash-gallery space the Gladstone Hotel is hosting an exhibition titled How to drown a fish – new work by Travis Shilling, through 26 March. The cryptic title, seemingly an impossible task, refers to the fact that man and animal both adapt to inner and outer hardship.


Travis Shilling, Lagoon, 2005. Image: preview-art.com

Travis is the son of Aboriginal artist Arthur Shilling and a filmmaker whose short film lBear Tung is a selection in the Alaska Native Heritage Center Indigenous World Film Festival and the 2011 National Museum of American Indian Film and Video Festival. Cool.

And I should add this: The exhibition is presented by the Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts (ANDPVA), Canada’s oldest Indigenous arts service organization promoting, supporting, and presenting Indigenous arts. www.andpva.com

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Fiona Tan, Vox Populi Tokyo, 2007. Image: frithstreetgallery.com

In Montreal, you should definitely not miss Fiona Tan: Rise and Fall at one of my favorite galleries, the Galerie de l’UQAM. It opens this weekend and continues to April 2. Tan is the Dutch artist who represented the Netherlands at the Venice Biennale in 2009. This exhibition will feature a selection of videos through which Tan questions the notion of cultural identity, or, in the words of the press release: “These new works address her long-standing interest in the documentary image, both personal and public, and the role of memory and forgetting in the construction of identity.”

More on Fiona Tan’s work is HERE.

One Response to “If You’re in the Hood…Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal”

  1. ChrisToronto says:

    Andrea,
    I saw Travis Shilling’s Gladstone show yesterday and WOW, does this guy ever know how to paint! How To Drown a Fish is a sprawling show over the third and fourth floors of the hotel; it depicts a flooded (and slightly surreal) world in which people and animals survive on floating icebergs and in boats, alone together. The work is compelling, powerful, sad.

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