Archive for the 'Artist Spotlight' Category

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Ai Wei Wei: “Everything is art. Everything is politics”

There’s no doubt that Chinese dissident artist Ai Wei Wei is a game changing artist. In fighting for freedom of expression in his homeland of China alongside several other artists, he has drawn the world’s attention to the importance of art and the ability to create. That’s huge. Ai Wei Wei, Study of Perspective, 1995 – ongoing. Images: All VoCA
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A Female Perspective: Catherine Toews

I quite like these drawings by Victoria, B.C. artist Catherine Toews. They have a classic elegance to them, with a modern attitude and a hint of sadness. They are very well done, and I’m sure they’ll resonate with lots of ladies. Most of all I think they’d make wonderful, very affordable gifts. Some of the more fashion-y ones are available
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Manhattan: Museum Marathon Part Two – Paul McCarthy WS

It’s taken me a while to digest the enormous, grotesque installation that California artist Paul McCarthy has installed at New York’s Park Avenue Armory, and that I travelled to New York a few weeks ago to see. The exhibition flyer. Image: armoryonpark.org It is certainly an amazing installation, it’s like being in a film set. It’s completely excessive and I
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Marina Abramovic: Is the Artist Present?

Each year, I look forward to the art, contemporary dance and performances that Luminato brings to town. For me, it’s Toronto’s best festival, in that the quality of programming is so high, much is free and it’s so multi disciplinary. Marina Abramovic, in The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic. Image: thestimuleye.com So I was thrilled to discover that The Life
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One Week in London & Geoffrey Farmer at the Barbican

I’m just back from a week’s holiday in London. I skipped the Venice Biennale this year – you can’t do everything, though I hear it was pretty great – and instead we spent time with our friends. A full week in London was a rare treat. The St. Martins College building at King’s Cross, with cool silver zig zag. All
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Daniel Barrow: 2013 Glenfiddich Prize Winner

Winnipeg-born, Montreal-based visual and performance artist Daniel Barrow, winner of the 2010 Sobey Art Award, was recently awarded the coveted 2013 Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence Prize, valued at over $20,000. VoCA contributor Catherine Toews had a chance to speak with Barrow via e-mail and he was kind enough to share his plans for the residency, insight into his creative process, and advice
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Book review: Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King

Among Leonardo da Vinci’s writing and journals, one note in particular reveals his genius: his desire to paint “Man, and the intention of his mind.” Da Vinci’s constant search for new ways to reveal the world through art defined the Renaissance and set an artistic standard for centuries to come. Ross King’s excellent examination of one of da Vinci’s undisputed
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Review: TRACES at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Here’s another review from Victoria-based contributor Catherine Toews. Catherine is an artist, graphic designer, writer, and cultural sector worker. TRACES is on view at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria until April 21, 2013. Daniel Barrow, installation view, The Thief of Mirrors, 2012. Mixed media projection installation. Photo courtesy of the artist When I was an art student in Winnipeg,
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Loved: Thomas Demand at DHC Art Foundation, Montreal

The DHC Art Foundation in Montreal is small, and wonderful. The exhibitions  that I’ve seen there have been beautifully installed and it’s a lovely experience to see so few works at a time, curated as they are across four intimate floors and into a nearby space.  Thomas Demand is well known in Europe as the photographer who meticulously recreates images
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Looking Forward, Looking Back: Raymond Waters

I was reading an interesting essay had been recommended to me by Toronto artist Iris Haussler: The Way of the Shovel, by Dieter Roelstraete. In it, he discusses the fact that many artists are engaged in a “retrospective, historiographic mode—a methodological complex that includes the historical account, the archive, the document, the act of excavating and unearthing, the memorial, the
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