Archive for the 'Thoughts on art' Category

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VoCA No More

Thanks for reading, and for all the tremendous support for View on Canadian Art over the years. When I began my blog almost a decade ago, there was very little conversation around art criticism and art in Canada online. Now there are many blogs and online publications, which is wonderful to see.  As always, excellent artists making compelling work, around the world
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One Thought about Luminato Festival

One thought about Luminato Festival. Image: new.pentagram.com Founded by by Tony Gagliano and David Pecaut, the first festival took place in 2007 with a $15-million-dollar reserve fund. (I blogged about Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s piece that year.) Now, as this recent article in the Globe and Mail states: “the festival is without guaranteed long-term funding from the province and has a looming
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Art Star: Sarah Robayo Sheridan in Flare Magazine

Flare Magazine, a Canadian fashion mag, has been increasing the art related content in its pages. Following the lead of other publications, under the watch of new editor Cameron Williamson, it has developed a monthly piece called ‘Art Star’, which profiles a ‘mover and shaker’ in the art world who also happens to have interesting personal style. I wrote the
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The Importance of Nature: Art on Film

I’ve been thinking a lot about nature lately. Particularly since the activist fashion designer Vivienne Westwood started promoting a petition “to adopt legislation to prohibit, prevent and pre-empt ecocide – the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystems,” in the EU. Susumu Shingu, Luminous River, 2009. Image: re-title.com/galerie Jeanne Bucher. I think we should start a similar petition
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The Power of Art: Herman Wallace’s Dream House

I wanted to write this short post because something happened recently that reminded me about the power and importance of art. From the film, Herman’s House. A friend of mine was commenting the other night that very little art that she sees on a daily basis resonates emotionally with her. It’s true – there is a tendency for much of
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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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Art & Nature: A Call to Action

With the recent flooding in Calgary, the oil spill in Quebec and heat waves in other parts of the world, there’s been much recent discussion that’s gotten me thinking about our environment. And of course, I like to relate it to visual art. Edward Burtynsky, Silver Lake Operations #1 (Lake Lefroy, Western Australia, 2007) Image: artobserved.com If you look at
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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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Arts Community: Embrace the Condo!

If you don’t often walk along Queen Street from Bathurst to Gladstone, you would be surprised by the amount of new development in the area. Over the last few years, small brick single or two-storey buildings have given way to larger, glass-fronted retailers anchoring mid-rise condominiums. The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto. Image: terminartors.com Among the community, there has
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Guest Post: Bartels vs. Rennie and the Vancouver Art Gallery

Kathleen Bartels vs. Bob Rennie: Both right. By Robert Labossiere It is further evidence of the increased public awareness and popularity of the visual arts that the Globe and Mail should publish a cover feature story this past weekend about the effort to get a new building for the Vancouver Art Gallery (The Collector’s Gamble, G & M, August 11,
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