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Artist Spotlight: Scott Treleaven

Scott Treleaven was born in Toronto, Canada and graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) in 1996. Scott Treleaven, My Ever Changing Moods, 2009, ink, photographs, watercolour. Image: kavigupta.com Now based in Paris, he has shown in Chicago at Kavi Gupta, in New York at John Connelly Presents and has had a limited edition book published by
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Loved: Bruno Billio + Gaetano Pesce

Bruno Billio, Samba Mochet, 2002. Image courtesy the artist. We love this sculpture by Toronto artist Bruno Billio.  It’s made from a carpet and 2 pairs of old Adidas Samba trainers.  It’s very suggestive, it’s funny, it’s sculptural and it’s simple.  We love how Billio is always re-thinking the most common materials. Only an Italian would have made it.

Less Billboards, More Art! Please Support This Cause

This just in from the Department of Culture, a community of artists and arts professionals who organized themselves in the wake of the Harper Government’s brutal cuts to the arts in the past year, in order to ensure “the social and cultural health and prosperity of our nation in the face of a Federal Government that is aggressively undermining the
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Douglas Coupland in the News

This week, the Guardian interviews author and artist Douglas Coupland about his upcoming new novel, Generation A. Read the interview HERE. Douglas Coupland, Talking Sticks, 2009. Image: coupland.com As the article notes, Coupland’s real passion is his artistic practice. He shows with the Clark Faria Gallery in Toronto and Monte Clark Gallery in Vancouver. His work is brightly coloured, very
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VoCA Recommends…Atelier Punkt, Montreal

Peut Mieux Faire September 4 – 9 October, 2009 Atelier Punkt, Montreal There’s a new exhibition opening on September 4 at Atelier Punkt, the year-old space that appears to be one of Montreal’s coolest art and design spaces. Founded by artist Melinda Pap, Punkt is effectively an artist-run centre that dedicates itself to exhibitions of work by young designers, photographers,
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One to Watch: Maria Flawia Litwin

A reader recommended to us this article about an art exhibit that was on view at Toronto gallery Board of Directors a few weeks ago. Wishing to explore the issues that artists face in regard to government funding, artist Maria Flawia Litwin wrote numerous rejection letters and sent them off to Canadian museums and even the Canada Council for the
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News: Films on Art at Toronto International Film Fest

For the third year, from September 10 – 19, 2009 TIFF will feature a program of art films as part of its Future Projections series, at venues throughout the city. The programme was initiated to call attention to video art, and the upcoming Bell Lightbox building will continue this goal with a street-level gallery that, we hear, will screen video
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Report from Chicago

VoCA loves Chicago. There is architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park, the Hancock Tower, the Sullivan Auditorium….. …There is art: Chinese sculpture in Millienium Park, Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, and Olafur Eliasson at the MCA… Shen Shaomin, Kowtow Pump, 2007. Image: picasaweb.google.com We enjoyed the Kowtow Pump, 2007 by Shen Shaomin, which are large oil rigs painted in camouflage.
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News: Paulette Gagnon New Head of MACM, Montreal

Paulette Gagnon, chief curator of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, has been given the top job at the gallery. Paulette Gagnon. Image: newswire.ca She will replace Mark Mayer, who left last year for the bigger top job at the National Gallery of Canada. Paulette Gagnon is the 9th director general of the museum, and the third woman to occupy
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Mark Lewis: Canada’s Filmmaker in Venice

He may not have won any of the big Biennale awards, but no matter. With all the fundraising the Canadians were forced to do, it’s impressive that they put up so much work. Cold Morning, a selection of four new films by the excellent film artist Mark Lewis, is on view at the Canada Pavilion as part of the 53rd
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