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Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline Speaks!

From Winnipeg, VoCA contributor Whitney Light sat down with painter Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline to discuss the development of his painting practice, the importance of variation, biological systems and how he keeps it all interesting. Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, Rot Samba, 2009, oil on canvas. All images courtesy the artist. VoCA: What is keeping you busy now? KK: I’m at the start of something
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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
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The Power of Art

I recently became aware of two interesting charities in Toronto, both of which use art and artistic practice to encourage people in quite different ways. Interesting, because making art is a great way to get outside of one’s own head and creative expression is an important skill to learn, or re-learn as the case may be. The first charity is
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Loved: Paul Thek at the Whitney

Regular readers will know I’m a big fan of the late American artist Paul Thek. Recently, we stopped off in New York over the holidays to see the exhibition of work by the late, great American artist at the Whitney (on the last day of the show.) Paul Thek – shown in Andy Warhol’s Screen Test. Image: accessibleartny.com I’ve long
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AA Bronson vs. National Portrait Gallery: Raising the Stakes

If you haven’t heard about the AA Bronson brou-ha-ha by now…. Canadian artist AA Bronson. Image: flickr.com Well, let’s just say that the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, which is showing the exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, exploring art by and about homosexuals, has caved to pressure by Christian activists and removed video piece, A Fire in
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The Art Market: Explained

I came across a funny, smart article called “A guide to the market oligopoly system”, which is a piece by Felix Salmon that uses a drawing by the artist William Powhida to deconstruct the complexities of the American art market. William Powhida, A Guide to the Market Oligopoly System. Image: reuters.com It makes interesting reading, particularly the part of the
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“The Picasso of Canada” – Harold Town

There’s an interesting exhibition on at Toronto’s Christopher Cutts Gallery, of works by the late, famously prolific Harold Town. Town was a member of Canada’s Painters Eleven (more HERE), Canada’s best known group of abstract painters – circa 1953. The exhibition is of Town’s Snap paintings from the 1970s. The works definitely have that 70s vibe, with textured earth tones
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3 New Galleries: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver

There’s a lot of movement in the Canadian art scene, with galleries opening (and closing) regularly in Toronto alone, so here are three from across Canada that I think are worth a visit. One of Nicholas Galanin’s book sculptures. Image: nippertown.com 1. In Vancouver, Trench Gallery has recently opened – in the former Helen Pitt Gallery space – with a
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Loved: Women Rule in Oakville

I went out to Oakville for the opening of Un-home-ly, director Matthew Hyland’s first major exhibition with the gallery. Paulette Phillips, Homewrecker, 2004. All images: VoCA I am told that Matthew’s background is in feminist studies, so it seems fitting that his curatorial career at the gallery should begin with a show of feminist work. The show is the first
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Congratulations to Sobey Award winner Daniel Barrow!

Winnipeg artist Daniel Barrow has won the 2010 Sobey Art Award. The prize awards $50,000 to a visual artist under the age of 40. I had a feeling he’d win, having been passed up for the award in 2008. Daniel Barrow, Flaying, 2010, from his show at the Art Gallery of York University. Image: livewithculture.ca Daniel Barrow at work giving
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