Archive for the Montreal art Tag

Art is Life is Art

We’ve written a lot about the excellent public performance group Improv Everywhere HERE, and about one of our favorite films, the Spanish mock-umentary Noviembre HERE, in which street theatre performers tread a dangerous line between reality and fiction (In once case, a performer feigns collapse and the unknowing public calls an ambulance in desperation). This past weekend, we received THIS
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Exhibitions on Curating: AMAPGTSA in Montreal

As much as possible given the time and space allotted is an exhibition at the Leornard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery at Concordia Unviersity in Montreal. It was curated by Rebecca Duclos and David K. Ross, who VoCA featured as an artist to watch from the Quebec Triennale last year. As much as possible given the time and space allotted,
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Underrated Canadian artist: Marcelle Ferron

Québécoise painter Marcelle Ferron was a member of Les Automatistes, a group, led by Paul-Emile Borduas, that believed that painting should be a result of the abstract workings of the inner psyche released subconsciously. Marcelle Ferron. Image: nfb.ca She became well known also for her stained glass pieces, which she learned in Quebec and pursued further while living in Paris
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Montreal: MACM Purchases Work by Hot Canadian Artists

The Musée d’art contemporain, with the generous support of its Foundation, has purchased 37 works by 24 artists participating in The Québec Triennial. Additionally, many of the pieces are currently on loan pending eventual gifts, while others are in the process of being purchased. Please note the names of the following artists as ones to watch: -David Altmejd – click
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VoCA Recommends…Dean Drever, Blood Sweat & Tears and Ryan Sluggett et al

1. Dean Drever: Bear Minimum Michael Klien Gallery, Toronto August 2 – 30, 2008 Dean Drever, She Loves Me She Loves Me Not (Bullets). Image: douglasudellgallery.com Dean Drever continues his examination of power and violence in this show, which takes as a theme the Kodiak bear. Drever is a member of the Haida Nation and Haida culture acknowledges the bear
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VoCA loves…Quebec (Part Two)

6. MASSIMO GUERRERA: DARBORAL 26 juin au 31 août, 2008 Quartier Ephemere/Fonderie Darling “Darboral s’articule autour de plates-formes artistiques et spirituelles, qui invitent le visiteur à prendre part à différents rituels. Partages de nourriture à l’occasion de repas et suçage de noyaux, ateliers de créativité lors de moulages corporels et adaptation de prothèses, prise de conscience des modes d’ouverture physique
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VoCA loves…Quebec (Part One)

The Quebec art scene is ON FIRE. La Belle Province is home to the country’s most exciting artists, many of which are included in the excellent Quebec Triennale at the MAC in Montreal. Montreal also hosted the recent IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art) congress in May, which brought international curatorial eyes to the city thanks to Chantal
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Nicolas Baier in Art Review magazine

Montreal photo-manipulator Nicolas Baier is one of the hottest names on the Quebec art scene. Check out my review of his recent exhibition at Jessica Bradley Art & Projects, in Toronto: (Click on thumbnail to enlarge) For more info, visit the artist’s website HERE Baier is represented in Toronto by Jessica Bradley. Click HERE.

Canada in May: VoCA Recommends…Halifax and Montreal

HALIFAX: Kelly Mark: Stupid Heaven at MSVU art gallery Continuing through 1 June 2008 Kelly Mark, I Really Should…(Neon) – 2001. Image: kellymark.com Kelly Mark is a VoCA favorite, and this exhibition, which originally showed at Toronto’s Hart House gallery, is now touring. We have seen it and it is great. Mark makes funny, whimsical pieces that say a lot
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VoCA wishes you a Happy Earth Day!

In honour of Earth Day 2008, the new curatorial agency No.9 in Toronto has mounted their inaugural installation, a witty environmental interviention by the super-hot Quebec artist collective BGL. Installing Project for the Don River. Image: All installation images courtesy of Catherine Dean. This installation is the most significant public work outside of Quebec for the collective, who speak mostly
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