This is a positivist art history and an important book—one neatly put together by Pat Bovey and the willing artist Don Proch, who collaborated on the interviews, reflected retrospectively on the past and opened his sketchbooks. Book designer Frank Reimer took up Bovey’s paradigm of visionary artist, prairie causation and artist rebel. With precision and clarity in the layout and a balance of image and text, Don Proch: Masking and Mapping, published by the University of Manitoba Press in collaboration with St. John’s College Press, privileges the visual, with full-page bleeds, details and terrific photos by Ernest Mayer, and illustrated with over 56 years of Proch’s work.
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art’s “Days of Reading: beyond this state of affairs” is a tightly edited exhibition of objects, performances, works of sound and light performed on Nuit Blanche, panels, a book fair and lectures. Works by 14 artists are associated by syntactic flow, conceived through four themes: “Appropriated,” “Collecting,” “Cloaking” and “The Reveal”—adjectives, gerunds and nouns that get us on our way.
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