Jack Goldstein, Montreal-born but residing in the United States most of his life, has received few Canadian exhibitions despite international acknowledgement. Consequently, “Jack and the Jack Paintings: Jack Goldstein and Ron Terada” should be especially welcome in Canada.
The late ’60s and early ’70s were a tumultuous time in Canadian cultural history. Sixty years later, the unrest that was created by regionalism, nationalism and democratization has changed the course of the Canadian artworld.
My first look at Patrick Cruz’s show at Franz Kaka happened one evening after the show had already opened and Cruz was scheduled to freestyle at the gallery. I watched Cruz perform with his sculptures and paintings all around, coalescing into a stage he had created for himself, complete with set design, sound and audience.
A house can fall in many ways. It can crumble due to natural causes such as earthquakes and landslides, flash flooding. Then there is displacement by humans: foreclosure, eviction and demolition. An unattended cigarette can set a whole house aflame in a matter of minutes. New worries accumulate: nuclear bombs, planes flying into buildings, air strikes by drones. Keep Reading
In Walter Benjamin’s analysis of Paul Klee’s “Angelus Novus” in his oft-quoted essay “Theses on the Philosophy of History” (1940) from Illuminations (New York, Schocken Books, 1969), the storm of progress blows an angel into the future with such force that he can no longer use his wings. Keep Reading
Mid-career Brazilian artist Cinthia Marcelle (born Belo Horizonte, 1974) first came to my attention for photographs she’d made together with the South African artist Jean Meeran, in which Marcelle disappeared into the landscape, dressed in a cape with matching colours so that self and city elided (“Capa Morada”, 2003). Keep Reading
The sheer number of artists (47) and works (85), the historical context of exclusion and misrecognition of Nunatsiavut artists and craftspeople, the formidable work of curator Heather Igloliorte, the intricacies, histories, intergenerational connections and intelligence within the individual works themselves and the installation make it a challenge to write about “SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut” in the space available. Keep Reading
All the knowledge in the world is still here. You just have to access it in parts, at points throughout your life. These lines are a close paraphrase of something Vancouver-based artist Meghann O’Brien said during a fascinating panel discussion at the Kelowna Art Gallery (KAG) this past July. Keep Reading
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