Volume 37, Number 1

March 2018

In this issue of BORDER CROSSINGS women feature large, taking over the lion’s share of the magazine.

In our interviews, Border Crossings takes an in-depth look at California-based American artist Nancy Rubins. For over forty years, Rubins’ work has contained an element of the unpredictable as she has transformed industrial materials such as mattresses, television sets, RV campers and boat parts into large-scale installations. Her stunningly complex assemblages —many site specific works that respond to the architecture and environments in which they were built — examine and elevate traditional concepts of modernist sculpture, experimenting with elements such as gravity, balance, and form.

We also look into the world of one of Canada’s most important conceptual artists, Toronto-based Kelly Mark. Her work examines the pathos and humour in everyday life. A skillful performer, Mark’s work presents elements of the quotidien, daily habits and quiet obsessions that she transforms into art. Never moving far from her working class roots as source material, she works in a range of media such as sculpture, installation, performance, video, photography, and sound.

In this issue we also feature a portfolio of gorgeous charcoal drawings by Berlin-based Canadian artist Ambera Wellmann, winner of the 2017 RBC painting competition.

In our articles section, Stephen Horne looks at artifact and artifice in Sophie Calle’s and Serena Carone’s quiet insertions into the quirky, lavish and eccentric Paris museum, La Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature.

Robin Laurence presents a profile of Inuit artist Shuvinai Ashoona and writes about the work recently presented at the Marion Scott Gallery in “Vision Quest: A Sunday Afternoon with Shuvinai Ashoona.”

And Ray Cronin looks at “Places, Paths and Pauses,” a retrospective of Newfoundland photographer Marlene Creates in, “Tracings and Passages: Marlene Creates.”

The Crossovers include reviews on Attila Richard Lukacs, Janet Werner, Melanie Authier, Wanda Koop, Margaret Priest and Jen Aitken, Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky, Jonas Wood, Monumenta: Biennale de L’image, The Way It Is: The Life of Greg Curnoe by James King, “INSURGENCE/ RESURGENCE,” “Once Upon a Time…,” The 15th Istanbul Biennial, The North End Revisited by John Paskievich, “Shards,” Sandra Meigs with Christopher Butterfield and much more…

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Table of Contents


  • Fleur Jaeggy’s Gift of Detachment Meeka Walsh

  • House Work
  • The Pareidoliast
  • Cooking Knowledge

  • Notes on a Celluloid Gold Mine Dawson City: Frozen Time, directed by Bill Morrison Robert Enright

  • The Fitter An Interview with Nancy Rubins Robert Enright
  • Tough Love An Interview with Kelly Mark Robert Enright

  • Vision Quest A Sunday Afternoon with Shuvinai Ashoona
  • Sophie Calle Running with the Hounds Stephen Horne
  • Tracings and Passages Marlene Creates Ray Cronin

  • La Belle et la Bête Ambera Wellmann’s Drawings Meeka Walsh

  • Momenta:Biennale de l’image James D. Campbell
  • The Way It Is: “The Life of Greg Curnoe” by James King Doug Harvey
  • Attila Richard Lukacs John K Grande
  • Wanda Koop “Building” in the Pool of the Black Star, Legislative Building, June 1983 Eleanor Hannan
  • Jon Sasaki Dan Adler
  • Jonas Wood Barry Schwabsky
  • “Once Upon a Time…” Tracy Valcourt
  • Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky Dan Adler
  • The 15th Istanbul Biennial Mohammad N. Miraly
  • “The North End Revisited: Photographs by John Paskievich” Richard Holden
  • “Shards” Jaimie Isaac
  • Janet Werner Erica Mendritzki
  • Sandra Meigs with Christopher Butterfield Anna Kovler
  • Melanie Authier Benjamin Klein
  • Margaret Priest and Jen Aitken Jasmine Reimer