The Adventure Continues…

Art magazines have failed to survive the departure of their founding editor in the past. It’s a situation made sadder, one might even say regrettable, when a cultural periodical can only exist here through state subsidy—what we familiarly call “taxpayers’ money”—and that each one of them is certainly indebted to this support given it year…

Yam Lau: A World is a Model of the World

Yam Lau: A World is a Model of the World Darling Foundry, Montreal June 6—August 25, 2013 I believe that between utopias and these quite other sites, these heterotopias, there might be a sort of mixed, joint experience, which would be the mirror. The mirror is, after all, a utopia, since it is a placeless…

Peter Hutchinson – With Nature in Mind

Born in England, Peter Hutchinson began as a geometric painter in close contact with minimal artists Sol LeWitt and Tadaaki Kuwayama. However, Hutchinson turned away from minimalism and conceptualism’s rhetorical bent to follow a more overtly poetic and nature-oriented path. Being British born, Hutchinson shares something with past British poets and painters who had a sense of the land. The landscape orientation and physical commitment of Richard Long, Hamish Fulton and Peter Hutchinson continues in the tradition of the great poets and painters of the 18th and 19th century England, who include John Constable, William Wordsworth, and William Blake.

Anna Frlan: Interbellum III

Anna Frlan: Interbellum III Ottawa school of Art Gallery January 10—February 22, 2013   Anna Frlan uses nothing but steel in her art making. The infinite possibilities of steel’s liquid state keep drawing her back to the welding machine. To her, the magic of manipulating the flowing red hot metal more than compensates for the…

Tino Sehgal. Esse est percipi—To be is to be perceived 1

In the early spring of 2013, for a period of six weeks, British-born, Berlin-based artist, Tino Sehgal, instigated a variety of emotions in visitors, ranging from delight to trepidation, at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Whether positive or negative, reactions were rarely indifferent to the two artworks exhibited. Kiss, 2002, is a living embodiment…

Richard Clements’ Day Treadeth On Night

Richard Clements, Day Treadeth On Night Paul Kuhn Gallery  Calgary, Alberta May 17—June 30, 2013   However we see our world, it is very much through the acquisition and use of language, especially speech, that we individually make our peace with it. Even though speech seems to be deeply, consciously organized and controlled, it also…

Ai WeiWei: According to What?

Ai WeiWei: According to What? Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario August 17—October 17, 2013   Ai WeiWei came to town. Or, more accurately, Ai WeiWei’s art came to town, the artist himself is still under house arrest back home in China, owing to his activities as a dissident and critic of the government (which…

Selected titles

Philip Monk, Glamour Is Theft : A user’s guide to General Idea, 1969-1978 © 2012 Philip Monk, Art Gallery of York University, 256 p. www.yorku.ca/agyu ; www.artbook.com. Hard covered and fully illustrated with black and white photographs, diagrams and excerpts of the FILE Megazine, the book retraces the chronology of what was seen as a…