New Espace, New Perspectives

With issue 107, Espace begins a new cycle. While staying true to its former objective as a contemporary art magazine focussed on sculpture, Espace now turns to the future. Thus, as noted by Serge Fisette, the magazine’s editor from June 1987 to December 2013, the adventure—or odyssey, to borrow the title of the exhibition that…

Beyond sculpture, the shadow ?

While it might seem futile to search out an exhaustive and unilateral (re)definition of contemporary sculpture given the varied directions it takes, it would appear a contrario necessary to rethink sculpture based on studies1 that together elucidate the scope of this constantly broadening field. By looking at specific current productions it will be possible to…

The possibles of sculpture

“The possible of sculpture, or I shall suffocate! “ 1 The above epigraph, associated with the thought of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, can be traced back to Sören Kierkegaard.2 The initiator of existentialism, Kierkegaard envisaged the possible as an exit from a reality that has “become necessity or banality.” As a means of existence, inscribed…

Confronting destinies: Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno

In Paris last fall, critical attention crystalized around exhibitions by two darlings of the French scene and relational aesthetics, Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno. The overlapping exhibition dates unconsciously led to a sort of implicit comparison in the analysis and method of viewing, indeed even creating a rivalry between what the first-named artist had on…

Bozica Radjenovic. Unraveling Tension

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum Almonte, Ontario October 26— December 21, 2013   The long-term effects of war on people’s personal lives are difficult to envision for those of us who have never experienced its violence. I try to imagine it as a pin-prick hole in a tiny vein that refuses to heal. It leaves drops…

Gareth Lichty. Gabion Tower

Gabion Tower Cambridge Sculpture Garden Cambridge, Ontario September 2012— September 2014   For an artist who is a sculptor by training, background and inclination, Kitchener-based artist Gareth Lichty does an awful lot of weaving. His work – typically large-scale and installational in nature – tends to foreground weaving in an aggressively sculptural way that transcends…

Selected titles

Stephen Wright, Toward a Lexicon of Usership, Ed. Eindhoven: Van Abbemuseum, 2013, 68 p. The Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands commissioned art writer and theorist Stephen Wright to compile a lexicon of artistic and subjective political terms as a way of addressing the alleged lexical crisis in today’s cultural sphere. Published in 2013, Toward a…