Exhibitions across Canada

Arthur Renwick: Monique (2006): Inkjet print. Collection National Gallery of Canada.Arthur Renwick: Monique (2006): Inkjet print. Collection National Gallery of Canada.Halifax, Nova Scotia

Steeling the Gaze: Portraits by Aboriginal Artists
Dalhousie Art Gallery
To November 27, 2011

Bringing together work by some of Canada’s leading Indigenous artists, Steeling the Gaze examines the evolution of Aboriginal self-determination in Canada. Organized by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the exhibition includes portrait photographs and video installations by twelve artists: KC Adams, Carl Beam, Dana Claxton, Thirza Cuthand, Rosalie Favell, Kent Monkman, David Neel, Shelley Niro, Arthur Renwick, Greg Staats, Jeff Thomas and Bear Witness. Throughout the exhibition, the artists use the photographic portrait as a means of self-expression in spite of its long, problematic history for their peoples while also challenging stereotypes and creating new visual histories.

Maskull Lasserre: Oracle (2011): Carved wood.Maskull Lasserre: Oracle (2011): Carved wood.Montreal, Quebec

Maskull Lasserre
Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain
November 10 - December 24, 2011

Maskull Lasserre’s sculptures – mundane objects, including a meat cleaver, an axe, a piano – become hybrids through the artist’s modifications, which turns them into what he calls “instruments of understanding”. According to critic James D. Campbell, who wrote the exhibition notes for Lasserre’s upcoming show: “Everything is crafted with exquisite precision and is eminently functional. His work is not confined to optical or scientific devices per se, and his work can be unavoidably feral, fraught with jeopardy, but vision is still the mainstay of all his ‘instruments’. His signature mordant wit is co-extensive with a profoundly subversive streak that challenges the viewer’s presuppositions even as it earns our continuing engagement, gratitude and delight.”

L’orchestre d’hommes orchestres: Cabaret brise-jours: Documentation de la performance, 2011. Collection des artistes.L’orchestre d’hommes orchestres: Cabaret brise-jours: Documentation de la performance, 2011. Collection des artistes.Montreal, Quebec

2011 Quebec Triennial
Place-Des-Arts Metro
To January 3, 2012

The 2011 edition of the Quebec Triennial, presented at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is, according to organizers, on an unprecedented scale, with programming filling all eight of the museum’s exhibition galleries and spilling over into several public spaces. Work by more than 50 artists and collectives from all over the province promises to provide a comprehensive look at Quebec art produced in the first 10 years of the 21st Century. Among the trends identified by this year’s Triennial is an emphasis on the performative gesture in art that speaks of a new artistic sensibility, observable in the work of a number of artists. Also evident is the increasing presence of sound in contemporary art. Among the artists participating in this year’s Triennial are: Dean Baldwin, Lorna Bauer, Mathieu Beauséjour, Jessica Eaton, Julie Favreau, Claudie Gagnon, Massimo Guerrera, Mark Igloliorte, François Lemieux, Karl Lemieux, Emmanuelle Léonard, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, L’orchestre d’homes-orchestres, Lynne Marsh, Thérèse Mastroiacovo, Charles Stankievech, Justin Stephens, Martin Tétreault and Ève K. Tremblay.

Brendan Fernandes: Changing to Summer (2005): Courtesy the artist.Brendan Fernandes: Changing to Summer (2005): Courtesy the artist.London, Ontario

Barroco Nova: Neo-Baroque Moves in Contemporary Art
Artlab, to Dec. 16, 2011
McIntosh Gallery, to Dec. 17, 2011
Museum London, to Jan. 1, 2012

Barroco Nova, presented across three venues, presents work by a range of Canadian and international contemporary artists who create works with powerful visual effects, and exaggerated materials and aesthetic approaches. Organized by curators Susan Edelstein and Patrick Mahon, the exhibition includes sculpture, photography, video and installation works, which demonstrate divergent responses to changing ideas about identity, to new attitudes, to the corporeal, and to urban space within our entertainment-oriented and media-charged world. The Museum London portion of the exhibition includes works by Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, David Altmejd, Shary Boyle, Kelly Jazvac, Luanne Martineau, Brendan Tang and Diana Thater, among several others. Brendan Fernandes’ and Kent Monkman’s examinations of post-colonial themes take over the McIntosh Gallery space.

William Kurelek: King of the Castle (1958-59): Gouache and watercolour on paper. Courtesy Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg.William Kurelek: King of the Castle (1958-59): Gouache and watercolour on paper. Courtesy Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg.Winnipeg, Manitoba

William Kurelek: The Messenger
Winnipeg Art Gallery
To December 31, 2011

During a 20-year career that spanned from the mid-1950s until his death, the Alberta-born, Manitoba-raised William Kurelek (1927-1977), is best remembered as a painter of innocence and fun, his scenes embodying simpler times. He was also a chronicler of the experiences of various cultural groups in Canada, devoting entire series to Ukrainian, Jewish, Polish, Irish, French Canadian, and Inuit peoples. But, as this exhibition points out, there is the other Kurelek, one who spent two years in mental hospitals, and whose art is an indictment of the secular age. William Kurelek: The Messenger, a collaboration between the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and the first large-scale survey of the artist’s work in 30 years, brings together over 80 key paintings and drawings that encompass the artist’s entire practice with works are drawn from major private, corporate, and public collections in Canada, the U.S, and the U.K.

The exhibition tours to the Art Gallery of Hamilton from January 29 to April 29, 2012, and to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria from May 25 to September 3, 2012.

Ryan Park: From the series Variations on Incomplete Fists (2008): Sixty lightjet prints on Sintra.Ryan Park: From the series Variations on Incomplete Fists (2008): Sixty lightjet prints on Sintra.Regina, Saskatchewan

Cabin Fever
Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum
To December 9, 2011

Curated by J.J. Kegan McFadden, director/curator of Winnipeg’s PLATFORM Center for Photographic and Digital Arts, Cabin Fever brings together work that examines the psyche of boredom, and attempts at achieving seemingly elusive fulfillment. “How do you pinpoint ennui?”, the exhibition’s premise seems to ask. The artists included in the exhibition – Deirdre Logue (Toronto), Jon Sasaki (Toronto), Terence Koh (New York), Ryan Park (Guelph, Ontario), Zoe Jaremus (Montreal), Elizabeth Milton (Vancouver) and Rebekka Unrau (Glasgow, U.K.) – offer suggestions, exit strategies, and further problems in creating their own antidotes to cabin fever. By creating situations within their environments, the artists may perform tasks that seem ridiculous and meaningless, but might also offer cures for cabin fever.

Ming Wong: In Love for the Mood (2009): Three-channel video installation, four-minute loop. Courtesy the artist and the Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey.Ming Wong: In Love for the Mood (2009): Three-channel video installation, four-minute loop. Courtesy the artist and the Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey.Surrey, British Columbia

Finding Correspondences
Surrey Art Gallery
To December 11, 2011

This group exhibition examines the act of translation across media and cultural traditions, both of which have been fundamental to art-making for centuries. With the rise of new technological media in contemporary art, and increasing globalization, translation has become a key subject of artists at the beginning of the new century. Among the works are Berlin-based Ming Wong’s video work “In Love for the Mood”, originally commissioned for the Singapore pavilion during the 53rd Venice Biennale. In it, Wong sources Wong Kar-wai’s 2000 film “In the Mood for Love”, but replaces the original lead actors with a single Caucasian actress from New Zealand, who attempts to recreate the original film’s emotional power by speaking the parts in Cantonese. Toronto-based Tony Romano’s "Imagine Band" (2009),  takes the lyrics from John Lennon’s Imagine, which have been translated by ten professional translation services into ten different foreign languages and back into English; the artist then recorded performances of them onto a record.