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Call for Artist Pages

Call for Artist Pages

Visual Arts News invites all Atlantic Canadian print media/paper-based artists to create new works for our Special 40th Anniversary Edition of the magazine. The bonus issue is scheduled to be released in December 2017. We will commission up...
Holding space with Rachel Beach

Holding space with Rachel Beach

That these pieces “live” as they do is overwhelmingly apparent in Mid-Sentence; they exist in conversation with each other across distance and time, a living interaction, and they evoke a sense beyond the physically sculptural, beyond image, to...
Walking With Our Sisters pays homage to missing and murdered Indigenous women

Walking With Our Sisters pays homage to missing and murdered Indigenous women

Community members commemorate each individual life lost: "They are sisters, mothers, aunties, daughters, cousins, grandmothers, wives and partners. They have been cared for, they have been loved, they are missing and they are not forgotten."
Mocean Dance animates its past in lightening speed

Mocean Dance animates its past in lightening speed

At fifteen years, the 2016 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award winner Mocean Dance is one of the longest surviving contemporary dance companies in Atlantic Canada and well-known for its highly physical, collaborative work.
From the archives

From the archives

Enter into the imaginary world of Graeme Patterson’s Secret Citadel where memory, invention, and fantasy collide to provoke a multifaceted narrative of childhood friendship, rights of passage and adult isolation.
Exhibition Listings
I am a picture

I am a picture

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Artist talk: Tues 24 January, 12 Noon 

MacNeil’s work explores themes of surveillance, the act of looking and being seen. She questions how we look at each other and ourselves. Through digital images and video, MacNeil aims to demonstrate the way we interpret media and the actuality of documents.

Terroir: a Nova Scotia Retrospective

Terroir: a Nova Scotia Retrospective

Borrowing heavily from the language of wine, this 3-part exhibition strategy proposes to look at regional artistic production through the cultural milieu from which it emerges.  Terroir is defined as “the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate.” Terroir is a survey of the AGNS permanent collection with a special focus on Nova Scotia roots — the history and culture of place informing its artistic community’s output. This exhibition tours the province exploring the flavour and makeup of the work collected over the AGNS’ history.

Image credit: Jones Bannerman, Frances M, Still Life with Lobster (detail), c.1883, Oil on canvas, 51.5 x 65.0 cm. Collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1933.4

 

Now Have A Look At This Machine

Now Have A Look At This Machine

Organized and circulated by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal With the support of the Government of Canada through its Department of Canadian Heritage Museums Assistance Program

The exhibition consists of an installation version of the hour-long creative documentary Hotel Machine that was filmed by Emanuel Licha in five cities—Beirut, Sarajevo, Gaza, Kyiv and Belgrade—in five hotels that house war correspondents covering conflicts. The film is presented in one central projection space surrounded by five adjacent archive stations, which through texts, images and documents define aspects of the concept of the “war hotel.”

Emanuel Licha, Hotel Machine (film still), 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Les Contes Modernes

 

 

The Colville Gallery

The Colville Gallery

A permanent exhibition space devoted to the work of Alex Colville (1920-2013), one of Canada’s most celebrated artists and one of Mount Allison University’s best known graduates. The Gallery features the installation of the mural Athletes, commissioned by Mount Allison for its new Athletic Centre in 1961. Designed around the theme of the student athlete, the mural was the focal point of the new building; it remained there for over 50 years, until its present installation in the stable and secure environment of Owens Art Gallery. Other artworks by Colville are also on view, including many of the preparatory drawings for Athletes and examples of the artist’s serigraphs.

Alex Colville, Athletes, oil and synthetic resin on board, 1961.

Coastal Landscapes

Coastal Landscapes

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With nature as their inspiration, Norman and Oake explore coastal landscapes through hand-manipulated textiles. Norman uses coastal photography and embroidery techniques to illustrate the details in nature. Oake forages natural plant material from Nova Scotian landscapes to dye and print her fabric.

Postcards from Cuba

Postcards from Cuba

The photographs in the Postcards from Cuba exhibit were taken in March 2014 when the photographer, Kathleen Flanagan, visited Havana, the capital city of Cuba, and Remedios and Caibarien, two small coastal cities in Cuba.  The images depict Cuba before the impact of recent major events – the lifting of the 50-year American embargo in December 2014, the election of Donald Trump on November 8, 2016, and the death of Fidel Castro on November 25, 2016.  Guided by documentary traditions, the images depict a country in transition as seen with a visitor’s eye and empathy.

Kathleen Flanagan, Girl with keys, Caibarien, Cuba, March 2014

Island, Lyle

Island, Lyle

 A young boy improvises martial arts gestures against the stark backdrop of an empty modern building and barren landscape. This new short film from internationally-celebrated media artist Myriam Yates, was made following her time on Fogo Island, NL. “Lyle” is the child’s name – pronounced, in French, like “l’isle” – the word for “island”. For the artist, the contrast between the control and discipline of the child’s combat movements against the stillness of the landscape evoke the struggle of the creative process.

Myriam Yates’ work combines photography, video installation and 16mm film. She is particularly interested in recreational or gathering areas, especially those which are obsolete or in the process of disappearing, where new ties are being forged between individuals, modernity and architecture.

Myriam Yates, Island, Lyle, (still) HD video, sound, 2016

 

 

The Nature of Nature: The Photographs of Thaddeus Holownia, 1976-2016

The Nature of Nature: The Photographs of Thaddeus Holownia, 1976-2016

The Nature of Nature celebrates forty years of production from one of Canada’s leading photographers, the New Brunswick-based Thaddeus Holownia. This exhibition offers insight into Holownia’s art-making from the late 1970s to the present day and features newly created works on exhibition for the very first

Firmly located within the North American documentary genre, Holownia’s work is engaged with the histories of photography and of places. His unique practice, using predominantly analogue technologies, merges high craft with prolonged inquiry as his projects span years if not decades.

As Holownia states:

The meaning that resides in my bodies of work goes beyond visual description; they stand as a history of the play between human intervention and the landscape. The result is both an anecdote of an ordinary place and a metaphor for our relationship to place and environment. What emerges is a sense of vulnerability and the inexorable force of time.

Together with an attendant publication of the same title, The Nature of Nature: The Photographs of Thaddeus Holownia, 1976-2016 brings into focus the Maritime artist’s significant contributions to the photographic medium, providing the most comprehensive critical analysis of his practice to date.

From There to Here

From There to Here

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About her exhibition, Szubielski offers, “Painting is a way of expressing my gratitude to God for life, and to nature for our beautiful world. My goal is to depict how precious the wilderness is and to instil a sense of respect for it and a willingness to act responsibly. I feel compelled to examine timeless, recurring themes. My subject matter is depicted abstractly, with use of vibrant colours to create the illusion of a continuous shift from surface to deep space.”

Elbow Room Residency

Elbow Room Residency

Jennie Williams was born and raised in Labrador in the most southern Inuit region in the circumpolar Arctic. She photographs people in their everyday environments and circumstances, working to document practices and traditions in the manner that they are celebrated today in Labrador. Recent bodies of work reveal her deep interest and love for Inuit cultural traditions, especially the photographic series Nalujuk Night, shot in Nain where she lives. At a summer residency at The Rooms, Williams will develop a new portrait series of urban Inuit living in St. John’s.

The exhibition is part of the Elbow Room Residency Series

Jennie Williams, Nalujuk, photograph,2015.  Courtesy of the artist

 

Mid-Sentence

Mid-Sentence

The New York-based Canadian artist assembles a visual language of play between illusion and material, sign and image, in recent sculptures and two-dimensional work. Organized by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and St. Mary’s University Art Gallery.

 

Ceramics

Ceramics

 

Maja Padrov’s recent work is about exploring sculptural possibilities of teapots and other spouted pouring vessels. Their function is sometimes emphasized and sometimes concealed, aiming for intuitive connections of the elements and overall visual balance of the finished piece. The inspiration for these pieces came from different everyday objects. Padrov is interested in the metaphor for containment and also the possibility of function that ‘might follow the form’.

Maja Padrov, Untitled Vessel, ceramic, 2016

 

 

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