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Current Issue: Spring 2017

ORDER + CHAOS

RACHEL BEACH
GRAEME PATTERSON
RITA MCKEOUGH + MORE

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Art World Antidote

Folklore And Other Panics addresses the impossibility of “alleviating anxiety around elitism” in the contemporary art world. And further, according to the exhibition’s pamphlet, “the works provide a constellation of ideas, responding in various ways to themes of absence and presence, community, the materials of storytelling, and the nature of authority.”
From the archives: Cut/Fold/Play

From the archives: Cut/Fold/Play

Editor’s note: Paper Doll first appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of Visual Arts News.  Mention paper dolls to nearly any North American woman and the response is a soft “Oh, I loved my paper dolls.” While huge numbers of little girls spend hours happily re-inventing themselves through playing with their dolls, in later life,...
From the archives: Mathieu Léger transforms cultural detritus

From the archives: Mathieu Léger transforms cultural detritus

Editor’s Note: This review originally ran in the Fall 2014 issue of Visual Arts News. In Acadian author France Daigle’s 2012 novel Pour sûr, Antoinette opens a game of Scrabble against her husband, The Cripple, with a controversial 125 points. Her word, dialyse, she argued, to her husband’s chagrin, contained two vertical words—“y” and “a.” “It wasn’t the 21...
From the Archives: Shary Boyle's voice in the dark

From the Archives: Shary Boyle’s voice in the dark

“When creating Music for Silence I was inspired by the idea of the Universal, the power and insignificance of the individual, and how that relates to the idea of ‘voice." —Shary Boyle
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.
A measure of disorder: Seripop's exploration of entropy

A measure of disorder: Seripop’s exploration of entropy

Though some mark 50th anniversaries with gold, Séripop’s The Face Stayed East, the Mouth Went West marks the 50th anniversary of Charlottetown’s Confederation Centre by opening with more striking elements. Interested in exploring entropy in bright colours and on a grand scale, Séripop—who are Montreal-based duo Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau—inject a measure of disorder into the...
Escape to New Cambridge

Escape to New Cambridge

Since 1984, John Devlin has created 675 letter-size sketches centred around King's College in Cambridge. Eryn Foster catches up with Devlin as his spring show opens at Paris’ Christian Berst Gallery.
In pursuit of everyday knowledge

In pursuit of everyday knowledge

Eryn Foster interviews Halifax-based artist Katie Belcher. From conducting research with a charcutier to meeting a composer in Spain who taught her how to translate music into a visual form, Belcher divulges how spending a year in Europe has influenced her approach to art-making.
On the road with David Askevold

On the road with David Askevold

Mike Landry traces conceptual artist David Askevold's chance encounters and collaborations on the road.
A wolf in sheep's clothing

A wolf in sheep’s clothing

Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John`s, NL. December 15, 2012 – February 9, 2013 Halifax-based artist Chris Foster’s Frontiers in Real Estate explores contradictory themes of civilization—its fear stories, misguided good intentions and self-indulgent sincerities. Foster’s dark humour is never moral, at least not overtly. Composed of serigraphs, collage and small sculpture, his work considers the...

The end of nature?

Human activity has permeated the natural world to such a degree that our idealistic notions of where nature ends and we begin no longer hold water. In this issue of Visual Arts News, a handful of artists explore the creation and collapse of boundaries between human-made and natural worlds.

The Rag Picker’s Issue

Growing up, I remember snooping in my mother’s dresser drawers to discover, much to my shock and fascination, locks of hair from my first haircut (“I’m saving it in case you ever need a wig!” she still insists) and a little satchel containing lost baby teeth.