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Beyond The Island, Another Island

Redessiner les marges

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...

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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

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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On the road with David Askevold

Mike Landry traces conceptual artist David Askevold's chance encounters and collaborations on the road.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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Thinking Outside the White Cube

In September 2012, Eyelevel Gallery, an artist-run centre in North End Halifax, was more than simply a venue to take in contemporary art. It transformed into the headquarters of the World Portable Gallery Convention, complete with a stately desk in the main space, a row of wristwatch faces on the wall displaying international time zones,...

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From Melbourne to the Bay of Fundy

James Geurts isn’t your typical landscape artist. Living, creating and surfing in Melbourne, Australia, it’s no wonder he’s developed an affinity for the great outdoors.

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