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From the archives: Susan Wood’s Earth Skins

Editor’s note: This review of Earth Skins at Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery (Halifax, NS, August 23 – October 2, 2011) first appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of Visual Arts News. A retrospective publication of Earth Skins can be purchased here. I was the first visitor to wander into to Earth Skins: Three...

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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,...

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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

Suspended Memory: Decoding Graeme Patterson

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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Q & A: Visual Arts News Featured Fall artist

A maker of stories and collector curious things, Jerry Ropson strings together tiny histories that explore the ties between people, place and identity. We feature Ropson's work in our fall issue of the magazine.

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Escape to New Cambridge

A conversation with John Devlin

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

Q&A with Katie Belcher

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

Retracing the footsteps of one of conceptual art’s most important contributors

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

Chris Foster`s Fronteirs in Real Estate

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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