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From the archives: In bed with Carl Stewart

Editor’s note: Laura Kenin’s profile of Carl Stewart appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of Visual Arts News.   For many Haligonians living in a city full of students and other transient young people at a time of widespread bedbug fear, the sight of used mattresses may arouse disgust or serve as a reminder it’s end-of-the-school-year time again....

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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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Sneak peek: Spring 2014

Here’s a sneak peek of Visual Arts News Spring 2014 Issue, available on news stands across Canada February 1 and on Zinio January 15. Visual Arts News is happy to announce the Spring 2014 artist page competition winner, Sarah Burwash. Sarah Burwash grew up Rossland, a small mountain town in British Columbia, Canada, and currently...

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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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