Reviews

Words of resistance

Jordan Bennett, Ursula Johnson and the potency of language

Johnson and Bennett create a fitting metaphor for the original and ongoing white-washing of Indigenous language and culture in our society at large and artistic culture in Canada.

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Landon Mackenzie’s hidden creative journey

“Finishing is recognizing—you recognize something that doesn’t exist yet in the world.”

“People thought I was a guy. I kept secret that I had three kids. I kept secret that I was a woman.”

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Daniel Hutchinson

Daniel Hutchinson: Shades of black

Bright Black bends light and space

Daniel Hutchinson explores the artistic possibilities of black paint, sculpted with striations that capture or reflect light in ways that create the illusion of space.

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Mocean Dance animates its past in lightening speed

The Masterworks winner has helped shape contemporary dance in Atlantic Canada

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.

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Exploring the landscape with Samuel Thulin’s “situated composition”

Samuel Thulin employs granular synthesis to create a sound art piece for Songlines

For me, sound and landscape go hand in hand. We travel through life being highly influenced by the sounds in our environment. Although hearing is not at the highest point of the sensual hierarchy, the sensuous space of sound is a powerful knowledge position to work from. Sound is used in medicine to determine the...

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Works by Marie-Line Leblanc and Sara Dignard

Tracing the gestures: Marie-Line Leblanc and Sara Dignard find everyday wonder on the Magdalen Islands

Songlines’ resident artists conduct a ‘geopoetic survey’ of local knowledge

Marie-Line Leblanc and Sara Dignard were to deny the Google Maps or other formal ways of mapping the area and seek the unwritten in the unexpected.

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Disappearing Terrain

Rilla Marshall maps our lost landscapes

There’s a soft delicacy in the works that comprise Rilla Marshall’s Liminal Project, which makes the realization of its decidedly uncomfortable subject matter all the more jarring and arresting.

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Going there: The playful pain of Neil LaPierre

Delving into the personal and surreal, Neil LaPierre is committed to bringing the HA-HA’s into art discourse.

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Framing nature

Claire Greenshaw explores illusion and paradox

Like snapshots of ephemeral performances and land art pieces, or installation shots which end up being re-presented in their own installative environments, Greenshaw captures in her work exemplary paradoxes.

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Jana sterbak, Declaration

Tuning into Sounding Selves

Escaping the hubbub of Dalhousie Graduation mayhem, I entered the Dalhousie Art Gallery and felt an eerie calm. There was a dark sparseness to the space: black walls, limited light and silence. Well not complete silence—after all I was there to listen to the Sounding Selves exhibit. Curated by The National Gallery of Canada’s Heather...

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