Reviews

Lou Sheppard: Spaces Between

Exploring the undefinable + unspoken

Living and working in K’jiputuk (Halifax), Lou Sheppard uses performance and media installation to explore the rifts between human experience and our attempts to define our place in the world. Sheppard turns data sets, medical texts and geographic information into movements of drawn line, dance and music. Their work tugs and pulls at the structures...

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Steele + Tomczak collect strangers’ confessions

The Long Time collapses the distance between "us" and "others"

The works in The Long Time transmit the sense that you’re missing or meeting something, getting just a trace of what came before and what is coming next.

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The myth of home

Jerry Ropson’s powerful exploration of loss

Jerry Ropson’s to kiss a goat between the horns is a memorial to a cultural vernacular and way of life that has already left us—his grandfather's rural Newfoundland culture.

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The NSCAD Venice Connection

NSCAD has its fingerprints all over the Venice Biennale this year

Representation of NSCAD across multiple shows and national delegations underline the school’s place in the broader art world, as well as Atlantic Canada’s slow move away from the international art world’s periphery.

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Ursula Johnson: Weaving history

"You begin to weave and it’s almost as if the wood is telling you what direction to move in"

Johnson is concerned that Mi’kmaq baskets will become obsolete, referenced only in archives or glanced at as artifacts on the dusty shelves of art collectors.

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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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