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Current Issue: SUMMER 2017





The Readymade Institution/Think School Exchange

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Students in Michael Eddy & Michael McCormack’s Readymade
Institution class are collaborating with Think School, a group of
artists from Sapporo, Japan. The two groups have exchanged works
that reflect on caring for and interpreting work sent from a remote
context. Centred on the theme of portable and alternative galleries,
works in this exhibition examine DIY culture, institutional critique,
small sizes, marginality, intimacy, movement and public space.
Works completed by students from the Readymade Institution class
will presented by Think School in Sapporo, Japan in the fall of 2017.

Language + Process, group exhibition

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Students in Becka Barker’s Language + Process class have
considered concepts such as lingua franca, tacit knowledge, and
performativity in the shaping of peer critique and have drawn on
these concepts in the realization of new work. Their final exhibition
regards the gallery space as a site of creative and critical reflection
on the role language plays in processes of design and artistic


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About her textile-based practice, Brebenel offers, “Our memory
system is fashioned so that we remember what is most important
to us. Though elusive and inaccurate in some situations, memory
forms the foundation for the strong beliefs we hold about ourselves.
Recollections are abstract expressions of past experiences that
bear associations to specific thoughts and emotions. The pieces in
my installations serve as examples of quiet memories that have the
innate quality of taking me to the past, offering the possibility of
re-living my experiences, and releasing me from the irreversibility
of time.”

Heather Sayeau

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About her painting practice, Sayeau offers, “I fell in love with
flowers when I was very young, planting roses in the garden with my
grandmother. That love has stayed strong and true. Since childhood
flowers have been important to me, bringing the power of beauty
to moments of happiness, sorrow and life in all aspects. Painting
flowers is a challenge filled with frustration and delight. It connects
me to places I have been, and to my emotional life. I plant them, give
them away and gaze at them and their unending loveliness.”


Exquisite Installation

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During this multi-day installation/performance, the artists will
attempt to confront, map and divide the gallery space. Collectively
assembled, it will be a growing, living and evolving body that
challenges its viewer to reconfigure their movements through the


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I’ll have that with The Works, please.
“Like chefs in pursuit of exquisite and mouth-watering concoctions,
ceramic artists are obsessed with the pursuit of dazzling glaze
sensations. As Ceramics Technician at NSCAD University over the
past 23 years, much like a head chef, my job has been to develop
new glazes that reflect changing tastes and styles. The past few
years I have been craving for a more nuanced pallet of glazes. My
appetite is satisfied by a collection of delicious flavours and colours
that I refer to as The Works. Mouth-watering.”


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About her exhibition, Tasa offers, “Through the process of
obscuring in order to reimagine, these paintings are a celebration of
willingness to fail in order to find direction.”


Surviving Emotional Implosion

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“How can abstraction of the human form convey conflicting
emotions?” Kopas has been using this question to fuel the creations
of her ceramic wall installations. Inspired by the materiality of clay,
particularly how it holds onto the maker’s marks and touch, she
imparts her own lived experiences involving mental wellness into it.

Crystallizing Craft

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Crystallizing Craft is a celebration of the interdisciplinary
relationships between the humanities and the sciences. Collectively,
the exhibitors aim to transcend the divisions of institutional
structures and create new, hybridized discourses. Curator Nathan
Wilson explains, “Together we combine traditional vectors, sending
us into new and uncharted domains. These are the voyages of an
interdisciplinary artist.”


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The artist offers, “This exhibition will explore the experiences of
going back to the land of my ancestors. For one month I’ll travel
from Edmonton up to Lesser Slave Lake to Grande Prairie to research
my maternal Cree and Métis family history with the hope of finding
documents pertaining to fur trade or land claims, old photos or
community memories. The exhibition will include gestures of
reclaimation and resistance through projects conducted on the land.


Alcuin Society 2016 Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada

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The Anna Leonowens Gallery is pleased to host the annual Alcuin
Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. The Alcuin
Society has announced the winners of its 35th annual winning
books, which will be exhibited in Germany at the Frankfurt and
Leipzig Book Fairs; at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo; and in nine
Canadian provinces. The Alcuin Society is a Vancouver based nonprofit
society for the support and appreciation of fine books. For
more information and list of winners visit

Helah Cooper

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With a focus on textiles, sculpture, collaboration and performance,
Cooper’s installation engages the viewer in a game-like structure
with multiple potential arrangements. Objects within the installation
can be re-organized by performers to create an imagined, nonlinear
narrative. Cooper aims to encourage new pathways for
communication and a sense of queer absurdity: hybridized objects
such as hand-made tools, home décor, pompoms, theatre props and
slippers suggest specific functions but are ultimately useless.

Hallucinate All Over Me

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Using the female nude as a starting point, Cornell, Murray and Peleg
have produced paintings that employ layering as a tool to criticize,
unpack and examine what it means to be a woman in the arts in


Janso Isso

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Artist Janso Isso is a Kurdish-Syrian refugee who arrived in Nova
Scotia on November 7, 2016, with his wife, Himo Hussin and their
young daughters, Mavie and Melly. Born in 1974 in Al-Hasakah in
northern Syria, Janso fled war and made his way to Lebanon, where
he and Himo registered as United Nations refugees. Janso worked
throughout Lebanon and Qatar, taking on artistic commissions.
Janso is self-trained, and works in a number of painting styles, from
classical to modern, and in a variety of media, including sculpting,
bas relief, trompe l’oeil, and beautiful and highly intricate decorative
arts. He has received numerous citations for his art from the
ministries of culture in Syria and Lebanon.
Janso and his family have been sponsored by Crichton Park Friends
of Refugees in Dartmouth. Janso has been painting non-stop since
he arrived in Nova Scotia. His work can be seen at


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Curator Luke Mohan explains, “Gallery 3 in the Anna Leonowens
has no faucets or fountains but a glimpse through the porthole will
reign you into hail-fel·low-well-met, a group show with contributions
from Gabriel Soligo, Jacob Irish, Julie Hall, Lucy Pauker, Luke Mohan,
and Madeleine Scott. On view will be looping video projections,
sculptures, sounds and situations. Where there’s steam there’s fire. We cheers and say, ‘Glug glug to that!’”


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NSCAD Print Club presents a portfolio exchange of 27 prints
between students specializing in printmaking from NSCAD U and
the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. Halifax and
Dundee (Scotland) are both connected to long-standing histories,
economies, and landscapes – themes explored by students from
both schools.


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Tiandongding “Steven” Zuo, undergraduate exhibitor
About his painting practice, Zuo explains, “Embracing distrust of my
own visual decisions leads me to new pictorial discoveries through
the process of making revisions. I have discovered a sort of harmony
in the contradictions I experience in both my own paintings and as I
navigate different cultures.”

LandMarks: Art+ Places+ Perspectives

LandMarks: Art+ Places+ Perspectives

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LandMarks is a network of collaborative, contemporary art projects across Canada’s national parks on the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Under the umbrella of the LandMarks project, students in this studio course have spent the semester exploring our complex relationship to the local landscape from many perspectives. Their multidisciplinary works aim to foster a dialogue about our collective histories and shared futures. Additional installations in Halifax’s Point Pleasant Park are exhibited concurrent to the works within the gallery.