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Call for Artist Pages

Call for Artist Pages

Visual Arts News invites all Atlantic Canadian print media/paper-based artists to create new works for our Special 40th Anniversary Edition of the magazine. The bonus issue is scheduled to be released in December 2017. We will commission up...
Holding space with Rachel Beach

Holding space with Rachel Beach

That these pieces “live” as they do is overwhelmingly apparent in Mid-Sentence; they exist in conversation with each other across distance and time, a living interaction, and they evoke a sense beyond the physically sculptural, beyond image, to...
Walking With Our Sisters pays homage to missing and murdered Indigenous women

Walking With Our Sisters pays homage to missing and murdered Indigenous women

Community members commemorate each individual life lost: "They are sisters, mothers, aunties, daughters, cousins, grandmothers, wives and partners. They have been cared for, they have been loved, they are missing and they are not forgotten."
Mocean Dance animates its past in lightening speed

Mocean Dance animates its past in lightening speed

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.
From the archives

From the archives

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.
Exhibition Listings
Call and Response: Collages and Paintings

Call and Response: Collages and Paintings

Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 1, 7pm-9pm

Golden Moons

Golden Moons

Naturally Dyed & Handwoven, each moon piece is bisected horizontally between sky and ground or water, and collectively they ask questions about location, space, scale, concreteness, control. As we speed up in all our interactions, the slow, incremental woven, dyed progress of these pieces seems satisfying and rich, and possessing of serenity.

Frances Dorsey, Black Moon, handwoven and naturally dyed fibres,2015. photo credit: image courtesy of the artist

Frances Dorsey and Rachel Morouney, Black Moon and Crenellated Fan,handwoven and naturally dyed fibres, carved and glazed ceramic, 2015. photo credit: images courtesy of the artists

 

I Never Want To Grow Up

I Never Want To Grow Up

Recent NSCAD University graduate Erin Hollingshead has created a new body of work, which incorporates imagery that delves into the inner child into powerful portraits of adult women. Stuffed animals and classic childhood items add colour and excitement into some pieces, while others portray more child-like body language.

Inuit Fine Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut

Inuit Fine Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut

SakKijâjuk – a Labrador Inuit term meaning, “to be visible” – highlights the little known craft and artworks produced in Nunatsiavut (the Inuit region of Labrador) over half a century of exciting, diverse production. The exhibition features the work of dozens of artists in photography, sculpture, painting, clothing, drawing, printmaking, basketry, film, video, and the textile arts. The exhibition opens at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery before touring across Canada.

Michelle Baikie, The Hunter, 1998, 35.56 x 25.4cm, digital photograph, Collection of the artist

Postcards from Cuba

Postcards from Cuba

The photographs in the Postcards from Cuba exhibit were taken in March 2014 when the photographer, Kathleen Flanagan, visited Havana, the capital city of Cuba, and Remedios and Caibarien, two small coastal cities in Cuba.  The images depict Cuba before the impact of recent major events – the lifting of the 50-year American embargo in December 2014, the election of Donald Trump on November 8, 2016, and the death of Fidel Castro on November 25, 2016.  Guided by documentary traditions, the images depict a country in transition as seen with a visitor’s eye and empathy.

Kathleen Flanagan, Girl with keys, Caibarien, Cuba, March 2014

(fold)

(fold)

Gallery 3
Artist presentation: Wed 8 February, 12 Noon 

ven cain’s subtle approach to colour and texture forms the basis for (fold), a mixed-material installation of ceramic and fibre works. Influenced by theory and a personal experience of longstanding pain, (fold) examines themes of uncertainty and disconnection.

Before My Safe Place

Before My Safe Place

Gallery 3
Artist talk: Fri 27 January, 12 Noon 

In her exhibition of prints, sculpture and textiles, Richards tackles the aftermath of a personal tragedy. In an attempt to find clarity from the past, she spins a narrative that depicts this near-fatal event as well as her healing process.

Flowers

Flowers

Alex Livingston’s new series FLOWERS expands on themes from his earlier paintings: flower and botanical motifs; dualities of representation and abstraction, natural and human made, “naturalia” and artificialia”; and reference to specific art historical sources and styles. Whereas Livingston’s paintings of the 1980s and 1990s referenced celtic illumination, botanical illustration and 17th century woodcuts, his new work combines painterly still life with futuristic, digital flora. The result creates an unusual visual experience.

 

Born in Kingston, Ontario, Livingston received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and an MA Fine Arts from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, England.

 

IMAGE 1

artist name: Alex Livingston

title of work: Flowers and Vase

media: chromira print on di-bond

year: 2016

photo credit: Alex Livingston

 

Annapolis, Subd. B: Postcards from the future

Annapolis, Subd. B: Postcards from the future

Janice Leonard’s work continues her fascination with a place where her roots and history permanently reside. The land still has that atmosphere and a sense of timelessness that she never loses.

In this series she is looking at the surrealism of an era when technology produces immediate references to an unending natural environment.

Leonard still uses sketches and notes as a primary reference, but now her iPhone camera has become an essential tool as well. The photos are tagged geographically as “Annapolis Subd. B” an ironically clinical description of a place named “paradise”.

Janice Leonard,  Paradise, 8:16 p.m., Last night before I head home, acrylic on canvas, 2016

 

Souterrain Expressions

Souterrain Expressions

Original carvings created by Canadian soldiers in 1917 in a cave 10 metres below Vimy Ridge are reproduced as 3D prints. Part of the UNB Art Centre’s 75th anniversary programming throughout 2016.

The Canadigm Group, Oscar Green, 3D recreation of cave etching, 1917/2016. Photo credit: The Canadigm Group

 

The Splits

The Splits

A major new video work by the Vancouver-based artist explores the practiced rhythms of everyday motions in a montage of documentary and narrative.

Cutline: Allison Hrabluik, video still from The Splits, 2015, digital video, 15:00. Image courtesy of the artist.

Atmospheres

Atmospheres

Gallery 2B

Fraser considers the genre of landscape imagery as an environmental subject matter. Her images of the sky are made at specific locations using timed intervals. Displayed as comparative grids, the photographs depict environmental occurrences and elements of time and space that have a topical relation to the science and culture of climate change.

 

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