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Spring 2014 issue

Spring 2014 Cover

Galleries West

Vol 13 No 1    ISSN No. 1703-2806

Editor: Portia Priegert

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Clint Neufeld never thought he would be an artist. Raised in small-town Saskatchewan, he served with Canadian peacekeepers in the former Yugoslavia and aspired to be a firefighter. more

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"the road home from Sandy Bay Residential School Series"

Courtesy of the artist.

The School of Art Gallery at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg is able to purchase Robert Houle’s "Sandy Bay Residential School Series" after receiving the York Wilson Endowment Award. more

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Popular artist Robert Genn delivered sad news recently to the many readers of his twice-weekly digital newsletter – he has been diagnosed with cancer. more

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This handsome coffee-table book could easily be dubbed Big Sky, Little Town. Page after page shows main streets strung across the bottom of horizontal photographs, most topped by the cerulean skies so much a part of the flatland experience. more

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The Vancouver Art Gallery will host a major show later this year – "The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors." The exhibition, which opens Oct. 18, features nearly 200 objects from the collections of Beijing’s Palace Museum. more

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"Untitled"

Courtesy Royal BC Museum.

Victoria’s Royal BC Museum was the first Western Canadian institution to join the Google Art Project. It is making an initial batch of 81 works accessible to the public via the Internet. more

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Erin Shirreff has won a prestigious international art award, the $50,000 Aimia-AGO Photography Prize, for meditative work that reflects on memory and the history of the image. more

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West Coast ceramic artist Kathy Venter exhibited some three dozen sculptures of the female form in her recent solo show at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. more

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First it was Contact and Le mois de la photo. Then came Exposure and Capture. Now, it’s Saskatchewan’s turn to follow the example of Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver with its celebration, the Saskatchewan Prairie Light Photography Festival. more

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Montreal’s Mona Sharma shows narrative drawings, both on a monitor and as large-scale projections on the wall, in Justice Takes a Holiday. She seeks to encourage discussion on a range of social-justice issues. more

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Sarah Fuller considers memory and experience in relationship to place in "My Banff." more

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"Lake Superior Agate"

Photo: Lee Henderson.

Curator Jennifer Matotek reconsiders the formalist aesthetics of modernism, which influenced many Saskatchewan artists via the Emma Lake workshops. more

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Victoria artist Tracey Nelson mobilizes her fondness for handcrafted sock monkeys to consider craft, collecting, play theory and DIY culture in Walls of Intrigue and Cabinets of Curiosity. more

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The Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art taps into current anxieties in "Toxicity," bringing together work by 12 artists who explore issues that relate to biotechnology, biosecurity, biomedicine and biopolitics. more

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Tim Schouten displays paintings from "The Spirit Lake Project," an ongoing conversation between six artists creating work related to the Spirit Lake Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. more

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"Eagle Hat"

Museum of Anthropology, UBC, Nb1.489. Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery.

The Vancouver Art Gallery has organized the first major survey of work by Haida artist Charles Edenshaw, an important figure in the history of Northwest Coast art. more

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When Coast Salish artist Susan Point was getting her start back in the 1980s, galleries were not interested in her work with glass. “They said it wasn’t a native medium,” she recalls. “I didn’t care.” more

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Allison Morgan’s paintings explore processes of decay and disintegration. Subjects are transformed by some change to their bodies or a breakdown of the norm. more

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Lost in daydreams and diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, Jason Poturica felt overwhelmed as a child. Often unable to finish what he had started, he loved reading adventure books, playing with his model railway and making 8mm films. more

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"Plant specimens collected in the 1940s by amateur botanist Jacques Henry"

Photo: M. N. Hutchinson

For a group of Alberta artists, it was an intriguing opportunity to explore France’s turbulent history through the lens of a centuries-old Normandy chateau. more

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