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Summer 2009 issue

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Galleries West

Vol 8 No 2    ISSN No. 1703-2806

Editor: Jill Sawyer

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The work of Greg Staats overflows with poetic politics — two terms that rarely work well together. more

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Faunamorphic, July 3 to August 15, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon more

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Spanning a dozen years of Peter von Tiesenhausen’s work, between 1997 and 2009, this exhibition echoed, not so much in an aural sense but with a reverberation between many of the works on display. more

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Llewellyn Petley-Jones moved to Horseshoe Bay in the early 1950s, when it was little more than a settlement of scattered cottages around a small marina, a considerable journey north from downtown Vancouver. more

HISTORICAL ART & AUCTIONS

Years ago, a teacher told Barbara Heller, one of Canada’s premier fibre artists, that she had to look for her own “authentic personal image” — something that appealed at a visceral level and that would form the core of her art. more

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Though John H. Burrow, a former advertising illustrator, moves easily between many different styles, most of his work focuses on rich impressionistic florals and bright, whimsical folk art scenes. more

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Saskatoon painter Lorenzo Dupuis started working with crowd scenes and portraits about a year and a half ago. Prior to that shift, the veteran artist concerned himself primarily with landscapes and the occasional still life. more

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Sodbusters share a fierce connection to the land. While some farm it and others experience it on snow-packed sled trails, Louise Cook prefers to paint it. more

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“Drawing is really important and should be recognized in and of itself,” says Vancouver-based curator and art history professor Lynn Ruscheinsky. more

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PRESIDENT AND CEO JEFFREY SPALDING’S ABRUPT DEPARTURE FROM THE GLENBOW MUSEUM RE-IGNITES CALGARY’S DIZZYING DEBATE OVER CONTEMPORARY ART. more

NEWS

"Interface/Interfacing"

Scott Pownall

‘Electronic folk art’ is a guiding principle behind new media artist Diana Burgoyne’s work. She uses materials that are inexpensive and accessible, exploring relationships between people and technology, and assembling installations. more

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AFTER A SERIES OF STARTLING LARGE-SCALE INSTALLATIONS, HEATHER BENNING’S NEW WORK JUST LOOKS LIKE CHILD’S PLAY. more

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An artist is always double. Reece Terris has gone a long way to reconciling his doubleness. A contractor by day, he remodels homes in the Vancouver area — tearing out rose-coloured bathtubs and stripping mouldering Formica. more

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"Insecta Fantasia"

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INFLUENCED BY ECOLOGICAL EMERGENCY OR A SIMPLE FASCINATION WITH SCIENCE, THESE FOUR CANADIAN ARTISTS (Elizabeth Burritt, Jennifer Angus, Aganetha Dyck and Adam Makarenko) ARE INSPIRED BY INSECTS. more

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Among the stone carvings of bears, birds, whales and other Arctic animals at the Inuit Art Gallery in Vancouver, are works that reflect a less traditional Northern life. more

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Since 2003, Manitoba artist Tim Schouten has been exploring the Treaties of Canada, historic agreements between the Government of Canada, signed between 1871 and 1954, and the country’s Aboriginal people, granting rights and setting boundaries. more

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There’s something oddly comforting about Heather Benning’s manipulated photos of old, abandoned buildings in varying stages of decrepitude. more

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At first glance, Silke Otto-Knapp’s watercolour paintings of ballet and contemporary dancers appear less complex than they really are. more

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There’s a softness and peace that fills Weiming Zhao’s canvases that almost feels like an exhalation, sinking into the safety and beauty of nature. more

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“There’s an underlying humour to Mary Anne Barkhouse’s work,” says Linda Jansma, curator at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Ontario. more

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