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Summer 2013 issue

Summer 2013 Cover

Galleries West

Vol 12 No 2    ISSN No. 1703-2806

Editor: Portia Priegert

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Among the various titles that make up Winnipeg painter Sue Gordon’s "Far Country" is the ironic "The Future Is Clear," which is anything but in her encaustic landscapes. more

STORIES

This catalogue for a recent retrospective exhibition by Ruth Cuthand was shortlisted for the 2013 Saskatchewan Book Awards. more

BOOKS

Calgary photographer George Webber’s moody black-and-white photographs seem to violate any sense of the wide-open spaces of clichéd flatland lore. more

BOOKS

Chock-full of everything from tin weather vanes and painted game boards to carved barber poles and knife handles, this book resembles a cabinet of curiosities or, perhaps, the attic of a centuries-old farmhouse – minus the dust. more

BOOKS

A strange thing happened on the way to the third edition of this scholarly survey of some three centuries of Canadian art history: It was waylaid by women. more

BOOKS

Passion: That’s the key word that jumps out at me as I wander through these two collections of Canadian art – the passion of collecting and taking chances to explore the unknown of art’s creation. more

STORIES

“I never knew,” says Marie Lannoo, a Saskatoon-based painter, “that the simple act of folding would open things up for me.” Lannoo is referring to the new material her immensely colourful work is painted on. more

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Longtime painter Marianne Gerlinger has exhibited throughout Alberta and as far away as Slovenia. Before living in Calgary, she lived in Florida. When lining up her latest paintings, she noticed that they seemed to suggest passageways. more

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When I first viewed Chris Cran’s paintings in a survey show at the Kelowna Art Gallery in 1998, something pricked my senses. It was not just his adroitness and competency working at large scale. more

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This group show, its title a sidelong wink to how we come to know and digest other cultures through food, features a mix of Chinese, Canadian and Chinese-Canadian artists who explore ideas about cross-cultural exchange. more

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This retrospective exhibition by one of Western Canada’s leading ceramic artists, Jack Sures, features highlights of five decades of his work. Born in Brandon in 1934, Sures trained as a painter and printmaker. more

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It took Haisla artist Lyle Wilson some 20 years to build to his first major exhibition as he explored traditional carving, jewelry, painting and printmaking. more

STORIES

Although the popularity of comics as art – or comix, as the legendary Art Spiegelman and his underground colleagues call their oeuvre – has risen and fallen over the years, it’s now on an upswing. more

NEWS

You might say Calgary’s experience last year as a Cultural Capital of Canada ended not with a bang or a whimper, but with a flash mob. Even a $5.8-million infusion of federal arts funding gave cultural patriots little to cheer. more

COLUMNS

“There are no rules when it comes to birds.” Jason Carter is speaking about his carvings, but the statement seems to epitomize this Alberta artist’s general stance towards life. more

STORIES

Calgary artist Bill Rodgers did something unusual in 1992. He went back to works he had made between 1978 and 1989 and began to scrape down and paint over them. more

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A vast, boundless sky stretches across the horizon; glimmers of light emerge through a swirling fog of clouds. A lone figure silhouetted against the heavens gazes at this awe-inspiring sight. more

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Saskatoon artist Wally Dion admires artists who communicate the big picture about the impact of human technologies – people like Toronto photographer Edward Burtynsky and American digital-media artist Aaron Koblin. more

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What does it mean to be a painter in an era when machines can make things better than humans? Vancouver-based Bradley Harms explores that question with acrylic paintings that evoke digital images yet bear a human imprint. more

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“Old objects are laden in their own history, and you can manipulate the object to change that history,” says McFarlane. more

STORIES