“In Canada, I will make a video that will make me cry. In unbearable frost and thin air I shall hold my shivering dried-up heart in my hand….” Ragnar Kjartansson, Icelandic artist The End — Rocky Mountains is a five-channel video installation synched together as a single disfigured […]
There are always a few hotly anticipated entries in the Toronto International Film Festival (#TIFF) and this year’s buzz includes the creatively presented Road Movie, about roads rarely seen and voices rarely heard. Here’s an excerpt from the festival program. And then have a look at the […]
Darrell Bell Gallery (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) is exhibiting contemporary Canadian sculpture and furniture. Here’s a quick rundown.
On the water, I prefer a kayak. But canoes are such a part of Canadian life that I am endlessly drawn to the often mystical imagery of paddling, especially in art. So many iconic Canadian moments are tied to canoeing, including the wilderness trips of Group of Seven […]
This print by David Blackwood took me instantly to a haunting image in Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News, the scene where ancestors of the novel’s main character haul a house across the ice with ropes in the gray winter of Newfoundland. Black Ice, a Blackwood exhibit, captures […]
Purgatorio, A Drinkingbout (Series of Drinkers – Smokey The Bar, No. 2), (detail) 1981. Sandra Meigs’ work is at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Ottawa through August, part of an exhibit of holdings from the National Gallery of Canada called This is Paradise. For more than […]