Goings on around…Canada

With summer finally here, it feels as though there is no shortage of reasons to stay outside and absorb as much vitamin D as possible. Writing this from BC, our summers can be all too short and disappointing so when it is nice, we tend to stay out as much as we can. However, I have a found quite a few reasons to stay out of natural light and instead soak up some good old tungsten gallery lighting….

Kleinburg, ON

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection in the village of Kleinburg, Ontario is currently showing a selection of works by Edward Burtynsky. Curated by Chris Finn the show is comprised of a selection of thirty photographic images from several series including landscape works from the early 1980s to more recent images chosen from his Mining photographs, as well as Railcuts, Homesteads, Tailings, Oil, and others.

I was fortunate enough to catch Burtynsky’s show at The Photographers’ Gallery in London, England last year. The scale of the work and project reflects the enormity and importance of the subject matter. Well worth a visit.

The show at McMichael runs from the 29th June – 29th September 2013.


Ottawa, ON

Clash: Conflict and Its Consequences at the National Gallery is coming to an end soon (August 1st) so if you are in Ottawa, you should definitely check this out.

From the website:

This exhibition draws upon works in the collection to present war and conflict as complex phenomena, ones that have far reaching consequences for both those directly engaged in it, and those at various points of remove. Central to this exhibition is photography’s relation to trauma and remembrance, at a personal, communal and national level, and issues of what constitutes history, for whom and why.

Carlos Sanchez and Jason Sanchez, Misuse of Youth (2007),

ink jet print mounted on Dibond, 155.2 x 226.2 x 4.8 cm framed. 

Larry Towell, Palestinian Boys Throwing Stones at Israeli Soldiers. Ramallah, West Bank (October 2000), gelatin silver print, 32.5 x 48.2 cm. NGC, CMCP Collection. © Larry Towel

Banff, AB

The legendary Banff Centre in Alberta is home to the Walter Phillips Gallery, named after a print-maker who played a pivotal role in the development of the visual arts program at the Banff School of Fine Arts.

From July 13th – September 15th the gallery will be showing work by: Francis Alÿs, Raymond Boisjoly, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Ragnar Kjartansson, Silke Otto-Knapp, Walter J. Phillips, and Andreas Siqueland.

Pleinairism brings together a selection of paintings, works on paper, and moving images by artists who are rarely associated with plein air practice. The exhibition questions what forms plein air practices may take at this moment and how this traditional way of working operates in relation to the proliferation of new media in the contemporary art world.

Still from Peter Fischli and David Weiss'  The Right Way, 1983.  Courtesy the artists, Eva Presenhuber, Zurich; Sprüth Magers, London/Berlin; and Matthew Marks, New York.

Still from Peter Fischli and David Weiss’ The Right Way, 1983. Courtesy the artists, Eva Presenhuber, Zurich; Sprüth Magers, London/Berlin; and Matthew Marks, New York.

Vancouver, BC

And now for something completely different….

This show will give you a chance to be outside, socialize and enjoy some great photography. What more could you ask for? This show is a great chance to see work by established and emerging photographers alike.



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