Lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are our recommendations. (And remember to visit our Exhibition Finder for worthwhile shows that are already open.)
In “Coupling,” opening at Deluge Contemporary Art on July 3 at 7 p.m., Michael Doerksen constructs an ambiguous narrative, tethering together cast bronze sculptures of fossils, a bronzed sample canister used by the Ontario Department of Health Laboratories and found slides from a 1974 camping trip. There’s a suggestion that some connection exists between the people in the found photographs and the bronzed objects—some link between a past time and place, awaiting the viewer’s discovery.
The National Gallery of Canada continues their series of programming that allows visitors to meet the experts, with an instalment featuring Sonia Del Re, curator of “Chagall: Daphnis and Chloé,” on July 3 at 12 p.m. in English, followed by a French iteration at 2 p.m. Montreal-based artist Andrew Moncrief, whose paintings have a slightly haunted feel, in the vein of Francis Bacon, opens a show at La Petite Mort Gallery on July 3 at 7 p.m.
At the city gears up for stampede, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art taps into the spirit with “G’ddy Up,” their annual group show, which opens on July 4 at 1 p.m. “Weeping and Making Sad Noises” by Omar Lalani opens at the Avalanche! Institute of Contemporary Art on July 3 at 8 p.m. In the site-specific project airtime, which opens at the Esker Foundation on July 6, Svea Ferguson transforms vinyl and linoleum flooring into sculptures and installations. In “New West,” (curated by the Illingworth Kerr Gallery’s former director-curator Wayne Baerwaldt), Los Angeles-based artist Blake Little presents a series of photographic portraits of rural Albertans; the show opens at Contemporary Calgary on July 2 at 7 p.m.
The Art Gallery of Alberta’s highly participatory exhibition “Charrette Roulette” has a problem-solving event featuring Max Hurd from Oliver Apt. and artist Paul Segers, who will work throughout the day, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 8, turning unresolved problems into custom designs.
Two summer exhibitions open this week at Plug In ICA: on July 3 at 7 p.m., Nat Chard and Perry Kulper’s “Unreliable Sightings of…,” an exhibition based in unconventional approaches to architecture, opens. The following day, Nicolas Sassoon’s “Nature Falls” opens at Plug In ICA as a “serial exhibition” of Sassoon’s digital animation works.
Ahead of the opening of the Pan Am Games, the Art Gallery of Mississauga will launch a group exhibition that looks at the relationship between sport, gender, race, class and more, opening on July 2 at 6 p.m., alongside a solo exhibition of Kim Lee Kho’s work, and a photography exhibition highlighting Pan American countries.
The Dunlop Art Gallery will show Ian Skedd’s video work Sign Singing: Love Will Tear Us Apart, Joy Division, 1979, Deaf Choir, 2009, which features 12 performers translate Joy Division’s song of the same title into American Sign Language, starting July 6.
With three of their current exhibitions, “Surveying: An Uncertain Landscape,” “Bill Vazan: Marking the Land” and “Vantage Points,” the Confederation Centre Art Gallery has been tracing the complicated, deeply colonial relationship between Canadian nationhood, land and art. This line of inquiry continues with “Imperial Designs: Samuel Holland’s 1765 Map and the Making of Prince Edward Island,” which reflects on the 250th anniversary of Holland’s survey and map, and the integral role it played in the expansion of the British Empire. The show opens July 5 at 2 p.m., and hosts a presentation by conservator Lucy Angus on July 6 at 2 p.m.
Latin art comes into focus at Back Gallery Project with a show in conjunction with the Carnaval del Sol, featuring works by Tonel, Manuel Piña, Avelina Crespo, Josema Zamorano and Pablo Dompé, that opens July 2 at 5 p.m. Corin Sworn, who showed work at the 2013 Venice Biennale, will show her film installation The Rag Papers at Western Front (the work was actually created during a residency at the gallery), beginning on July 2 with an opening reception on July 7 at 7 p.m. The Cinematheque hosts a screening of work by German filmmaker Ute Aurand on July 8 beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Architecture is taken up at the Koffler Gallery in Alexander Pilis’s “Architecture Parallax: Through the Looking Glass,” which opens July 2 at 6 p.m. Jasmine Reimer’s sculptural work opens at Georgia Scherman Projects on July 4 at 2 p.m. Also on July 4, Susan Hobbs Gallery presents a group show featuring work by Liz Deschenes, Eileen Quinlan, Erin Shirreff and Erika Vogt. At MKG127, Geoffrey Pugen makes an unexpected, but quite convincing, pairing of condo living and science fiction in “White Condo,” which opens on July 4 at 2 p.m.
In the galleries of “Metamorphoses: In Rodin’s Studio” at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, juggler Jimmy Gonzalez will perform on July 4 and 5 at 10 a.m. On July 5 at 2 p.m., the MMFA hosts a screening of Twitch, a short film documenting acrobatics and experimental performance, and Grazing the Sky, a documentary about circus artists, in partnership with Montréal Complètement Cirque.
Our weekly must-sees, published each Thursday, are chosen from opening and event announcements sent to firstname.lastname@example.org at least two days prior to publication. For listings of art openings, exhibitions and events, visit canadianart.ca/exhibitions.
This post was corrected on July 2, 2015. An earlier version erroneously referred to the Confederation Centre for the Arts, rather than the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.