November 29: First day for Ed Pien at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, 372 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montreal
A series of new ink-and-cut-paper works form the basis of Ed Pien’s latest exhibition in Montreal. Pien has done much over the years with the cut-paper form, creating meticulous, moving works quite unlike any others in contemporary Canadian art. Now, he uses the medium to explore aquatic realms, bringing images of sea lilies and sediment into a body of work often known for its tendency to evoke trees and urban landscapes. This fresh turn may well connect with large water-themed installation Pien did for the recent Biennale of Sydney. Since we can’t yet see that installation north of the 49th, this is the next best thing.
November 29: Opening for Jennifer Rose Sciarrino at Daniel Faria Gallery, 188 St. Helen’s Avenue, Toronto
One of Toronto’s most exciting younger artists gets her first local solo show. Sciarrino has become known in recent years for small mountain forms made of hand-cut paper and hyper-realistic geologic sculptures. This new exhibition promises a series of sun-bleached prints depicting simple geometric forms, as well as a series of skewed concrete sculptures. Other notable shows opening in the city this week include “Dark Matter” at Arsenal Toronto—featuring Marc Séguin, Paterson Ewen, Anselm Kiefer, Ugo Rondinone and Alison Schulnik—a selection of Atget prints at Corkin Gallery and Maskull Lasserre’s first Hogtown solo show at Centre Space.
November 29 at 6:30 p.m.: Reading and performance by Eleanor Antin at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 1825 Main Mall, Vancouver
Renowned American artist Eleanor Antin has been bringing her coming-of-age memoir Conversations with Stalin to gallery and museum audiences around the United States at reading/performance events this fall. Now the action comes to Canada, where Antin will talk about her New York upbringing as a “red diaper baby” to a Stalinist mother and socialist father. A conversation with Michael Morris will also be part of the program—fitting since both Morris and Antin were engaged in mail art projects such as the Image Bank in the early 1970s, but have never yet met in person.
December 1: First day for “All in the Family” at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Boulevard, Winnipeg
What could be more apropos to the holiday season than an exhibition of family photos? After all, December’s days off are often a time for both biological and chosen families to gather and celebrate—for better or for worse. “All in the Family,” while not focusing on holiday pics per se, does look at how photographers in the Winnipeg Art Gallery collection approach families from River Heights to Baker Lake and beyond. The curatorial hopes for the show include this statement: “By reframing the family and the family album’s nostalgic half-truths, they remind us of photography’s own fallacies and fictions.”
December 4 & 5 at 8 p.m.: Jem Cohen event at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, Toronto
The Images Festival has geared up in the off-season to co-present a special project by American filmmaker Jem Cohen. Most recently noted for his Occupy Wall Street newsreels and the feature Museum Hours (about Kunsthistorisches Art Museum in Vienna), Cohen’s latest project features footage he has shot in Nova Scotia over the past 10 years accompanied by a live score featuring musicians from Fugazi and Godspeed You! Black Emperor as well as Mary Margaret O’Hara. It only has a two-night engagement.
For more listings of art openings, exhibition and events across Canada, please visit canadianart.ca/calendar.