March 28: First day for Karilee Fuglem at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, 372 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal
It’s always fun to visit an artist’s studio, but it’s not a privilege many art lovers regularly get to enjoy. Here, Montreal artist Karilee Fuglem bridges the gap by recreating her studio in the gallery space, including journals of explorers whose names mark the rivers in Fuglem’s childhood home of south-central BC, piles of materials (often invisible, like tape), and important photographs.
March 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Opening for John Eisler and Aleesa Cohene at Diaz Contemporary, 100 Niagara Street, Toronto
In his previous show at Diaz in 2011, John Eisler presented wonderful sculptures of folded, printed, and woven paper; he also showed large wall works of corrugated plastic and chains that had a similarly layered approach. In this show, he promises to continue the layered and folded effects on canvas. New work by video artist Aleesa Cohene, known for creating unexpected narratives out of film clips of the 1980s and 1990s, is also worth a look.
March 29 at 7 p.m.: Opening for Katie McCain at La Centrale, 4296 boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal
During her master’s degree studies at the Glasgow School of Art a couple of years ago, Canadian artist Katie McCain attempted to remove every copy of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations—a capitalist-system mainstay—from the Glasgow Public Library. Another work addressed a feud between the government of Romania and the nation’s fortune-tellers. This exhibition in Montreal promises to work off of the idea that there is no difference between ritual, play and governance.
April 3 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Talk by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller at the Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Earlier in March, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s Murder of Crows was named as one of the best public art installations of 2012 in an international art critics’ poll. It’s just the latest in a long line of accolades for the Canadian duo, who have wowed audiences from Venice to Vancouver. On Wednesday, just a few days before a survey of their work opens at the AGO, the artists speak in person about their practice.
April 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Opening for Charley Young at the Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth
Recent NSCAD grad Charley Young is interested in drawing buildings—but not always in the way one might think. In April 2012, she created a life-sized rubbing on paper of the Macara Barnstead Building at 1800 Granville Street in Halifax. In May 2012, she created a life-sized 3-D “print” of West’s Boiler Shop, an old Yukon-gold-rush building in Dawson City. At this show, the drawings of buildings will likely to be smaller and more conventional, but her practice intrigues enough to make the ferry trip across the harbour worthwhile.
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