April 11: First day for the Images Festival, various locations, Toronto
Toronto’s Images Festival is back this week for its 26th year of experimental film, video and moving-image work from an impressive array of local, national and international artists. With 135 artists at 20 venues across the city, Images has a lot to offer, and can present a formidable—but worthy—challenge for the committed art lover or cineaste. For tips on what to see, check out our best bets.
April 11 at 7 p.m.: Opening for Slavs and Tatars at Presentation House Gallery, 333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver
This is will be the Canadian solo-show debut of Slavs and Tatars, a collective interested in “the area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China.” In the fall, the group was featured at MoMA in an intriguing black-light installation. In Vancouver, they’ll be looking specifically at intersections between Poland and Iran in an exhibition titled “Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz.” Curated by Vancouver artist Babak Golkar, it will include pająki (traditional Polish paper chandeliers), banners, riverbed sculptures, a photo mural, a fountain and mirrored mosaics.
April 13: First day for “David Askevold: Once Upon a Time in the East” at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis Street
Following a tour at the National Gallery in Ottawa, Confederation Centre in Charlottetown and the Armory in Los Angeles, a travelling retrospective of David Askevold comes home to the AGNS. The late artist, who spent much of his life in Nova Scotia, was a pioneer in the development of conceptual video and photo-based art, and influenced many others including Mike Kelley and Tony Oursler.
April 13: First day for “Grand Hotel” at the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Vancouver’s art scene rose up in protest earlier this year when art activities were shut down at its Waldorf Hotel. Now, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s new exhibition “Grand Hotel”—in the works for six years—aims to explore how hotels can inspire other kinds of passion. Overall, it hopes to make the case for hotels in general as one of the pre-eminent architectural and social structures of our time.
April 13 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Opening for Trevor Gould, David Lafrance and Alain Paiement at Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, 308–372 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montreal
Three compelling Montreal artists come together for an exhibition at one of the city’s newer commercial spaces. Gould, who installed a permanent public artwork at the Musée d’art contemporain courtyard last year, is known for unsettling works related to the primate figure, while Lafrance won an award for best-out-of-Montreal show at the Gala des arts visuels in December. Paiement, a guest at our 2012 Gallery Hop panel, is a talent of long standing in the city and an innovator in photo-based art.
For listings of exhibitions, openings and art events across Canada, please visit canadianart.ca/calendar.