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This Week: Alison Norlen, Julia Dault & More

The Alberta Biennial and a Canadian solo show debut are on the agenda this week, along with a compellingly framed group show and a chance to see new works by some exciting Canadian artists. Read on for our top picks, and find more listings at

January 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Opening for Simone Jones, Olia Mishchenko and Kevin and Robert Yates at Rodman Hall , 109 St. Paul Crescent, St. Catharines
Debates about digital art have been heating up of late, which makes it an auspicious time to consider the work of Simone Jones, a Toronto artist who has been working on the artistic application of robotics and technology for more than two decades. On the more analog end of things, Olia Mishchenko, known for intricate drawings of marvelous spaces, debuts a participatory project titledRavine Worldwhile Kevin Yates shows new sculpture and a film made with his brother, Robert Yates.

January 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Opening for Julia Dault at Jessica Bradley Annex, 74 Miller Street, Toronto
Julia Dault’s first solo exhibition in Canada opens this week, and given the Toronto-raised artist’s recent successes at the New Museum Triennial, Gwangju Biennale and Marrakech Biennale, it’s sure to garner lots of viewer attention. How many of her signature time-based sculptures will there be, compared with her paintings? We’ll have to show up to find out.

January 25 at 7 p.m.: Opening for “Border Cultures” at the Art Gallery of Windsor, 401 Riverside Drive West, Windsor
Windsor is a border town—and may in some ways be considered an extreme example of the condition of much of the Canadian population, which lives largely in close proximity to the US border. In this first of three group shows on the topic of border cultures, a mix of local and international artists, from Broken City Lab to Willie Doherty, reflect on home and land. Also worth a look in Windsor this month is Artcite’s 30th anniversary exhibition, which features a selection of artists shown there through the years, including Janet Cardiff, IAIN BAXTER& and many notable others.

January 25 at 8 p.m.: Opening for Alison Norlen at the Mendel Art Gallery, 950 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon
Saskatoon artist Alison Norlen is known for her expansive large-scale drawings of rural fairgrounds and amusement parks. With this show, she moves more deeply into large-scale installations, reconstituting monumental 20th-century sites of leisure such as the Crystal Palace, Luna Park, Brighton Pier and Las Vegas. Also opening at the Mendel this evening are the touring shows “Steeling the Gaze” and “Stephen Hutchings: Landscapes for the End of Time.”

January 26: First day for “The News from Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art” at the Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton
Exploring the theme of post-regionalism in relation to art production in Alberta and curated by Governor General’s Award–winning critic (and Canadian Art contributing editor) Nancy Tousley, the latest Alberta Biennial highlights a variety of practitioners from emerging to established. Thirty-six artists are featured, including Eric Cameron, Jason de Haan and Miruna Dragan, Robyn Moody and Terrance Houle. To find out more in advance of the opening, check out Tatiana Mellema’s interview with Tousley or the curator’s talk on January 25 at 6 p.m.

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