CURRENT ISSUE | SPRING 2015
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Everybody reads a given exhibition differently, and half the enjoyment in art comes from exploring those different points of view. Here, Canada's leading and emerging art writers respond to must-discuss exhibitions taking place across the country and overseas.

Fiona Annis Intertwines Photography and Death

Fiona Annis transforms traces of dying stars into an immersive installation at Toronto’s Gallery 44 that ruminates on loss.

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Parker Branch’s Artful Arrangements

At DNA Artspace in London, the collective Parker Branch combine thrift-store junk to create strange works that question the act of exhibition-making.

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Problem Child: The Provocations of Jonathan Hobin

Jonathan Hobin’s newest photographs continue his controversy-courting tendencies, but Emily Falvey argues that they fail to challenge stereotypes.

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MAW Collective Forget the Punchline

At their exhibition at CK2 in Montreal, MAW Collective upend humorous approaches to art, leaving viewers lingering for a punchline that never comes.

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Calgary Biennial Takes Conservatism to Task

By infiltrating the city using guerrilla tactics, the Calgary Biennial hit hard at self-centred conservatism and offered a reminder of civic responsibility.

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“Material Girls” Takes up Space at the Dunlop

At the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, feminist art forgoes body-oriented approaches to embrace colourful and materially lush work that fills the gallery.

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This Is Your Brain on Jeremy Shaw

Jeremy Shaw gets visitors’ pulses racing at Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery, where he delves into the futuristic world of Quantum Humans.

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Krista Buecking at Susan Hobbs: A Critic’s View

Amy Luo visits Krista Buecking’s solo exhibition at Susan Hobbs Gallery in Toronto, and asks whether an awareness of market culture can count as critique.

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Douglas Coupland Doesn’t Care About You

Douglas Coupland’s new touring survey promises an interactive experience that is deeply contemporary. But how social is the art, really?

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Landon Mackenzie Brings New Life to Emily Carr Paintings

At the Vancouver Art Gallery, Emily Carr’s works gain renewed relevancy thanks to a careful, nuanced pairing with contemporary painter Landon Mackenzie.

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Andrea Robbins and Max Becher Document Overlaps Between Church and State

Photographers Andrea Robbins and Max Becher depict overlaps between religion and state, but resist a documentary approach and look to a broader landscape.

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Scott Rogers Brings Sports Into the Gallery at YYZ

Scott Rogers’s newest video project at YYZ Artists’ Outlet offers an adrenaline-raising, occasionally gruesome look into the world of backcountry skiing.

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