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Michael Turner

Michael Turner is a writer of fiction, criticism and song based in the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh people. His most recent book, 9x11 and other poems like Bird, Nine, x and Eleven, is published by New Star Books.
how do you carry the land?

how do you carry the land?

Vancouver Art Gallery, July 14–October 28, 2018

Interior Outpost: Vancouver Art Heads East

Interior Outpost: Vancouver Art Heads East

Why are artists, curators and collectors leaving Vancouver for BC’s interior? Real estate is only one factor.

The Apartment: Vancouver’s Changing Scene

The Apartment: Vancouver’s Changing Scene

Michael Turner recounts the history of the Apartment, an influential Vancouver gallery that helped to launch an eastward shift in the city’s art scene.

Rock, Paper, Scissors: “Custom Made” Review

Rock, Paper, Scissors: “Custom Made” Review

Wrapping, with beadwork and basketry, recurs throughout the Kamloops Art Gallery's “Custom Made/Tsitslem te stem te ck’ultens-kuc.” Michael Turner reviews.

Ron Tran Plays Shopkeeper

Ron Tran Plays Shopkeeper

In "The Kitchen Garden at Home/Store," Ron Tran takes on the role of shopkeeper, amassing objects and display supports from nearby Chinatown stores.

Gesture Dominates in Valérie Blass’s “My Life”

Gesture Dominates in Valérie Blass’s “My Life”

In her new exhibition at Vancouver's Artspeak, Valerie Blass confounds visitors with her clever and unexpected sculpture.

Michael Turner’s Top 3 of 2014: Moments of Possession

Michael Turner’s Top 3 of 2014: Moments of Possession

Michael Turner lists his top three picks of 2014, including unexpected twists on institutional critique and bowls of reindeer soup.

Kamloops’ Luminocity Paints the Town Blanche

Kamloops’ Luminocity Paints the Town Blanche

A week-long nighttime art festival, inspired by Nuit Blanche, hints at how the Okanagan is undergoing a cultural renaissance, Michael Turner writes.

Black Diamond Dust: Industry and Labour

Black Diamond Dust: Industry and Labour

From utopian outposts to mining archives, Nanaimo Art Gallery's multi-venue group show "Black Diamond Dust" takes a hard look at the power of coal.

Hyung Min Yoon: From Page to Screen

Hyung Min Yoon: From Page to Screen

When a 1515 prayer book by Dürer is reworked as a 2014 political-joke film by Yoon, what does that say about our era? Michael Turner reviews.

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George Sawchuk: The Forest as Gallery, and Studio
Berlin Biennale Tells Tales Old and New
Sex, Drugs & Rock n’ Roll: Myfanwy MacLeod in Vancouver
A Look at Painting as Journey in Vancouver
Glenn Lewis Crashes Art-Craft Divide at Trench Gallery
A Course on Pictures Within Pictures, in Vancouver
Michael Turner’s Top 3 of 2013: Signs of Change
Witnesses: Art and Canada’s Indian Residential Schools
Swarm Celebrates Vancouver’s Artist-Run Autumn
Q&A: Melanie O’Brian’s View on Vancouver
Q&A: Haema Sivanesan on Centre A & Vancouver Scenes
Crystal Tongue Defies Analysis in Vancouver
Brian Jungen Shows Continuity & Contrast in German Survey
Art Spiegelman as Modern Master in Vancouver
Edible Glasses Provides New View of Vancouver ARC Culture
Things’ Matter Sets Thoughts in Motion at Or Gallery
Shannon Oksanen & Valérie Sonnier
Nathan Coley CAG Show Offers Chance to Reflect on Vancouver’s Problems & Prospects
Intersections: a new Ian Wallace retrospective at the VAG
“State of Mind” Marches to a Regional-Art Beat
Esther Shalev-Gerz at the Kamloops Art Gallery
Gareth Moore: Utility and Fragility
Native American Modernism: Art and Artifact
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