Terrance Houle has always been a performer. Growing up on the Canadian Prairies while his father served in the armed forces, the Calgary-based artist, who is of Blackfoot and Ojibway descent, regularly danced at powwows while attending military-base and public schools.
Sound art’s institutional acceptance is on an upswing from MoMA to Tate Modern. But Winnipeg’s 10th Send and Receive sound art festival, kicking off this week, continues to find the genre’s exciting, experimental, expect-the-unexpected fringe.
Remembering is a decidedly melancholy activity in “Mnemonic Devices,” the current exhibition at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens. Still, the historical and personal content of its individual works makes for a deeply affecting—and memorable—show.
Though created over 30 years ago, the works in “Kim Ondaatje: Paintings 1950–1975” still speak to current concerns. Moreover, shimmering alternately with the heat of summer and the chilling winter wind, they’re poignant documents of the Canadian landscape.
Though it’s taken on an elegiac quality since Yves Saint Laurent’s unexpected passing, the YSL retrospective in Montreal feels enjoyable and emotional. After all, clothing is art made for the body, and this show surveys 40 years of the best.
Suburbia may seem a sea of cookie-cutter homes, donut shops and big-box buildings, but a new exhibition at the Art Gallery of Peel, “Heritage Complex,” drops the stereotypes for a more contemplative kind of analysis.
Popular during the Arts & Crafts movement and the 1970s, mushroom motifs seem to be in vogue again. This is nowhere more evident than in the work of Katie Bethune-Leamen, has been creating (and even inhabiting) mushrooms both minuscule and majestic.