A talk by Taiwan’s latest Venice rep in Montreal, Gabor Szilasi’s large-format debut and a UBC MFA show demonstrate that the Canadian art world actually doesn’t rest all that much over the Labour Day weekend. Here are our recommendations for the next seven days, from August 30 to September 5.
August 30, 4 p.m.: Artist talk by Hong-Kai Wang at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, 1400 boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal
Hong-Kai Wang, a Taiwanese artist who represented her country at the 2011 Venice Biennale, gives a talk in relation to her work being included in the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery’s current group exhibition, “Interactions.” Her work in the show, like much of her oeuvre, addresses the politics of sound, offering a soundscape of a factory as recorded by some of its retired workers.
September 5: First day for Jack Bush & Ohotaq Mikkigak at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, 7 Hart House Circle
Curator Nancy Campbell has won deserved acclaim for her apt pairings of Canadian artists from Inuit and non-Inuit traditions. In the latest such exhibition, Campbell focuses on the paintings of late, famed abstractionist Jack Bush and the landscape drawings of Cape Dorset’s Ohotaq Mikkigag.
September 1: First day for Gabor Szilasi at Art 45, 372 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montreal
Renowned Montreal photographer Szilasi is always worth a look; this show in particular debuts for the first time in large format eight portraits from the artistʼs projects of the 1970s and 1980s.
August 31: First day for “Hail to the Destroyers” at the Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 1825 Main Mall, Vancouver
The latest crop of UBC MFA grads show off their stuff in this exhibition, which touches on everything from body art to Internet code. A public critique will also take place on September 14.
September 5: First day for Peter Dykhuis at Red Head Gallery, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Halifax artist and curator Dykhuis returns to Toronto with a new spin on his long-term project of generating compelling artworks culled from the detritus and mapping of everyday activities and phenomena. For this outing, paper ephemera such as personal lists, envelopes and notes were cut-and-pasted onto clipboards, then overlaid with maps and images and, as sequenced works of art, will be posted onto the walls of the gallery.