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Must-Sees This Week: February 12 to February 18, 2015

Lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are our recommendations. (And remember to visit our Exhibition Finder for worthwhile shows that are already open.)


Two exhibitions open at Centre Bang. Cynthia Dinan-Mitchell’s solo exhibition “Virtual Space” deals with the decorative, looking to patterns found in domestic interiors rendered odd. In “Tensions,” Jaime Patarroyo creates interactive devices that disrupt viewer’s usual relationships with technology. Both open on February 12 at 5 p.m. 


Two exhibitions open at the Fondation Guido Molinari on February 12 at 6 p.m.: one offers a mini-retrospective of Francine Savard’s bright, geometric works, while the other parallels the drawings of Jean Goguen and Molinari during the 1950s. The SBC galerie d’art contemporain hosts a screening of Julie Perron’s film Le Semeur (The Sower), which follows activist seed dealer Patrice Fortier, on February 14 at 2 p.m. in conjunction with the exhibition “119 m Above Sea Level.”


Christian Marclay’s The Clock, circulated by the National Gallery of Canada, makes its way to the Art Gallery of Alberta, beginning on February 13 at 7 p.m. with a 24 hour screening until 7 p.m. on February 14. It’s a sublime work that uses thousands of film and television clips linked only by time, offering a oddly moving look at the ways we measure out our lives. 


At the Glenbow Museum, Geoffrey James’s “Inside Kingston Penitentiary,” organized by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, opens on February 14. A companion exhibition highlights James’s photographs in the museum’s collection, which depict the Lethbridge area. 


At the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, four first-generation Canadian artists look at notions of displacement and immigration in “- Home (Hyphenated Home).” The exhibition has an opening reception on February 13 at 7 p.m. 


Three solo shows open simultaneously at General Hardware Contemporary: Alex Bierk, Lyla Rye and Sarah Sands Phillips. A reception kicks off the trio of exhibitions on February 12 at 6 p.m. Liza Eurich’s work, which often takes the form of sculpture or paper-based pieces, opens at MKG127 on February 14 at 2 p.m. At Erin Stump Projects, Maggie Groat, best known for her intricate collage works, opens an exhibition on February 14 at 3 p.m. An exhibition of Silke Otto-Knapp’s paintings go on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario on February 14. At the Mercer Union, Maggie Hennefeld continues the gallery’s critical conversation series with talk on female hysteria and early cinema on February 17 at 7 p.m.


An exhibition of Robert Olsen’s paintings—sombre, stirring depictions of late night suburban malaise—opens at Robert Lynds Gallery on February 12 at 7:30 p.m. Western Front hosts a screening of Casey Wei’s new film, Kingsgate Mall Happenings, on February 12 at 8 p.m. with a response by writer Michael Turner, presented by Scrivener’s Monthly. Stephanie Aitken’s ochre-hued, oil-on-linen paintings open at Field Contemporary on February 12 at 6 p.m. At Republic Gallery, Andrea Pinheiro’s brightly coloured, heavily impastoed paintings open on February 13. Space and time are the focus of Andrew Dadson’s new exhibition, “Over the Sun,” opening at the Vancouver Art Gallery on February 14. At Equinox Gallery, Philippe Raphanel’s delicately patterned paintings open on February 14.

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At Two Rivers Gallery, “Elapsed,” a group exhibition traversing the past and future, opens on February 12. It features five artists, including Adad Hannah, who has been longlisted for the Sobey Art Award three times, and Philippa Jones, who was included in the 2014 Canadian Biennial at the National Gallery of Canada.


At the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art on February 12 at 7 p.m., Kegan McFadden (curator of the gallery’s current show, “Yesterday Was Once Tomorrow (or, A Brick is a Tool)”) leads a talk titled, “Anecdotes as Research and Letting Things Die.” The talk will focus on McFadden’s preparatory research for the current exhibition on magazines produced by artists in Canada during the 1990s. Let us all hope our now-defunct projects will be revisited by a McFadden in the future.

Our weekly must-sees, published each Thursday, are chosen from opening and event announcements sent to at least two days prior to publication. For listings of art openings, exhibitions and events visit

This post was altered on February 17, 2015, to remove “Bruissements et pétarades,” a group exhibition that was scheduled to begin on February 13 at l’Œil de Poisson in Quebec City, which has been postponed until later in the year.

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don says:

Ottawa is missing from this list.
Daphne Odjig at Cube Gallery until March 29
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