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Must-Sees This Week: February 19 to 25, 2015

Lot of great art exhibitions open this week, and several interesting talks are happening, too. Here are our best bets. (And remember to visit our Exhibition Finder for our recommendations of shows that are already open.)

Hamilton

If you crave a particular blend of creepy and cute, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is our recommendation. Jonathan Plante’s “One-Eyed Rabbit,” an exhibition combining an animated video, paintings, a bookwork and mirror anamorphoses, follows the titular character—literally a one-eyed rabbit. Organized by VOX, the show opens on February 21.

Montreal

Artist Reynold Reynolds, best known for his slightly surreal, unsettling films, makes his Canadian debut at Dazibao on February 19 at 7 p.m. with an exhibition of five video installations. Longtime artist mentor Chantal duPont also opens an exhibition of video work at Dazibao on February 19 at 7 p.m. At Battat Contemporary, a group show focused on language—particularly its slippages and ambivalence—featuring Jen Aitken, Marie-Michelle Deschamps and Jean-François Lauda, opens on February 19. Photographer Benoit Aquin, who was recently longlisted for the 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award, opens a solo exhibition featuring his photographs of the Lac-Mégantic disaster at the Musée des Beaux-Arts Montréal on February 18.

St. John’s

At Eastern Edge, Montreal-based Jacinthe Robillard opens a solo exhibition, “l’étendue de mes connaissances (the scope of my knowledge),” that focuses on portraiture in various media, depicting her friends and family attempting to fold an origami paper crane. It opens on February 21 at 7 p.m.

Halifax

Christopher Jordan hosts an artist’s talk about his current exhibition at ViewPoint Gallery, “Suburban Sublime,” a photography show that updates the perennial favourite of suburban malaise with a slightly mythical edge. The talk begins on February 22 at 2 p.m.

Toronto

The Urban Field Speakers Series continues at the Prefix Institute with a talk by writer Rebecca Solnit on the walking and mapping of cities, moderated by Canadian poet Anne Michaels on February 19 at 7:30p.m. At 8-11, Walter Scott—yes, he of the Wendy comics—opens an exhibition titled “Habitual Present” on February 25 at 7 p.m. Image and imagination, those evergreen topics, are taken up at Diaz Contemporary on February 19 at 6 p.m. in an exhibition featuring Jeff Tutt and Josh Thorpe. At Angell Gallery, Gavin Lynch and Dan Hudson revisit the landscape through painting and photography, respectively, beginning on February 20 at 6 p.m. Illustration gets grotesque in Narwhal Contemporary’s new exhibition of Junko Mizuno’s work, which opens on February 21 at 3 p.m. Sarah Cale’s cut and collaged canvases open at Jessica Bradley Gallery, also on February 21 at 3 p.m.

Banff

Photographer and filmmaker Byron Harmon spent a significant amount of his career obsessed with the route from Laggen, near Lake Louise, up into what is now Jasper National Park. Harmon made at least three photo series and one film of this journey. On February 19 at 7 p.m., photographer Carole Harmon will shed some light on his work and travels in her talk “Wilderness Journey Pilgrimage and Metaphor” at the Whyte Museum.

Vancouver

“Post-studio” art—roughly, art made on a computer—gets a showing at Initial Gallery in the group exhibition “Witchcraft,” which delves into spirituality in the digital age, and opens on February 19 at 6 p.m. At Charles H. Scott Gallery, David Zink Yi, who was the Audain Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Emily Carr University in fall 2014, has a solo exhibition of work based on a research trip to the Southern Andes in Peru, his homeland. It opens on February 24 at 7:30 p.m. The photographs of beat poet Allen Ginsberg travel from their initial showing in Toronto to Presentation House Gallery, and open on February 20 at 7 p.m.

Ottawa

Iranian soldiers who die in action are given the commemorative title “Sacred Defence.” In an exhibition of the same name, Aydin Matlabi examines and imagines the identities and lives of those soldiers through portraiture. The exhibition has an opening reception at PDA Projects on February 20 at 6 p.m.

Our weekly must-sees, published each Thursday, are selected from press material sent to preview@canadianart.ca at least two days prior to publication. For listings of art exhibitions, openings and events visit canadianart.ca/exhibitions.

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