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Must-Sees This Week: January 8 to 14, 2015

There are some great art exhibitions opening in Canada this week, and some interesting art events happening too. Here are our best bets. (And remember to visit our Exhibition Finder for our recommendations of shows that are already open.)


Automobiles have received a surprising amount of attention in contemporary art: from Cai Guo-Qiang’s hanging car sculptures to Oakville Galleries’ exhibition “Auto-Motive: World from the Windshield,” vehicles seems to be a ripe topic. “Running on Empty” at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery builds on the subject, looking at the relationship between cars and Canada’s landscape. Featuring works by Kim Adams, Monica Tap and Jean-Luc Godard, among others, the exhibition opens on January 9 at 7 p.m.


“Inside,” which opens at 5 p.m. at the Blackwood Gallery on January 14, plays with the subject of interior painting. A group exhibition, it features work by Mark Bell, Pierre Dorion, Dorian FitzGerald, Sara Hartland-Rowe, Maria Hupfield, Denyse Thomasos and Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky. Expect paintings on the walls, and large-scale mural pieces.


The city sees a surge of exhibition openings over the week, including the heart-rending photographs of segregation-era Alabama by Gordon Parks at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, which open on January 8 at 6 p.m. Also on January 8, Shelagh Keeley‘s poetic photographs of the reconstructed Mies van der Rohe Pavilion open at 6 p.m. at Circuit Gallery. At Angell Gallery on January 9 at 6 p.m., Steve Driscoll’s colourful, layered landscapes go on view. A group exhibition, featuring Laura McCoy and Brian Rideout, among others, opens at O’Born Contemporary on January 9 at 6 p.m. Michael Dumontier, a co-founding member of the former Winnipeg collective Royal Art Lodge, has a solo show at MKG127, which opens on January 10 at 2 p.m. At General Hardware, Stanzie Tooth’s gestural, abstracted landscape paintings open January 10 at 3 p.m. Opening at 7 p.m. on January 14, Jessica Bradley offers a group exhibition that delves into language, featuring work by Robert Fones, Derek Sullivan, Laurel Woodcock and others.


As the lines between curators and artists continue to blur, the McMaster Museum of Art opened their collection to painter Chris Cran, who selected works for inclusion in the playfully titled “It’s My Vault.” Opening on January 8, Cran’s selections include pieces by David Milne, Robert Rauschenberg and Sir Thomas Lawrence.


At Galerie McClure, “January light, so light,” a solo exhibition by installation artist Karilee Fuglem, opens January 9. Galerie René Blouin opens two exhibitions on January 10: Serge Murphy’s organic watercolours, and work by Ari Bayuaji. At FOFA Gallery on January 12, Sara A. Tremblay’s “88 days in Själsö” opens in the main gallery, while Félipe Goulet Letarte’s exhibition “Political Poem / I Watch the News” opens in the black box. At Galerie de l’UQAM, a group exhibition curated by Marie-Ève Charron and Thérèse St-Gelais, “The Disorderliness of Things,” opens on January 8 at 5:30 p.m. Featuring work by Michel de Broin, Mathieu Lefevre, Catherine Opie and Rosemarie Trockel, among other artists, the exhibition focuses on disobedience.


“Realities Follies” opens at 7 p.m. on January 9 at Open Space. A group painting exhibition, it brings together the works of Jeremy Herndl, Todd Lambeth, Rick Leong, Neil McClelland and Jeroen Witvliet to reconsider painting in an era of social media and wide-spread image making.


At 6 p.m. on January 8, Republic Gallery opens a solo exhibition of photographs and video installations by Carol Sawyer, which builds from a short performance that uses puppetry as a point of departure. Also on January 8, Satellite Gallery launches an exhibition that delves into the history of the Mainstreeters, an artistic collective that came of age on Vancouver’s Main Street. The exhibition kicks off with an opening reception at 6 p.m. At the Belkin Art Gallery, a survey of Tom Burrows’s work opens at 8 p.m. on January 8. Drawing from over 45 years of work, the exhibition will display the breadth of Burrows’s practice, which included sculpture, cast resin “paintings/sculptures,” video and performance.


On January 9, “Mater Familias,” an exhibition featuring the ceramic work of Kathi Hofmann, opens with a reception at 7 p.m. at the Oxygen Art Centre. The work marks a significant shift for Hofmann, combining her ceramics with found objects and other materials.


“Record, (Re)create,” opening at the Nanaimo Art Gallery at 7 p.m. on January 9, pulls from the private Salish Weave Collection, and features 14 artists from a diverse group of First Nations. Working in a wide range of media, the exhibition charts a course between traditional and contemporary aesthetics.


At the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum, an exhibition goes on view January 9 featuring the work of two artists, Susan Bozic and Evan Tyler, who share an unlikely common element: store mannequins. Titled “Quixotic,” the show features Bozic’s The Dating Portfolio, a series of photographs documenting the artist with her mannequin, Carl, and Tyler’s project At the Spa, a similarly humorous yet unsettling project.


Working with large, architecturally scaled panels, Mathew Reichertz’s exhibition, “Garbage,” turns the Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery into an enormous comic book. The narrative reads across wall-sized “pages,” and the exhibition opens on January 9 at 8 p.m.


Alberta Printmakers open an exhibition of screenprints, photographs and a wall drawing by Montreal-based artist Jeff Kulak. Titled “String and Tape” (a direct nod to the materials Kulak used), it opens on January 9 with an artist talk at 7 p.m. Opening with an 8 p.m. reception on January 9, Robyn Moody and Denton Frederickson come together in an exhibition at Truck Gallery, delving into player-pianos, composition and translation. Also working under the broad category of new media, Jonathan Villeneuve has a solo exhibition at Stride Gallery, which opens on January 9 at 8 p.m.


Eunkang Koh’s exhibition at SNAP Gallery promises a sobering conclusion to the holiday period. With a series of hybrid stuffed characters trapped in clear tubes, Koh riffs on topics of materialism and consumption. Titled “The Human Shop,” the exhibition opens on January 9 at 7 p.m.

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

This post was corrected on January 9, 2015. The original article erroneously indicated that Mathew Reichertz’s exhibition, “Garbage,” opened at MSVU Gallery. In fact, it opens at SMU Art Gallery. We regret the error.

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brent says:

Mathew Reichertz’s show will be opening at saint mary’s university art gallery, not msvu

Caoimhe Morgan-Feir says:

Thank you for noting this, Brent. The post has been corrected.

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