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Must-Sees This Week: April 9 to 15, 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.)


Gillian Willans paints interior spaces in a way that bestows them with personalities—quiet, meditative, slightly mysterious. An exhibition of these works, “Another Time Another Place” opens at Scott Gallery on April 11 at 2 p.m. The Clock, Christian Marclay’s masterwork that contains an encyclopedic amount of film clips related to the passing of time, has its final 24-hour screening at the Art Gallery of Alberta on April 11, running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 12.


On Saturday, April 11, Canadian Art Foundation’s Gallery Hop Vancouver gives viewers the chance to get guided tours of galleries, attend talks and panel discussions—and it’s all for free. Don’t miss it. On April 10 at Gallery 295, Birthe Piontek gets all kinds of Meret Oppenheim in “Lying Still,” which opens at 7 p.m. Angela Grossmann’s photo-collages also bring to mind a Modernist touchstone, Hannah Höch, and they open at Kardosh Projects alongside serigraph images from the 1960s and recent paintings by Michael Morris on April 11 at 12 p.m. At Back Gallery Project, Peter Combe’s paint-swatch images open in “Konfettikünst” on April 9 at 6 p.m. A group exhibition looking at the potential of mapping opens at Access Gallery on April 10 at 7 p.m. The photographic experiments of Matthew Pillsbury travel to Douglas Udell Gallery, which hosts an opening reception on April 11 at 2 p.m.


Robert Houle, recipient of a 2015 Governor General’s Award in the Visual and Media Arts, has an exhibition of painting open at Studio 21 Fine Art on April 10. At ViewPoint Gallery on April 12 at 2 p.m., Ford Doolittle leads an artist talk of his photography exhibition, which features images taken within a two-block radius of the gallery.


At SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, filmmaker and scholar Paige Sarlin gives a lecture on collectivity and the documentary interview on April 9 at 6 p.m. Building on these notions of collectivity, Sarlin will lead a workshop at the gallery the following evening at 6 p.m. that will explore the potential of the collective interview. At Dazibao, a special screening of moving-image work from Scotland begins on April 10 at 5:30 p.m. At the pfoac221 space, the work of Lucie Duval, which often plays with the relationship between images and texts, open on April 11. Recent prints by Catherine Farish open at Galerie Simon Blais on April 15.


At Plug In ICA, Colin Smith will read some of his poetry on April 9 at 7 p.m. in conjunction with the gallery’s current exhibition—”Yesterday Was Once Tomorrow (or, A Brick is a Tool)”—which focuses on now-defunct Canadian art magazines that were active in the 1990s. An opening reception for Alison Norlen’s show “lēoht” begins at Actual Contemporary on April 10 at 7 p.m.


At Museum London, two film screenings and the launch of the newest issue of Scapegoat journal launch take up the prison industrial complex and start a dialogue about alternative forms of justice. The event begins on April 12 at 1:30 p.m., and is organized in collaboration with the Prisoners’ Justice Film Festival and McIntosh Gallery.


In a talk series related to their current exhibition “Getting Naked,” THEMUSEUM presents a lecture on April 12 by Philippa Gates on the history of nudity and censorship in Hollywood films.


At the Art Gallery of Peterborough, Roula Partheniou, who also currently has a solo show at Oakville Galleries, in case you can’t get enough in Peterborough, opens “Odd One Out,” on April 10 at 6 p.m., with an artist talk the following day at 11 a.m.


At the Avalanche! Institute of Contemporary Art, Jason Deary opens “Left and Leaving,” a solo exhibition, on April 10 at 8 p.m. The colourful, vaguely West Coast–inspired paintings of Ryan Sluggett open in “Incessant Pinch” at TrépanierBaer Gallery on April 10.


As a part of his solo exhibition “For Whom You Build” at the Kelowna Art Gallery, printmaker Mitch Mitchell has prepared 15,000 handmade paper boxes decorated with silkscreen images. The installation piece will be installed on a pallet in the centre of the show, which highlights Mitchell’s innovative approach to printmaking, and opens on April 10 at 7 p.m.


Ian Carr-Harris opens at Susan Hobbs Gallery on April 9 at 7 p.m., featuring recent work inspired by childhood recollections and Marcel Proust’s famous madeleine. A few doors down, at Birch Contemporary, an opening reception will be held on April 11 at 2 p.m. for Micah Lexier’s current show, which brings together a selection of significant works by the artist on the occasion of his recent Governor General’s Award in the Visual and Media Arts. Trinity Square Video presents Berlin-based artist Isabell Spengler’s Two Days at the Falls, a multi-media installation ruminating on Niagara Falls; it opens in conjunction with the Images Festival, with a reception on April 10 at 4 p.m.

On April 10 at 6:30 p.m., Red Head Gallery holds a reception for Elaine Whittaker show “Shiver,” which strokes our fear of germs with an exhibition of mixed media works comprising petri dishes and live halobacteria. At Open Studio, a group show dedicated to the late Jeannie Thib opens on April 10 at 6:30 p.m. On April 9, Portland-based Akihiko Miyoshi’s photographic work, which explores gaps between the analog and the digital, is officially on view at Circuit Gallery. At p|m Gallery, Edith Abel-Dakovic’s recent work opens in “Underdogs Under Gods” on April 15 at 6 p.m. Finally, “From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia” travels from England to the Art Gallery of Ontario, where it opens on April 11.

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

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