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Must-Sees This Week: August 6 to 12, 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.)


Naomi Cook’s intriguing paper-based works, which were included in Canadian Art’s Papier15 highlights for their influences, which include “the tinge of grotesque in Goya’s realism to the sensitivity of mark-making in Cy Twombly’s scribbles,” open at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain in “Allegory Algorithm” on August 8 at 3 p.m. Ring of Fire, a 300-person street procession led by Marlon Griffith and commissioned by the Art Gallery of York University, will begin August 9 at 12 p.m., heading along University Avenue from Queen’s Park to City Hall. At the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the League of Women of Great Personal Charm and Wit, Exemplary Whiskey Drinkers, Feminists, Defenders of the Earth, Citizen Smokers, Survivors of Many Neglects and Troubles meet for a glass of scotch and a spot of politics on August 11 at 5 p.m.


Saskatoon’s Ink Slab Printmakers and Kamloops Printmakers Society come together for “Ink Trade” at AKA Artist-Run, opening August 6.


Kirsty Templeton Davidge’s figurative paintings, which often pull from photographs to parse childhood memories, open in “Anamnesis: Recollection and Perception” at Peter Robertson Gallery on August 6 at 7 p.m.


Seripop, comprised of Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau, will lead a performance at Place Publique hosted by the Darling Foundry, featuring Deborah Dunn, Karen Fennel and Mary St-Amand Williamson, on August 6 at 7 p.m. The group show “The Triumph of the Therapeautic,” featuring Michael Vickers, Jennifer Lefort, Joe Becker and more, opens at Patrick Mikhail Gallery on August 7 at 6 p.m. At Galerie Laroche/Joncas, “Summer Chaud” begins August 8.


Robert Lynds Gallery opens “First, Again,” an exhibition of work from the third-annual Frontlines competition, which profiles emerging artists, starting August 6 at 7:30 p.m. Brian Howell’s photographs of forest fires in British Columbia are particularly harrowing this summer; Winsor Gallery shows them in “Burnt Forest,” opening August 6. At the Viridian Gallery, multi-media artist Samuel Park gets his first Vancouver solo show, opening August 6 at 6 p.m.


In “Distraction,” artist L. Koltun uses footage of police action and reaction. It’s a topical show, which hopefully tackles the subject with some sensitivity, opening at Studio Sixty Six with a vernissage on August 6 at 6 p.m.


Philippe Pirotte, director of the Städelschule Academy of Fine Arts, gives a talk at the Plug In ICA on August 8 at 3 p.m. titled “An Unpardonable Sin: The Exhibition I Imagine”—yes, the Marquis de Sade has been invoked. At Gallery 1C03, Rowan Gray’s installation work A (+) Grace, which uses video to look at our understanding of sound, opens August 6 at 4 p.m. Manitoba Artist-Run Centres Coalition, Gallery 1C03 and Contemporary Verse 2: The Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing collaboratively host a series of workshops and performances on July 22 and 23 at the Fringe Pop Up Container Gallery.


The humorous side of Minimalism (yes, there is one) is teased out in the group show “Why Can’t Minimal,” which travels to Contemporary Calgary for an opening on August 6 at 7 p.m. Herringer Kiss Gallery opens a summer group show featuring Fiona Ackerman, Lauren Walker, Rhys Farrell and others on August 8. The Avalanche! ICA’s recent acquisitions open in the Untitled Contemporary Art +15 Window on August 8.


2015 has been a year of some displacement for the Art Gallery of Peterborough, which had to vacate its Crescent Street location for renovations in spring. The gallery reopens on August 8 in their renovated space; although full gallery exhibitions don’t start up again until fall, the permanent collection (which now benefits from a reorganized storage vault), will be on view again.


Kingston’s museums band together for a free Thursday evening on August 6 beginning at 5 p.m. With institutions including the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre and Union Gallery opening their doors, it offers a chance for visitors to drop by and take the free trolley that will be running between museums.


Sculptures by Mike Pszczonak open in “Hand-eye” and paintings by Matt Tarini open in “Liminal Space” at the McIntosh Gallery on August 7.

Annapolis Royal

Carol Mahtab’s abstract paintings have a distinctly proto-Colour Field tinge, with a palette of ochres, creams and thickly textured surfaces. They open at ARTsPLACE on August 10.

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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Mike Pszczonak says:

Thanks for including me in your must-see’s list. It is greatly appreciated. I would just like to make a quick note that Mike Pszczonak’s show is titled “Hand-eye” and Matt Tarini’s show is titled “Liminal Space”. I just noticed you had the show title’s mixed up between the two artists.
Thanks again,

Mike Pszczonak

Caoimhe Morgan-Feir says:

Thank you for the note, Mike, the show titles have been corrected.

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