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Must-Sees This Week: January 14 to 20, 2016

Lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are our recommendations for upcoming shows, and a few reminders about shows that are closing. (And remember to visit our Exhibition Finder, or download the Canadian Art Finder in the App Store or Google Play for even more worthwhile shows that are already open.)


Two exhibitions have just opened at Parisian Laundry: Celia Perrin Sidarous’s first solo show with the gallery, featuring a selection of object-focused photographs, and a group show, “Contingent Matter,” featuring the artwork of David Armstrong Six, Travis Boyer, Luc Paradis and Letha Wilson. On January 13 at 5 p.m. Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran opens “Justine,” the gallery’s first solo exhibition of Tricia Middleton’s sculptures and architectural installations, which Chris Hampton described as “precarious things about precarious situations” in the Spring 2015 issue of Canadian Art. An exhibition of immersive installations by Montreal artist Mathieu Cardin, “It is not so,” opens at Galerie B-312 on January 15 at 5.30 p.m. Galerie Laroche/Joncas presents Gilles Mihalcean’s “Des paquets d’histoires,” a solo exhibition of new sculptures, on January 16 at 3 p.m.


Veteran Vancouver artist Hank Bull’s career goes on view in “Connexion,” which looks at his “50-year practice of collaboration and collectivity” and has travelled to Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, opening January 15 at 8 p.m., preceded by an artist talk at 7 p.m.

North Bay

At Line Gallery, Thea Yabut’s detailed drawings, which use graphite, pencil crayon and chalk to evoke the patterns of textile and minerals, open in “striations over the lattice site” January 15 at 7 p.m.


Western Front screens a series of videos by artist-in-residence Jennifer Chan at Grand Luxe Theatre on January 14 at 7 p.m. Gallery 295 hosts an artist talk with Nich McElroy expanding on his exhibition “Float Copper” on January 16 at 1 p.m. David Khang’s “The tank, the poem, and the uniform,” which depicts military characters and slogans in Monopoly-style prints, opens at Malaspina Printmakers January 14 at 6 p.m. tuul gundlas cyaal xaada, Rainbow Creek Dancers, perform Haida song and dance at the UBC Robson Square Theatre (in room C300) in conjunction with the Vancouver Art Gallery’s show “The Gund Collection: Contemporary and Historical Art from the Northwest Coast” on January 17 at 3 p.m.


University of Waterloo Art Gallery opens two shows on January 14 at 5 p.m.: Elinor Whidden’s work, which combines performance, photography and sculptural installations to position “the artist as an ersatz explorer,” and Barbara Hobot’s projects, which translate objects across media.


The Agnes Etherington Art Centre launches its winter 2016 season on January 14 at 5 p.m. The season includes Brendan Fernandes’s “Lost Bodies,” which sees the artist’s work converse with the collections of African art at the AEAC and the Textile Museum. Alongside Fernandes’s exhibition, “Renew: Indigenous Art from the Collection” also visits the gallery’s vaults to highlight work by Jane Ash Poitras, Rebecca Belmore, David Garneau and others. Yet another show at the AEAC lets bibliophiles rejoice: rare artists’ books and other printed matter donated by artist and collector Ted Rettig will go on view in “With You and Others.”


Contemporary painting gets a showing in “A specific amalgam of spirit and dirt,” a group show featuring work by Keeley Haftner, Ben Reeves, Sean Weisgerber and Ambera Wellmann that opens at AKA Artist-Run on January 15 at 8 p.m. Two video installations by Laura Taler, Sebastian and The Boxer, open at PAVED Arts January 15 with an artist talk at 7 p.m. followed by a reception.


Printmaking, performance and installation are blended in Stéphanie St-Jean Aubre’s “un-sold,” which has a vernissage at Studio Sixty Six on January 14 at 6 p.m.


Artist Maryam Jafri, whose work is on view at the Blackwood Gallery in “The Day After,” gives a talk at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design about her series Independence Day 1934–1975, and the research behind this work which suggests that “the conflict of copyright in our digital, networked age is yet another form of colonialism,” on January 14 at 12:30 p.m. The Ryerson Image Centre launches a series of exhibitions with work by women photographers, including Wendy Snyder MacNeil, Spring Hurlbut and Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof, on January 20 at 6 p.m. Reflecting on the current state of the world, Toronto artist Howard Podeswa presents a new series of paintings with expansive subject matter—end-of-times cosmology, artistic and scientific visions, quantum theory—in “A Brief History” opening at Koffler Gallery with a reception on January 14 at 6 p.m.

Thunder Bay

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery focuses on comic art in two shows opening January 15: “For Better or For Worse: The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston” gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the beloved Patterson family, while a show featuring comic work by local artists is also going on view. Also opening at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery on January 15: a show presenting day-to-day and ceremonial clothing by Deborah Pitawanakwat, Ethel Linklater, Gordon Sixpipe Nightscout and others opens.


Canadian Art’s editor-in-chief David Balzer wrote about Sky Glabush’s exhibition “What is a Self” for “20 Shows We Want to See in 2016,” noting that, “For this new suite of work, Glabush experiments with weaving, of which he’s been giving us captivating glimpses on Instagram. A perfect exhibition for the quiet, contemplative winter months.” Glabush’s show opens alongside “The Green of Her,” which offers an unusual take on landscape works by artists including Valérie Blass, Wendy Coburn and Angela Grauerholz, at Oakville Galleries on January 17.

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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