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Must-Sees This Week: July 23 to 30, 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.)


Victoria-based artist Jeroen Witvliet opens “Wayfarer” with a reception at the Kelowna Art Gallery on July 24 at 7 p.m. The exhibition shares its title and its approach to detail with Hieronymus Bosch: Witvliet’s compositions are dense, slightly dark and packed with oddities.


Karsh-Masson Gallery stirs up some debate (not for the first time), this time about technology and the moving image—under the contentious title “Video is Dead”—hosted in conjunction with Tasman Richardson’s “Necropolis” on July 26 at 2 p.m. Ways of Something (Episode 1-3), which sees net artists (spearheaded by Lorna Mills) remake John Berger’s classic Ways of Seeing is presented at SAW Video on July 23.


Canadian artists have been getting personal in events over the past couple of weeks—first Basil AlZeri marked his parents’ visit to Canada at MOCCA in Toronto, now Back Gallery Project presents work by Emilio Rojas as a farewell for the artist on July 24 at 5 p.m. The new relational aesthetics might just be an involved series of welcoming and leaving parties; perhaps Nicolas Bourriaud should investigate (he has the time). At Wil Aballe Art Projects, emerging artist Matt Trahan chats with Vancouver veteran Ian Wallace on July 25 at 2 p.m. Western Front hosts the performance Music From the Black Box by Luke Fowler, Sarah Davachi and Josh Stevenson on July 29 at 8:30 p.m. Dylan Humphreys made paintings about his work as an industrial painter, going on view July 25 at Initial Gallery.


“Various dada-influenced art activities” sounds vaguely ominous, but it’s on the menu this week at Harcourt House during their Dada Days event, which begins July 25 at 12 p.m. Ever wonder about the magnetic appeal of Jack Bush’s use of colour and animated compositions? You’re in luck: the Art Gallery of Alberta hosts a talk by Karen Wilkin on Bush’s endearing qualities on July 29 at 7 p.m.


As the Plug In ICA’s Summer Institute 2015 draws to a close, some final programming kicks off: the gallery hosts an artist talk by participant Dagmara Genda on July 23 at 6 p.m., and also hosts open studios on July 29 at 12 p.m. Sylvia Matas makes her first foray into video at Lisa Kehler Art and Projects in “A Certain Distance,” opening July 25 at 2 p.m.


Artists Stephanie Weirathmueller and Marie Fox lead a talk and tour of their show “Studio Watch” at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery on July 23 at 7 p.m.


John Topelko’s woodblock and serigraph prints, which are quintessential depictions of Canadiana—canoers, moose, etc.—open at the Willock and Sax Gallery on July 24, with some portion of sales going to the Banff Centre’s Artist’s Fund.


Narwhal Contemporary’s “Flat Sun on a Disc of Water” promises tropical illusions, features Hanna Hur (a finalist in this year’s RBC Canadian Painting Competition) and opens July 29 at 6 p.m. That’s a Must-See triple threat. Cooper Cole Gallery’s new show purports to be hotter than the day it opens (July 24 at 6 p.m.). Contemporary Arab art comes to the Aga Khan Museum in “Home Ground,” opening July 25. YTB Gallery enters the world with their inaugural exhibition, “Scratching Where It’s Itching,” on July 24 at 7 p.m. “Repair Centre” opens at the Peter MacKendrick Community Gallery on July 24 at 6:30 p.m.


Assistant curator Blair Fornwald leads a tour of the exhibition “Rhubarb, rhubarb, peas and carrots” at the Dunlop Art Gallery’s central location on July 25 at 2 p.m. The Dunlop’s Sherwood location hosts an artist talk by Holly Fay on June 27 at 1 and 2 p.m.


Audio art often gets the short shrift in contemporary art; it’s even more ephemeral than video, and a little too close to music for comfort. But if you’ve ever had doubts about it, AKA Artist Run’s “Sounds Like Audio Art Festival” might quell them. Held at AKA and Paved Arts, the festival runs from July 23 to 25, including work by Anitra Hamilton, Ben Grossman, Eric Hill and more.

Thunder Bay

Sobey Art Award finalist Sonny Assu, whose show “Continuum” blends issues of Indigenous art, contemporary consumerism and technology, gives a talk at Thunder Bay Art Gallery on July 23 at 7:30 p.m.


Ray Fenwick’s Le Moat Juice, described as a series of “short, interrelated performance works somewhere between experimental comedy and performance art” is hosted by Truck on July 24 at 7 p.m. in Stanley Park.

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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