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Must-Sees This Week: June 18 to 24, 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.)

St. Catharines

Toronto-based artist Sarindar Dhaliwal has turned immigration—and its connected themes of movement, identity and culture—into the focus of her multidisciplinary work for decades. “The Radcliffe Line and Other Geographies,” which opens at the Rodman Hall Art Centre on June 20 at 2 p.m., focuses on monumental pieces of Dhaliwal’s work from the last two decades. (For those who just can’t wait for the show to open, Dhaliwal’s work is also a part of a group show at the Varley Art Gallery.)


Many know of Gilles Hébert the museum director and educator, but fewer know of Hébert the artist. Actual Contemporary aims to remedy this with their upcoming show, “PullFreight,” which has an elaborate set-up, seeing Hébert create “a collection of 25 conjured characters [whose] photos and mementos live in Cuban cigar boxes and 13 wall mounted cabinets or ‘stations.’” It opens alongside “Actually,” which brings together established local artists to explore the notion of “process.” Both shows opens with reception on June 18 at 7 p.m. At Ace Art Inc., Winnipeg artist Ming Hon will be presenting a series of performances and an installation under the umbrella of “Chase Scenes #1-58,” beginning June 19.


At Wil Aballe Art Projects, Maegan Hill-Carroll and 2015 Sobey Award finalist Raymond Boisjoly have a discussion in conjunction with Hill-Carroll’s current show, “Muniment Monument,” on June 20 at 2 p.m. Art world bad boy Attila Richard Lukacs and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, whose colourful canvases have become synonymous with contemporary West Coast art, have shows opening with a reception June 20 at 2 p.m. at Macaulay and Co. Fine Art. At Elissa Cristall Gallery, the lines between painting and sculpture are tested in a group show, “The Yellow Curtain,” featuring Ahbyah Baker, Kuh Del Rosario, Jessica Groome and Deirdre McAdams, which opens on June 19. “Through a Window: Visual Art and SFU 1965-2015” comes to life at the SFU Galleries with a series of mobile talks that run on June 20 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. (a bus will help ferry attendees from location to location). Vancouver was recently shaken by an oil spill in English Bay—a new show at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is using this as a jumping off point to look at depictions of English Bay, Burrard Inlet and Howe Sound in their collection, in a show, “Melancholy Bay” that opens with a reception on June 18. Bjornson Blandy Carter Collective opens a show of works that may not appear “final” at Initial Gallery on June 18.


As a part of the exhibition “An Intimate Distance” at MSVU Art Gallery, Glynis Humphrey will discuss her work Gorge on June 19 at 2:30 p.m. The Khyber Centre for the Arts focuses on performance during the evening of June 20, with showings by Christina Bosowec, Molly Soda and Katya Grokhovsky.


Royden Mills’s “No Job More Dangerous” presented by dc3 Art Projects, and also showing at the EPCOR Tower Main Floor, opens with receptions staggered at both sites on June 19, first at the tower from 5 to 7 p.m., then at dc3 Art Project at 7 p.m. SNAP will be hosting their annual “block out” party on June 20 starting at 7 p.m. Harcourt House will host their 23rd annual exhibition of nudes, “Exposed,” which features outcomes of their live-model sessions and opens on June 18.


Hajra Waheed’s Sea Change is an expansive work; years in the making, it chronicles multiple characters missing at sea, and “Asylum in the Sea,” which opens at the Darling Foundry on June 18, will pick up on the project. Also opening at the Darling Foundry on June 18, Lieven De Boeck’s “Let us be us, again and again, and always,” which looks at systems of organization in architecture and museums. “The Uncurated Show” brings together Jérôme Havre, Valerie Kolakis and Jérôme Ruby at Galerie Donald Browne, and opens on June 20. Ahead of his summer blockbuster at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, David Altmejd gives a talk about the show at the museum on June 18 at 6 p.m. The show in question, “Flux,” opens alongside Jon Rafman’s first Canadian museum show at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal on June 20. If you can’t see Altmejd’s work at the MAC, it’s also going on view at Galerie René Blouin on June 20.


“Out of Line” takes up the medium of drawing in a big way, seeing 30 artists (David Merritt, Tammi Campbell, Sojourner Truth Parsons and Zin Taylor, among many others) assembling at Oakville Galleries to map the diverse manifestations of drawing today. It begins on June 21.


At the Homer Watson House and Gallery, Watson’s legacy (as one of the most influential landscape painters in Canada) will be celebrated in this year’s annual Homer Watson exhibition, which brings together the work of Watson, Robert Achtemichuk and Joe Fansher, and opens on June 21 at 2:00 p.m. The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery hosts an artist talk and reception for their upcoming and current shows on June 19 at 7 p.m.: Sarah Cale’s integration of collage into her painting, a major work by Eleanor Bond and a collection show looking at preservation and taxonomy (“Under Glass”).


Filmmaker Phil Solomon will give a talk at the Ryerson Image Centre on June 24 at 6 p.m., focusing on his process for creating cinematic video works. “Picturing the Americas” opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario on June 20. Later in the week at the AGO, artist-in-residence Meera Margaret Singh leads a laughter yoga workshop June 24 on 6:15 p.m. Brenda Joy Lem, Morris Lum and Emma Nishimura will give artist talks for their show “Past Stories, Present Sense” at Open Studio on June 20 at 2 p.m. Ahead of his show at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Dean Baldwin opens a show at Mulherin on June 18 at 6 p.m.

The Power Plant’s summer exhibitions open with a party on June 19 at 8 p.m.; the shows include two commissioned projects by collectives Bik Van der Pol, Tercerunquinto and YES! Association/Föreningen JA!, in addition to a collaborative project by Toronto-based artists Nadia Belerique, Lili Huston-Hertierich and Laurie Kang. The waterfront will also be busy earlier in the day on June 19, as the Harbourfront Centre unveils five new summer exhibitions featuring 27 artists. Also in the area, OCAD University president Sara Diamond is featured in conversation with Tyler Bright Hilton at Barbara Edwards Contemporary on June 20 at 2 p.m. Modes of representation—painting, language—are the focus of Deirdre McAdams’s “Smoke Signals,” which opens at G Gallery on June 18 6 p.m. No.9’s Eco-Art-Fest at Todmorden Mills returns on June 20, running throughout the summer on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Similarly outdoorsy, Art Spin will kick off their 2015 bike tours with on June 18.


At the Alberta Printmakers Gallery, Aleksandar Mladenovic and Robert Truszkowski open an exhibition of prints with an artist talk (by Truszkowski) and opening reception on June 19 at 7 p.m.


Bang Center opens a retrospective exhibition of works by Hervé Leclerc on June 19 at 5 p.m.


J.J. Levine takes up classical portraiture at Hamilton Artists Inc., breaking the fourth wall and altering depictions of gender within the images. The show, “Tapestry: Queering the Gaze,” opens with a symposium in partnership with Pride Hamilton on June 20 at 1 p.m.

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