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Must-Sees This Week: June 4 to 10, 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.)


The late photographer Lynne Cohen—who taught at the University of Ottawa for almost three decades, and whose meditative images of suburban and transitory spaces have left a lasting mark on contemporary photography—has a show the Ottawa Art Gallery opening on June 4 at 5:30 p.m. Hamilton-based artist Tyler Tekatch opens an interactive installation, Terrors of the Breakfast Table, also at the Ottawa Art Gallery, on June 4 at 5:30 p.m. Tasman Richardson’s immersive exhibition “Necropolis” opens at the Karsh-Masson Gallery on June 11 at 5:30 p.m. At Cube Gallery, a reception will be held on June 4 at 6 p.m. for “Recondite,” a new show of abstract work.


Verticale continues its reading group series on June 10 at 6 p.m. with session led by Amber Berson, Édith Brunette, Charlotte Panaccio-Letendre and Pablo Rodriguez; the group meets again at the bottom of the Rosaire-Gauthier Park, at the waterfront.


The Contemporary Art Gallery is hosting a workshop, ominously titled “Yoga Boogie,” led by disco dancer and yoga teacher Gary Quon, in response to Julia Dault’s paintings, currently on view at the gallery. At Access Gallery, Ian Johnston’s show “The Chamber” opens with a reception and publication launch on June 5 at 7 p.m., followed in quick succession by a conversation between Johnston and the gallery’s director-curator Kimberly Phillips on June 6 at 2 p.m. Russell Leng opens “Too Many Maps” at Field Contemporary on June 4 at 7 p.m. A number of Toronto-based artist Jean-Paul Kelly’s short videos, which “examine the attractors and repulsors of various forms of media representation,” will be screened at the Cinematheque on June 10. Erica Stocking opens a show of sculpture at Artspeak on June 5 at 8 p.m. At Or Gallery, an exhibition of four Palestinian artists, “#saltandwater: The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict,” opens on June 5 at 8 p.m., followed by an artist talk by Rehab Nazzal on June 6 at 2 p.m. Maegan Hill-Carroll’s photographs go on view at Wil Aballe Art Projects in “Muniment Monument” opening on June 11 at 7 p.m.


Patrick Mikhail Gallery opens a group show with work by painters Jay Isaac, Sojourner Truth Parsons and Brad Phillips, focusing on their various approaches to the personal, on June 5 at 5:30 p.m. As a part of the Mural Festival, which runs from June 4 to 14, Galerie D’Este will open a group show featuring 10 of the gallery’s artists.


At one of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s Friday events, on June 5 at 7 p.m., David Rokeby’s Very Nervous System (a work that uses “video surveillance technology, synthesizers, a sound system, computers, and image-processing software designed by Rokeby, to translate movement into music and/or sound,” which Rokeby worked on from 1986 to 2004). Meanwhile, the group show “Puppet Act: Manipulating the Voice” also opens at the RMG with a reception and artist talks on June 7 at 1 p.m.


The Confederation Centre Art Gallery hosts a summer opening for several exhibition on June 6 at 7 p.m., including “Surveying: An Uncertain Landscape,” “Hank Bull: Connexion” as well as “Jack Shadbolt’s 1964 Flag Mural and the Canadian Flag Debate” and “Vantage Points.”


A 10-year survey of Skeena Reece’s work, “Sacred Clown & Other Strangers,” opens at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art on June 5 at 8 p.m. The Hole in the Wall Gallery was a relatively recent project, taking place over 2013 and 2014, which makes it a rather young subject for a retrospective, but Library Gallery is opening one on June 5 at 6 p.m. This week, Paul Butler has his first solo exhibition of new work in Winnipeg in a decade—it seems impossible, but there it is; “Words Fall Short” at Lisa Kehler Art and Projects, opening on June 6 at 2 p.m., is a definite must-see.


Bridget Moser’s long-awaited exhibition “Is this thing on?” has a joint opening reception with “An Intimate Distance” at the MSVU Art Gallery on June 6 at 2 p.m. followed by a performance by Moser at 3 p.m. Starting a gallery collectively seems like a difficult task—with multiple points of view and opinions, it can be difficult to keep the momentum sustained; luckily, Visual Arts Nova Scotia will be hosting a second panel for leaders at co-op galleries to share their experiences. It will be held in Stewiacke on June 7 at 2 p.m., at the Winding River Art Gallery.


Artists, including Silke Otto-Knapp and Jessica Stockholder, scholars, such as Susan Crean, and others are coming together to discuss Emily Carr at the Art Gallery of Ontario, in conjunction with “From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia,” on June 6 starting at 1 p.m. Painter Kim Dorland turns his hand to curating again at Angell Gallery, pulling together another show on painting, which opens June 5 at 6 p.m. Gallery 44’s annual Proof exhibition opens its 22nd edition on June 5 at 6 p.m. “Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray” opens at the Textile Museum of Canada on June 10. The Koffler Gallery launches talks on June 7 at 2 p.m., picking up on themes of fact and fiction in remembrance, in conjunction with its current show “Erratics.” At Diaz Contemporary, Kelly Jazvac and John Eisler open shows on June 6 at 2 p.m. Michèle Pearson Clarke opens the installation Parade of Champions at the Ryerson Image Centre Student Gallery; it kicks off with a conversation between the artist and Deanna Bowen at 6 p.m. on June 10. Caroline Larsen’s works might look like textile pieces at first blush, but they’re actually intricate oil paintings—they open at General Hardware Contemporary on June 6. New work by Iris Häussler opens at Daniel Faria Gallery on June 11; notably, “Ask the Frog” abandons the artist’s past approach to fiction and storytelling. Cait McKinney will talk about feminism and the history of technology at the Mercer Union on June 10 at 7 p.m. The group show “Road to Ruin” goes on view at Cooper Cole on June 10.


Andrew Rucklidge has his  first solo exhibition at Peter Robertson Gallery, with a show that attempts to capture the painterly equivalent to quantum entanglement. Rucklidge’s show opens on June 6 at 2 p.m. At SNAP Gallery, Gabriela Jolowicz‘s woodcut prints of day-to-day life open on June 5 at 7 p.m., alongside Daniel Evans‘s prints, which combine figurative and architectural images. Wendy Wacko’s slightly pastel, almost dreamlike landscapes go on view at Scott Gallery on June 6 at 2 p.m.


John Brocke’s Photorealist paintings always suggest some mysterious narrative, captured within an incomplete frame; a new show of his work opens at the Glenbow Museum on June 6, alongside Peter von Tiesenhausen’s large work of steel panels, Wall of Water. Dan Whiting’s paintings, notable for their surfaces stained with rich pigmentation, open at Jarvis Hall Fine Art on  June 6, with a reception at 2 p.m. At the City Hall location of Contemporary Calgary, Dominique Pétrin’s “Three Withdrawal Movements for an ATM” opens on June 11 at 7 p.m. Optical illusion is a mainstay in painting, from Op art of the sixties to Rhys Farrell’s upcoming show at Herringer Kiss Gallery, which opens on June 6.

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Naïve art, a kind of cousin to outsider art, featuring simplistic-looking compositions and childlike subject matter, will be discussed by art historian Judita Pamfil in a talk at Engine Gallery on June 4 at 6:30 p.m.


Maryse Arseneault indulges her childhood dreams of unaided flight in “Flyer for Flight,” an exhibition that combines projections and drawings, and opens at the Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario on June 5 at 5 p.m.


Alma Duncan was a woman of many talents—she made paintings, films, puppets and more. Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario and Brooklyn Museum, and it is now travelling to the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery, opening with a reception on June 5 at 6 p.m.

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