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Must-Sees This Week: June 2 to 8, 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.)


Trade across the Pacific already surpasses trade across the Atlantic, but how does art factor into this relationship? Video work by 16 artists and collectives from around the Pacific Rim highlights this artistic exchange at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, opening June 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


It’s the second annual Hamilton Arts Week, beginning June 5 and running until June 11. Be on the lookout for exhibitions art Carnegie Gallery, Hamilton Public Library and McMaster Museum of Art, tours at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Hamilton Arts Awards and more.


The result of a series of workshops with Chicago-based designer and artist Cheryl Pope and OCAD University students goes on view at Onsite Gallery in “Objects for Listening,” beginning June 8 at 6:30 p.m. Moiré patterns and the written word are on view in two shows by Paul Collins and Alexander Irving opening at General Hardware Contemporary on June 4. Lynne Cohen’s stirring, uninhabited photographers open in “Missing in Action” at Olga Korper Gallery on June 4 at 2 p.m. The John B. Aird Gallery opens “ACROSS BOUNDARIES,” a solo exhibition of performance and multi-media work by Diana Yoo that “looks at separations between first and second-generation immigrants,” on June 2 at 6 p.m. Melbourne–based painter Adam Lee opens a show of oil works in “Of A Great and Mighty Shadow” at Angell Gallery on June 3 at 7 p.m. At Paul Petro Contemporary Art, new drawings by Zachari Logan and new paintings by Morley Shayuk go on view June 3 at 7 p.m.


Amanda Strong’s exhibition “Oskinîkiskwêw,” which highlights her filmmaking and stop-motion work, opens at the Oxygen Art Centre on June 3 from 7 p.m.


Access Gallery and the Contemporary Art Gallery host a conversation at the Burrard Marina Field House Studio between artist Amaara Raheem and gallery director Kimberly Phillips on June 2 at 7 p.m. focused on Raheem’s participation in the Twenty-Three Days at Sea residency and anticipation. Curator Pantea Haghighi brings together eight artists with Iranian heritage (such as Mandana Moghaddam, whose work was in the 2015 Venice Biennale), who share a history of migration rather than a particular medium at Equinox Gallery, opening June 4. Dr. Nicola Levell’s new book, The Seriousness of Play: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, is launched at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art on June 4 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Charlene Vickers and Chad MacQuarrie’s Portals and Improvisations activates Griffin Art Projects with a series of performances on June 4, beginning at 7:30 p.m.


“Allora & Calzadilla: Echo to Artifact,” the first major exhibition in Canada of the work of Puerto Rico–based artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, opens at the Art Gallery of Alberta on June 2 from 7 p.m.


Mark Hamilton and Verger’s project Landscape as a Memory, a live audio artwork that focuses on landscape, will be performed at Evans Contemporary June 3 from 6 to 9 p.m.


“The Life of a Bike” opens at Michael Gibson Gallery on June 3, featuring work by Greg Curnoe and three paintings by Charles Gagnon.


The Musée d’art de Joliette kicks off their summer programming with a party June 3 at 5 p.m. The shows that will be on view are: Patrick Bernatchez’s 180°, a film work that depicts a pianist “performing a sonata by the Belgian composer Guillaume Lekeu (1870–94) in an empty concert hall with subdued lighting”; An Te Liu’s White Dwarf, a large, globe-like sculpture made of obsolete electronics; and Stéphane Gilot’s “The Catalog of Futures – Part II.”


Jean-Pierre Aubé’s 25-minute film, Jean-Pierre Aubé in Venice, which documents his performance in Italy during the 2015 Venice Biennale, will screen at the Galerie de l’UQAM on June 7. In partnership with the International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN), Phillip David Stearns, who “uses technology and electronic media,” will be exhibiting at Diagonale in “ADC/DAC,” which opens on June 5 at 6 p.m. CARFAC hosts a panel discussion about artists diversifying their revenue streams (free for members, $20 for non-members) at Centre St. Pierre at 1 p.m. on June 4. Station 16 Gallery launches a pop-up space at the Espace Éphémère at Centropolis Laval with Laurence Vallières’s “Outside the Box” on June 2. At the McClure Gallery, psychiatrist and artist Jaswant Guzder’s “Navigating East West Hybridities” opens June 2 at 6 p.m.


Yvonne Mullock riffs on Calgary’s cowboy culture in “Dark Horse,” which exhibits a series of monoprints literally made “using horse power and Stetson hats,” and opens at Stride Gallery on June 3 at 8 p.m.

St. Catharines

Rodman Hall Art Centre opens three exhibitions focused on the relationship between humans and land, beginning with a panel discussion on June 4 at 2 p.m. Elizabeth Chitty’s “The Grass is Still Green”; a group show “Reading the Talk”; and a show of landscape work from the permanent collection will all be on view.


Robert Hengeveld’s “Erratic Turns” is not-to-be-missed: there’s a fabricated toppled tree in the middle of the gallery that pivots around a rock, and it’s all topped off with mechanical birds that seem to chirp upon detection of movement. Hengeveld’s otherworldly installation opens at the Union Gallery on June 3 at 5 p.m. alongside Judy Ruzylo’s “The Order of Things” in the gallery’s project space.


Winnipeg artist Alexis Dirks opens a show at Ace Art Inc. on June 3. “Botched fabrications on the foggy landscape,” which brings together Dirks’s installation, collage, sound and sculpture to look at measurements of time and value as they relate to landscape.


The outcome of Michael Farnan’s doctoral research at Western University opens in “Representing Wilderness: Community, Collaboration and Artistic Practice” at McIntosh Gallery on June 3 at 7:00 p.m., and “brings together an array of familiar characters from popular culture—the Group of Seven, Grey Owl, Pierce Brosnan, Kevin Costner, Boy Scouts—to reflect upon colonialism, wilderness, and nationhood.”

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