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Must-Sees This Week: March 5 to 11, 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.)


At Gallery 295, Francesca Szuszkiewicz leads a curatorial talk for the exhibition “it’s about time,” a solo show of photographer Michael de Courcy’s work, at 1 p.m. on March 7. “The Avoidance of the Real” is taken up at Gallery Jones in a group exhibition featuring paintings by Ehryn Torrell, Jeff Depner and Andrea Pinheiro, and photographs by Erin O’Keefe, that opens on March 5 at 5 p.m. Carrie Walker’s playful watercolours open in “The Effect of Space” at Elissa Cristall Gallery on March 7. On the off chance you don’t have a clear enough sense of your own mortality, Jaedan Chayce Leimert’s solo show, which opens at Robert Lynds Gallery on March 10 at 7:30 p.m., looks at themes of memory and our imminent decay. A book launch and reading offers another way in to the exhibitions at Access Gallery on March 5 at 7 p.m. Tim Gardner’s watercolours, which tend to focus on particularly masculine, outdoorsy depictions of Canadian landscapes, open at Monte Clark Gallery at 2 p.m. on March 7 in a new exhibition dedicated to nocturnal scenes.


In conjunction with their current exhibition, the Dalhousie Art Gallery hosts talks on March 5 at 7 p.m. by Richard Brown, who will discuss art and neuroscience, and Jock Murray, who will speak about teaching the history of medicine using art. At ViewPoint Gallery on March 5, beginning at 6 p.m., photographer Jean-René Leblanc opens a solo show of photographs that juxtapose infrared images of landscapes with shots of abandoned, decrepit vehicles. Performance art gets its dues on March 10 starting at 7 p.m. with an evening dedicated to the art form at the Khyber Centre for the Arts.


Aude Moreau’s “The Political Nightfall” opens at Galerie de l’UQAM on March 5 at 5:30 p.m. At Galerie Laroche/Joncas, Leslie Reid’s paintings—washed expanses of oil with graphite outlines—go on view in “Glacial,” which opens on March 7 at 3 p.m. with a presentation by the artist. Photographer Raymonde April opens the first section of a two-part exhibition entitled “Near You No Cold” at Galerie Donald Browne on March 7 at 4 p.m. The second goes on view at Centre d’art et de diffusion Clark on March 12.  Reversing the usual formula, pop music becomes the object of an art performance on March 6 at 7 p.m., when Nancy Tobin, alongside Martin Tétreault present the sound work Superheart at La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse. At the McClure Gallery, sculpture by Maskull Lasserre—which revolves around unusual combinations—opens on March 5 at 6 p.m.


The Winnipeg Art Gallery hosts a public opening for “Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15,” which was first presented as Canada’s official exhibition at the prestigious 2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture, where it garnered a special mention. The show focuses on Arctic architecture, and suggests future developments in adaptive architecture in Nunavut. The opening begins on March 6 at 7 p.m. Geoffrey Farmer reflects on his 1995 prose piece, Kathy’s Requiem, which responded to writer Kathy Acker’s death, in an artist talk at Plug In ICA, co-presented by the University of Manitoba School of Art. That talk begins on March 10 at 6 p.m.


At La Petite Mort Gallery, “The Disciples” brings an international curatorial project to the city, which delves into Chilean history in a contemporary exhibition that focuses on former political prisoners from the Cerro Carcel de Valparaiso. There is an element of exchange here, as the exhibition previously opened in Valparaiso in a contemporary art space that has replaced the former prison. It opens on March 6 at 7 p.m.


Programming around “Border Cultures: Part Three (security, surveillance)” continues at the Art Gallery of Windsor, with a performance of Activist Love Letters by Syrus Marcus Ware on March 7 at 1:30 p.m. Sparked by James Baldwin’s letter to Angela Davis, alongside other notable activist letters, Ware created a participatory piece that invites the audience to think through the individuals in their own lives they would reach out to support and encourage.


If you missed the first twenty-four hour screening of Christian Marclay’s The Clock—which is, to use a particularly unfashionable word, a masterpiece—take heart: the Art Gallery of Alberta is offering another chance to watch the piece at whichever hour you choose on March 6, beginning at 11 a.m. and running through March 7 at 5 p.m.


At the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, a large opening celebration for six shows, five of which are already on view, begins on March 7 at 7 p.m. The one exhibition that hasn’t yet opened looks at the little-known history of the back-to-the-land movement that hit Eastern Canada during the 1970s. Another powerful piece begins at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery earlier in the morning on March 7, when Ursula Johnson, whose exhibition “Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember)” is currently on view, begins a marathon performance of wood splitting and shaving, traditionally employed in Mi’kmaw basket weaving. The performance continues through March 10.


Ron Shuebrook’s drawings—large, monochromatic charcoal images with a distinctly Modernist flair—open at the Kelowna Art Gallery on March 6 at 7 p.m. The exhibition was organized and circulated by the Thames Art Gallery in Chatham in collaboration with a number of other institutions, including the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre in Guelph, where Shuebrook is a perennial favourite.


At the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, photographer Karen McDiarmid gives an artist talk in conjunction with her current exhibit on March 5 at 7 p.m., focusing on her travels through Northern India.


Winnipeg artist Patrick Dunford depicts the particular experience of growing up in the prairies in a series of landscape paintings and drawings in a solo show “out there,” which opens at Jarvis Hall Fine Art on March 5 at 5 p.m.


It should be fairly clear, by this point, that humanity isn’t cruising towards utopia, but Mathieu Latulippe’s drives the (slightly morose) message home in “Back to Paradise Lost,” a solo exhibition that opens at Division Gallery on March 5 at 6 p.m. Portraits and posters from Canada’s Afghan mission by Gertrude Kearns open on March 5 at the Fort York Visitor Centre, which looks like a great space. At G Gallery, Janice Gurney opens a solo show titled “FRAME 29” on March 6 at 6 p.m. The sensory takes centre stage at Craft Ontario Gallery’s new group exhibition, which open on March 6 at 6 p.m. Linda Martinello’s colourful, vaguely architectural paintings open at p|m Gallery on March 6 at 6 p.m. “Pattern Makers,” an exhibition featuring textile work, opens at Xpace Cultural Centre on March 6 at 7 p.m., alongside the photo-based installation We Dream in Terrain and the project slow blink at pink sun. The following day, Alex Cameron’s heavily impastoed, riotously coloured paintings open at Bau-Xi Gallery beginning on March 7 at 2 p.m. Liza Eurich and Kelly Jazvac, two artists who manage to turn detritus of consumer culture into interesting sculptural objects, discuss Eurich’s current exhibition at MKG127 on March 7 at 3 p.m.


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Terry Graff says:

FREDERICTON — Tom Forrestall: A Car For All Seasons opened at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery on March 5 and is on view through to April 19.

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