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This Week: Wild New Territories, Deanna Bowen & More

Across Canada January 10 to 16, 2013

A broad-based outdoor art project, an investigation into the Ku Klux Klan in Canada, and the kickoff of a new talks series featuring Stan Douglas and Victor Burgin are among our editors’ picks for the week ahead. Read on for our best bets, and find more listings at

January 10 at 5 p.m.: Opening for Tricia Middleton, Joel Taylor and Séripop at Galerie B-312, 372 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montreal
Many in the Montreal art world are headed to Brooklyn this week for the openings of several “Montreal/Brooklyn” projects in the New York City borough. (The Montreal edition of that collaborative project took place a few months ago.) But back in the Quebec island city, Galerie B-312 is debuting the first collaborative film by Tricia Middleton and Joel Taylor to be seen in nine years. Titled Last Night, the film brings together footage from seven years of both spontaneous and planned clips. It should be interesting to see how Middleton’s increasingly well-known installation works might have affected this new film. Also showing is a large paper installation by Séripop, which debuted at Calgary’s Truck in September but has not yet been shown in their hometown.

January 11 at 7 p.m.: Opening for Elisabeth Belliveau at AKA Gallery, 424 20 Street West, Saskatoon
Over the past few years, Elisabeth Belliveau has made some charming artist books and animations based on her active drawing and textiles practice. This exhibition “If found – return to me” is one of new drawing, writing and video work. Both poetic and playful, it promises to unfold as an expanded sketchbook or journal—a preview, perhaps, for concerns addressed in her contribution to the Alberta Biennial, which opens in Edmonton later this month.

January 12 from 2 to 4 p.m.: Opening for “Wild New Territories” at SFU Gallery, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby
Winter may not seem the ideal time to debut a series of outdoor works, but the unexpected is part of the appeal of “Wild New Territories,” a wide-ranging project that explores the interplay between the urban and the wild in contemporary art and is being presented in three different urban contexts: Vancouver, London and Berlin. The London chapter opened in in September 2012 at Camley Street Natural Park, and this week the Vancouver portion opens with installations in Coal Harbour and in Stanley Park. (The Berlin portion will open this coming September.) Featuring artists from Vancouver’s Dana Claxton to London’s Gillian Wearing, and integrating exhibitions, performances and workshops as well as outdoor installations, the project, co-curated by Ron den Daas and Kathy Kenny, would seem to up the ante for multi-pronged, multi-locale endeavours across the country in future.

January 15 at 7 p.m.: Ian Wallace artist talk at the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
The new talks series Reading Ian Wallace: An International Perspective, co-presented by the Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series and the Vancouver Art Gallery, kicks off Tuesday with a discussion by the influential artist. In coming weeks, talks will include Victor Burgin, Stan Douglas and Christine Poggi in conversation with Wallace about various aspects of his practice. For more information, visit our events page. (Fans may want to note that Wallace will also be speaking at a panel for a notable exhibition opening in Vancouver this week: Esther Shalev-Gerz at the Belkin.)

January 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Opening for Deanna Bowen at the Art Gallery of York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto
During a brief Gallery 44/Images Festival installation in April 2012, Deanna Bowen set Toronto’s art scene buzzing with her project about Canadian connections to the Ku Klux Klan and related performances of media interviews with Klan leaders. Now, the AGYU is giving Bowen a platform to address these concerns over the course of a few months, rather than a few weeks. This exhibition offers Bowen’s further archival investigations into Klan materials, which were sparked by personal reflections on her own ancestors, black pioneers who emigrated from Oklahoma to northern Alberta in the early 20th century—a crossing mirrored by the history of the Klan itself. The opening will feature a live performance of a 1965 CBC TV interview with a Klan Grand Dragon and a civil rights activist. Boundary-pushing, to be sure. (Also opening in the Toronto region this week, and pushing boundaries of an aural sort, is “Volume: Hear Here” at the Blackwood and the Barnicke.)

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