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Must-Sees This Week: February 26 to March 4, 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.)


Oftentimes, images spur more images. The new exhibition at Forest City Gallery, “Live From Pattern Hut,” which opens on February 27 at 7 p.m., is one such example: it’s a collaborative show featuring work by Anthea Black and Thea Yabut that was sparked by an image of Louise Bourgeois drawing in her studio. For a sense of reassurance, drop by DNA Artspace on February 28 at 2 p.m., where Jenna Faye Powell’s crayon drawings will be presented in an exhibition titled “I’m okay.” Also opening at DNA Artspace on February 28 at 2 p.m., Parker Branch—a collaborative project that’s part curatorial, part studio practice—has a kind of survey show. On February 26 at 7 p.m., as part of the University of Western Ontario‘s Art Now! Speakers’ Series, Canadian Art‘s associate editor David Balzer speaks about his most recent book, Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else. 


Montreal sees an exhaustingly full week, in large part due to Nuit Blanche, which runs throughout the night on February 28. In addition to Nuit Blanche, several exhibitions are opening across the city. Work by Inuit women artists comes into focus at the Canadian Guild of Crafts with an exhibition and related programming that start on February 26. Gast Bouschet and Nadine Hilbert open a multi-channel video installation at the Darling Foundry on February 26 at 5 p.m. At Galerie Nicolas Robert, Andréanne Godin’s ethereal landscapes open on February 28 at 3 p.m. Geneviève Cadieux opens another exhibition at Galerie René Blouin on February 28. Chloé Desjardins and Simone Rochon use collage and sculpture to look at order and detail in a new exhibition, “Orderly Objects/Unbuilt Spaces,” at FOFA Gallery that opens on March 2. Lived history takes centre stage in a new group exhibition, “Pass It On,” which opens at Galerie D’Este on February 28 at 2 p.m.

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Anne Troake, who will be heading to Venice this summer as a part of Newfoundland and Labrador’s collateral exhibition at the Biennale, opens her film projection at the Grenfell Campus Art Gallery on February 26. The piece, OutsideIn, offers a stereoscopic look at organic materials like earth, wood and water alongside the human body.


Two exhibitions open at the Art Gallery of Mississauga: Erika DeFreitas’s “The Work of Mourning” depicts loss through textile and performance work, while TALWST’s small-scale dioramas reenact overlooked events from contemporary culture in “Minimized Histories: Marginalization and Unrest.” Both begin with a reception on February 26 at 6 p.m.


Robert Burley’s “The Disappearance of Darkness” manages to make a terrifically mundane subject—film-manufacturing facilities and industrial darkrooms—into a heartbreaking series of photographs that depict the demise of these businesses. It manages to imbue an unlikely sense of nostalgia—the times they are a-changin’. Circulated by the Ryerson Image Centre, it opens at the Art Gallery of Hamilton on February 28.


Brace yourselves, Torontonians: it’s going to be a busy week. The deluge begins on February 26 at 7 p.m., when Susan Hobbs Gallery opens “Matters of Fact,” a solo show of Krista Buecking’s work. Prints by filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin go on view at Open Studio on February 27 at 6:30 p.m. At York University on February 27, beginning at 8 a.m., the topic of “Imagined Worlds” is explored in a one-day symposium. Reproduction is taken to extremes in Alex Fischer’s new solo show, “1, 7, and 6000,” which opens at O’Born Contemporary on February 27 at 6 p.m. The hybrid and the half-formed come to the fore at Katzman Contemporary on February 28 at 2 p.m., with Lyse Lemieux’s works on paper and installations, and Meryl McMaster’s photographs. Geometric, colour-focused painting gets a showing at Olga Korper with an exhibition featuring Kristina Burda and Greg Murdock that opens on February 28 at 2 p.m.


At the Alberta Printmakers’ Artist Proof Gallery, Emmanuelle Jacques treads the boundary between print media and video animation with a project inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’s The Library of Babel that goes on view in her solo show, “The Creation of the Universe,” which opened on February 25. On February 27, at 8 p.m., an exhibition of Stephen Nachtigall’s work opens at the Avalanche! Institute of Contemporary Art.


At Bugera Matheson Gallery, two very different approaches to painting open on February 28 at 1 p.m. Barbra Edwards’s frenetic, colourful abstract canvases hang alongside Michael Thiessen’s atmospheric representations of roadtrip scenes and landscapes. While Edwards’s images call to mind her predecessor and teacher Harold Klunder, Thiessen’s works conjure a slightly hazy Route 66 nostalgia.


Jeanne Randolph, grand dame of ficto-criticism and all-around fascinating theorist, leads a performative lecture titled “The Bottom-Feeders” at Plug In ICA on February 26 at 7 p.m. The ideas behind the lecture were sparked when Randolph was watching The Subterraneans in 1960 at a Texas drive-in; that’s a guarantee of quality if we’ve ever heard one.


“Untitled (new visions),” a two-person exhibition at AKA Artist-Run featuring work by Maggie Groat and Barbara Hobot, gets the tour treatment on February 28 at 2 p.m., when executive director Tarin Hughes leads a walkthrough and curatorial talk about the show. The exhibition closes this weekend, so this offers a final chance to take in the work.


The final instalment of the three-part “Border Cultures” exhibition series at the Art Gallery of Windsor has a range of programming on February 28: the day begins with a curator’s tour of the exhibition at 12 p.m., and continues with a Treaty Canoe transcription event lead by artist Alex McKay and photographer Tory James at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Lee Rodney sees John Greyson, Elle Flanders, José Seoane and Mahwish Chishty reflecting on images of war.


Vancouverites get the rare chance to see an institutional show by Berlin-based, Vancouver-born artist Jeremy Shaw with his new exhibition “Medium-Based Time,” which opens at the Contemporary Art Gallery on February 26 at 7 p.m. On February 27, at 1 p.m., the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery continues its conversation series, building on the Tom Burrows exhibition currently on view, with a talk about contested landscapes and activism, featuring architecture faculty member John Bass and law faculty member Margot Young.

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