Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, December 3, 2015

Vancouver

Laura Piasta forges art out of jean jackets and Hydro-Stone. Laura Piasta’s small show at Access Gallery spotlights her eclectic range of media and working methods—from gilding wooden sculpture to weaving cotton yarn to casting found objects in beeswax or Hydro-Stone. In a provocative rejoinder to post-studio practice, and a kind of push-back to concept-driven and theory-referenced art, this emerging Vancouver artist explores the “intelligence” inherent in her materials. Georgia Straight, December 2, 2015

Vancouver council says yes to Rodney Graham’s Torqued Chandelier. It’s one of the more audacious public-art projects ever proposed in Vancouver. On December 1, Vancouver city council voted in favour of the Torqued Chandelier, designed by celebrated local artist Rodney Graham. Georgia Straight, December 3, 2015

Freshly picked. Artist Gathie Falk’s bright ceramic apple stacks feel just as crisp as they did when she made them in the ’60s and ’70s. Vancouver Sun via Press Reader, December 3, 2015

Guelph

Patrick Cruz Discusses Winning the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Guelph-based artist Patrick Cruz won the 17th RBC Canadian Painting Competition on November 18. Cruz was awarded the $25,000 top prize in the annual competition for his work Time allergy, which will become part of the RBC Corporate Art Collection. Here, he discusses the inspiration behind the winning work, and how his emigration from the Philippines has informed the narrative within his works. Canadian Art, December 1, 2015

Ottawa

The gift of art: where to buy during the holidays. Lots of gift-friendly sales and shows at commercial, public, and artist-run art galleries in the Ottawa area this month, and just some of them are listed below. Ottawa Citizen, December 1, 2015

Montreal

Watch Jon Rafman’s LARPing, Tamagotchi-Fuelled Film. The so-called Tamagotchi effect, as researchers have come to call it, refers to the development of emotional attachment to computers and machines, and the toy represents something of a landmark as humans and computers move into ever-closer symbiosis. Commissioned by the Zabludowicz Collection and Warp Records, and in collaboration with experimental electronic musician Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), Sticky Drama is a new, fully live-action film by Jon Rafman (his first, in fact), and that curious human-Tamagotchi relationship plays at its centre. Canadian Art, December 1, 2015

Los Angeles

Russell Smith: Lawren Harris was the Adele of Canadian visual art. Right now, we are very excited about the record-breaking prices of the dead Canadian painter Lawren Harris, prices partly spiked by the promotional work of Steve Martin, the U.S. actor who really likes Harris and has just arranged a show of his work in Los Angeles… One thing that we have tried very hard to avoid talking about is whether anyone but Steve Martin really likes Lawren Harris’s work, as art. Globe & Mail, December 2, 2015

Miami Beach

A First Look at 2015 Miami Art Week. Canadian artists at the fair include Edward Burtynsky at Howard Greenberg, Erin Shirreff at Sikkema Jenkins and Derek Sullivan at Polígrafa. Canadian Art, December 3, 2015. See also ARTnews’ Complete 2015 Art Basel Miami Beach Coverage, Artnews, December 3, 2015

Trong Gia Nguyen Wins 2015 Miami Beach Pulse Prize. The Pulse Contemporary Art Fair announced today that Brooklyn– and Ho Chi Minh City–based artist Trong Gia Nguyen has won the fair’s 2015 Miami Beach Pulse Prize. Artnews, December 3, 2015

Bottrop, Germany

Walker Evans: images from the father of American documentary photography. Best known for capturing the Great Depression in the 1930s, Walker Evans photographed American life for nearly 70 years. Depth of Field published by Prestel is the most comprehensive study of his work ever published, covering his early shots of New York and his lesser-known Polaroids. The Guardian, December 3, 2015. The exhibition, Walker Evans: Depth of Field, currently at Josef Albers Museum is coming to the Vancouver Art Gallery in Fall 2016.

Europe

The 50 Most Exciting Artists in Europe Today: Part One. It has been an exciting year for contemporary art, with a young generation of artists pushing the boundaries both in terms of materials and subject matters. But with so much going on it’s easy to miss out. In an effort to capture the moment, we at artnet News have put together a directory of the most exciting artists showing, living, and working in Europe at the moment. Artnet News, November 24, 2015

Joanna Spurling, Library, Vancouver Art Gallery

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