Anyone in Edmonton?
Paula Simons is asking folk to identify public art that they like there? Unfortunately my eyesight isn't that good.
Closed in August, 2007.
Mathieu Beauséjour, BGL, Jacques Bilodeau, Catherine Bolduc, Diane Borsato, Marie-Claude Bouthillier, Alexandre David, Robbin Deyo, Aganetha Dyck, Marion Galut, Trevor Gould, Peter Hasdell & Patrick Harrop, Caroline Hayeur, Mireille Lavoie, Mathieu Lefèvre, Samuel Roy-Bois, Henri Sagna, Stephen Schofield, and Chih–Chien Wang.I fail to see why it is so difficult for Voir to either inform its readers that one of its writers is also curating a show with the artists he is writing about, or ask him not to write about artists whom he is working with.
There is one image from the Bruce Nauman exhibit at the Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal that really stayed with me. It was not the One Hundred Fish Fountain, nor was it Nauman’s famed The True Artist helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths. It wasn’t really even of a work of at. I was exploring a back passage which eventually lead me to Anthro/Socio (Rinde Spinning) room, where I saw a security guard trying to make sense of the situation. He looked absolutely baffled. After he noticed I was there too, and that I was part of the group of people that claim to understand it, he left me to experience the videos myself. I left about thirty seconds afterwards as I can only handle videos of screaming, spinning, upside down heads for so long. I don’t know if I have ever seen anyone as confused as that security guard, at least not in a real long time. The poor guy was just trying to figure out what the hell was going on in that room, and I’d assume also why anyone who would appreciate such things. If he had asked me, I wouldn’t have been able to tell him. I myself have no clue what the hell was going on in that room. The same can be said for the other rooms with videos, Clown Torture, Office Edit II and Square Dance.
The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths (Window or Wall Sign), 1967, Neon tubing with clear glass tubing suspension frame, 59 x 55 x 5 inches; Ed. 2/3, Collection Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands, ©Bruce Nauman / SODRAC (2007)
Well that’ not entirely true. I was, to an extent, able to comprehend what was occurring, the issue I had more trouble resolving was why it was occurring. If I have the choice, which I usually do, I would rather not watch a video of a clown sitting on a toilet while other videos of said clown screaming “No No No No!” engulf me in noise. I worked one office job in my life, and it sucked, and when I left the office I left for good, so why would I want to watch a video of an office at night, as I could in Office Edit II? I’m sure it’s a social commentary of some sort in Nauman’s mind. Whatever.
The videos, needless to say, did not do it for me. On the other hand, Nauman’s neon work in the Elusive Signs part of the exhibit is great. There are tons of wires needed for this part of the exhibit, and while they are quite visible, do not interfere. Flashing lights on some works do not distract the spectator when viewing a nearby piece. I have a soft spot for word games, so maybe I’m a bit biased when it comes to discussion of such pieces as None Sing Neon Sign, which is simply the words none, sing, neon, and sign, none sing being an anagram of neon sign. Maybe I'm just easily impressed, but I think that’s pretty cool.
Run from Fear, Fun from Rear, 1972, Neon tubing with clear glass tubing suspension frame, two parts, 8 x 24 x 2 ½ inches each; Ed. 4/6, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Gerald S. Elliott Collection, ©Bruce Nauman / SODRAC (2007)
There is also an installation piece called Helman Gallery Parallelogram where one walks through a tiny space in a narrow wall into a room lit with neon green, then out another tiny passageway. It hurt my eyes and made me feel a little claustrophobic. Probably should have read the sign that warns that spectators may feel confined in the installation before I went in there.
One Hundred Fish Fountain, 2005, 97 poissons en bronze de 7 formes différentes, suspendus avec du fil en acier, inoxydable sur un treillis métallique. Dimensions approximatives du bassin : 7,6 m x 8,5 m x 20,3 cm, Avec l’aimable permission de la Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, ©Bruce Nauman / SODRAC (2007) Photo : Richard-Max Tremblay
The highlight of the exhibit is the One Hundred Fish Fountain (which actually only contains 97 fish), located at the back of the exhibit. The sound of the water flowing overwhelms the neighbouring room, and draws you in to behold the fountain. That’s fine, there were some more videos in the neighbouring room, so not missing a whole lot by zooming through there towards the sound. It really does feel as though the fish are swimming in the flowing water, even though the fish are actually suspended above the stagnant pool of water. All in all it’s a solid exhibit, showing a fascinating artist who works with various media and definitely worth checking out. I just can’t help but feel the security guards working there think we must be crazy.
2boys.tv - C+
Scoli Acosta - B-
David Altmejd - A-
Stephen Andrews - C+
Michael Awad & Evan Penny - A+
BGL - B-
Eleanor Bond - B
Boris Chukhovich - C-
Dana Claxton - B-
Lynne Cohen - C
Comic Craze - D- Previously reviewed
Chris Cran - C
Christine Davis - A
Beth Derbyshire - B+
Iran do Espirito Santo - B+
Julie Doucet - C+
Geoffrey Farmer - C-
Jeff Funnell - B
Noam Gonick & Luis Jacob - B
David Hoffos - A+
Ignacio Iturria - B+
Sarah Anne Johnson - B
Brian Jungen - C
Jesper Just - C
Janice Kerbel - C
Will Kwan - C-
Virgil Marti - C+
Luanne Martineau - B-
Scott McFarland - C+
Kent Monkman - C
Montreal Comic City - Not graded because I haven't seen it, and there are friends of mine who made it and curated it.
My Barbarian - Not graded because I haven't seen it.
Numa - A
Paul P. - C+
Graeme Patterson - A+
Peaches - C+
Annie Pootoogook - B
Theo Sims - A
Ryan Sluggett - B
Bill Smith - A+
Scott Treleaven - B-
Susan Turcot - B-
Paulo Whitaker - B
As I come across more I will update this list. If there are any significant changes I will bump it to the top again - and for those of you who like to read between the lines, I do have one question - what's up with Nicholas Mavrikakis?
- Sarah Milroy's review in the Globe & Mail
- Nathalie Guimond of Voir reviews the David Altmejd exhibit
- René Viau of Le Devoir reviews the David Altmejd exhibit
- Rupert Bottenberg of the Mirror on the Music
- Christine Redfern of the Mirror on the art and the music
- Susannah Wesley of the Hour on David Altmejd
- Stéphane Martel of Voir on Peaches
- Mario Cloutier of La Presse on the art
- Louise Dussault of 24 heures on the music
- Denis-Daniel Boullé of Fuges on the art
- Marilou Séguin of the Journal de Montreal on the music and the art
- Radio-Canada on the art
- Press release about the STM press release about Beth Derbyshire
- Stillepost (the indie hipster bulletin board) thread about the biennale
- Andrea Carson of the View on Canadian Art Blog about the art
- Rene Viau's review in Le Devoir
- Denis of Midnight Poutine on Iran Do Espirito Santo
- Le Devoir on Comic Craze
- La Voix Populaire on the biennale
- A reprint of a press release on ArtDaily.com
- A brief mention in the Brainylady blog
- A brief mention on the CultureTV blog
- Fred da Cat's LiveJournal entry
Seven little known things about me
- I know how to tie a bowtie
- I drink wine
- I cherish my cooking knives
- I used to have a subscription to Sassy
- The first piece of art I bought was by Tony Albano
- I'm learning to speak Italian
- It has been almost 10 years since I flew in an airplane
Set One, [48:58 minutes, 75.4 MB] stream, flac, ogg vorbis.Then, just because I can, I decided to add two older recordings I have of Robert David playing here from 2002. Both are with Joel Zifkin and Andrew Cowan. More details are here. If you would like to hear either their performance from March 14 or April 16 of 2002 click on these links:
Set Two [45:41 minutes, 70.2 MB] stream, flac, ogg vorbis.
March 14, 2005, [68:08 minutes, 74.2 MB] stream, flac, ogg vorbis.As per normal, I'm still working on getting pictures up - but in the meantime play 'em loud.
April 16, 2002 [49:02 minutes, 50.4 MB] stream, flac, ogg vorbis.
Schedule 39Somehow, despite what this press release says, it doesn't strike me as being landmark.
Status of Ontario’s Artists Act, 2007
1. The purpose of this Act is to recognize that artists make contributions to Ontario’s economy and quality of life by,
(a) strengthening and invigorating our arts and culture sector;
(b) helping to create liveable, vibrant communities;
(c) encouraging civic engagement in cultural life; and
(d) fostering a culture of innovation in Ontario.
2. In this Act,
“artist” means an individual who is a professional creator, interpreter or performer in any artistic field, including,
(a) literary arts,
(b) visual arts,
(c) electronic, multimedia and Internet arts,
(d) film and video arts,
(f) performing arts, including theatre, opera, music, dance and variety entertainment,
(g) the recording of sound, and
(h) the recording of commercial advertisements; (“artiste”)
“Minister” means the member of the Executive Council to whom administration for this Act is assigned under the Executive Council Act. (“ministre”)
Recognition of artists
3. The Government of Ontario recognizes that,
(a) artists have made, and continue to make, invaluable contributions to Ontario’s economy, quality of life and sense of identity;
(b) artists’ creativity enables the arts and culture sector to innovate, grow and remain competitive;
(c) artists of all ages and backgrounds are central to Ontario’s growth as a creative society;
(d) artists’ diverse artistic and cultural traditions are the foundations of Ontario’s cultural tourism;
(e) the work of artists contributes to Ontario’s educational excellence and creates life-long learning opportunities; and
(f) artists enhance and enrich the cultural life of communities across the province and strengthen Ontario’s social cohesion and economic vitality.
4. The Minister is responsible for developing a strategy on arts and culture to guide the development of policies as they relate to artists.
5. The Government of Ontario undertakes, as far as it considers it reasonable and appropriate to do so, to,
(a) encourage the development of provincial, national and international marketing and promotion strategies for Ontario’s artists and their work;
(b) facilitate the creation of training and professional development opportunities for artists;
(c) develop partnerships across governments to foster a culture of innovation and creativity that promotes artists;
(d) engage Ontarians in the artistic and cultural life of the province by helping to make artists’ work available to all Ontarians;
(e) promote artists’ health and safety;
(f) foster the development of strategic partnerships between the technology sector and the arts and culture sector to create innovative new ways to promote artists and their work;
(g) strengthen the ability of arts and culture organizations to provide support to artists;
(h) create forums for artists to access information related to their work; and
(i) encourage municipalities to,
(i) promote artists as part of local cultural tourism initiatives, and
(ii) develop their own cultural policies.
Celebrate the Artist Weekend
6. (1) The first weekend wholly in June in every year is proclaimed as Celebrate the Artist Weekend.
(2) The purpose of Celebrate the Artist Weekend is to recognize and celebrate Ontario’s artists.
(3) For the purposes of subsection (1), a weekend is Saturday and Sunday.
7. The Minister may establish one or more advisory committees to,
(a) consider issues relating to artists, the role they play in the arts and culture sector and any other matters that the Minister considers appropriate; and
(b) advise the Minister on those issues.
8. The Act set out in this Schedule comes into force on the day the Budget Measures and Interim Appropriation Act, 2007 receives Royal Assent.
9. The short title of the Act set out in this Schedule is the Status of Ontario’s Artists Act, 2007.