Reviews from the art scene

2015 Company of Ideas Forum May 15 to 17, 2015 Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park Hornby Island By Annabel Howard Five University of Victoria Fine Arts faculty members and five Fine Arts graduate students participated in Hornby Island sculptor Jeffrey Rubinoff’s 2015 Company of Ideas forum. Rubinoff is a practising sculptor who has spent the last […]

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The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors Vancouver Art Gallery Until Jan. 11   Reviewed by Annabel Howard The Forbidden City was – states the Vancouver Art Gallery’s eponymous exhibition – the largest palace ever built. It covered 178 hectares, and to walk from the southern to the northern gates took one and […]

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WorkPLACE Curated by: Lynda Gammon Until Oct. 25 Open Space, second floor, 510 Fort Street Reviewed by Adam Hayman Lynda Gammon has turned Victoria’s Open Space into a WorkPLACE. Not her own work place, but a curated exhibition examining how we have worked and continue to work in the modern world. Gammon, a Victoria artist […]

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Mirό: The Experience of Seeing Seattle Art Museum until May 25, 2014 http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/ Reviewed by Candace Fertile The Seattle Art Museum presents the later work of Spanish artist Joan Mirό (1893-1983) in its current special exhibition. About 50 paintings and sculptures 1963-1981 are on display, along with two fascinating videos. The artworks are from the […]

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Paying For It By Chester Brown Published by Drawn & Quarterly 290 pages, $19.95 By Lachlan Ross Taking the prostitution debate into “comic-strip memoir” form, Canadian cartoonist Chester Brown documents his relations with sex workers. The Toronto-based writer’s eighth book depicts a 14-year period (from 1996-2010) during which 36-year-old Brown gives up on the “romantic […]

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Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon                Seattle Art Museum, until January 5, 2014 Closed Mondays and Tuesdays Audio tours free–download app from website (http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/), download podcast from website, audio guide wands available at SAM (also has extended visual descriptions) Reviewed by Candace Fertile The Seattle Art Museum is the only United States museum […]

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Sofa Sitters of Victoria Exhibition. Showed September 12-24, 2013 at the Art Centre at Cedar Hill– CACGV Main Gallery, 3220 Cedar Hill Road. View Durrand’s work at http://www.dianadurrand.com/ Reviewed By Liz Snell Two older women stare at the framed photographs in the gallery. “Sure is different,” one comments. “What a funny idea.” “That’s our church!” the other points […]

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MFA Thesis Exhibition Visual Arts Building University of Victoria Campus Until May 11, 2013 Reviewed by  Dorothy June Fraser Any kind of graduate show is going to be an interesting experience. Wandering from gallery to gallery requires a degree of care, as we shake off the intensity of one show in order to see the […]

A few gems at WORK

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April 23, 2013

WORK: Annual UVic BFA Visual Arts showcase April 19-27, Visual Arts building, UVic Free and open to the public Reviewed by Blake Jacob The annual UVic Visual Arts showcase, WORK, is taking place until April 29. The show is curated beautifully in the many spacious rooms of the Visual Arts building, and features projects of […]

Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Van Dyck: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London Seattle Art Museum until May 19, 2013 $20 adult, $17 senior, $12 student and teen; free for 12 and under Reviewed by Candace Fertile Fabulously rich people can afford fabulous art collections, and the First Earl of Iveagh, Edward Cecil Guinness (1847-1927) (yes, that Guinness) […]