November 1, 2017 [originally published in Spring 2012] — The complete content of CV92 is now available online including porfolios of Thomas Kneubühler, Andreas Rutkauskas and Eamon Mac Mahon, essays about Chronicles of a Disappearance, Taryn Simon and Paul Graham, an interview with Stephen Bulger as well as several recent exhibition and publication reviews.
[Spring/summer 2013] In this issue, we return to the question of public art, a subject we previously addressed in issues 82 and 90. The artworks chosen for this portfolio stand out for the acuity with which their context for integration has been managed. Each of these artworks, in its way, offers an exemplary response to […]
A thematic section on public art featuring the works of Nicolas Baier, Dominique Auerbacher, and Patrick Dionne and Miki Gingras, highlighting the issues of community affirmation in the public space and the revelation, or contestation, of its customs and regulations. Somewhere between group portrait, “objective” self-portrait, and urban anti-aesthetic . . .
[Spring/summer 2013] A thematic section on public art featuring the works of nicolas baier, dominique auerbacher, and patrick dionne and Miki gingras, highlighting the issues of community affirmation in the public space and the revelation, or contestation, of its customs and regulations. Somewhere between group portrait, “objective” self-portrait, and urban anti-aesthetic . . . NICOLAS […]
To judge by his works, Nicolas Baier has never been anything but a photographer, as these works are replete with all the potentialities, components, and mechanisms of the medium. This is so even when the works he creates are not photographic. Of course, he provided abundant proof in his exhibitions Travaux récents (2001) and Scènes […]
Dominique Auerbacher’s early career was bound up in the emergence of photographic commissions devoted to landscape in Europe, starting with the Mission photographique de la Datar, which brought her to the public eye in the mid-1980s. She sparked a lively debate by choosing, against all expectations, to photograph a number of major European cities as […]
In addition to founding Diasol in 2002 and the Mexico–Quebec production collective FueralDFoco in 2007, Patrick Dionne and Miki Gingras, who have been working as a duo since 1999, have produced photographic projects in Nicaragua, Mexico, and Quebec. Far from fitting the image of picture chasers and big-time reporters, they seem, rather, to present themselves […]
Richard Baillargeon’s Anticoste is presented as a complex composition of heterogeneous materials organized in groups to create vast networks of significances, echoes, and resonances and to constitute a reflection both on the history of Anticosti and on the narrative processes implemented in knowledge and the relationship with the past. The artwork includes three mosaics of […]
Omer Fast is not a documentarian, but his recent solo exhibition at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery did draw attention to the strategies of an artist working, as Jeff Wall put it, “near documentary.”1 Spanning the last decade, the exhibition referenced sites of recent global conflict with three video works that quoted documentary or […]
[Spring/summer 2013] Works created for the first Ciel variable fund-raising campaign This campaign is based on the idea of bringing together a collector and a photographer to create an original artwork on the theme “the spirit of a place” – a place selected by the collector and interpreted by the artist. The exercise offers a […]
February 21, 2018 [originally published in CV94 in Spring 2013] — The title of Lorna Bauer’s exhibition at Galerie Nicolas Robert offers a simple paradigm for what she explores with her series of photographs. Bauer initially sets us up for a documentary-style tour of some storefronts in New York’s celebrated garment district. Storefronts have been a tried-and-true subject for photographers since the early days of the technology…
February 12, 2018 [originally published in CV94 in Spring 2013] — Curator Peggy Gale and Ryerson Image Centre director Doina Popescu smartly chose to inaugurate Ryerson University’s new building and gallery with an exhibition specifically about “The Archive.” In this case, the focus was the world-renowned Black Star Collection, comprising over 290,000 photojournalistic prints, which had been donated anonymously to Ryerson University in 2005.
February 8, 2018 [originally published in CV94 in Spring 2013] — The title phrase of this catalogue, Light Years, is a pun on an oft-misused term. Although widely thought to refer to a measurement of time, it is actually an astronomic unit measuring the distance travelled by light over one year. What meanings can this term have when applied to a historical survey exhibition of photographic practices around 1970? Aside from the obvious…
[Spring-Summer 2013] By Sonia Pelletier Des monographies Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography (London UK: Black Dog Publishing; Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery, 2012, 352 pp., Eng.) This publication, which accompanies the eponymous exhibition curated by Daina Augaitis, is the most comprehensive publication devoted to the work of Canadian artist Ian Wallace. Reflecting […]
January 31, 2018 [originally published in CV94 in Spring 2013] — Bonnie Rubenstein has been a director at CONTACT since 2002, and the festival’s artistic director Originally from Toronto, she holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. As curatorial assistant for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, she worked on several groundbreaking exhibitions.
The transition to the digital image regime entails a series of permutations that noticeably modify our relations with a common public space and how art is produced. Our experience of concrete spaces and temporality, as well as the distinctions between private sphere and public exhibition, between amateur and professional productions, are totally metamorphosed.