December 6, 2016 [originally published in CV88, Spring 2011] — An egg-shaped camping trailer nuzzles up to the large plate-glass windows of Galerie Axenéo7. It is faced by a series of photos of its relatives, Boler camping trailers all of which share the same compact, rounded form but vary endlessly in their fittings and colours. The light-weight fibreglass trailer was first designed in Winnipeg by Ray Olecko, and was produced in various places in Canada from 1968 to 1988.1 Lise Beaudry, a young photographer based in Toronto, is the proud owner of this particular Boler, and the artist behind the exhibition, “Bolerama” (the name Boler owners give to their yearly camping meets).
April 28, 2016 [originally published in Summer 2010] — Despite the impending calamities hidden in many of the works in Scenes from the House Dream, David Hoffos’s gathering of twenty installations into one, dark, enveloping space feels warm and fuzzy. True, a monster lurks under a boat, vapours rise in a noisy forest, and snow drifts through the open windows of a deserted house, but the exhibition curated by Shirley Madill remains appealing and enchanting.
[Summer 2008] Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, January 9 – February 3, 2008 Over the years, Cheryl Pagurek’s art practice has gradually shifted from sculpture and installations to printed photographs and, finally, in the present exhibition, to the ultimate Ephemera of moving digital imagery. The more fleeting her work becomes, however, the more strongly it shows […]
[Summer 2008] In her most recent series of photographic works, Zoe Leonard focuses her square viewfinder on small shops and businesses on three continents. This series, titled Analogue (1997–2007), documents discount stores, repair shops, second-hand stores, restaurants, and flea markets that are separated by thousands of miles. Yet, they share a common consumerism vocabulary and […]
[Fall 2007] Kassel, Germany, June 16 – September 23, 2007 “The big exhibition has no form.” This statement, the first sentence of a preface to the catalogue by curators Roger M. Buergel and Ruth Noack, set the tone for this year’s Documenta. This exhibition was indeed formless, sprawling from the heights of the Cascades at […]
[Fall 2007] Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa October 2 – 26, 2006 A key image in Michael Schreier’s recent photo exhibition shows tourists jostling for space in front of Michelangelo’s Pieta. The famous sculpture is bathed in a golden light and clearly visible above the frantic crowd, which could not be more at odds with this emblem of […]
[Summer 2003] March 13–April 21, 2003 Anyone looking for photographs at the fifth international Foto Biënnale Rotterdam (FBR), titled Experience, would have left the two main exhibition sites in a hurry. Photo aficionados would have had better luck at the many participating galleries and museums throughout the city that opted for more traditional exhibitions. Few […]
[Spring 2003] Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography 21 September 2002 – 12 January 2003 Ken Lum Works With Photography. The title of a retrospective exhibition of Lum’s photographic works at the CMCP in Ottawa this fall mimics the way Lum uses text and aptly describes his practice. Lum works with photography. Rather than exploring the […]
[Fall 2002] Kassel June 8 to September 15, 2002 A colour photo by South African photographer David Goldblatt, from a series titled Jo’Burg Intersections (1999–2002), shows high-rises of Johannesburg towering over an enormous garbage dump. Almost imperceptibly, two human shelters merge with the trash. Light fixtures and billboards in the middle ground indicate a sunken […]