ReviewWinnipeg Now shines spotlight on local artists
Posted by Alison Gillmor, CBC Reviewer | Friday September 28, 2012
Detail from Michael Dudeck's 'Esed, 2012' - Styrofoam, plaster, deerskin, paint, glue, urethane. Courtesy Pari Nadimi Gallery. (Leif Norman)
Winnipeg Now spotlights 13 artists whose creative roots are here in the city, bringing together edgy, interesting contemporary art with the resources and reach of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
—Alison Gillmor, CBC Reviewer
It's time again for Nuit Blanche, that glamorous all-night art party. After Winnipeg's first Nuit Blanche in 2010, I remember hearing that the police had shown up at the Winnipeg Art Gallery - not because anything bad had happened, but because there were so many people the WAG just couldn't hold any more. And I thought, wow, that is SO cool.
This year the WAG is a Nuit Blanche epicentre again, as the starlight celebrations coincide with the WAG's 100th birthday bash and the opening of a hot new group show, Winnipeg Now
Curated by Border Crossings
magazine's Meeka Walsh and Robert Enright, Winnipeg Now spotlights 13 artists whose creative roots are here in the city, bringing together edgy, interesting contemporary art with the resources and reach of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. With a lot of new work created specifically for this exhibition, there are some really big, ambitious installations.
's large-scale sculptural work is made up of horizontal slats and resembles a platonically perfect shelving unit. The materials are very simple - wood, metal, paint. (There's even a hardware reference in the title, "Winnipeg Supply".) But they are transformed with LaTourelle's sublime colour sense, expressed here in ephemerally subtle pearlescent tones.
Paul Butler, "Guidelines (Get a Dog)", 2012. Digital print. Jessica Bradley Art + Projects.
explores the relentless North American drive to self-improvement. His work plays around with the cultural imagery found in magazines and advertising and motivational posters, but he deftly combines this with autobiography, offering up years and years of his own obsessively detailed to-do lists. It's fascinating.
Lori Millan and Shawna Dempsey
have replicated an old-fashioned parlour, with rugs and chairs and lamps. You can sit and listen as an old radio relates a story, complete with bursts of music and static, or read the artists' absolutely lovely little storybook. It's a defiantly old-timey media experience, the twist being that the content is wonderfully funny and subversive.
constructs a forest of porcelain birch trees, a collision of nature and culture that is further deepened with the addition of corporate logos in the tree trunks (including oil and gas companies, car manufacturers, luxury goods manufacturers and the Winnipeg Art Gallery itself).
continues to explore his elaborate, self-created queer mythology. The self-titled "witch doctor" will be doing a performance Saturday night, but you can also see objects and artifacts, including some spooky, chalk-white hybrid creatures.
layers video and images from overhead projectors in his piece, the often unsettling subject matter fusing beautifully with the ghostly elegance of his drawing.