Posted by Andrea Ratuski, SCENE Producer | Tuesday May 28, 2013
Artist Shary Boyle (Christopher Wahl) and musician Christine Fellows (Six Shooter Records)
It is her greatest professional moment and I feel privileged to be part of it.
—Christine Fellows, singer
Toronto artist Shary Boyle is representing Canada at the Venice Biennale and a number of Winnipeggers are heading to Venice to offer their support.
Among the artists, filmmakers and writers are musicians Christine Fellows and Leanne Zacharias who have been invited to perform at the opening. "We consider her to be an honourary Winnipegger," says Fellows. "She is a Toronto artist but we still claim her as our own."
Boyle spent a number of years in Winnipeg and during that time she and Fellows met in a ladies book club. They went on to collaborate on many music-and-art projects - the most recent was a show connected with Fellows' stint as artist-in-residence at Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum.
Boyle's works have been exhibited across Canada and around the world. Her work was also a part of the My Winnipeg show in Paris. Boyle's work for the Venice Biennale is called Music for Silence and will include a huge installation, porcelain sculptures, a bronze sculpture and overhead projections.
"It certainly represents her practice," says Fellows. "As a fine artist she's a rare breed in the sense that she works in a lot of different mediums - and not just working in them, but working in them in an extraordinary way."
Fellows says Boyle's work is very feminist, celebrating and championin women. For that reason, Boyle wanted only women to perform at the show's opening on May 29. Sharing the stage with Fellows and Zacharias will be the Toronto all-woman band Vag Halen.
"It is her greatest professional moment and I feel privileged to be part of it," says Fellows. "I want it to be everything she deserves for all the work she's done."
Border Crossings, the art magazine published in Winnipeg, will also host a party at the Canadian Pavilion on May 31 where they will launch their newest edition of the magazine devoted entirely to Canadian artists. Winnipegger John K. Samson of the Weakerthans will perform at their event.
Last year, Winnipeg represented Canada in the architecture field at the Venice Biennale.