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episodes: September 2011 Archives

WAM September 24-25 Eastern Edge

Eastern Edge Gallery opens two shows this afternoon in St. John’s.

Reversion to the Original Point is created by Dustin Wilson, a New Brunswick artist currently living in Ontario. He’s developed an almost science-fiction project, imagining a future we might not necessarily want.

Eleanor King, a Nova Scotian artist, also imagines the future, but her future, as seen in her project No Signal, imagines a world where we might need more from the past than we realise.

Both shows create a dystopia, but it a mild strain of dystopia. They are Canadian, after all.

I visited the gallery this week and spoke first with Dustin about Reversion to the Original Point. Dustin’s piece starts on your right just as you get inside the door and then stretches for about thirty or forty feet along two walls of the space. There are cartoons, like the flip movies you used to see on the corners of books and magazines, there are landscapes, maps and charts. I asked Dustin if all this work comprised the one piece.

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WAM September 24-25 Jonathan Weale

A young artist from Zimbabwe is studying visual art at Grenfell College in Corner Brook. Jonathan Weale also has an exhibit of his work on display at JL Gallery. People We Know is the exhibit. I spoke with Jonathan the morning after the opening earlier this week. Evidently, he was happily surprised that he sold many of the works at the opening! Extra.

I asked Jonathan who are the people he knows.

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WAM September 24-25 Shoshanna Wingate

Shoshanna Wingate is the executive director and co-editor of Riddle Fence, the literary journal of Newfoundland and Labrador. Riddle Fence just launched its ninth edition.

Shoshanna is also a poet and is about to release her first collection, Homing Instinct, tomorrow night.

The poetry considers all the meanings of home; where we find it, who lives there, why we need, do we need it …

I invited Shoshanna into the studio this week and asked what home means to her.

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