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VISUAL ARTS NEWS
The only magazine dedicated to visual art in Atlantic Canada.
The summer has ushered in many changes at Visual Arts News. In May, we bid farewell to editor Sue Carter Flinn and welcomed Lizzy Hill onboard. Since 2003, Sue has provided Visual Arts News readers with timely and relevant coverage of the visual arts scene in Atlantic Canada and contributed to the overall development of the publication. We wish her the best as she embarks on a new editorial career at Toronto's Quill and Quire.
Our new editor, Lizzy Hill, joins Visual Arts News with a love of the arts in the Atlantic region. Lizzy is a Halifax-based arts and culture journalist, who has written for Canadian Art, The Coast, Metro News, Spacing Magazine and is a past contributor to Visual Arts News and CBC. She's a graduate of the University of King's College, where she studied journalism and contemporary studies.
FALL 2011 SYNOPSIS
Soiled subjects, contemporary art twists on craft and materialism, and queries concerning value and arts' context, surface in the Fall 2011 issue of Visual Arts News. On view at the Owens Art Gallery in the Spring, artist Amalie Aitkens' work (featured on the cover) "Girl in the reeds with Bolex", produces the appropriate, and seasonal, visual fodder for such an exploration. Following Aitkens' earthy explorations through the reeds, Audrey Nicoll writes an insightful review of Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery's Dirt, Detritus and Vermin and In an Ancient Garden, exploring the positioning of craft amongst an environmental and feminist ethos. On the other hand, Mke Landry profiles Jared Peters (long-listed for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition), diving head first into his amoral aesthetic. Laura Kenins comes up for air, reviewing Carl Stewart's exhibition Fragments, materialized by skinning abandoned mattresses salvaged off Halifax's city streets, at Eyelevel Gallery. Visual Arts News also profiles long-listed Sobey Art Award finalists: Becka Viaus' regionalist aesthetic and Zeke Moores' exploration into hierarchal systems of mass production, situates perfectly into this issues conversation. A macabre retrospective at Toronto Images Festival to eerie wanderings through the Venice Biennale and the Debert Diefenbunker, Visual Arts News ignites playful and critical discussion regarding contemporary art in Nova Scotia and beyond.
Lost in the Garden: Audrey Nicoll reviews In an Ancient Garden & Dirt, Detritus and Vermin at the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery
Retracing the Road: Q&A with Craig Leonard
In Bed with Carl Stewart at Eyelevel Gallery
Unravelling the Prankster: James MacSwains' retrospective at Toronto Images Festival
Boxing it In: Zeke Moores, artist-in-residence at Struts Gallery
The Hope Horizon: Becka Viau, long-listed for the Sobey Art Award
Amoral Aesthetic: Jared Peters at Ingrid Mueller Art + Concepts
Doomsday in the Diefenbunker, 52 weeks in the Company of Women, A Glimpse of the Venice Biennale
Every issue of Visual Arts News includes engaging exhibition reviews, artist profiles and in-depth features on issues facing arts professionals across Nova Scotia including regional, national and international reviews of interest to our readership, including a comprehensive listing of exhibitions across Atlantic Canada. As one of the oldest cultural publications in Atlantic Canada, it is a well-trusted source of information for readers with a passion for its thriving visual arts scene.