Review: Dora García, Of Crimes and Dreams or the infinite power of human mind

Dora Garcia, Of Crimes and Dreams, exhibition view at Darling Foundry 2014. Courtesy Darling Foundry, Montréal. Photo © Maxime Boisvert

Dora García
Of Crimes and Dreams

Darling Foundry, Montréal
21 May – 14 September 2014

Review by Cécilia Bracmort

Of Crimes and Dreams strips the threshold between reality and fantasy where the two worlds interpenetrate and nourish each other. Upon entering Dora García’s exhibition curated by Chantal Pontbriand, one figuratively experiences a journey into the human psyche and all its complex richness, sequences of altered states and perceptions from waking life to unconsciousness, assisted by García’s use of Finnegans Wake, James Joyce’s last and most experimental novel.

Three videos works projected on the walls of the gallery underline recurrent visual and structural patterns such as circle overlays and echoing effects. Indeed, all videos mirror Joyce’s narrative structure, a never-ending novel, starting and finishing through reconstituted sentences. These seemingly aim to trigger different psychological desires from sexual or voyeuristic desires to the repression of violence or even murderous pulsions.
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Opportunities: Residency For Artists On Hiatus – Call for applications 2014/2015

Courtesy Residency For Artists On Hiatus ©Akimoto/Evans 2013.

Call for applications 2014/2015
Residency For Artists On Hiatus

Deadline: 15 September 2014

RFAOH co-directors, Shinobu Akimoto and Matthew Evans are pleased to invite international “artists on-hiatus” to apply to our 2nd call for participation in our ongoing project, Residency for Artists on Hiatus (RFAOH).

Residency For Artists On Hiatus is a virtual yet functioning residency available to artists who, for one reason or another, are NOT currently making or presenting art. The residency exists in the form of a website, and the participants are selected based on their proposals of “on-hiatus” activities (or non-activities). To be eligible to apply, artists must have previously created an independent body of work and have exhibited in a public context. Selected artists will be represented on the RFAOH website by a dedicated page on which they are asked to post periodic reports throughout their residency. A modest stipend will be awarded to successful applicants to assist in their on-hiatus endeavours. At the conclusion of their residency, residents are expected to submit a written report on how they benefited from or were otherwise influenced by this opportunity. Read more »

Opportunities: Call for Entries for the 18th Japan Media Arts Festival

The 17th Japan Media Arts Festival Art Division Grand Prize: Carsten Nicolai, crt mgn, 2013. ©2013 Carsten Nicolai. All Rights reserved Photo: Uwe Walter Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig / Berlin and The Pace Gallery

Call for Entries:
18th Japan Media Arts Festival

Deadline: 2 September 2014 (18:00 Japan Standard Time)

The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts (Media Geijutsu) that honors outstanding works from a diverse range of media – from animation and comics to media art and games. The festival gives awards in each of its four divisions: Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Manga. It also provides a platform for appreciation of the award-winning and other notable works. Since its inception in 1997, the festival has recognized significant works of high artistry and creativity, and in addition to a yearly Exhibition of Award-winning Works has held other events, such as symposiums, screenings, and showcases. Last year, the 17th Festival received a record 4,347 entries from 84 countries and regions around the world, demonstrating its continuing evolution as an established annual international festival. Award-winning works are exhibited both within Japan and abroad through various projects and events organized by The Agency of Cultural Affairs which aims to promote the creation, development and understanding/awareness/appreciation of Media Arts. Read more »

Opportunities: Last call for Kashima Beppu Artist in Residence Program in Beppu city, Japan

Image courtesy the Beppu Project

Kashima Beppu Artist in Residence Program
organised by Beppu Project


Period 1: 1 September 1 – 31 October 2014
Period 2: 1 November – 20 December 2014
(The dates of residence are flexible, but the residence must be a minimum of 30 days.)

Deadline: 29 July 2014 (Before midnight, Japan time)

On the theme “FANTASTIC, MAGIC, WONDERFUL BEPPU!”, Beppu Project is inviting artists to create large-scale outdoor artworks on the walls of Beppu. Beppu, located on Kyushu Island in Japan, is a curious city and possesses many facets. Beppu is the second largest thermal city in the world. The city once knew a glamorous time and knew great fame with crowed shopping streets, animated life in bars, restaurants, hundreds of movie theaters, and a large flux of visitors disembarking from the ferry. Nowadays, the city has changed but still offers vibrant memories. Coming to Beppu is like taking part to a treasure hunt to find hidden gems and encounter numerous mysteries. So, following this invocation-like theme: “FANTASTIC, MAGIC, WONDERFUL BEPPU!”, artists will lift the veil on new artworks created in this unique place and enriching Beppuʼs majestic treasures. Read more »

Review: Playlist – A Collection of Collectors at galerie antoine ertaskiran, Montréal

Playlist, Exhibition view. Courtesy the artists and galerie antoine ertaskiran, montréal. Photo: Caroline Cloutier

galerie antoine ertaskiran, Montréal
14 June – 26 July 2014

Review by Cécilia Bracmort

On June 14th, galerie antoine ertaskiran opened its self-curated summer exhibition, Playlist, featuring five Montreal-based individual and collective artists. The show brings together a varied selection of techniques, styles and even experiences – from mid-career professionals to promising art students – to realize a striking layout of artists-collectors, using processes of collage and assemblage to accurately reflect the title of this show. Creative hybridizations such as Philippe Caron Lefebvre’s Caméléon Echinoidea mix morphologies of plants, animals and humans to produce fascinating creatures, aggressive as they are beautiful. His jelly-like chimeras parade elaborate mechanisms of defense while stylistically merging earthenware crafts, industrial techniques and new age iridescent paint, to duly note Caron Lefebvre’s proficiency as a naturalist. Read more »

“Ideas in Things” at Maria Stenfors, London

Alan Currall, Silent dog whistle, 2014. Wooden stick, bite marks, beeswax, acrylic stands. Courtesy the artist and Maria Stenfors, London

Ideas in Things
27 June – 26 July 2014
at Maria Stenfors, London

David Blackaller
Juan Cruz
Alan Currall
Siân Robinson Davies

Curated by Dean Hughes

“Now I am not what I was when the word was forming to say what I am.”
– William Carlos Williams, The Great American Novel

Ideas in things presents an equal sense of wonder between both ‘things’ and ‘language’. The artists included in the exhibition are collected here for their resonance in how each charts the movement of the making of an artwork from a natural to an artificial phenomenon. This transition presents a classic artistic or, more commonly associated, poetic problem of the desire to evoke uniquely personal experience through a public medium. The drive to force the conventions of a language to express the private nature of experience is the bedrock of creative work. In working with quotidian objects the dilemma that presents itself is that in choosing to talk about ordinary matter is to risk falsifying – yet equally and at the same time to remain silent or speechless is to risk creative annihilation. Read more »

Opportunities: Open Call for Artist-in-Residence at studio das weisse haus, Vienna

Image courtesy studio das weisse haus, Vienna

at studio das weisse haus, Vienna

Application deadline: 6 July 2014 (postmark)

The residency is going to take place from 22 September until 15 December 2014.

studio das weisse haus is offering residencies for young international artists who work and/or have academic experience in the fields of fine arts, photography or media arts.
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Opportunities: Open Call for Curator-in-Residence at studio das weisse haus, Vienna

Image courtesy studio das weisse haus, Vienna

at studio das weisse haus, Vienna

Application deadline: 6 July 2014 (by e-mail)

studio das weisse haus, a residency and studio program founded by the art association das weisse haus in 2013 in Vienna, is offering a residency for a young international curator.

The residency is going to take place from 22 September until 23 November 2014.

Focus of the Residency:
The thematic focus of this residency are media arts and interdisciplinary approaches that can be embraced by the notion of “artistic research”. The curators are invited to submit their exhibition projects oriented on this field of artistic practice interconnecting the strategies and methodologies of media arts and science. The intended solo or group exhibition will be realized during the curator`s residency at the exhibition space of das weisse haus (, starting on November 11, 2014.
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Review: Colleen Heslin “Ballads from the North Sea” at Galerie Laroche/Joncas, Montréal

Colleen Heslin, Blue Monochrome, 2014. Ink and dye on cotton. 48 x 54 inch. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Laroche / Joncas, Montréal


Galerie Laroche/Joncas, Montréal
8 March to 26 April, 2014

Review by Joseph Henry

On the crowded fourth-floor of the Whitney Biennial, a floor curated this year by Stuart Comer, American artist Ken Okiishi brought painting into contact with the galleries’ propensity toward new and electronic media. For his contribution to the Biennial, a major exhibition designed to showcase recent American art, Okiishi painted over consumer-grade television monitors, obscuring their moving images with messy acrylic. If perhaps blunt in its multimedial comparison, Okiishi’s work symbolized a relatively new place for painting after its perennially announced death by Paul Delaroche in 1839, and countless others since. In a digital visual culture dominated by screen technologies and their perceptual flatness, painting has been revived as a key medium in the investigation of the surfaces and places from which images are produced and consumed. Read more »

Opportunities: Residential Fellowships for international visual artists at Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral

Image courtesy Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral

Residential Fellowships for international visual artists
at Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral

in Bad Ems, Germany

Deadline: Saturday 28 June 2014 (postmark)

Artists’ residence Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral in Bad Ems was founded in 1995 and is a place of reflection, artistic production, discussion and meeting. It supports visual artists from all over the world by awarding artists-in-residence fellowships.

The Künstlerhaus is publicly presented through lectures, concerts and exhibitions. Works by the fellows are regularly shown in ‘Made in Balmoral’, the Künstlerhaus’s exhibition space in the Bad Ems city centre. Schloss Balmoral sees itself as an interface between artistic work and theoretical reflection and as a point of contact between former and present fellows. Balmoral intends to build a bridge between the artists’ present and their future.

The theme for the residential fellowships for 2015 is Dada. Since 2013, fellowships are offered in one artistic genre or one theme each year. This offering, which is unique in Germany, is intended to enable deeper mutual creative cross-fertilisation among the resident artists. It will also lead to a more intensive specialist exchange of ideas with external artists, speakers, teachers, curators, etc. For 2015, the Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral is awarding two 3-month residential fellowships and four 9-month residential fellowships. Read more »