Canadian artist Melanie Authier deliberately seeks out chaos, conflict and contradictions as fodder for her abstract paintings. The results are what she calls “a brimming jostle of pictorial oppositions,” which are immediately engaging, yet surprisingly calm and reflective. In this interview, Authier discusses painting, the power of gesture, and why she likes solving problems on canvas.
Multidisciplinary artist Jeremy Shaw, winner of the 2016 Sobey Art Award, is known for his edgy, highly intimate film and video depictions of altered states of being in fashion, dance, science, religion and various subcultures. Interviewed by NGC Magazine the day after his win, Shaw talks here about his fascination with out-of-body experiences.
Part archaeologist, part translator and part storyteller, Zin Taylor sees words and language as shapes, then digs deeper to unearth cultural references reflecting people, places, events and eras.
Recently shortlisted for the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg is best known for her primarily black-and-white Conceptual photographs of the built environment. Born in Berlin in 1938 and currently based in Düsseldorf, Schulz-Dornburg travels extensively, seeking paradoxical architectural forms in everyday landscapes.
Winnipeg artist Diana Thorneycroft, recipient of the 2016 Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction, may be the master of the double take. At first glance, her images appear endearing, whimsical, even bucolic. Move in closer, however, and what you see may shock, alarm, or make you laugh out loud. Her photographs, sculptures and multimedia works are frequently sinister, dark and controversial. At other times, they are a wry commentary on human nature.
This month, Chris Cran, whose solo exhibition Chris Cran: Sincerely Yours opened at the National Gallery of Canada in May, responds to NGC Magazine's version of the Proust Questionnaire.
Canadian multimedia artist Paul Wong got his first professional commission — Earthworks in Harmony (1974), a 16-monitor, 4-channel video installation — for the Burnaby Art Gallery, when he was 18 years old. Since then, this self-schooled artist, curator, performer and photographer has gone on to become internationally known for edgy work that tackles even the most discomfiting of topics. His raw portrayals of racism, beauty, sexuality and death can be difficult to look at, but just as difficult to look away from.
On April 13, 2016, the National Gallery of Canada announced the longlist for the Sobey Art Award. From the conceptual work of artists like Raymond Boisjoly and Derek Sullivan to the perfomance-based work of Meryl McMaster and Lisa Lipton, to artists like Brenda Draney (painting), Jessica Eaton (photography), and Karen Tam (installation) who put a new spin on traditional media, the Sobey Art Award longlist not only serves as something of a who’s who in Canadian contemporary art, but also takes the pulse of current art practices across the country.
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