Musqueam artist Susan Point’s work is deeply rooted in her Coast Salish roots. But she is equally dedicated to a contemporary practice using traditional methods, symbols and iconology. The spindle whorl is particularly prominent in her work. This traditional tool, used by Indigenous women around the world to spin wool, is a small, usually wooden disc or weight, often intricately carved and decorated, and placed onto a long rod or spindle to keep the wool from slipping off.
At 81 years of age, Garry Neill Kennedy remains one of this country’s most influential visual artists, educators and proponents of the arts. His work can currently be seen as part of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s first Triennial exhibition, Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures on view until April 17, 2017.
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.
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