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Art Agenda: January 17-24

Posted by Carolyn / January 17, 2010

Catherine Bolduc.jpg Catherine Bolduc, from "Le Voyage d'une Fabulatrice." (Image:

From the imaginary landscapes of Catherine Bolduc to Steve Lyon's unshrouding of the mystery of the Loch Ness monster to Diabolique's images of social unrest, January's art offering are varied and plentiful. Here's our biweekly roundup of the best in visual arts to check out at a gallery near you.

Catherine Bolduc, "The Journey of a Myth" @ Galerie SAS. Bolduc's works explore how we construct reality by projecting our desires onto the world and thus subjectivizing it. Bolduc--who received her MA in visual arts at UQAM--explores the line between real and fictitious with drawing that inhabit realms of fantasy, sexual desire, and the imagination. Fluxuating between utopian and dystopian, Bolduc's imaginative art evokes dream-like surrealist landscapes to great effect. Until January 30.

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Carl David Ruttan, "Torn Passages" @ Maison Kasini. Artist and world traveler Carl David Ruttan creates collages out of materials that he picks up here and there while on his journeys, including Chinese cigarette cartons, Indian candy wrappers, and pieces of music posters picked up off the street. Working in a rented room in Berlin, a youth hostel in Switzerland, on the beach in India, and his apartment in Montreal, Ruttan spreads brings these fragments together in composition. The exhibition presents both the original collages and enlarged final images, which present a seamless photographic print that is akin to photomontage. Viewers are invited to compare the experience of the original collage and that of the larger prints, particularly the magnification of detail that occurs in the larger works. Until January 23rd.

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Steve Lyons, "Loch Ness" @ Centre des arts actuels Skol. The Montreal artist and writer presents a unique installation that explores the act of image construction and the problems it presents. Using a 3D translation of an archival photo of Loch Ness monster hunters, Lyons explores the controversy and mystery surrounding the mythical creature. Using found materials and documentary footage, he leaves his viewers questioning their trust in visual representations.

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Diabolique @ La Galerie de L'UQAM. Curated by Amanda Cachia and produced by Saskatchewan's Dunlop art gallery, this exciting exhibition features works by Canadian and international artists which revolve around themes of violence, war, and social upheaval in the modern world. With a title inspired by 1954 classic French horror film Les Diaboliques, the exhibition addresses concerns about the devastating impacts of war and human conflict. Rife with social and political messages, the works are profoundly affecting and thought-provoking, posing questions of the human tendency towards violence. The works range from a charcoal drawing anamorphic animation to an exploding car bomb drawing, to a powerpoint slideshow of social criticism cartoons. Free admission. Until February 13.

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Betty Goodwin, "Gravure" @ Galerie Simon Blais. Renowned Canadian printmaker, sculptor, painter, installation artist and Montreal native Betty Goodwin has created over the course of her prolific career created drawings, etchings, sculptures, mixed media and installations which suggest a very specific vision of the human condition, and points towards the importance of human connection and communal experience. Goodwin's work sensitively portrays the human condition through themes of loss, mourning and the fragility of life in an tenuous, alienating modern world. On display January 20 to February 20.

Michael Magnussan and Maxine Brouillet, "Il Etait La" @ Concordia's VAV Gallery. "Il Etait La" presents meditations on belonging, absence and identity by two different artists using two different types of media. Brouillet's photographic works depicts "the animal" as presence, form, or totemic representation of the Other, while Magnussen's paintings and ceramics use self-portraiture to explore interpersonal relationships, violence, and the artist's childhood. The exhibition runs from January 18-29, with a vernissage on January 19th, 7-9 p.m.



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