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Art Agenda: April 3-17

Posted by Carolyn / April 2, 2010

Trenches, Newfoundland memorial, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, Picardie, France, 2006.jpg Bertrand Carriere, "Trenches, Newfoundland memorial, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, Picardie, France," 2006.

Spring is officially in the air: it's perfect leather-jacket weather, nearly every patch of snow and ice has melted, and strawberries are finally back in season. When you're not out and about enjoying wearing sunglasses and dining al fresco, celebrate the season checking out some new art exhibitions. This week, be sure to stop by the galleries to see Carriere's hauntingly beautiful photographs, Cooke-Sasseville's "Golden Cupcake," London's pop-art portraits, Ancheta's monolithic paintings, and MACM's "Cubes blocks and other spaces."

Bertrand Carriere, "German Cemetary, Vermandovillers, Somme, Picardie, France," 2006. (

Bertrand Carriere: Lieux Memes @ Galerie Simon Blais. In Lieux Memes, Bertrand Carriere retraces the footsteps of an unknown World War I photographer introduced to him through a photo album he happened upon by chance. Accompanied by a Canadian historian, Carriere investigated the history surrounding the photo album by travelling to Europe with the photo album as his guide. Carriere captured each locality in the soldier's photographs, using the shifting landscape as a vehicle to explore themes of memory and history. Among the spots Carriere photographed are the Somme in Picardy, Artois in the North Pas-de-Calais and the fields of Flanders in Belgium. 90 years after WWI, these locations still bear the effects of the devastating events. His documentation invites questions about post-war change and recovery, as well as the effects of war on the natural landscape. Until May 1.

The Golden Cupcake @ Art Mur. Installation series by Cooke-Sasseville inspired by sweet, sugar-coated treats. Cooke-Sasseville takes the frosted, individually-sized deliciousness that is the cupcake as her primary subject of inquiry. The once-toothsome treat is then transformed into a metal sculpture of silver and gold, garnished with a frosting of gemstones. She denies the cupcake its function while increasing its beauty. As Sylia Babin explains, "Cooke-Sasseville's imitative gesture may appear an ode to pleasure, in the many forms in which pleasure might be found: these treats will never be peeled from their shiny foil, but, to most, the thrill of a perceived "greater" value will eclipse previous gastronomical desires. Indeed, visitors might salivate over the embarrassment of riches that lie before them. However, they may also silently mourn the simple pleasure to which they are denied; the viewer's eyes, upon sight of the brilliant object, might briefly bulge at the thought of what they can no longer stomach." Until April 24.
Cooke-Sasseville, "The Golden Cupcake," 2010. (

luislondon.jpg Luis London, "Moments de Rage," (

Luis London: Repercussions @ Maison Kasini. In his series of paintings Repercussions, Luis London explores the lasting emotional effect of our childhoods on our adult lives. London studied at the Bribiesca Design Institute in Guadalajara, Mexico, and now lives and works in Montreal. London's background in illustration and graphic design creates a unique painting style which melds pop art and graphic design. His large portraits feature bold, bright colors which convey powerful emotions, from happiness to anger to vulnerability. His works invites us to draw parallels between our present identities and the emotional experiences that shaped us in our youth. Vernissage on Saturday, April 3, 3-5 p.m.

John-Ancheta-rock face.jpg John Anchet, "Rock Face," 2009. Oil on canvas. (

John Ancheta: Aquacades @ Battat Contemporary. John Ancheta's series of paintings portray water-infused landscapes in a near-monochromatic manner. His large oil-on-canvas works use bleaching and darkening to play with positive and negative spaces. The cryptic, intricately patterned paintings are striking in their use of bold neon colors and splashes of darkness. Until April 10.

Cubes, blocks and other areas @ MACM. Part of a new series of thematic exhibitions designed from works of the museum, "Perspectives on the Collection," Cubes, blocks and other areas interprets the role of urban management, architecture, and media in modern life. Featuring the city structures that shape our urban environment, the exhibition questions the forces that govern us and how we suffer as a result of them.



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