Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and The Magenta Foundation Present:
Carte Blanche | Vol. 2: Painting
November 15 - December 28, 2008

"The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is pleased to present the exhibition Carte Blanche | Vol. 2: Painting, one of the most comprehensive surveys of contemporary Canadian painting undertaken in recent years. Beginning November 15 and continuing through December 28, 2008, the exhibition is organized to celebrate the Magenta Foundation’s comprehensive publication Carte Blanche: volume 2. 

The impressive scope of the volume follows Carte Blanche: volume 1, which has been widely recognized as one of the most significant books ever published on Canadian photography. Following the format of the book, Carte Blanche: volume 2, the exhibition has been organized into three categories – emerging, mid-career and established – and curators Clint Roenisch and David Liss have selected 10 artists from each category, from the 192 painters included in the book.

Viewers of the exhibition will be sure to recognize some of this country's most important living painters and will also have the opportunity to become familiar with the next generation of rising young artists. As is evident from the exhibition and publication, the current state of painting in Canada is buoyant and rich with innovation and supported by strong personal visions and internationally engaged discourse. Reflective of the pluralistic, post-modern era, there is an explosive diversity and plethora of approaches to painting that repudiates any notions of doubt towards the vitality of the medium and its unique relationship to the human experience, now extending into the 21st Century."

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"Last night the MOCCA was a buzz at the launch of Carte Blanche, Volume 2: Painting - an exhibit organized to compliment the unveiling of the Magenta Foundation's publication of the same name.
For those not familiar, this art book is the highly anticipated follow up to the first volume that showcased some of Canada's most accomplished and up and coming photographers. Now, two years later we get to explore the painting side of things..."

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

"Drawing Conclusions", 2008
"For many Canadian artists drawing is an important component of their creativity. Drawing Conclusions presents 25 pieces by the nation’s most prominent contemporary artists and approximately 70 drawings by members of the Group of Seven. The McMichael show demonstrates the importance of “freehand drawing” in the training of artists throughout of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The selection of works hanging in the exhibition range from Globe and Mail editorial cartoons to sketches drawn on the battlefield.
This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view drawings that are seldom exhibited due to their sensitivity to light. Included are drawings that not only served as visual diaries and preparatory drawings for future large canvases, but also were often finished works in themselves. Collectively these drawings allow the viewer to explore the place and role of this medium in the artistic practice dating back to the turn of the last century and moving forward to today. 
Thematically selected works – portraits, figure studies, design and calligraphy, war studies, caricatures, urban scenes, and landscapes – provide insight into the Group’s influences and the range of their drawing skills as a means of artistic expression. 
Today, the Group's influence may still be seen in some of the works of many of Canada's contemporary artists (others simply share a link to the discipline of drawing). To illustrate this link and the renewed interest in the importance of this artistic medium, Drawing Conclusions gives the McMichael the rare opportunity to look at the work of living artists in context to the gallery’s permanent collection holdings. This adjunct exhibition of contemporary works, curated by McMichael’s Senior Curator Shelley Falconer and Assistant Curator Chris Finn, spotlights the works of Sheila Butler, Brian Gable, Ann Kipling, Nobuo Kubota, Allan Harding MacKay, Medrie MacPhee, Charles Pachter, Tony Scherman, and John Ward.
The Group of Seven Drawing Conclusions exhibition has been curated by Terrence Heath. Mr. Heath is one of Canada’s most distinguished curators and art historians. He is also the award-winning author of numerous books, including the recently published biography of Canadian sculptor Joe Fafard"


d.u.m.b.o. arts center 

Indepth Arts News:
"Future Species: An Exhibition in Association with the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art" 
2003-06-21 until 2003-08-10 

Brooklyn, NY, USA 
'Future Species' is a spirited speculation on how the human physical form may appear several steps ahead in the evolutionary process. Given our increasingly intimate relationship with technology – a relationship characterized by accelerating developments in biotechnology including genetic and surgical modification, our exposure to radiation, and the control exercised by the pharmaceutical industry over our food supply - it seems clear that for our species to survive, it will find it necessary to take on radically different physical characteristics. Artists include Jubal Brown, Matthew Callinan, Istvan Cantor, Eduardo Cervantes, Karma Clark-Davis, Fred Fleisher, Michelle Handelman, David Krepfle, Medrie MacPhee, and Brad Phillips.

While there is fierce debate surrounding the social, political cultural and ethical implications of the human relationship to technology, 'Future Species' is undaunted in its embrace of both uncertainty and inevitability. It examines what the body of the future may look like, and the conclusions aren’t always pretty. Irreverent, witty, grotesque, bleak, futuristic and surrealistic, the work in 'Future Species' reflects the bold imaginings of artists who dare to speculate. 'Future Species' is a multimedia, post-figurative exhibition that optimistically celebrates human survival, in whatever shape, into the future and beyond! ‘Future Species’ includes emerging and established artists from Brooklyn, Manhattan and Toronto, and is supported in part by Toronto Culture.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Sponsored by Harvey S. Shipley Miller, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Peter Norton Family Foundation, The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., David and Jane Walentas, The Independence Community Foundation and The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, Inc. This organization has received funding from the 2003 JPMorgan Chase Regrant Program, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC).

Matthew Callinan
White Angel
from White Columns, Jan. 2003

View original review @ absolutearts.com

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Medrie MacPhee & Landon Mackenzie

Medrie MacPhee, In the Pink, 2000
vinyl polymer on canvas

March 22, 2002 to June 30, 2002

DOUBLE VISION pairs the work of Medrie MacPhee and Landon Mackenzie, exhibiting together for the first time at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. DOUBLE VISION explores internal and external landscapes, often surreal hybrids of fused and layered imagery which reflect on science, history and new technologies.

MacPhee’s paintings fuse the cybernetic ideas of the body with images spliced from the urban landscape. Landon Mackenzie's expansive works embrace layers of knowledge, from the subterranean to the celestial, melding patterns formed by constellations, electromagnetic fields, mining surveys and geographical maps. In the work of both artists, there is an impression of myriad worlds coalescing to suggest the immediacy of embodied experience.

The work in DOUBLE VISION sidetracks the structures of language and cultural meaning to approach automatism's ideals at the beginning of the last century. Time and memory, fiction and imagination unravel and unsettle meaning, the painting process and academic conventions.

MacPhee, Medrie; Mackenzie, Landon

Musée d'art Contemporain, Montreal

"L'Oiel du collectionneur", 1996 

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