Visual art review: <i>The Light Fantastic</i>

Visual art review: The Light Fantastic

The AGNS’s new group show uses light as a canvas, material and subject matter.
The Light Fantastic To September 16 Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis Street

Visual arts review: Red and Ascension at Studio 21

A double-header of paintings and drawings offers two times the loveliness.
Marilyn McAvoy, Red Charley Young, Ascension Studio 21 Fine Art, 1273 Hollis Street To June 6

Visual art review: Danika Vandersteen, Works

From a decadent bath: Vandersteen’s cartoon rococo is completely charming.
This month Eyelevel christens its new gallery space with a member’s show by Danika Vandersteen.

Sobey Art Award long list finalists announced

Lisa Lipton and Lou Sheppard represent Nova Scotia in vis arts prize.
The Sobey Art Award, which doles out $240,000 to Canadian artists including 100K to the winner, has announced its 2018 longlist.

Maria Hupfield’s balancing act

The One Who Keeps on Giving is a riveting collaboration between artist, gesture and object.
Maria Hupfield: The One Who Keeps on Giving Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery 166 Bedford Highway To May 13 Dressed all in black, four artists slip into orange work vests in headlamps before their faces are painted with neon makeup: Lines of hot pink across foreheads, small purple triangles on cheeks and electric yellow painted on eyelashes.

Ali Seglins goes beneath the iconography

Seglins’ photos in A380 showcase a fall spent in Paris, where the artist "let the city do its thing to me.”
Ali Seglins, A380 March 13-17 Opening reception Monday, March 12, 5:30-7pm Anna Leonowens Gallery, 1891 Granville Street Ali Seglins' new exhibit, A380, is named after the gate code of the apartment she lived in last fall in Paris.

Art me up

Lean in to New Art 2018.
A melange of medium, background, purpose and inspiration await with this year's crop of New Art. Here are the art-makers, free-thinkers and heart-cradlers to watch in 2018.

Emmanuel Nwogbo’s digital riffs

The Nigerian-born, Halifax-based artist is staying dedicated by creating a James Bond-themed artwork every day in 2018.
Emmanuel Nwogbo's favourite James Bond is Sean Connery. Growing up on tales of spy missions and perfectly gelled hair, he's seen all the Bond films, but it's Connery's '60s capers that stand tall above the rest: "I keep watching those ones because they're so ridiculous.

Waka Okabayashi wants to be a plant

For now, she’ll paint them.
Waka Okabayashi, I want to be a plant To February 17 Anna Leonowens Gallery 2, 1891 Granville Street In the mind and work of Waka Okabayashi, life really does imitate art.

Eyelevel Gallery’s steady outlook

The venerable gallery has a venue again, but plans to hold onto some of the tenets of spacelessness.
The last few years have seen some serious redesigns for Halifax's artist-run centres. Around the same time that the Khyber was pushed out of its home on Barrington Street, Eyelevel Gallery—one of Canada's oldest artist-run centres—also moved out of its space downtown, due to high rent costs.

Carrie Allison investigates home

The artist of Cree and Metis ancestry is working on a beaded tribute to the Shubenacadie River, “to start a conversation through making.”
Public beading circles Treaty Space Gallery, NSCAD University Port campus 1107 Marginal Road February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 6-9pm

Ben by nature

Teenage designer Ben Waye uses handmade textiles inspired by nature to create singular works.
Flipping through Ben Waye’s sketchbooks feels like bringing an image into focus—the NSCAD student’s fashion designs come together slowly, from colour palettes, material samples and collages into stunning completed looks.

Kelsey Borden stitches her anxiety

Coming from a long line of crafty women, the NSCAD student threads her way to calm.
Kelsey Borden, Thoughts and Confessions February 27-March 3 Anna Leonowens Gallery 3 1891 Granville Street Kelsey Borden’s interest in embroidery didn’t click in one moment.

Kevin Cormier lives through paint

Cormier paints intimate memories and moments from his sad-boy lifestyle.
“I had this one really turbulent Tinder date where they decided ‘Let’s meet at your studio at 12 o’clock in the morning on a Friday.’ We had this big bag of booze and we were just tearing through my work and this boy was like ‘You’re Taylor Swift!’” Kevin Cormier laughs, leaning forward in his seat at a downtown coffee shop.

Shary Boyle and Emily Vey Duke’s epic feminist poem

A decade’s worth of collaboration between illustrator and writer produces The Illuminations Project at the AGNS.
Shary Boyle & Emily Vey Duke, The Illuminations Project To April 29 Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis Street “Meet Bloodie,” reads the promotional material for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s latest exhibition.

CFAT’s Hyper colour

The Centre for Art Tapes’ annual scholarship exhibition turns 30 with one of its coolest programs yet.
Hyper > Media > Paradise February 8-February 14 Opening reception Thursday, February 8, 7pm Centre for Art Tapes 2238 Maitland Street suggested donation $10 cfat.ca

Review: Melanie Authier, Contrarieties and Counterpoints

Otherworldly abstracts at MSVU Art Gallery.
Melanie Authier, Contrarieties and Counterpoints To March 4 MSVU Art Gallery 166 Bedford Highway

The multi-grained Veronica Post

The Halifax woodworker is getting more women into her chosen craft through education and example.
Woodworker Veronica Post knows she's a woman in a male-dominated field, but doesn't let her gender overshadow her work.

Ursula Johnson’s big win

The first-ever Atlantic Canadian Sobey Art Award winner talks culture and (dis)comfort
"It's strange, you know, thinking about this idea of 'the first,'" says Ursula Johnson.

Nocturne 2017: Shimmer and shine

The 10th annual Art at Night is an amazing act of slow magic that unfolds across the city Saturday evening.
On Saturday, October 14, the 10th annual Nocturne: Art at Night casts its light across Halifax and Dartmouth for an evening of innovative, immersive, interactive installations. Featuring over 100 exhibitions across five zones, you’ve got just six hours on Saturday to soak up all the culture you can.

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Vol 25, No 51
May 17, 2018

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