Published to coincide with exhibitions at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto; and Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff; this publication covers the most comprehensive collection to date of work by Ron Terada. His work is fundamentally an acknowledgement of the existence of others, allowing us to dwell on the nature of the art world within wider cultural contexts. The appropriation we see here, of other people’s text, of other people’s design, of other people’s music, is not the result of some slack, dead-end postmodernism, but rather the outcome of a rare sensitivity and openness. His work is about the small differences that we all make, in any situation, simply by being alive. Essays by Cliff Lauson, Anne Low, and Tom McDonough.
Questions of Community
Stronger artist alliances, skepticism about institutions, and awareness of new audiences have all contributed to a reevaluation of what works and what doesn't for artists striving towards social change. In this timely anthology, over twenty writers and artists share their experiences in a range of Canadian contexts. From First Nations coalitions to artist mentoring programs, important art projects are analyzed. Several theorists offer additional insights into the broader issues shaping activist art practices. Offering years of collective experience, this book is essential reading for understanding arts activism in Canada.
This publication was published to coincide with exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK and Walter Philips Gallery, Banff, Alberta. This fully illustrated monograph surveys Otto-Knapp’s paintings from 2003 to the present.
The World Upside Down / Le monde à l'envers
The world upside down is one in which the symbolic (usually ruling) order is turned on its head. It is a world visualized by artists where killer rabbits hunt humans and Superman is a hero of the Soviet Union. It is the Planet of the Apes as an allegory of racial discrimination. It is a place where Aboriginal North Americans dine alfresco at Edouard Manet's expense. This richly illustrated book portrays works of contemporary art and prose as examples of this powerful satiric creative impulse. Richard William Hill a context to the modern work presented in this volume with the history of this "art of inversion" in the visual arts of the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods. Far from an academic treatise, this lively collection of essays and art makes us assess our assumptions and acceptance of contemporary iconic images and texts.