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Galileo’s Finger by Jen Hutton

Despite their reductive appearances, Groombridge’s work holds an indexicality or reference to the real. The forms are not entirely arbitrary; they are rooted in sourcesfacts, data, measurements; some common, some notor a system of his own devising. There’s a there thereyou just need to look harder to see it.

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…the wing span of an owl, enabling flight… (rumination on the lives of two birds and a man) by Yam Lau

Regardless of the efficacy of my interpretation, its relevance is only warranted by that which eludes writing. After all “meaning,” according to Brian, is probably overrated. I undertake this writing exercise because I admire Brian’s character and his work.

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Libby Hague: The Thread That We Follow by Michelle Jacques

Comprised of woodcut prints, shaped and pleated paper elements, and puppets that the audience is invited to move around via a system of wire tracks, the impression conveyed by the installation is of a story that both unfolds as a narrative around the perimeter thus implying the progression of time while it also exists as an absorbing and immersive experience in the present moment.

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Jaime Angelopoulos: The Trickster Within by Shannon Anderson

As I stood with Jaime Angelopoulos inside her studio, it was admittedly difficult to concentrate. Trains of thought kept running away from me, questions on the tip of my tongue suddenly dissipated from memory.

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The Consciousness of the Lake by Ana Barajas

This multimedia presentation explores the construction of narrative and its effect on the notion of site through the production of a mock-documentary and fan-film, which serves as an anchor for the sculptural elements and detailed drawings that accompany it, weaving together fictional elements with theoretical research on the nature of the universe.

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Top 30: Souvenirs and Suitcases By Julien Bois

Multidisciplinary artist Julie Lequin’s latest piece, Top 30, presents her personal take on the ups and downs of aging. From her childhood in the small town of Sorel, Quebec to her graduate years in California, Lequin examines her past with nostalgia and a good dose of humour.

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Suspended Paradise by Andrew James Paterson

This essay was commissioned by and for This is Paradise, exhibition at MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art) from June 24 to August 21, 2011. This and other essays for this exhibition have been supported by YYZ Artists’ Outlet and YYZ Publishing.

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PARADISE LOST: This is Paradise Exhibition & Cameron Culture Essay, 1987 By Donna Lypchuk

This essay was commissioned by and for This is Paradise, exhibition at MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art) from June 24 to August 21, 2011. This and other essays for this exhibition have been supported by YYZ Artists’ Outlet and YYZ Publishing.

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This is Paradise by Ursula Pflug

This essay was commissioned by and for This is Paradise, exhibition at MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art) from June 24 to August 21, 2011. This and other essays for this exhibition have been supported by YYZ Artists’ Outlet and YYZ Publishing.

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Dil Hildebrand: Going Back to the Drawing Board by Mary Reid

These new works stand as part of a rich inquiry into the very elements of creating. Dil Hildebrand has not moved away from his studio as his source of inspiration; he has however mined further inside what the studio represents the space where the magic of painting occurs.