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Participatory Libraries and the Possibility of Making a Mess

esse art + opinions 89 (winter 2017)   Libraries are becoming leisure destinations and personal hotspots. Far from the connotations of uptight and dusty, they are now “zones” for “connecting”—to experience-driven information providers, digitally distributed publications and social media, as … Continue reading

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Kendra Wallace: Field of Appearances

Esse Arts + Opinions 88, Fall 2016, 32-39. Kendra Wallace, Field of Appearances, Installation View, Trianon Gallery, November 2015 to January 2016. Courtesy of the artist.   Kendra Wallace: Field of Appearances Despite all the mechanical artifacts that now surround us, … Continue reading

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Chris Kline: Local Condition, Diaz Contemporary

Preview: Chris Kline, Local Condition, Diaz Contemporary, Nov. 2014 – Jan. 2015 The quiet, visual intimacy of Chris Kline’s painted surfaces has been consistent in his work, and consistently oscillatory. The Dividers series of 2011-12, for example, revealed the slender, … Continue reading

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Pascal Grandmaison: Half of the Darkness, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art

(Prefix Photo 25, May 2012) “Contrary to photography’s naturalization as utterly congruent with the world, photography’s real is an encounter with the otherness of rupture, internment, and disinterment…. In this way, photography’s real is deeply other to that set of … Continue reading

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Andrew Forster: DUET – TRIO – QUARTET, St. Mary’s University Art Gallery

Over the course of four afternoons, two Montreal based art critics – Stephen Horne and Anja Bock – sat around a small round table challenging each others thoughts on Andrew Forster’s exhibition Duet/Trio/Quartet [SMUAG, June 28 – August 3, 2008]. … Continue reading

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