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REVIEWS BY TERENCE DICK

Critic and Akimblog Editor Terence Dick presents irreverent and informative commentary on recent Toronto exhibitions which serve as jumping off points for a discussion of the ideas, issues, and inspirations of contemporary artists. Subscribe and be the first to know about new Review videos.

Sarah Anne Johnson + Trauma

REVIEWS BY TERENCE DICK: SEASON ONE   EPISODE 11

Art responds to the traumas of the past not simply by recording them, but also by reliving them. Winnipeg artist Sarah Anne Johnson has taken on the task of memorializing an incident of medical torture in Canada through the story of one of the victims – her grandmother. The result is disturbing, memorable, and potentially healing. Shot at Gallery 44 and Division Gallery (Toronto) in April 2016.

SEASON ONE   EPISODE 01
Susy Oliveira + Flowers

From garage sale paintings to photo-based constructions, flowers have long been a source of artistic inspiration. This review of Susy Oliveira’s recent work touches on prehistoric ferns, digital cameras, art history, and styles of gardening. Sh...
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SEASON ONE   EPISODE 02
Jennifer Murphy + Collage

The fluidity of identity and unexpected associations of dream logic previously celebrated in Surrealist collages reappear in Jennifer Murphy’s recent work alongside elemental, metaphysical and Marxist themes. Shot at Clint Roenish Gallery in Ju...
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SEASON ONE   EPISODE 03
Stephen Andrews + Electronic Media

For an artist working primarily in prints and painting, Stephen Andrews has a lot to say about digital imagery. This review considers the last fifteen years of his work in the context of post 9/11 global conflict and the importance of counter-narrati...
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SEASON ONE   EPISODE 04
Glenn Lewis + Identity

With a career that spans decades and includes everything from mail art and pottery to kimchi recipes and synchronized swimming, Vancouver artist Glenn Lewis provides plenty of fodder for a reflection on the nature of artistic identity. Shot at Kunstv...
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SEASON ONE   EPISODE 05
Iris Haussler + Matter

Slabs of wax are the catalyst for a reflection on solids, liquids and memories in this review of Iris Häussler’s sculptures. Despite their minimalist forms, they have much in common with the fundamental material experience of our own bo...
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SEASON ONE   EPISODE 06
Nuit Blanche + Spectacles

All night exhibitions like Toronto’s Nuit Blanche have become a battlefield over issues of populism, accessibility, contemplation, and spectacle. What kind of art can survive in public and how do we judge an exhibition that is equal parts stree...
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SEASON ONE   EPISODE 07
Talking Back, Otherwise + Objects

Idea-based art is re-materialized in this group exhibition found high above the University of Toronto. Underlying the social and political narratives explored by the artists is a concern with the ethics of reciprocity played out in the possibility of...
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SEASON ONE   EPISODE 08
Jaime Angelopoulos + Fun

The question of how fun art can be is answered by way of a detour through abstraction and a serious consideration of the not entirely serious intents of and responses to the sense of play evoked by the work of this Toronto artist. Shot at MKG127 in D...
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SEASON ONE   EPISODE 09
100% Real + the Internet

Artists have occupied cyberspace since its earliest days. The pros and cons of visual art online are discussed through the work of four Toronto-based artists who explore dead space, deletion, doodles, and dollars on the Internet. Shot online at 100pe...
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SEASON ONE   EPISODE 10
Material Girls + Feminism

Is an exhibition of women artists necessarily about feminism? And what does that mean in 2016? Amidst the references to craft practices, cultural identity and the body in this sprawling group exhibition, there is a non-universal, multifaceted resp...
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SEASON ONE   EPISODE 11
Sarah Anne Johnson + Trauma

Art responds to the traumas of the past not simply by recording them, but also by reliving them. Winnipeg artist Sarah Anne Johnson has taken on the task of memorializing an incident of medical torture in Canada through the story of one of the victim...
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