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APRIL/MAY 2014

COVER IMAGE: Christopher Rodrigues, detail of Still Life 03 (2010), Cibachrome print face-mounted to Plexiglas, backed with aluminum [Wil Aballe Art Projects, Vancouver BC, Apr 10-May 10]











The Seasons Have Changed But We Have Not
Wil Aballe Art Projects
Vancouver BC – Apr 10-May 10, 2014

Deco Japan
Asian Art Museum
Seattle WA – May 10-Oct 19, 2014

Ellen Neel
Lattimer Gallery
Vancouver BC – Apr 5-19, 2014

Definitely Dalí
Chali-Rosso Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Mar 7-May 12, 2014

bill bissett: textual vishyuns
The Reach Gallery Museum
Abbotsford BC – Apr 17-Jun 29, 2014

Andrew Frosst: Instinctive Break
Art Gallery of Alberta
Edmonton AB – Mar 29-Jun 8, 2014

Kevin Schmidt
Contemporary Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Mar 28-Jun 1, 2014

Ley Fuga: Edgardo Aragón
Deluge Contemporary Art
Victoria BC – Mar 28-May 24, 2014

Jeannie Thib: Hyperflat
Charles H. Scott Gallery
Vancouver BC – Feb 26-Apr 20, 2014

Myfanwy MacLeod: Or There and Back Again
Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver BC –Mar 8-Jun 8, 2014

Thru The Trapdoor & Dylan Neuwirth
On Main Gallery
Vancouver BC – Apr 23-Apr 26, 2014

Chris Lindsay
XChanges Gallery & Studios
Victoria BC – Apr 4-27, 2014

John Cole: A Historical Perspective
Museum of Northwest Art
La Conner WA – Mar 22-Jun 15, 2014

John Cole: Selected Works
Lisa Harris Gallery
Seattle WA – Apr 3-28, 2014

Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas & Gina Pane
Henry Art Gallery
Seattle WA – Mar 1-Jun 8, 2014

Camille Patha
Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma WA – Feb 1-May 25, 2014
Davidson Galleries
Seattle WA – Apr 4-26, 2014

Deco Japan
DECO JAPAN

Definitely Dalí
DEFINITELY DALI

Ley Fuga: Edgardo Aragón
EDGARDO ARAGON

Jeannie Thib: Hyperflat
JEANNIE THIB

Camille Patha
CAMILLE PATHA

Chris Lindsay: I like the wind
CHRIS LINDSAY

John Cole: A Historical Perspective / John Cole: Selected Works
JOHN COLE

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Colin Middleton, Witch: Mullaghderg

Confessions of
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The case of the Irish Surrealist

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Conservator's Corner Conservation Treatment of a Chewed Papier-Mâché Sculpture

In the Crucible: Art Cities of the Future - Raymond Boisjoly

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Edgardo Aragón, La Trampa

Edgardo Aragón, La Trampa (2011), 3-channel HD video, 9 min 19 sec [Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria BC, Mar 28-May 24]

Ley Fuga: Edgardo Aragón

Deluge Contemporary Art
Victoria BC – Mar 28-May 24, 2014

Edgardo Aragón, who studied for his BA in Fine Arts at the ENPEG la Esmeralda in Mexico City, is a 28-year-old Oaxacan filmmaker who is receiving considerable acclaim for his restrained but terrifying narratives that explore the existence of violence in families, in society and as it is used both politically and economically – particularly by those engaged in the brutal narcopolitics of Mexico.

Deborah de Boer, director and curator of Deluge Gallery, writes: “Ley Fuga (‘the law of flight’ or simply ‘vanishing act’) is an archaic term for a type of extrajudicial execution commonly used during the Mexican Revolution, wherein a prisoner is shot in the back while his captors simulate his ‘escape.’ In this eponymous work, Aragón constructs a symbolic suicide as a man removes his shirt, drapes it on the mast of a small raft in a stream and, as it begins to drift out beyond his reach, fires on it.”

Also of importance to Aragón is the presence of the landscape, as an ode both to art history and to the mute beauty of his homeland. Action is filmed in the quiet, empty fields and the dusty dirt roads of rural Oaxaca. Described repeatedly as poetic, Aragón’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions in Mexico City, New York and Los Angeles. This is his first exhibition in Canada.

Christine Clark

Edgardo Aragón, Ley Fuga

Edgardo Aragón, Ley Fuga (2010), HD video, 1 minute, 26 seconds [Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria BC, Mar 28-May 24] Courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

Edgardo Aragón, La Trampa

Edgardo Aragón, La Trampa (2011), 3-channel HD video, 9 min 19 sec [Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria BC, Mar 28-May 24]

Edgardo Aragón, Matamoros

Edgardo Aragón, Matamoros (2009), HD video, 23 min [Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria BC, Mar 28-May 24]

Edgardo Aragón, Efectos de Familia

Edgardo Aragón, Efectos de Familia (2007–09), HD video, 13 scenes, 28 min total [Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria BC, Mar 28-May 24]

FEATURES, NEW & OLD: Vanishing Ice | Kingston Prize | Charles Edenshaw | Jillian McDonald | William Perehudoff | Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough:The Treasures of Kenwood House, London | Carrying on Irregardless | Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou | James Nizam: Trace Heavens | Gaugin & Polynesia | Leslie Dill's Poetic Vision | Preview's 25th Anniversary in Print | The Surrealist Revolution in Art | Carl Beam | Shadows of a Fleeting World: Seattle Camera Club | Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National, Paris | Show of Hands: Northwest Women Artists 1880-2010 | Fleeting Beauty: Japanese Woodblock Prints | Judy Radul: World Rehearsal Court | Requiem: BY Photographers Who Died in Vietnam & Indochina | Andreas Gurksy: Werke/Works 80-08 | Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers II | Action-Camera: Beijing Performance Photography | Hiro Yamagata: T R A N S I E N T | Henk Pander: History and Typography | Mandy Greer: Dare alla Luce | Generation: Images of Youth | Rembrandt & Dutch Art's Golden Age | Seattle Art Museum at 75 | Life After Death: New Leipzig Paintings | Joanna Staniszkis: Silk City | Rodin: In His Own Words | First Nations Art: Historic to Contemporary | Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes | Three Rivers: Wild Waters, Sacred Places | Portland Art Museum | Acting Out: Claude Cahun & Marcel Moore | Isamu Noguchi: Sculptural Design | Rhythm and Change: The Bow in Contemporary Art | Douglas Curran: The Elephant Has Four Hearts | Fay Jones: Recent Paintings | Massive Change: Bruce Mau | Web Images: Quick Guide | Treasures From the Kröller-Müller | Gerry Deiter: Give Peace a Chance | InFest: International Artist-Run Culture | Silver: Dreams, Screens & Theories | Paul Wong: COLLECT | James Turrell: Knowing Light | Joanna Staniszkis: Linen’s Edge | Daniel Joliffe/Jocelyn Robert: Ground Station | Bratsa Bonifacho: Habitat Pixel | Edouardo Kac: Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics | Douglas Gordon at the VAG | Walk Ways Explore Body-Mind Connection


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