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Microcosmic Experiences: Art by Marie-Hélène Tessier


GAMMES NOIRES ou Esprit de l'escalier, performance at Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver, BC

 

Marie-Hélène Tessier is a Canadian artist who works in writing, performance, and media arts, creating collaborative works that function more as microcosmic experiences than as lasting artefacts.


A performance photo from Sitting Around in Vancouver 2014SITTING AROUND, performance photographed inside KITCHEN by Julia Feyrer at Grunt Gallery, Vancouver

 

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Personal and Political Identities: Art by Fatma Bucak


A still from a video by Fatma BucakBlessed are you who come - conversation on the Turkish-Amernian border (video still)

Fatma Bucak was born in Iskenderun, Turkey, and now lives and works in both London and Istanbul. The artist is known for her works dealing with personal and political identities, which often take the form of multimedia installations or participatory experiences.


A photograph of an arrangement of objectsUndetermined remains (from series A Study of Eight Landscapes), archival pigment print

 

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Systems and Processes: Art by Rob Chavasse


An installation featuring a large palette of plasterboardMarsh Lane Diversion, diverted shipment of plasterboard (installed at Frieze London 2016)

Rob Chavasse is an artist who specializes in conceptual installations and video projects. Chavasse’s work is often site-specific, and the artist favors materials like household appliances, and manufacturing goods and tools to help him address common systems and processes.


A photograph of a gallery installation of radiatorsSlow Dance, radiators, extension cables, motor system (installed at David…

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Notions of Public: Art by M. Simon Levin


An installation view of CHARTAn installation view of CHART

M. Simon Levin’s artworks are often interactive and site-specific in nature. Using varying media and materials, the artist seeks out notions of public space, creating his artworks with the help of many participants over a period of time.


A photograph of Whispering VolumesWhispering Volumes (installation view)

 

Simon’s body of work tends to evolve around seemingly contemporary concerns and ideologies, like the sharing of images online…

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Headlines: Grasshopper, Botero, Selfie

1) Dead Grasshopper Found in Van Gogh Painting


A photo og Van Gogh's Olive Trees

 

A dead grasshopper was found embedded in a layer of paint in a work by Vincent Van Gogh. Conservationist Mary Schafer of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas first spotted the insect body in Van Gogh's Olive Trees after examining a section of the work with a microscope. Judging from how deeply the creature was embedded in the layers of paint, Schafer concluded that the insect must…

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Studio Sunday: Thomas Wilfred


A photo of Thomas Wilfred next to his light invention

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist, Thomas Wilfred, is actually better known as a Danish inventor and musician. Wilfred lived in the early 1900s, during which time he created the inventions that would later make him known as the “father of multimedia.”

 

The son of a photography studio owner, Wilfred was interested in light throughout his life. The artist noted that light was a fundamental aspect of art, and that all artists…

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