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By Robin Laurence

SHANNON BOOL: MICHELANGELO’S PLACE Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, May 1-Jun 28 Recently commissioned from Berlin-based artist Shannon Bool, Michelangelo’s Place consists of a series of marble benches located near the gallery entrance. These works mimic the marble benches that encircle the Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence, Italy. Bool’s works also reproduce the graffiti that has been scratched or gouged into the Florence benches over the years since their 1869 installation. Bool contrasts the original vaunted intention of the benches with the irrepressible desire of visitors to make their own marks in place and in histor

GEOFFREY FARMER: HOW DO I FIT THIS GHOST IN MY MOUTH? Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, May 30-Sep 7 Vancouver artist Geoffrey Farmer has achieved global renown for his large-scale, multi-component, mixed-media installations. This mid-career survey includes 6 works created over the past 15 years, and three new installations that draw on the VAG’s history and architecture. Farmer appropriates and rearranges images and materials from a wide range of pop-culture and high-art sources. At the same time, he juggles ideas about our place within the flow of time and history.

BUDDHIST ARTS OF ASIA Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, May 22-Aug 30 Drawn from the AGGV’s permanent collection, this exhibition of paintings, sculptures and ritual objects offers visitors insights into one of the world’s great religions. It also traces the style and influence of Buddhist art from its birthplace in northern India (now Nepal) through Central and Southeast Asia, China, Korea and Japan. Originating five centuries before Christ, Buddhism quickly spread to answer a spiritual need not met by existing local religions and philosophies.

NOW & THEN Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver, May 26-Jun 20 This eclectic exhibition celebrates five of the artists whose works were featured in this lively gallery space over the past 10 years. All the artists highlighted – young and old, emerging and established – are based in Vancouver and respond to the particularities of this place as well as to global ideas and influences. Mini-retrospectives of Roselina Hung, Ross Kelly, David Marshall, Bettina Matzkuhn and Ewan McNeil examine the “then” and “now” of their themes and practices.

LARA FAVARETTO: COLLECTED WORKS Rennie Collection at Wing Sang, Vancouver, May 30-Oct 3 Internationally acclaimed Italian artist Lara Favaretto is represented here by a series of installations that examine issues of consumer culture – accented with a twist of absurdity. Working with objects and materials as banal as car-wash brushes, confetti blown about by electric fans, an air compressor and a non-functional party favour, Favaretto confronts us with questions about monotony, repetition, aspiration and failure. In a neo-existentialist way, she provokes us to think about the meanings we may or may not ascribe to our lives

GARRY NEILL KENNEDY: DRAWINGS Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Jun 3-Jul 5 This solo show by Garry Neill Kennedy includes some 1,600 pieces of his notes, drawings, doodles, sketches, and plans for installation projects (some realized, others not). These works were begun during Kennedy’s 23-year tenure as president of the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, where he established himself as one of Canada’s leading conceptualists, and have continued since his recent move to Vancouver. A three-volume publication, DRAWINGS 1, 2, and 3, accompanies the exhibition.

ENDA BARDELL Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver, Jun 9-21 Born in Estonia and based in Vancouver, Enda Bardell creates abstract paintings that explore the tensions between their own formal elements – hard-edged lines and geometric shapes, muted and brilliant colours and the patterns that emerge from the juxtaposition of all these. Her recent Structural series is inspired by architectural forms and reflects her background in fabric art and costume design, as well as her early studies with senior abstractionist Joan Balzar.

MELANCHOLY BAY Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, Jun 19-Aug 23 Subtitled Images of English Bay, Burrard Inlet and Howe Sound from the Collection, this show encompasses a range of representations of Vancouver’s extraordinary natural setting and evidence of its recreational, residential and commercial uses. With historic and contemporary works by distinguished local artists, from B. C. Binning to Roy Arden and from Nan Cheney to Carole Itter, the exhibition asks us to consider the impacts of human activity – especially resource extraction and transportation – on this exceptional ecosystem

MINGEI: JAPAN’S ENDURING FOLK ARTS Nikkei National Museum, Burnaby, Jun 20-Oct 11 Mingei is a term that originated in Japan in the early 1900s to describe the “art of the people,” traditional folk art and crafts. The Mingei movement of the 1920s and ’30s stressed the importance of creating and living with handmade objects in the face of increasing industrialization and mass manufacturing. The 100 works here, gathered from across Japan, include utilitarian objects, toys and other items produced in a range of materials, including wood, bamboo, paper, clay and metal

JILL P. WEAVING: TO BE CONTINUED… Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, Jun 27-Sep 5 On view in the gallery’s TechLab, To Be Continued… is based on the concept of “virtual mothering.” This provocative work, by Vancouver artist jil p. weaving, includes a workstation where visitors can access the website of the fictional Department of Maternal Affairs and view four oil paintings in the style of a comic-book detective story. Among the ideas we’re asked to consider are the experience of motherhood, the value society places on childrearing, reproductive rights and biogenetic technologies.

Shannon Bool
Shannon Bool

Shakyamuni Buddha, Tibetan, 15th century
Geoffrey Farmer

Shakyamuni Buddha, Tibetan, 15th century
Shakyamuni Buddha, Tibetan, 15th century

Bettina Matzkuhn
Bettina Matzkuhn

Lara Favaretto
Lara Favaretto

Garry Neill Kennedy
Garry Neill Kennedy

Enda Bardell
Enda Bardell

Irene Hoffer Reid
Irene Hoffer Reid

Mingei: Japan's Enduring Folk Arts
Mingei

jil p. weaving
jil p. weaving

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