JIM BREUKELMAN: ALTERED STATES is the slender catalogue to the West Vancouver Art Museum exhibition (to May 11). Both examine four series of photographs by this accomplished artist, ranging from black-and-white images shot in an old-fashioned diner in Pawtucket, Rhode Island in the 1960s to colour prints of thriving plant life taken in local gardens, conservatories and arboreta in the 2000s. Accompanied by Breukelman’s statements, they all reveal his keen eye and philosophical mind.
Softcover, 32 pp., C$10. Available at the West Vancouver Art Museum, 604-925-7295.
A HANDFUL OF DUST is the two-volume publication that accompanies the internationally touring show at The Polygon Gallery (to April 28). Independent writer and curator David Campany has produced a smart and engaging companion piece to his exhibition of historic and contemporary photographs. All were chosen in response to Man Ray’s 1920 photo of Marcel Duchamp’s dust-covered work-inprogress, The Large Glass, and all pose the idea of dust as a defi ning metaphor of the modern age.
Softcover, 232 pp., C$50. Available at The Polygon Gallery, 604-986-1351.
FRENCH MODERNS: MONET TO MATISSE, 18501950 is the handsome catalogue to the eponymous exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery (to May 20). Touring show and catalogue originate with the Brooklyn Museum and survey the development of the avant-garde in France at a time when Paris was the centre of art innovation and production in the West. Featured artists range from Corot to Léger and from Cézanne to Tanguy. With illuminating text by curators Richard Aste and Jai Imbrey.
Hardcover, 144 pp., C$74. Available at the Vancouver Art Gallery Store, 604-662-4706.
EIRIK JOHNSON: PINE is an artist’s book. In the last few years the Washington photographer has scouted trees of all environs, looking for human traces, and musing on the often adolescent emotions that lead to poignant sentiments recorded within a living surface. He envisioned and realized a sonic set of reflections to accompany his photographs. Revisiting his own history as a musician, Johnson brought in a varied group of collaborators who responded to the photographs with their recordings. The book has a companion vinyl record.
Hardcover with 12-inch vinyl, 80 pp., US$50. Available at G. Gibson Gallery, 206-587-4033.