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20101109041603-everything-stephenshore Sentimentality and/or Weeping   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Diane Borsato, Arabella Campbell, Aganetha Dyck, Gathie Falk, Hadley+Maxwell, Mona Hatoum, LAIWAN, Khan Lee, Euan Macdonald, Gabriel Orozco, Ruth Scheuing, James Welling at Vancouver Art Gallery October 2nd, 2010 - January 23rd, 2011
Posted 11/9/10

At its best, the invocation of the everyday stimulates a kind of miasmic and pervasive timelessness: vast empty skies, winds and wolves howling and the cruel loneliness of existence and so on and so forth. At its most trite, the quotidian as a subject in art (from slice-of-lifers to unrelenting activists)  begs for sanctimonious genuflection. Pathos-inducing relics (crinkled bus transfers, a single baby’s sock) ease to the weepy ponderance of personal history. A powerful facult... [more]

Web_moore_uncertain_pilgrimage_glasses_for_going_west_2006-07 Nomads   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Geoffrey Farmer, Hadley+Maxwell, Myfanwy MacLeod, Gareth Moore, Althea Thauberger at National Gallery of Canada April 17th, 2009 - September 30th, 2009
Posted 6/16/09

Nomads, a collection of art from Canada's west coast province of British Columbia, fulfilled its remit in the sense of being wholly and completely aimless. Though the show purported to be about the concept of wandering, few artists appeared to address this theme even tangentially (producing site-specific artwork in Italy which deals with mortality and transcendence is a bit of a cop-out). Gareth Moore was on course with an installation work based on his voyage through Canada. The artist... [more]

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