Canadian Art

In my teaching and research I’ve approached the category of "Canadian Art" through topics such as landscape and site, the intersection of art and pop culture, political art and public art, materially-based practices, and urban culture. I am interested in how internationally-circulating art forms, movements, and ideas take root and become meaningful in specific places, and how local histories and energies transform the experience of art. I have published on and given conference papers about many Canadian artists, including Jocelyne Alloucherie, Eleanor Bond, Bill Burns, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Jack Chambers, Greg Curnoe, Melvin Charney, Fastwurms, Cynthia Girard, Nina Levitt, Lynne Marsh, Anne Ramsden, Michael Snow, Bill Vazan, Janet Werner, Joyce Wieland.  Currently (2013-2017), I’m leading a collaborative research project, Networked Art Histories: Assembling Contemporary Art in Canada, that uses the concept of the network to consider how we (art historians, artists, critics, and students) frame and historicize the art of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

Publications

"From Genre to Genre: Image Transactions in Contemporary Canadian Art."  How Canadians Communicate III:  The Issue of Pop Culture. Edited by Rebecca Sullivan et al. Athabasca: Athabasca University Press, 2010. PDF

"The New Figuration: From Pop to Postmodernism." In Canadian Art in the Twentieth Century. Edited by A. Whitelaw, B. Foss and S. Paikowsky. Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2010. PDF

"Something Resembling Childhood: Artworks by Jack Chambers, Daniel Barrow and Rodney Graham." In  Depicting  Canada’s  Children.  Edited  by  Loren  Lerner Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2009. PDF

"Bill Vazan’s Urban Coordinates." In Bill Vazan: Walking into the Vanishing Point. Montreal: VOX Gallery, 2008. PDF

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