group show: treme

I am a big fan of the public library system in general, but of the Halifax Public Library system specifically. You can read, listen, and watch just about anything, on any subject. But damn them for having such awesome stuff available that it forces my middle of the winter to-do task list down to make room for the following item line: “spend the entire weekend binge watching the HBO Series Treme“. Sure Season One was only ten episodes but heck ,that was ten hours of other tasks that went straight out the window (nevermind the other hour I spent googling cultural references and names used in the series.) So dear blog readers, because I have Treme {and Hurricane Katrina, and New Orleans, and jazz, and first lines…} on the brain, I pulled together a group show of art referencing the heartbreaking event of Hurricane Katrina.

I love this collection of artworks. Each piece is a great stand alone ‘take’ on an aspect of Hurricane Katrina, but together they really show the jumble of feelings: worry, fear, anguish, frustration, dependence, anger, hope, love… I also love how those feelings are conveyed through such diverse media, some artworks even containing physical remnants found after the disaster. Poignant.

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{Rolland Golden, title unknown; Rolland Golden, title unknown; Sally Heller, Scraphouse; David Bates, title unknown; Tony Fitzpatrick, Oh Black Water; Swoon, Thalassa; Benjamin Jones, Evacuees; Benjamin Jones, Katrina; Dawn DeDeaux, Water Markers; Jana Napoli, Floodwall; Victo Ngai, title unknown; Stan Strembickie, from project Memory Loss}

Be sure to check out this short video of Swoon installing Thalassa.

If you haven’t watched Treme yet, here is a trailer for Season One.


solo show: kaarina kaikkonen

This past weekend, we finally had an opportunity to put laundry on the line. It has been a long hard winter of indoor drying. It was so heartwarming to put out the bed linens. I loved hearing them snap sharply and seeing them flap in the cool wind and then billow up gracefully, like great birds. A thing of beauty indeed.

Finnish artist Kaarina Kaikkonen creates large scale exquisite installations with hanging laundry. Playing with notions of connection and human presence, her pieces are all at once touching and haunting.



As with our own clothing, each garment featured in Kaarina Kaikkonen’s installations hold a story and memories. In fact, in many of her installations, Kaikkonen uses locally donated clothing articles, allowing her artwork to be of the people of that area.

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I love the rhythm in Kaarina Kaikkonen’s work – a deep, natural movement seen in rivers, winds, trees, waterfalls. Kaikkonen’s large scale garment sculptures truly are powerful.

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Kaarina Kaikkonen lives and works in Finland.

solo show: jenny holzer

I got introduced to the art of Jenny Holzer in University. Kinda perfect really. It was the nineties. It was all Doc Martins and Ani DiFranco, and I was in a progressive space where I could explore all my youthful anger about the destruction of the environment, the injustice to minority cultures, and the still inequality of women. My mind was already being blown by the introduction of new ideas. And then a professor gave a lecture that included the art of Jenny Holzer. 


 {One of Jenny Holzer’s “Truisms” printed on a shirt and worn by Lady Pink, a female graffiti artists active in NYC in the 80’s.}

Jenny Holzer uses subversive text to connect with viewers – often in the public realm or in publicly recognizable mediums. Even though she did exhibit inside gallery spaces, her work was intended to directly communicate with everyday citizens out in the public arena. For this girl, I loved that Holzer was not just expressing her ideas but was doing it in such a LARGE way with huge light projections or on marquees or with illegal wheat paste postering.

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Jenny Holzer was a trailblazer. I am amazed thinking about the time period (the nineties) in which Holzer was creating some of these technical light and projection works. It was all done in advance – or atleast alongside – the computer boom.

Holzer began making art in the early seventies at the end of the Abstract Expressionism art era. Instead of falling in line with large colour and gesture of Abstract Expressionism, Holzer developed a body of work which honed in with specificity. Her words were carefully chosen. Her medium was precise. Looking at her textual work now, nearly 25 years after I first discovered them, her messages are still relevant. As for me? While I may not still be a Doc Martins gal, I still love me some Ani DiFranco (so I guess some things are trailblazers for a reason.

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{Jenny Holzer’s Men Don’t Protect You Anymore with members of Nirvana}


Jenny Holzer lives and works in New York.

group show – sweater weather

Personally, I am still holding out for one last blast of heat – says the girl who has already cracked into the jacket closet for her velvet, tweed, and denim coats. I am thinking I will just have to whip myself up a chai and remind myself of all the wonderfulness of fall: pumpkins and apples, soups and stews, boots and tights, and sweaters. Lotsa soft, cozy sweaters.

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I love the clothing details Canadian painter Kris Knight’s has been known to add to his portraits. In the two bottom portraits, the sweaters are particularly eye-catching.

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{top to bottom, right to left: Alejandra Herandez, title unknown; Denise Nestor, White Rabbit; Fumi Koike, Yellow Cable Sweater; Caroline Andrieu, title unknown; Kris Knight, Moonshine; Kris Knight, Smell the Magic}

I also had to include three wonderful, though very different, sweater art projects.


In the project, Last Season (March 2014), artist duo Lernert & Sander, deconstructed knitted sweaters by fashion houses, like Prada and Chloe, back to their original material – yarn.


In 1971, French artist Annette Messager, began a body of work entitled The Boarders. It featured hand knit sweaters made for and placed on small taxidermied birds.

In the project, The Cosby Sweater Project, Illustrator Kelly Tucker creates detailed pattern artworks inspired by sweaters worn by the cast of The Cosby Show. She then posts a still and the artwork on her tumblr, The Cosby Sweater Project.

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single installation summer edition – regine ramseier

With my sunscreen and flipflops on, I am excited to announce The Summer Editions. For the weeks of Summer, the posts on Slingshots and Arrows will be Summer inspired. We begin where Summer begins: Dandelions. You know Spring is bursting into Summer when those deeply rooted yellow heads grow long and sprout fluffy little hairdos.

As a kid, I loved blowing Dandelion “puffs”. Those white puffs contained magic, of that I was certain. And now as a adult, it is so fun to see that magic live on in my kids.

Regine Ramseier created a beautiful installation for ArToll 2011. Her one room installation highlighted dandelion magic by strategically placing 2,000 dandelions from the ceiling of a small gallery room.

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Now, for those of you who are not Dandelion fans, does this Installation help you warm up to them?

group show – whales

I have had the pleasure of seeing whales out in the wild. I saw Pilot whales off the coast of Cape Breton and California Grey Whales off the coast of California. Both experiences were truly awesome. The latest news story of two separate whales washing ashore in two Newfoundland towns makes me very sad. Instead of being crushed by ice, I want to believe that they were old and they just closed their eyes surrounded by their whale loved ones.


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{top to bottom, left to right: Elly MacKay, Counterpoint; Lisel Jane Ashlock; Anna Magruder; Beth Billups / Tangled Studio, The Silent Commotion of the Sea; James and Catherine Folk Art, Jonah and the Whale; Diana Fayt Ceramics; Michelle Morin, Whale Collection; Jack L. Winn, Jr., Ohana (Whale Family); Tristin Lowe, Mocha Dick; Adrian Villar Rojas, My Family Dead}


group show: rain and ‘brellas

Presently, I am under a big blanket listening to the rain pelt on the window glass. This is what chilly Spring nights are made of: cozy pots of tea, listening to rain, dreaming of Spring flowers.


{Eric Blum; title unknown}

“On the fifth day, which was a Sunday, it rained very hard. I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.”

― Mark HaddonThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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{Antony Marsh, City Rain; Stephen Magsig, City Lights}


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{Alex Katz, Blue Umbrella 2; Dadu Shin, title unknown; Olena Shmahalo, The Umbrella; Rie Nakajima, title unknown; Sam Spencer, Bloom}

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{Urs Fischer, from 2013 exhibition at MOCA}