The concept of the readymade is hardly new to the art world. Art students–if not your average gallery-goer–learn about Duchamp’s urinal shortly after discovering that mixing Cadmium red and Naples yellow produces tangerine. Despite his virtuoso skill in signing “R. Mutt” on a urinal and drawing facial hair on a postcard of the Mona Lisa, […]

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At turns haunting and hilarious, Calvin Paugh’s recent exhibition The Bakery of fine art reproduction explores the production and promotion of a television series about making bread in an abandoned bakery. The installation consists of a single-channel art reproduction showing several “pilot” episodes, oil paintings of the starring actors and a series of baking tools […]

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Artistic experiments in communal living and working such as these are important sites for artist-initiated activities outside of art world structures, serving as interventions into and critical mirrors of society at large. Thauberger’s residency evoking the Paris Commune of 1871 was a performance in ways of working together and acting out alternative ways of being […]

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To mark its 30th anniversary, Winnipeg’s platform centre for photo to painting took an unexpected approach and mounted a pair of exhibitions operating under the deja vu umbrella title Haven’t We Been Here Before? Presented in the modest gallery space was the in – house – generated So Many Letdowns Before We Get Up …, […]

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Entering the F.E.K. Archives is like encountering the Sphinx. We are made to answer the riddle: Who do we have here? A man? A woman? A woman behind the man, or the reverse? And that’s exactly the trouble. It’s none of the above. It’s just a room. There’s no woman here. There never was. Let […]

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With Eastern Europe daily in the news a visit to the Latvian State Academy of Art in Riga promised to be interesting. The purpose of the journey was to finalise details of an exchange of staff and students between the Academy and the School of Art and Design at Sunderland Polytechnic, but the knowledge that […]

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