Writers club - Essays


You, Me and You   April 02, 2010

Jasia Stuart

I put the word ‘love’ into google today and I get  1 420 000 000 results. This is my confirmation that the subject of Milutin Gubash and Annie Gauthier’s collaborative work is not something obscure. For your sake, reader, I hope it is a subject you know at least a little bit about, whether personally or vicariously.

To take on ‘love’ in anyway way is quite a feat, and judging by number of times I have given or been given advice on the subject, love, as well as the interactions we enter into on ... {read more}



Blue Skies   November 05, 2010

Edwin Janzen

Is there anything as momentary and ineffable — yet as universally sought after — as happiness? Suffering and its causes are identifiable, earthly, tangible, and we all know them well enough: painful injuries, financial stress, guilt, loss of loved ones, anger over injustice, and so on. Few can say the same of happiness. While everyone experiences it in moments, deep, abiding happiness remains elusive to all but a few. That nearly everyone seeks it, however — the United States of America even enshrine the pursuit of it in ... {read more}



Hesitations   September 17, 2010

Natalie Olanick

At the point where the wall begins, there is a single grey line. As our eyes follow this line, we see that it feeds into a series of nails — hundreds of nails, carefully placed. The thread winds between the nails, resulting in several five-by-seven-foot mechanical wave patterns, all created from the single thread. Accompanying these wave patterns are faint sounds of voices — a sigh, hums and fragments of words.

The large wave patterns are artist Emily Hermant’s representation of the gaps that come in between the ... {read more}



Not one but the other: Galland and Lalumière’s Retourne-moi / Invert me out   July 02, 2010

Amber Berson

articule, because of its lack of visible signage, is seen as a discreet neighbour. Past visitors to the space have commented on the difficulty in finding the gallery and community members are often surprised to learn that there is an artist-run centre in their midst. As residents themselves of the neighbourhood and therefore aware of the ambiguity the space represented for locals, Emmanuel Galland and François Lalumière proposed, two years ago, to create an ephemeral sign for articule – a short term branding project for an otherwise ... {read more}



The Artifact Institute. Service 1   

Edwin Janzen

As plastic begins to outperform sand on certain Pacific beaches, perhaps now is the time to reflect on the imposing ubiquity of manufactured objects. Until the Industrial Revolution, most people could possess only a few—handmade ones, at that. Today, objects are so available, we spend vast amounts of energy, money and time simply managing them: collecting, arranging, storing, recycling and, at last, discarding. And technological artifacts, with their irresistible marketing hype, rapid obsolescence cycle and invariably toxic contents, ... {read more}



In the Spirit of Working Together   May 04, 2012

Amber Berson

Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, to make more time, to bring us closer together. Yet, it often does the opposite – we become frustrated when it doesn’t work as desired, or when it breaks down faster and more regularly than expected. We often waste time because of technology. And most certainly while it may intend to bring us together, technology cleaves human relationships – at once rendering our access richer but the quality poorer.  Western society now mediates contact through technology; but the key ... {read more}



A select few   March 09, 2012

Jonathan Plante

At first glance, Carl Trahan would probably not think of this page as a text about his work, but rather as a flat surface covered in seemingly ordered black marks. Letters cast in a font with a history of its own. Encrypted matter that will produce meaning. Meaning what? 

Sharing his time between Berlin and Montreal, Carl Trahan has used translation as one of his preferred media to observe the fluctuations of language through space-text. But he is less interested in the exact correspondence of meaning as in the back and forth ... {read more}



Mona Sharma : The Loss and Reclamation of Faith   December 09, 2011

Graham Hall

Faith does not question, it believes;  it does not stray, it is a constant companion. It is a reliable bulwark, against which we may judge our actions and those of others.  Despite this unwavering attitude, faith is nonetheless open to re-evaluation and to compromise.

Through her sculptural work, Mona Sharma confronts this often murky human construction.  Though soft, pop and seemingly playful, the objects Sharma creates deal very much with trauma, destruction and disaster.  However, rather than dwell upon ... {read more}



Faussaire: Forger   November 18, 2011

Natalie Olanick

Forged works in the art world are never completely true to their claims of false copies. To make a false or forged work of art, a process is under taken where the imagination of the original artist is carefully studied and a new work is produced. That act of forgery is more like an extension of the particular aims realized in the original work.

To falsify, is to slip behind the original and go deeper into the work.

As one becomes occupied in a work of art, the process, materials and results become the dominant force of a work; ... {read more}



MILE END MAPPING – A map with back alleys   October 21, 2011

Edith Brunette

On a warm Saturday afternoon in September, we sit in articule’s storefront window surrounded in coloured stamps and ink pads, and trace our paths across the neighbourhood on large and small maps with no names and no streets. Passers-by with the sun in their eyes stop to look; some come in, some stay to chat. Coco, the centre’s Outreach Coordinator, tells me about the origins of this re-mapping of “arty” Mile End by those in the know and shows me the previous year’s Mile End Art Map, a sober quadrille of blue ... {read more}



For my dad   May 03, 2013

Graham Hall

One element of the desire to make, or re-make, is born of some need or another to alter or adapt.  I may need a certain tool for a particular job, and as a result I alter an existing tool to the task at hand; yet in the process I also destroy the original use of that tool.  Use is not forever.  Take, for example the caravan;   a romance, a burlesque on travelers and gypsies, a notion of freedom set askew.  Though it may promise the open road and a temporary life of leisure, it is a provisional home whose innate ... {read more}



The Uneasy Life by Rhonda Meier   January 25, 2013

Rhonda Meier

Knowledge.  Who has it?  How is it defined, and valued?  And by whom?   Building on previous dialogical projects with street-involved people,  Linda Duvall and Peter Kingstone elicit these questions and others in their collaborative installation, Living in Ten Easy Lessons

For this project the artists approached ten women at a Toronto shelter, asking to be instructed in a skill that the women have mastered, found especially useful, or simply wanted to share. ... {read more}



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