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CYPRIEN GAILLARD
Artist Talk
EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY
Vancouver, B.C.

Between iconoclasm and minimal aesthetics, romanticism and Land Art, the work of Cyprien Gaillard questions man’s traces in nature with an archeological approach to recent history. Gaillard examines the relics of our built environment with an entropic view of destruction as the starting point of renewal.

For more info go to: http://www.ecuad.ca/about/events/191597
Info obtained from http://www.akimbo.ca

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Flavio Trevisan: Museum of the Represented City

January 19 to April 8, 2012
Koffler Gallery Off-Site at 80 Spadina Ave., Suite 501
Curator: Mona Filip

OPENING RECEPTION | FREE
Thursday, January 19, 6 – 9 PM | Artist Talk at 7 PM

His work is in private collections, and can be viewed at http://www.flaviotrevisan.com
Info obtained from http://www.akimbo.ca

Cognitive skills can start to fall from the age of 45, not from around the age of 60 as is commonly thought, according to research published on Friday by the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

For more on this go to: http://ca.shine.yahoo.com/brain-power-decline-age-45-study-001235668.html

Will be held at Casino Rama from March 21-25th, NE of Barrie at 5899 Rama Road. This comedy skit that has been on the scene for about three decades has shaped how we culturally perceive and communicate. This occurred by the word spam, originally a tinned meat used in rationing during the war, becoming a term to represent excessive unwanted mail. This transposed onto the internet and it’s transactions of messages now known as emails, and the unwanted ones termed as spam.

For more info on this culture shifting production go to: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/artist/927819

Authentic happiness is determined as largely a consequence of “learned optimism”. The opposite of a defeated passive state known as depression is “learned helplessness”. The gateway to optimal functioning is found in rethinking positivity and seeking it through well-being. The goal to think positive no matter the situation is insupportable and counterproductive. A wiser aim is to find the most effective way to propel us where we want to go. Both optimism and pessimism can help us get there-smiley face not required.

Info obtained from Psychology Today’s Optimism issue, article Optimism (And Pessimism) By Annie Murphy Paul

My generation is starving for useful, thoughtful, intelligent, and inspiring information. If we want to learn how to do something – anything – we can google it, and be on our way; there’s even a how-to-do-everything podcast. If that weren’t enough, Wikipedia has an entry on just about everything, with all links eventually leading back to philosophy.

For more from this post go to: http://fasterthanlight.me/2011/12/03/the-information-generation/

Eyewitness adds twist to Natalie Wood case. Woman says she heard the actress’ last cry for help on that tragic night 30 years ago. And heard a man’s voice, too.

For more info on this go to: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/video/news-26797925/natalie-wood-case-reopened-eyewitness-speaks-27335769.html

Carl Wiens Mecanismos Exhibition opens at the Oeno Gallery
November 26 – January 3, 2012

The Fifty Foot Fembot, Dynamic Duke, Jack Hammer, and Hy Anxiety – just four of the 100 characters depicted in this latest series of small unique prints by Picton artist and illustrator Carl Wiens. Quirky, witty, funny, clever, ingenious….these are some of the adjectives that are being used to describe Wiens’ characters. Created by mixing and remixing images of household machines and mechanical parts from his extensive collection of old encyclopaedias, textbooks, and catalogues, the Mecanismos all have attitude and style.

Oeno Gallery
2274 County Road #1, Bloomfield, ON
http://www.oenogallery.com
Info obtained from http://www.akimbo.ca

“THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN AND THERE’S NOTHING WE CAN DO TO STOP IT”
AN EXHIBITION OF NEW PAINTINGS BY ANDREW MORROW
NOVEMBER 16 TO DECEMBER 30, 2011

For more info:
PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY
2401 Bank St
Ottawa
Web: http://www.patrickmikhailgallery.com
Info obtained from http://www.akimbo.ca

Whistler bristled at the idea that art had to tell a story or provide a moral. Paintings he felt should stand alone as an arrangement of colours and lines, just as a symphony stands alone as this idea would be known as Aestheticism.

Info obtained from Mental Floss issue Cured! New Cures For Everything, article A Portrait Of The Artist’s Mother Elizabeth Lunday