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Where Nature Prevails: Elisheva Biernoff’s Without, within at Walter Phillips Gallery

Where Nature Prevails: Elisheva Biernoff’s Without, within at Walter Phillips Gallery

Emma Campbell While loss and impermanence are necessary facets of human existence, they are not always at the forefront of our everyday experiences. San Francisco-based artist Elisheva Biernoff captures the quiet and somewhat hidden aspects of the precarity of human life through her works, which often employ trompe l’oeil, or aspects of visual deception. Yet, the sense of loss and fragility is not always made immediately apparent in Biernoff’s work; in creating images that...

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The Ethics of Instrumentalization: Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s from here to ear at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art

The Ethics of Instrumentalization: Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s from here to ear at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art

Laura O’Brien There are a lot of things that you cannot do at Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s installation at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art: you can’t take photographs, nor touch the guitars. No touching the chain-link curtain, and—most importantly—no provoking the birds. From outside of the exhibition, deep, metallic warbles can be heard reverberating through the space. I wonder: is it really that loud inside? How could any of us possibly disturb these birds more?...

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