New York-based Canadian artist David Craven is widely recognized for a distinctive painting practice characterized by a dynamic sense of play coupled with an ongoing exploration of the tensions between abstraction and figuration. The portentous and commanding paintings featured here attest to Craven’s turn to figuration after he moved to New York in 1980. While retaining the monumental scale of his abstract works of the 1970s, these later images depict the attributes of power brokering to create a critique of corporate power. Craven’s unique brand of abstraction combines collage, gestural mark, poured paint and experimental shelf constructions. His crisscrossing, all-over motifs merge with non-narrative text elements to form a vivid expression of the pressures of urban living. With an interview with the artist. David Craven was born in London, Ontario in 1946. His work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Renée van der Avoird is curator at the MacLaren Art Centre. Saul Ostrow is an American art critic and curator who has taught at Pratt Institute, Syracuse University, Parsons The New School for Design, School of the Visual Arts and was acting head of MFA studio program at New York University and Director of the Center for Visual Art and Culture at The University of Connecticut. He is the author of numerous publications on contemporary art.
MacLaren Art Centre
David Craven: Selected Works 1981 to 2013
Renée van der Avoird and Saul Ostrow
MacLaren Art Centre (04/2014) 48 pp col. ill. 9.5 x 6.5 in softcover 9780987803467 $20.00 Can. $24.00 U.S.
The Churches of Oro-Medonte
Joanna McEwen, Ben Portis and Andrea Curtis
Oro-Medonte, a rural township on the shores of Lake Simcoe in central Ontario (Canada), was created by the British colonial government in the mid-18th century. Numerous churches were built in every hamlet and village by settlers mainly from England, Ireland and Scotland. In 1819 the only government-sponsored settlement for Black veterans of the War of 1812 was established as well. Specifically, The Churches of Oro records in detail the interiors of these historic rural churches through 52 egg tempera paintings by artist Joanna McEwen. These paintings are enduring portraits of a vanishing regional history. Yielding to the inevitable passages of time, many of the churches have closed since these portraits were made. At the centre, this publication honours the people that supported these churches, and in particular the women, who worked so diligently to strengthen their communities. Documented over a period of eight years, the images capture Oro-Medonte's rural fabric and strong spiritual foundation, while the essays highlight the communities and the people who built and maintained these churches and their congregations.
MacLaren Art Centre (08/2012) 80 pp 52 col. ill. 13.25 x 9.5 in hardcover 978-0-9878034-1-2 $50.00 Can. $55.00 U.S.
Donald A. Stuart: Homage, Necklaces Inspired by Outstanding Canadian Women
Publication featuring the work of designer Donald Stuart’s new series of necklaces inspired by women, both historic and contemporary. Spanning various fields, from music and the arts to science and sports, they include Karen Kain, Anne Murray and Julie Payette. The materials range from precious stones to found and reinvented items, thus reflecting the achievements of each. With illustrations, an essay and biographies.
MacLaren Art Centre (07/2010) 32 pp col. ill. 8.5 x 8.5 in softcover 978-0-9813871-2-3 $12.00 Can. $15.00 U.S. (10 euros)
Hockey Town: Liz Pead, Liss Platt, Leah Modigiani
Three artists - all women - combine their passion for hockey with their passion for making art. Each artist sets up a tension between the viewer's assumptions and the discovery that things are not as they seem, accentuating the stereotypes that surround gender, pleasure, class, sport and culture.
Maclaren Art Centre (07/2010) 16 pp col. ill. 7.5 x 7.5 softcover 978-0-9813871-1-6 $5.00 Can. $6.00 U.S.
Frances Thomas: But Wait
James D. Campbell
Working within the traditions of modernist painting, the senior Canadian painter employs the language of abstraction. Using fluid acrylics and pencil on Mylar and birch panel, she relies on an improvisational playing out of materials and ideas to arrive at a poetic distillation of thought and sensation.
MacLaren Art Centre (11/2009) 36 pp col. ill. 8.5 x 8.5 in softcover 978-0-9738829-9-5 $15.00 Can. $16.00 U.S. (12 euros)
Blue Republic: Nostalgia for the Present
Blue Republic, a collaborative entity composed of artists Anna Passakas and Radoslaw Kudlinski, produces installations that combine humour, wit and metaphor to stimulate discourse on political ideas and economic issues. This publication documents new artworks assembled from discarded industrial materials and re-fashioned into ready-mades. The intention is to invite reflection on the meta-city and on the notions of utopia and dystopia through a fictional, futuristic lens in order to reveal the desires and fantasies and that drive contemporary society.
MacLaren Art Centre / Koffler Gallery (05/2008) 32 pp col. ill. 8 x 8 in softcover 978-0-920863-80-0 $15.00 ($17.95 U.S. / 12 euros)
September 2007: Broken Promises, Soviet Photography in the Age of Stalin
Michael Johns, J. L. Black et al
Initiated by the acquisition of the Sovfoto Archive - a collection of photographs produced by the Soviet Union during the Second World War and intended for the American press - this publication includes numerous examples from the collection, two scholarly essays and responses from three contemporary artists. While Johns outlines the role of myths and symbols in the development of the Soviet Union, Black describes how the censorship institutionalized by Stalin operated. The artists - Olexander Wlasenko, Sadko Hadzihasanovic and Robin Pacific - examine the repercussions of propaganda on art and the media. J. L. Black is the editor of the Russia and Eurasia Documents Annual series. Michael Johns has published in journals such as Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict and East European Politics and Societies.
MacLaren Art Centre (11/2007) 92 pp 73 ill. (14 col.) 11 x 8 in softcover 978-0-9738829-3-3 $25.00 (20 euros)
Fallacy of the Male Construct: The Sculpture and Painting of Ted Fullerton
Sheila Butler, Denis Longchamps, Robert Enright & Terry McDonald
A prolific artist for over 20 years, Fullerton's work can be characterized as a multi-disciplinary exploration of male identity. Fullerton's approach is shaped by an existentialism fueled by mythological and biblical subjects. As well, the influence of Goya, Munch and Beckman is clear. Two essays, an interview, an artist's statement and a personal reminiscence are accompanied by dozens of colour illustrations of Fullerton's paintings, sculptures and public art.
MacLaren Art Centre (10/2006) 64 pp 58 col. ill. 11 x 8.5 in softcover 0-9738829-2-1 $20.00 Can./U.S. (16 euros)
Tame: Negotiating the Wild in Contemporary Art
Hosein reveals the work of nine artists as attempts to restore to the animal a sense of wildness while presenting them in contexts that usually declare them tame. Artists include Marcel Dzama and Diana Thorneycroft.
MacLaren Art Centre (08/2006) 30 pp col. ill. 9 x 6.5 in ISBN: 0-9738829-1-3 $10.00 Can./U.S. (8 euros)
James Lahey: Index
Ihor Holubizky & Mark Kingwell
This elegant, profusely illustrated publication presents one of the most singular careers in the Canadian artistic landscape. James Lahey has been painting between modes of abstraction and representation for over 20 years and has garnered international attention with his immediately recognizable renderings of landscapes, seascapes, clouds and flowers. This publication shows Lahey's ability to move painting in quite another direction. The Index Abstractions are nothing less than an exploration of painting itself. Lahey breaks new ground both materially, with his use of discarded paint and design of new painting tools, and artistically, by distilling the aesthetic practice of his earlier work into powerful studies of proportion, perspective and colour.
Cette publication amplement illustrée nous présente une carrière des plus singulières du paysage artistique canadien. Depuis maintenant une vingtaine d'années, James Lahey peint entre les modes d'abstraction et de représentation. Son style est immédiatement reconnaissable grâce à ses paysages, rivages, nuages et fleurs. Cette publication nous démontre l'habileté qu'a Lahey de dérouter la peinture dans une toute autre direction. Les abstractions d'Index ne sont rien de moins qu'une exploration de la peinture telle quelle. Lahey innove à la fois matériellement, en créant de nouveaux instruments de peinture et en utilisant de la peinture récupérée, et artistiquement, en épurant ses pratiques esthétiques de début de carrière en études approfondies de proportion, de perspective et de couleur.
MacLaren Art Centre (09/2005) 86 pp 67 col. ill. 12.5 x 8.5 in softcover 0-9738829-0-5 $45.00 Can./U.S. (36 euros)
Daniel Ehrenworth: Holocaust Dream
Don Snyder & Priscila Uppal
It has been 60 years since the liberation of Auschwitz and the truth of what happened there is still hard to comprehend. Ehrenworth uses a combination of photography and digital imaging to create a surreal vision that haunts our collective memory. "This project is far less about a death camp but rather about the light that must exist in order to have cast a shadow as dark and vast as Auschwitz."
MacLaren Art Centre (2005) 40 pp 23 ill. 8.5 x 11 softcover,0-9693555-9-9 $20.00 Can/U.S. (16 euros)
Double Take: Charles Meanwell & Frances Cockburn
Stuart Reid & Jessica Morden Bright
Exhibition catalogue on paintings by two artists chosen by two curators for mounting at two galleries. While the exhibitions vary, both serve as an introduction to artists passionate about painting.
Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery / MacLaren Art Centre (08/05) 16 pp col. ill. 8 x 8 in 0-921021-29-2 $8.00 (6 euros)
Lynn Donoghue: The Last Supper
Mary Reid et al
MacLaren Art Centre (2004) 58 pp 32 col. ill. 9.5 x 8.5 in softcover 0-9693555-8-0 $20.00 Can./U.S. (16 euros)
Erica Shuttleworth: Sky & Ground
Mary Reid et al
MacLaren Art Centre (2004) 48 pp 36 col. ill. 11 x 6.5 in softcover 0-9693555-7-2 $20.00 Can./U.S. (16 euros)
Shore/Lines: Responding To Space
Rod Burns et al
MacLaren Art Centre (2003) 64 pp 52 col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover 0-9693555-6-4 $30.00 Can./ U.S. (24 euros)
Tim Zuck: Paintings and Drawings (Collector's Edition)
Ramsay Cook (ed)
MacLaren Art Centre (1997) 178 pp 78 col. ill. 11 x 10.5
Limited edition. Numbered and signed. Includes original print. hardcover enlosed in casing. 1-55153-917-6 $375.00 Can./U.S. (300 euros)
Bachinski: Still Life, Ten Years
MacLAren Art Centre (1992) 28 pp 22 col. ill. 11x 8 in softcover 0-9693555-2-1 $10.00 Can./U.S. (8 euros)