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  • Unsettling Nature

    Location: Toronto, ON

    An Exhibition at: The Garage Gallery Benmiller with Artists Jill Price, Leslie Putnam, Morag Webster..
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  • Through the Eyes of a Child

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    Artists Statement: Ed Flanagan My wife had a career as an elementary school..
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  • Exposition solo Lac-Mégantic

    Location: Lac-Mégantic, QC

    L'eau, une mine d'Art du 8 juillet au 8 septembre 2019..
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  • 13th Solo Art Series -

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its 13th “Solo Art Series”..
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  • Call for Art | 3rd Annual Skies Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 3rd Annual Skies online art competition. For this..
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  • Carousel

    Location: Lethbridge, AB

    Mortar & Brick | Arts and Events July 18th - August 3rd Where..
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  • 9th Annual Online Exhibition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • NUDE - 2nd Avenue Gallery

    Location: Owen Sound, ON

    Laurel Pedersen, Robert Pointer, Gae Trinkwon, Lynn Skinner are featured in an exhibition..
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  • Sustainable Fashion Designer Looking for Studio Space in Mississauga

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    Hi, I'm Amanda, I am an emerging fashion designer starting my business designing..
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  • “Water” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline August 31, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Water nourishes, cleanses, and renews. A drop of water can save..
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  • Call to ARTIST- Exterior installation

    Location: Montreal, QC

    To highlight the 20th year anniversary of Association for the protection of Angell Woods [APAW] Board..
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  • 9th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • 32 Points- 32 Voices: A Compass of Peace

    Location: Toronto, ON

    32 Points - 32 Voices: A Compass of Peace International Exhibition September 6-27, 2019 Cedar Ridge..
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  • Call for Art | 4th Annual Waterscapes Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Waterscapes online art competition. For this..
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  • Open Call to all Artists: AIRE

    Location: vancouver, BC

    Open Call to all Artists: The Annual International Representational Exhibition September 30 – October..
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  • Navigating Commissions with Kathy Traeger

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Monday 19th August 6.30 PM - 9.00 PM Navigating Commissions - Taking Fear out of..
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  • Air

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    AIR: A mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, and minute amounts of other gases..
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  • Artists Choice 2019

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists Juried members showcase their artworks at the Central..
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  • The Clock Show

    Location: London, ON

    CALL FOR ARTISTS ..
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  • Raw Materials

    Location: Humboldt, SK

    Raw Materials James M. Clow and Bony A. Conly Exhibition runs May 31st through August..
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  • Clarington Outdoor Festival 2019: Call for Submissions

    Location: Bowmanville, ON

    Call all artists! The Clarington Outdoor Art Festival (COAF) 2019 is celebrating the..
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  • Beacon Original Art Call for Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Beacon Original Art invites emerging, mid-career and professional artists to participate in our..
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  • 2020 Ducks Unlimited National Portfolio

    Location: Bracebridge, ON

    DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA – NATIONAL ART PORTFOLIO CALL FOR ENTRIES – DEADLINE JULY 31,..
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  • Walker Industries Juried Art Exhibition

    Location: Niagara on the lake, ON

    Daisy Fresh has been selected as one of 26 finalists in this juried..
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  • Surfaces Exploration and Experience Karen Colville Artist

    Location: New West Minster, BC

    In the Plaskett Gallery @ Massey Theatre Surfaces…Exploration & Experience Artist Karen Colville June 25th..
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  • Race, Ethnicity and belonging

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists (over 18) residing in Alberta..
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  • ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival ITSLIQUID GROUP,..
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Dawn MacNutt: Timeless Forms

By Gil McElroy June 23, 2003

} Dawn MacNutt: Timeless Forms review by Gil McElroy John B. Aird GalleryToronto, Ontario July 2 - 28, 2001 The work of Nova Scotia sculptor Dawn MacNutt's has, for the most part, focused on the human body. A textile artist by training and background, MacNutt long ago began working sculpturally, transferring to the medium many of the techniques and approaches of basketry weaving. Working with materials ranging from willow branches and paper, to copper wire and mesh, MacNutt has woven loosely figurative sculptures (sometimes then cast in bronze) that span the magnitudes of miniature to life-size. For this exhibition, MacNutt reached back as far as 1992 for a small bronze casting of a woven seagrass original, though the bulk of the work shown was completed in the last four years, when, Dawn MacNutt 'Timeless Form II' 1996, twined willow, 150 x 59 cm. following a trip to Greece, her artistic attention shifted from the figurative to the architectural. The woven willow shapes of her 'Timeless Figures' series of the mid-1990s, tall, thin basketry figures with slumped heads or torqued bodies, evolved into architectural columns, culminating in the pieces that comprise her 'Column Series' begun in 1997, twined willow works of a lightness, transparency, and deceptive fragility antithetical to the mass, weight, and brute strength of actual load-bearing stone or wood columns. MacNutt's columns, of course, support nothing (indeed, barely manage to stand of their own volition), but urged upon us an experiential reengagement with the container and volume that is a gallery space. In her most recent work, MacNutt has experimented further with the column shape. In Column Series #1, the columnar form narrows slightly as it rises from the base and ends in incompleteness, the willow forming the vertical elements of the piece allowed to remain ungathered and of ragged, irregular lengths at the very top. In the 'Spirit Within Series,' by contrast, the narrowing of the columns as they rise perserveres until a common terminus is reached, the willow stalks gathered together and tied off. The column becomes a cone. This evolution of forms visible in MacNutt's most recent work culminates in new work of near abstraction. With Whysteria #2, MacNutt for the first time risks the non-representational. A small bronze casting of a twined wisteria original, the piece only just barely reiterates a conical form. It teeters at the brink of non-recognition, slumping over and apparently close to total collapse. The ragged basket weave that holds the form together seems to barely suffice, a messy topknot of tangled wisteria stalks threatens to spring apart entirely. The work wobbles unsteadily at the brink of chaos. Entropy, it appears, is having its way. But Whysteria #2 is a bronze casting, the disheveled weave of the original destroyed in the process of its making. So what seems unstable, volatile, and anarchic in the work is really only the memory of the form before molten metal made things fixed and immutable. In her newest work, Dawn MacNutt considers the consequences of havoc deferred. The results are impressive. View more of Dawn's artwork here. This review originally appeared in Sculpture, January/February 2002. _________________________________________________ Gil McElroy is a critic, independent curator, artist, and poet currently living in Colborne, Ontario. His latest books are Gravity & Grace: Selected Writing on Contemporary Canadian Art (Gaspereau Press), and a book of poetry, Dream Pool Essays (Talonbooks). View Gil's curriculum vitae.