There are three interesting happenings in the local art scene right now. This evening Mercer Union presents new compositions by Stephen Parkinson, a local musician who creates “do-it-yourself situations…with various friends as performers, reacting to a variety of methods of prescription/notation, involving toy instruments, electronics, vintage turntables, field recordings, as well as more traditional musical instruments.” Tonight’s various friends include Martin Arnold, Allison Cameron, Eric Chenaux, Rob Clutton, Aimée Dawn Robinson, and Doug Tielli. The event begins at 9 p.m.
Over at Paul Petro Contemporary Art, there’s an exhibition of new work by Suzy Lake. While Lake’s work from the 1970s is currently featured in two big American shows: WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution at Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the upcoming Identity Theft at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, her new work is pretty darn gorgeous, too. The Paul Petro show, Beauty at the End of the Season, continues until June 9, 2007.
Finally, the auction house Waddington’s is hosting the Portfolio Reviews Exhibition, which is part of CONTACT. The show features works by commercial and fine art photographers and is chock full of weird and wonderful pieces, such as “Dark Rooms” by Graphic Standards—a project that uses super long exposures to take photos of artist’s storage spaces. To us, the resulting images kind of look like the shadowy, cobwebby interior of the artist’s mind, which is cool. The show is up until May 22, and the public is encouraged to come in to vote for their favourite image. The winner will receive an ultra tricked-out Hewlett Packard colour photocopier.
“Beauty at the End of the Season” by Suzy Lake, courtesy Paul Petro Contemporary Art.