Top Ten (Canadian) Exhibitions of 2008


Diana Thorneycroft Group of Seven Awkward Moments – Beavers and Woo at Tanoo 2008

Winnipegger Diana Thorneycroft, whose work was included in Domination and Desire, the exhibition I curated at the Nanaimo Art Gallery this Fall, hits the top ten at number 7:

7. Diana Thorneycroft: The Group of Seven Awkward Moments, Michael Gibson Gallery, London

Winnipeg photographer Diana Thorneycroft reinvented herself with this latest series, “The Group of Seven Awkward Moments.” Using reproductions of artworks by Emily Carr and Group of Seven artists like Tom Thomson as backdrops, Thorneycroft constructs and photographs witty dioramas that plunge viewers into a Canadian purgatory of accidents, disasters and moments of poor judgment. It’s Canadian history with a droll sense of humour and a surprising departure for an artist whose work has sought notably dark themes over the years. With these images, she joins Vancouver’s Myfanwy Macleod as a comedic master. Guy Maddin, watch out; you have hometown competition for remaking history.

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