Thursday morning brought the sad news that Don Reichert, a long time friend of the store and vitally important Manitoba based artist, had passed away.
It is difficult to summarize Reichert's career in a brief overview - a graduate of the BFA Program at the University of Manitoba, Reichert also studied extensively in Mexico, and worked as a practicing artist for more than five decades. He exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions worldwide and his work is prominently featured in many major public and university galleries across the country, including the National Gallery of Canada. Reichert received many awards for his art, including grants from the Manitoba Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
A teacher as well as an artist, he helped students and fellow artists at the University of Manitoba's School of Art refine their work from 1964 to 1988 as well as teaching and leading workshops at Mount Allison University and several other locations. His enthusiastic mentorship of up and coming artists during his tenure at the School is well known.
We had the pleasure of exhibiting two shows from Reichert, both encompassing the exciting directions that his art took over the last decade, as his exploration of digital photographic manipulation and representation grew in both its inquisitiveness and inventiveness. He had a way of bringing the inanimate to life in his work, extending the idea applied to his abstract canvases of 'a celebration and appreciation of the living moment' to encompasses the potentiality in all that surrounds us.
Don Reichert's complete lack of pretense, his warmth, and his curiousity were readily apparent after only a few moments in his presence. He had a great appreciation for the natural world and its inhabitants, one that manifested itself in his graceful and sometimes playful work. He leaves behind a rich legacy, both personally and artistically, that will continue to enrich our city for years to come.Categories: Site News
The enormously influential Sci-Fi visionary Harry Harrison has passed away today at the age of 87 leaving behind a vast body of work, all written in his own inimitable style.
A master of freewheeling adventure always touched by a playfully cynical sense of humour and a taste for the dystopian, some of Harrison's best known work can be found in Make Room! Make Room! (the loose inspiration for the film Soylent Green) and in the Deathworld, Stainless Steel Rat, Eden and Bill the Galactic Hero series. His 1972 alternate history novel Tunnel Through the Deeps (also known as A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!) remains a personal favourite.
Not only a wide-ranging and fascinating writer, Harrison was well known for his amiable personality and massive support of up-and-coming younger authors. One author who experienced Harrison's generosity first hand is Neil Gaiman who shares some of his own memories of the man on his blog.Categories: Authors, SciFi & Fantasy, Winnipeg
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Rasputin's Bastards is an unhinged post-Cold War satiric thriller filled with spies, counterspies, dream-walkers, telepaths, dangerous babies and giant squids...all sprung from the unconscious of author David Nickle. I deeply enjoyed his previous book Eutopia and his short story collection Monstrous Affections, so it was a special treat to be able to send some questions his way. Much appreciation is due to his publishers ChiZine Publications, one of Canada's finest and most reliable independent presses, for facilitating this conversation.
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Infamously referred to as the "Hungarian master of the apocalypse" by Susan Sontag, László Krasznahorkai's work has started to receive greater notice in North America over the last decade, both in print and on the screen. A collaborator of the acclaimed Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr, Krasznahorkai has served as the director's trusted screenwriter for his past five films, two of which were lifted straight from the page. The basis of their brilliant 6 ˝ hour long second film together, and Krasznahorkai's first book, Sátántangó is now available in an impressive new translation from New Directions Publishing.
To date, Krasznahorkai's work in translation has encompassed the serpentine, paragraph free Melancholy of Resistance (the basis for Tarr's Werckmeister Harmonies); the powerful and picaresque War & War; and the beautiful novella Animalinside, a feral howl of a collaboration with the painter Max Neumann. Those readers that have already wrestled with his coiled sentences might find themselves surprised by the relatively straightforward structure of Sátántangó, but not by its content.
The narrative of the bleak and alcohol-saturated Sátántangó rears up from the mud churned up by an endless country rain and the tango (or 'csaradas') that the remaining residents of a small town stumble through at the local inn. This dance, the core of the book, serves as the focal point of Krasznahorkai's ongoing obsessions: the backbiting, gossip, crime and infidelity common to any isolated area where hope is lost, escape is impossible and distraction, despair and dance are all that the residents can hope to use to escape the pitiless force of nature.
Those encountering Krasznahorkai for the first time will be thrilled by the voice of a true master. Those that have delved into his world before will encounter a monochrome despair, brought to unexpected life through the author's unsurpassed lyricism, his firm structural vision, and his biting sense of humour.Categories: Reviews, New Releases, Literature, Book of the Day