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Friday, 2 May 2008

Otherworld Uprising

Andy from Conundrum Press stopped by yesterday to bring us Conundrum's latest release, Otherworld Uprising, a beautiful hardcover book featuring the work of Canadian artist Shary Boyle. It includes full-page colour images and essays by curators Ben Portis and Josee Drouin-Brisebois, and novelist Sheila Heti.

Boyle clearly has a fascination for exquisite freaks. I really like her sculptures that depict unusual sex practices with a freudian twist and her paintings that mix black and white with bursts of bright, almost fluorescent colours. But my favourites are her surreal porcelain figurines of deformed or amputated women dressed in lacy victorian clothes. They obviously carry a feminist message but they're also simply fascinating to look at. Stop by the store and see for yourself...

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