Amy Fung

  • Douglas Watt, Pumpjack (detail), 2019, mixed media, 39 3⁄8 × 24 3⁄4 × 3 1⁄8".

    Douglas Watt

    On summer nights, all the windows at the PumpJack Pub open up onto Davie Street. Nostalgic dance remixes flow out into the road, blurring the border between public space and community gay bar. Deeper inside, leather dads and salt-and-pepper bears perch atop heavy bar stools, pints and sodas in hand. Off to the side, a sizable dance floor beckons.

    According to Pumpjack (all works cited, 2019), Douglas Watt’s architectural model of that Vancouver venue, off the dance floor are secluded chambers, including trendy event spaces equipped with a flogging station and a partial dungeon with private stalls.

  • Althea Thauberger and Kite, Call to Arms, 2019. Performance view, Toronto Biennial of Art, 2019. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship York band. Photo: Triple Threat.
    slant October 30, 2019

    Current Events

    SPANNING FIFTY-SIX MILES AND BORDERING SOUTHERN TORONTO, Lake Ontario hardly registers as a natural site for most Torontonians. The smallest of the five Great Lakes, flowing in from Niagara and out toward the Saint Lawrence River, the body of water feels physically, spiritually, and psychologically distant from the bustling city. Orienting viewers toward the estranged lake, the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art—the latest addition to the globalized exercise in art-world tourism—opens modestly and with a quandary. Curators Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien frame this mega-exhibition as an

  • Amalie Atkins, Requiem for Wind and Water, 2018, 16 mm, color, 25 minutes.

    Amalie Atkins

    By the turn of the twentieth century, the single largest migration to Canada had been that of a sect of radical pacifists from Russia. With origins in the seventeenth century, Doukhobors and Mennonites dissented from the Orthodox Church as well as the czar, staging nonviolent uprisings and opting for communal living. Persecution in their homeland would lead them to migrate to the Canadian prairies, where massive tracts of land had just been parceled out by the predominantly Anglo-Saxon government through a series of treaties with Indigenous nations (whose written and oral agreements remain