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THEY CALL Canada the Great White North for our snowy land­scapes, but who’s to say the moniker doesn’t rep­re­sent a blank canvas upon which artists might pro­duce their next mas­ter­piece? This sum­mer, two art ex­hibits high­light both home­grown Canuck cre­ativ­ity and the al­lure of our na­tion as a hub of artis­tic in­spi­ra­tion.

B.C. au­thor and multimedia artist Dou­glas Cou­p­land has in­ter­preted Cana­di­ana-as-art for years, but the 56-year-old takes the premise a step fur­ther with The Na­tional Por­trait. Cre­ated in part­ner­ship with Que­bec re­tailer Si­mons, the ex­hibit is the re­sult of a twoyear trek dur­ing which Cou­p­land’s team scanned the heads of 1,700 Cana­dian sand printed them as three-di­men­sional busts. “For the first time in his­tory,” he said, “we can be care­free with hu­man busts in the same way photography al­lowed us to be care­free with flat por­trai­ture.” The show fea­tures 1,000 of the busts in var­i­ous sizes with some us­ing anamor­pho­sis, which dis­torts the bust so that the viewer’s per­cep­tion changes when they view it from dif­fer­ent an­gles. (The Na­tional Por­trait, Ot­tawa Art Gallery, June 29-Aug. 19. oag

Mean­while, the Lieu­tenant-Gover­nor’s Suite at Queen’s Park in Toronto hosts a col­lec­tion of Cana­dian art­work and photography that serves as a call to ac­tion for en­vi­ron­men­tal­ism and UN sus­tain­abil­ity goals in Canada. Awak­en­ing, an on­go­ing ex­hibit cu­rated by renowned Cana­dian architect and de­signer Bruce Mau on be­half of the provin­cial lieu­tenant-gover­nor, El­iz­a­beth Dowdeswell (who has a long his­tory as an en­vi­ron­men­tal cham­pion), evokes ideas of how we in­ter­act with, and shape, our na­tion’s land­scapes and how we can pre­serve them. And while Her Hon­our hopes the ex­hibit in­spires all vis­i­tors, the 73-year-old sug­gests the boomer gen­er­a­tion can play a cru­cial role in the sus­tain­abil­ity cause.

“If you could har­ness the wis­dom, the in­tel­li­gence, the lived ex­pe­ri­ence that that gen­er­a­tion has,” she told Zoomer, “it would be won­der­ful.” (Awak­en­ing, arts.lg on­­en­ing-eveil) — MC

1 A Banksy smi­ley face sol­dier with wings 2 Print­ing a 3-D bust ahead of Dou­glas Cou­p­land’s The Na­tional Por­trait

3 Eleanor Bond’s IV Con­vert­ing the Pow­ell River Mill to a Re­cre­ation and Re­tire­ment Cen­tre, part of Awak­en­ing 1 2 3

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