Tagsmart was here: Harland Miller, Alison Mc Kenna and (many) others

O Canada! 
Fiona Ackerman, Andy Dixon, Kim Dorland, Scott Everingham, Thrush Holmes, Erin Loree, Erik Olson, Justin Ogilvie, Andrew Salgado, Andrea Willamson and Etienne Zack 

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The gallery, which began with pop-up exhibitions in Vancouver in 2008, maintains an exhibition programme with a partially Canadian focus. Led by Director Kurt Beers, who is himself Canadian, the exhibition celebrates the 150th birthday of Canada and provides the first opportunity for the gallery to host an exhibition with exclusively Canadian artists.

Intentionally circumventing any overriding theme, O Canada! finds commonalities between the 11 artists based solely on their heritage, raising questions as to whether there truly is some sort of collective, cultural consciousness or aesthetic tradition.

BEERS London, until August 19
1 Baldwin Street, EC1V 9NU


A Harmony of Opposites
Alison Mc Kenna

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John Marchant Gallery presents British artist Alison Mc Kenna’s first solo exhibition, A Harmony of Opposites. McKenna creates a sense of space and energy, ‘trying to find a simplicity and a charge’. By introducing the idea to accept and use imbalance, her works render the viewer slightly unsteady, searching for symmetry and order.

A number of the works on display were created in Andalusia and the white light of the south is evident throughout the show. A sense that is heightened by the hazy impressions created by the bursts of black charcoal and sporadic dabs of blazing colour.

John Marchant Gallery, until July 29
159 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3AL


One Bar Electric Memoir
Harland Miller

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Harland Miller is both a writer and an artist, practising both roles over a peripatetic career in both Europe and America.

In 2001 Miller produced a series of paintings based of the dust jackets of Penguin books. By combining the motif inherent in the Penguin book, Miller found a way to marry aspects of Pop Art, abstraction and figurative painting at once, with his writer’s love of text. The ensuing images are humorous, sardonic and nostalgic at the same time, while the painting style hints at the dog-eared, scuffed covers of the Penguin classics themselves. Miller continues to create work in this vein, expanding the book covers to include his own phrases, some hilarious and absurd, others with a lush melancholy.

White Cube Mason’s Yard, until September 9
25-26 Mason’s Yard, St. James’s, SW1Y 6BU