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Hot Art: I Killed the Group of Seven

A painting by Lorena Ziraldo from "I Killed the Group of Seven."

An exhibition called “I Killed the Group of Seven” is sure to be an attention-getter. So it’s no wonder that this group show at Patrick John Mills Gallery drew 1,500 people last year, or why it’s back again in 2011. The exhibit pays homage to the Canadian artists’ legacy while simultaneously reversing and re-conceptualizing all that the group represents. It also encourages people to think about Canadian art, where it was 100 years ago, and what new artists are creating today. And one thing’s for sure: the show draws people who loved the iconic collective of artists, and people who hated them. At this year’s event, check out the variety of responses to the buzz-worthy theme. Of particular note is local artist Lorena Ziraldo, who has three pieces featured in the show. Ziraldo is known for pushing fundamental concepts, and for subtle but important touches, such as sophistication of brush work, original placement of pigments, and selection of colour. Says gallery owner Mills, “Her work is penetrating in a delicate manner.” Works in this show will be displayed until Oct. 29. For more on this thought-provoking exhibition, and to learn what went into creating some of the pieces, take in the artists’ talk on Oct. 6 at 6pm.

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