Art Writing

1. Book

Jeff Wall: North & West (Vancouver: Figure 1, 2015).


The book was nominated for the Melva J. Dwyer Award in 2015.

For online purchase in Canada, you can order it here. For the United States, here.

2. Magazine Writing

For my contributions to Aperture (2022-), click here.

For frieze (2018-2022), click here.

For Artforum (2010-2018), click here.

For Canadian Art (2006-2017), click here.

For an interview with Jeff Wall in Foam (#26, Spring 2011), click here.

For e-flux’s Art Agenda (2011), click here.

For a link to the “L” issue of Matador (2008), in which my essay on Jeff Wall “El movimiento del viento” (only translated into Spanish) appeared, click here.

For my early reviews and essays for Fillip, (2005-2009), click here, here, and here.

3. Exhibition Essays

“On Alexis Auréoline,” a brochure produced by Galerie Eli Kerr for an exhibition of Auréoline’s at NADA NY 2024.

“Argenteuil: On Two Recent Paintings by Tristan Unrau,” in On Two Recent Paintings, a brochure produced by Towards Gallery for Art Toronto 2021. Download it here: TowardsGallery_ArtTorontoPreview_NP.

“Accidents in Reading: On Rayyne Tabet” in Para | Fictions (Rotterdam: Witte de With, 2018), for the exhibition of the same title at the Witte de With in Rotterdam (now: Kunstinstituut Melly). To buy a copy of the catalogue, click here.

“Reflection on Gary Pearson’s Trees at Knox Mountain,” in Gary Pearson: Short Fictions (London: Black Dog Publishing, 2017).

“Except Perhaps a Constellation: The Temporal Poetics of Studio for Propositional Cinema,” (Dusseldorf: Kunstverein Düsseldorf, 2016) for the exhibition In Advance of  A Shipwreck at the Dusseldorf Kunstverein, 2016-2017.

“Poetic Silence: The Recent Pictures of Jeff Wall,” in Gursky Rauch Wall (Nürnberg: Verlag für Moderne Kunst, 2014), for the exhibition of the same title at the Kestnergesellschaft in Hanover. To buy a copy of the catalogue, click here.

“Carousel: The Photographic Image as Readymade in the Work of Corin Sworn,” in Corin Sworn (Glasgow: The Common Guild, 2013), published for the 2013 Scottish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

“Kyla Mallett: Trees Without Flowers,” in Moodyville (Vancouver: Spring, 2009) TCR/Presentation House Gallery. For a PDF, click here.

“The Lack in Each: A Fiction” on Damian Moppett, in Anthology of Exhibition Essays 2006/2007 (Vancouver: C J Press, 2008).

“Letter to Wei-Li and Yu-Hsin: Poetic License / Equivalences” in The Treaure Hill Tea + Photo Project / Phase Five / Oversight — The Personal and Collective Works of Wei-Li Yeh with Yu-Hsin Wu (Vancouver: Centre A, 2008).

4. Lectures

“Except Perhaps a Constellation: The Temporal Poetics of Studio for Propositional Cinema,” at the Kunstverein Düsseldorf on 8 January 2017.

“‘Exhibition Reading’ of “In The Belly of The Whale,”” at Witte de With (now: Kunstinstituut Melly) on 18 November 2016.

“Speech Impediments: On the Poetry of Carl Andre,” given at Dia:Beacon on 9 August 2014.

“Why Does France Have So Many Kings? On Elaine Sturtevant, Andre Aciman, and Eric Rohmer,” given at the Serpentine Galleries, as part of “Sturtevant Study Day,” on 13 July 2013. For footage of the talk, click here.

“That Sound Should Have Been Our Title: Ekphrasis and the Novel in Contemporary Art,” given at Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany, 11 July, 2012, The Stoschek Collection on 19 July, 2012, and The Western Front on 26 January 2013.

“Exhibition Tour” of “Phantasmagoria” at the Presentation House (now Polygon Gallery), 23 June 2012. A review of the tour by Liza Montgomery can be read here.

5. Artists Projects

For ‘Chorality, On Retreat: A Writers’ Residency,’ I participated as one of eight invited writers-in-residence at Documenta 13, in Kassel, Germany, 2012. A description of the project can be found at Afterall by Nick Thurston here.

The artist Matt Keegan twice invited me to contribute to his magazine projects. For a link to purchase a copy of  == (2015), which includes my essay “Books Artists Told Me To Read,” click here. I also contributed to  === (2018) , which presented a follow-up called “Books No Artist Told Me to Read.” For links to the essays themselves, click here and here respectively.