candy floss pink by michelle allard

from the Deluge website:

“Michelle Allard is visual artist based in Vancouver BC, with an MFA from the University of Guelph (2002). Having received numerous production grants from the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, Allard has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at galleries and artist run centres such as Atelier Tilde B, Paris (2009), Richmond Art Gallery (2007/08), Mercer Union (2006), and has taken part in artist residencies in Canada, France and northern Japan. Allard’s most recent activities are a solo exhibition Materialscape at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery (2011), a window installation at Convenience Gallery in Toronto, the prestigious Paris residency awarded by the Canada Council in 2009 and the award live/work studio provided by the City of Vancouver (2009-2012). Upcoming projects include a residency in Spain and a solo residency/exhibition at OU Galerie, Marseilles France (2012).”

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from Seven Days In The Art World, p. 45-46, by Sarah Thornton:

“Since the 1960’s, MFA degrees have become the first legitimator in an artist’s career, followed by awards and residencies, representation by a primary dealer, reviews and features in art magazines, inclusion in prestigious private collections, museum validation in the form of solo or group shows, international exposure at well-attended biennials, and the appreciation signaled by strong resale interest at auction.”

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Looks like Michelle Allard is on the fast track to art fame.  If you check out her website you can read her CV which is chock a block full of accomplishments, including some enviable press. She’s got everything anyone could want.  She’s ticking off the art star requirements one by one.  She’s doing everything right.  I wish I was her.  World travel (Paris!  Japan!); the support of councils and galleries!; monies!  Wow!

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So why was I so disappointed by her installation at Deluge?

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