On Now: Xenia Benivolski, Jonathan Peterson, Tom Wesselman and Sean Havas

Cult MTL’s midweek reminder of a few shows of note up on walls around town.

Making an impression: an image by Xenia Benivolskia

Russian-born, Toronto-based artist Xenia Benivolski can do a lot with a little. Her technique involves buying crappy dollar store wrapping paper and tracing designs using a sanding block. The result is a collection of monochromatic abstract images in relief, using everyday, fairly domestic tools to make something unusual.

“In Search of Relief” is on display at WWTWO (170 Jean-Talon W.) until Aug. 9.

From dreams: Jonathan Peterson’s “Crawling Reality”

If you missed the vernissage last week, now’s your chance to catch west coast artist Jonathan Peterson’s show at Monastiraki. “Crawling Reality” combines narrative drawings and wood carvings, channeling the secret life of dreams as they sneak into waking life.

“Crawling Reality” is on display at Monastiraki (5378 St-Laurent) until Aug. 31.

If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, the Tom Wesselman “Beyond Pop Art,” show is still on the walls at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It’s the first major retrospective show of Wesselman’s distinctive strong chromatics, curated by Stéphane Aquin and Marco Livingstone. Look forward to simple block shapes, sexy women, and pop art appreciation of the brandscape, as well as Wesselman’s 80s laser-cut “Steel Drawings.”

“Beyond Pop Art” runs until Oct. 7 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (1380 Crescent).

Sean Havas’ exhibit of underwater photography, “Shark,” is still up at Galerie Espace, for those of you who want to get up close and personal with these lovable toothy beasts.

“Shark” runs until Aug. 14 at Galerie Espace (4844 St-Laurent).

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