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The Garden of Art: Vic Cicansky, Sculptor

Don Kerr

$29.95 CAD / $34.95 USD (S)

168 pages, 70 illustrations

10 x 7 inches

978-1-55238-122-9 (Paperback)

978-1-55238-352-0 (Institutional PDF)

Art in Profile: Canadian Art and Architecture

October 2004

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About the Book

Elegant, surreal, erotic, ecological, autobiographical, perpetual, populist, comic! These are the words that describe the work of noted Regina sculptor Victor Cicansky. The book celebrates the voice, life, and art of this prolific prairie-based artist. Nature, tamed or wild, informs everything he makes; worlds we recognize with pleasure, where cabbages are kings. This book is written in a style that is informed by, yet not overburdened with, critical analysis, allowing the art to speak for itself.

Don Kerr is professor emeritus of English at the University of Saskatchewan and the poet laureate of Saskatchewan (2012). His strong sense of regionalism influences his interpretation of Victor Cicansky’s work, in which he makes connections between the work and the artist’s ethnic immigrant agrarian roots.

Praise for The Garden of Art: 

Kerr’s writing is descriptive and light . . . The book is consequently accessible and enjoyable to a reader with any level of visual art background. 

—Ruth Chambers, Great Plains Quarterly 

This generously illustrated publication serves as an introduction to Cicansky’s humorous and offbeat works of art. 

CHOICE Reviews 

Table of Contents

Victor Cicansky, Prologue

1. Vic at Work
A Basic Chronology

2. Vic at Work
Vic the Early Artist
September 24, 2001—A Day in the Life

3. Vic at Work
Public Works
April 7–8 2002—A Day in the Life

4. Vic at Work
The Future
List of Works
Solo Exhibitions


WINNER, Saskatoon Book Awards - Saskatchewan Book Award | 2005

WINNER, BPAA Alberta Publishing Award for Cover Design | 2005

SHORTLISTED BPAA Alberta Publishing Award for Book Design | 2005