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
WINNER, 2005 Saskatoon Book Awards - Saskatchewan Book Award | 2005
WINNER, 2005 BPAA Alberta Publishing Award for Cover Design | 2005
SHORTLISTED 2005 BPAA Alberta Publishing Award for Book Design | 2005