Now Streaming: ‘Fisk: The New York Opening’

By Pat Mullen

“I always say, if I didn’t have my art, I’d be in jail,” laughs William Fisk. The Canadian artist receives a swell doc portrait in the new CBC Docs short Fisk: The New York Opening. The film, directed by Alejandro Álvarez Cadilla, goes behind the scenes with Fisk as he risks it all to sell his art and make a name for himself in New York City.

Fisk takes a leap of faith with gallery owner Frank Bernaducci’s new Chelsea hotspot. Two careers are on the line with Fisk’s big show, and the New York setting draws out the greater implication of Fisk’s predicament: it is hard for Canadian artists to find the recognition they deserve. Without the opportunities to make sales and display their art back home while landing the audiences and critical support that could expland their portfolios, artists like Fisk must look elsewhere and gamble big in pursuit of their passions.

Would you risk it all for the work you love?