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Pootoogook (1887-1958), Baffin Island Woman, 1958. Linocut or stonecut on paper, ed. 9/30.

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Fran Jones, Boats at Camp, 1943. Linocut on paper.

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On View: Scottie Wilson, Garland (Headdress of Native Satisfaction), 1942. Ink and coloured pencil on paper. Carleton University Art Gallery: Gift of Jack and Frances Barwick, 1985.

Scottie Wilson paid close attention to the composition of his drawings and often used geometrical shapes to structure his motifs. In this drawing, the circle - a recurrent pattern in his imaginary cosmology - delimits and brings out the central image, a garden with giant and unidentifiable flowers.

Scottie also places strong emphasis on decoration. The curve is turned into a mysterious garland of faces that seem to have grown like climbing plant. This semi-human, semi-vegetal frame is extended in its lower section by a kind of abstract ornamentation that enhances the refinement of the central circular frame.

You can see this drawing in our Carleton Curatorial Laboratory exhibition, Imaginary Worlds: Scottie Wilson and “Art Brut”, on now until 7 September.

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Art Thompson, Rainbow, 1975. Silkscreen on paper.

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Ottawa Art Scene: June 20 - 25

As we head into (official) summer, there’s lots to celebrate!

Today, Ursula Johnson will be on campus for a performance and dialogue. Part of our current exhibition, Making Otherwise, she will be doing a performance of her acclaimed work L’nuwelti’k (We Are Indian) from 11am until 3pm on the campus quad. Drop by for a short or long while! Then tonight, she’ll be joined by Ottawa artist Cara Tierney for conversation about her practice.

Tomorrow is National Aboriginal Day, and the Ottawa Summer Solstice celebration has a Competition Powwow, as well as a huge range of musical performances and artist workshops throughout the weekend. Head to Vincent Massey Park to join the celebration.

A brand new gallery opened this week in Ottawa: Âjagemô is located at 150 Elgin St., in the new home of the Canada Council for the Arts. The gallery will exhibit works from the Art Bank, which houses over 17,000 pieces of art, as well as other public events. The inaugural exhibition is a group exhibition called Land Reform(ed),which explores how artists have understood and interpreted humans’ relationship to the landscape, and documents themes of metamorphosis, rupture, adaptation and evolution.

Have a great weekend!

On View: Jessie Oonark, Inland Eskimo Woman, 1960. Stonecut on laid japan paper, ed. 50/50.  National Gallery of Cnada, Ottawa: Purchase, 1961.

This image highlights the unique clothing style of the Baker Lake region, which includes angular shoulders, longer hood, and decorative fringe. The print is one of two by Oonark that were included in the 1960 Cape Dorset Annual Graphics Collection. This piece highlights the graceful lines and elegant compositional style that would become part of Oonark’s trademark style. Oonark had a long and prolific art career, and remains the only Inuk artist outside of Cape Dorset to be included in their annual print collection. (Text from National Gallery of Canada online collection.)

You can see this print as part of Inuit Art: Skin Deep, on now at CUAG until August 10th.

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Gustav Doré, Oiseau de proie et Merlan, 1854. Lithograph on paper.
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Gustav Doré, Oiseau de proie et Merlan, 1854. Lithograph on paper.

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Ottawa Art Scene: June 13 - 18

The rain continues, but there’s no stopping this upcoming weekend of festivals, festivals, festivals.

That National Gallery of Canada’s new summer exhibition, Gustav Doré: Master of Imagination, opened on Wednesday, and there’s a whole slew of programming coming up, including Curator Tours and film screenings. Doré (1832-1883) was an illustrator, painter, and sculptor, and captured the intensity of nature and created otherworldly realms of fantasy - including classics such as Perrault’s Fairy Tales, Cervantes’ Don Quixote and Dante’s Inferno, as well as his extraordinary edition of the Bible.

Over at Karsh Masson, Rehab Nazzal: Invisible showcases works by Palestinian-born multidisciplinary artist Rehab Nazzal, who is currently based in Toronto. Her work deals with forms of representation of violence of war and colonialism,and in Invisible, she collects and compiles traces of Palestine and its military occupation by Israel.

Over at Centre d’exposition L’Imagier, Michèle Provost’s newest exhibition ROMAN FEUILLETON (which means “serial novel” in French), is based on a surrealist text which Provost herself has composed out of lines from four of Québec’s literary landmarks; Anne Hébert’s Kamouraska, Michel Tremblay’s La grosse femme d’à côté est enceinte, Réjean Ducharme’s L’avalée des avalés, and Une saison dans la vie d’Emmanuel, by Marie-Claire Blais. Created with her trademark combination of the visual and the textual, the exhxibition comes in the form of a promotional campaign for a series of literary works. The official vernissage is Friday evening, and there will be a poetry reading at 8 p.m., inspired by Provost’s works.

Have a great weekend!


Upcoming Event at CUAG: L’nuwelti’k (We Are Indian), an interactive performance by artist Ursula Johnson

Friday, 20 June 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Carleton University campus quad, adjacent to the MacOdrum Library and Ojigkwanong, Carleton’s Aboriginal centre in Patterson Hall. Click here for campus map.

One of the artists featured in Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art, Ursula Johnson will create another iteration of her performance L’nuwelti’k (We Are Indian). Employing traditional Mi’kmaw basketry, Johnson will memorialize various Indian Registration and Membership Codes with participation from selected volunteers.

Performance ongoing between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Everyone welcome to stop by and stay for a short or long while.

Ursula will be joined that evening by Ottawa artist Cara Tierney for a dialogue about Johnson’s artistic practice and performance L’nuwelti’k (We Are Indian). Find info about the talk here.

Photo by Justin Wonnacott.

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