This week is PACKED with awesome visual arts festivals, openings, and screening (and I don’t just say that because CUAG has two events on the list). This city is heating up! You can check out a full list of exhibitions across the city here.
Tonight, you can head to the NGC for a very special Artist Talk with South African video artist Candice Breitz. Breitz, who has exhibited internationally (including a solo show at The Powerplant), is known her seemlessly edited videos that appropriate from Hollywood to reflect upon the cultural resonance of the mass media in relation to broader themes of identity, human subjectivity and psychology. The National Gallery will be showing Him & Her, which features Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, until the end of September. Definitely worth a look.
Danny Hussey has opened a new art space in Chinatown, Central Art Garage. You can check out this gallery/studio/event space/framing shop on Friday night, at the vernissage for the inaugural exhibition, Oil/Change. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes out of this new addition to the Ottawa art scene.
Artengine’s annual festival of media arts, Electric Fields, is also this weekend. The program includes exciting collaborations, events, and workshops with some great artists, musicians, and filmmakers. This year, the festival is titled We make the city! and you might see some of their posters (designed by everyone!) on the streets of Ottawa.
On Monday evening, join us at CUAG for the opening reception for our fall exhibitions! Upstairs, Chicago-based photographer Laura Letinsky’s solo show, Laura Letinsky: Still Life Photographs, 1997-2012 presents stunning and haunting compositions, while downstairs, Young & Giroux examine Modern architecture with their exhibition Y & G #12 (curtain walls). We are also presenting a NEW experimental initiative called Carleton Curatorial Laboratory, where we hope to invite the members of the Carleton community to engage with our collections and exhibitions. First up, Art History Research Fellow Nathan Fils has curated a historical print show, The Nature of Beasts in 17th-century Prints. We are also launching our newest catalogue, ”Milutin Gubash”. Lots to see and celebrate!
The next evening, Daniel Young and Christian Giroux will be back in the gallery for a conversation with Diana Nemiroff about their exhibition. Expect lots of discussion on Modern architecture, and their shared interest in the production of space and the built environment.
Also on Tuesday evening, Available Light Screening Collective and DAIMON will present FRENKEL DEFECTS, a short program of 16mm film works from the Process Reversal Collective and other artist-run film groups.
Have fun everyone!