Okay, so there’s a lot of choice for something to do tonight. A LOT. And all different! An art opening, a reading group, and a film screening - whatever takes your fancy. Read on! (Plus more events on the weekend.)
Local textile artist Karina Bergmans has a new solo show that opens tonight at the Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery. In Ligaments and Ligatures, Karina creates organs out of found material, exploring the idea of ligaments and ligatures as connections, delicate and easily forgotten, yet vital and life-threatening when they fail. Karina is well-known for her textile-based sculptures and installations (like the 26 Letters and Counting, a playful stuffed alphabet), and Ligaments and Ligatures is sure to impress. “What is thread,” she asks, “if not a ligature?”
Also tonight, the fantastic New Zealand film BOY will be screened tonight at the National Gallery of Canada as part of their Sakahàn film series. Set in the 1980s, Boy is the coming-of-age story of a young boy living on the coast in rural New Zealand, hero-worshiping his absentee father and Michael Jackson. When his father comes back into town, Boy has to stop living inside fantasies and face reality.
Over at the Ottawa Art Gallery, there’s another edition of READING OUT LOUD. This time, the group will be focusing on a chapter from Brenda Lafleur’s PhD dissertation Imaging Settlement and Displacement: At Home in Ka-na-ta, which probes notions of home and settlement in Canada. The discussion will revolve around how visual imagery not only reflects the ideologies and mythologies of a specific time, but also helps shape them…and anything else you want to talk about, I’m sure!
On Friday night, head downtown for another opening reception. At SPA:O’s Redwall Gallery, Martin Lipman presents his portraits of past winners of the Governor General Award for Visual and Media Arts. The exhibition, A Sight Better, will feature beautiful portraits of some of Canada’s most prolific artists, including Rebecca Belmore, Arnaud Maggs, and Lynne Cohen.
Next Wednesday, the Ottawa Art Gallery is hosting a special workshop on social media, called, appropriately, Social Media, What’s the Deal? (what is the deal?) about how artists (and maybe galleries?) can use facebook/twitter/etc. for promotion, networking, and as a medium itself.
Have a good weekend! What is everyone up to for Father’s Day?
Image: Karina Bergmans, Coloncancer, 2011, mis-manufactured socks, polyester fibrefill, Velcro, rope, 160 x 183 x 10 cm. Photo : Laura Vanags, The Banff Centre.