Congratulations to Erin Shirreff, who won the AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize last night!

You can check out her work online here OR come in to CUAG to pick up the beautiful catalogue from her solo exhibition here in 2012. The catalogue was co-produced with the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. 

Image: Erin Shirreff, Lake, video still, 2012. Colour video, silent, 44 minute loop.

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Collection Friday!
Suzy Lake, Adapting to Taste, from the portfolio Untitled, 1975. Colour silkscreen on paper.
Canon EOS 30D
Focal Length

Collection Friday!

Suzy Lake, Adapting to Taste, from the portfolio Untitled, 1975. Colour silkscreen on paper.

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Ottawa Art Scene: November 7 - 13

The National Gallery of Canada is open late tonight, which should give you a chance to see their new mega-exhibition, “Artists, Architects, and Artisans.” For anyone interested in historical Canadian art from the turn of the twentieth century, this exhibition should definitely be on their “Must See” list. The mini-site has some beautiful examples of paintings, ceramics, and architectural details. There will be a symposium on Saturday in conjunction with the exhibition. All details here.

The School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO) is holding it’s annual Open House on Friday afternoon and evening. Check out works by students for sale, grab a coffee, tour all the facilities, and chat with students and teachers.

Speaking of photography, on Saturday afternoon, Laura Letinsky will be in town to discuss her still life photographs with University of Ottawa professor Penny Cousineau-Levine here at the Carleton University Art Gallery. Her photographs challenge how we see and her techniques are meticulous, so I am excited to hear from Letinsky herself!

Also this weekend is 260 Fingers, the exhibition of ceramic artists from Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. These artists produced incredible work, so definitely check this one out. It’s happening all weekend long (with a vernissage on Friday evening) at the Glebe Community Centre.

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Upcoming event at CUAG: DOUBLE MAJOR: November Edition

Food Addictions + Global Surrogacy

Tuesday, 12 November 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Join us for the third installment of CUAG’s lecture series DOUBLE MAJOR, where we’ll hear from two passionate experts, each speaking for 20 minutes about their subject, after which there will be a Q&A addressing both topics. One speaker is from the Ottawa-Gatineau community, and one is from the Carleton community. DOUBLE MAJOR is a fun and friendly way to stimulate discussion of seemingly disparate topics, and to make new connections between people and ideas. Props encouraged!

Food Addictions (Cindy Deachman) and Global Surrogacy (Vida Panitch)

DOUBLE MAJOR is held at CUAG. Lectures start at 7pm.

DOUBLE MAJOR is brought to you by Carleton University Art Gallery and the Carleton University Alumni Association.

Cindy Deachman has been writing for almost twenty years now. Her work has appeared in various magazines and newspapers—Ottawa Magazine, Carleton University Magazine, and University Affairs, amongst others. From 2001-2003, she published Burnt Toast, a magazine about food, science, and art.

Vida Panitch’s research interests lie in the areas of distributive justice and bioethics. Her work explores the extent to which the concepts of equality, exploitation, and commodification can serve as normative guides to the just distribution of health-related goods and services, both domestically and internationally. While her doctoral work (completed at the University of Toronto in 2008) addressed the normative foundations of liberal welfare programs geared to basic need satisfaction (including the need for health), her current work examines the moral permissibility of emerging commercial health practices.

For the fall program, please visit:

Discount parking passes ($4.00 flat rate) will be available for sale at the tunnel entrance near P6 commencing at 6:30 pm. For a map, directions, and parking information see “directions” under “visiting” on CUAG’s web site.

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Now on view: Laura Letinsky, Untitled #31 (from The Dog and the Wolf series), 2009. Chromogenic colour print. Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

When asked about exposure time in her photographs, Chicago-based photographer Laura Letinsky answered: “For me, sometimes it’s several hours. Some of The Dog and the Wolf photographs are a long, long exposure, as they were taken at this certain time of night, which is called “the dog and the wolf.” It’s a French phrase referring to when the sun is sinking but there is still light. I wanted to explore that different quality of light because of how it feels.”

You can see more photographs from this series, as well as her earlier work, in Laura Letinsky: Still Life Photographs, 1997-2012, now on view at CUAG.


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Collection Friday! 
Gerald Trottier (b. Ottawa, 1925), The Mocking of Our Lord, 1953.
Watercolour, ink, and graphite on paper. 
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Focal Length

Collection Friday!

Gerald Trottier (b. Ottawa, 1925), The Mocking of Our Lord, 1953.

Watercolour, ink, and graphite on paper. 

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Ottawa Art Scene: Nov 1 - 6

As everyone comes down from their sugar high, let’s check out what’s happening this weekend in the visual arts.

If you haven’t been to the cool artist-run space of Enriched Bread Artists, this weekend is the perfect time to do it. This year’s Open Studio ends this weekend with a couple of interesting-sounding talks. On Friday night, the EBA artists will talk about their experience at Quartair in The Hague, and on Saturday afternoon, Cindy Stelmackowich, Jenny McMaster & Daniel Sharp will discuss their recent residencies in Canada and abroad. It’s a great chance to wander through the studios and chat with some local artists.

On Saturday night, Victoire Boutique will be keeping their doors open late for the vernissage of a Support Local exhibition called Craftwork, which features a collection of hand-knitted, embroidered, and cross-stitched art pieces made by Ottawa locals Julie Gibbons and Natalie Eedson. Come for the cute works (examples here) and stay for the town. pizza!

The Forum Lecture Series is back this fall, with Carleton’s Azreili School partnering with the National Gallery of Canada to bring some of the world’s most exciting and high profile architects to Ottawa. On Monday night, London-based Martha Schwartz will be giving a talk on her design philosophy, which focuses on artistic expression in the landscape. I can’t wait for this.

Have a great weekend!

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Upcoming Event at CUAG: Performing Identities: The Representational Strategies of Kent Monkman and Sophie Calle

Carleton’s Institute of Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture has organized another Cultural Mediations workshop in the gallery next week. This time, Anna Khimasia, a PhD candidate in Cultural Mediations) and Penny Cousineau-Levine (a professor at University of Ottawa), will be giving talks on contemporary performance art.

The workshop will take place on Thursday, 7 November at 4pm and is free and open to all.

Image: Kent Monkman, Group of Seven Inches performance, McMichael Canadian Art Gallery, 2004. 

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In this screen shot from Young & Giroux’s film Camera Tracing a Spiral Down Viljo Revell’s Toronto City Hall (2010), you can see part of the two curved tower shapes that define the internal volume that contains the white dome of council chambers. As the title suggests, the artists deploy the architecture itself as the mechanism to generate the work.

That’s one way of looking that this example of mid-century architecture.

BlogTO has THIRTEEN more. Check ‘em out here.

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