We’re up to our ears with art this weekend, including the Nuit Blanche mega-event on Saturday night. What will your strategy be? Strict schedule or serendipitous encounters?
For tonight, the choice is easy. The Ottawa Art Gallery’s new shows open this evening, and the party should be a big one. Guest curator Michael Schreier has organized a solo exhibition of photographs by Dave Heath, and Sook-Yin Lee will present personal photographs in the first-ever exhibition for this acclaimed Canadian musician, actor, filmmaker, radio/tv personality.
On Saturday morning, there is another edition of Urban Craft, Ottawa’s great craft and food market in the Glebe Community Centre. I’m always impressed with the uber-talented vendors, who come from Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal with their soaps, jewellery, ceramics, and everything in between. It’s not too early to start shopping for Christmas presents, right?
If you’re having a hard time choosing where to be on Saturday night for Ottawa’s second Nuit Blanche all-night art extravaganza, Peter Simpson has done a “best bets” article for the Citizen. There are plenty of specially-commissioned projects, including a sound and light installation at the Champlain monument by Paris-based collective 1024 Architecture. I’ll try to hit all the art hubs in the Market, like The Rectory, SPA:O, and Arts Court, along with the installations in Hintonburg. I noticed lots of artists working with light - probably interpreting the Supernova theme. Make your picks here.
On Sunday afternoon, CUAG has organized a Modern Architecture Bike Tour around Ottawa, starting with a tour of Y & G #12 (curtain walls). Led by architectural historian Andrew Waldron, you can discover iconic and hidden examples of curtain wall systems from Ottawa’s modern urban landscape. There are still spots available, so email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place. The tour ends downtown (with a beer perhaps?).
For Michèle Provost’s new series of work, which will be exhibited at Patrick Mikhail starting on Wednesday, the Gatineau artist takes on Art Now!, a serial publication of popular contemporary artists. With her embroidered and printed works, Provost questions the subjective process employed by art-world publications of selecting, defining, categorizing, and evaluating art. There are also questions of how our encounters with art are often made through digital reproductions, as she attempts to bring the art back to an art form, turning photographic reproductions of works of art into embroidery, painting, and three-dimensional objects. Not to be missed!