For your weekly dose of art, there are a few vernissages to check out over the next couple of days, on both sides of the frozen river. Why let this #EndlessWinter get in our way?
Tonight, Voix Visuelle presents two new exhibitions, Weather and Vide?, which explore time and the environment. The former is a series of photographs taken by Andrzej Maciejewskiwith a homemade walk-in Camera Obscura, while Stephanie Morrissette’s photographs and video works focus on the Gaspe region, where she documented the decline of the fishing industry and the human strain on the environment.
For Friday night, you can head to La Petite Mort for the sure-to-be-packed opening at La Petite Mort ofMAIM: New Paintings by Gill King, whichexplore the idea of animals as objects, paradoxically representing nightmarish imagery like industrial farming through beautiful abstractions on the canvases. The stick n’ poke tattoos are back, as well as a special performance by contemporary dancer Kaja Irwin.
There’s a wonderful new Charles Edenshaw exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, showcasing carvings and silverwork by the acclaimed 19th-century Haida artist. Keep an eye out for the intricate walking cane handles carved from ivory and beautiful wooden boxes.
If you’re downtown at lunch on Wednesday, there will be a talk at the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Art Gallery with Michelle McGeough, who curated their current exhibition Beyond Recognition: Aboriginal Abstraction.
Also on Wednesday, head to the Ottawa Art Gallery Sales + Rental for a Q&A with Ottawa-based artist Colin White, who self-publishes comics, makes art and freelances as an illustrator and graphic designer. You have probably seen his series of illustrations of local streetscapes (here’s my personal favourite) around town. The talk begins at 6 p.m.
Have a good weekend!