On View: Janet Morton, Road Trip, 2012. Video shot and edited by Nick Montgomery, 60 min 5 sec. Unraveling by Robert Kingsbury.

Many of Guelph-based artist Janet Morton’s projects are large scale and public, such as Memorial (1992), a giant knitted work sock that she draped over public statues, and Cozy (1999), the cover she assembled for a house on Toronto’s Ward’s Island from 800 recycled sweaters.

Although Janet Morton’s knitting is rooted in sculptural practice, it is also time-based and performative. Returning to video in several recent collaborations, Morton foregrounds the ephemerality of repetitive labour by unraveling her knitting for the camera. This (un)making emphasizes process over the static handmade object.

In Road Trip, a man wearing a white knitted suit walks through the outskirts of town, unravelling his unorthodox garment and winding it into an ever-growing ball of wool. The spectacle of his homemade suit and increasingly exposed body highlight the “male” backdrop of auto repair shops, gas stations, and trucks. Focused on his task, the performer doesnt miss a step as he unravels one leg, then the other, until he wearing only socks and sneakers as he strolls into a park-like setting.

You can watch the whole Road Trip at CUAG as part of Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art, on now until September 14, 2014.

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Collection Friday!
Ron Martin, Untitled (July 10, 1996), from the series Foil Work, 1996.
Watercolour and graphite on paper.
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Collection Friday!

Ron Martin, Untitled (July 10, 1996), from the series Foil Work, 1996.

Watercolour and graphite on paper.

6collection friday, cuag collection, Ron Martin, medium,

Ottawa Art Scene: May 15 - 21

We’re heading into the first long weekend of the summer (!), and good news for those of us staying in town: there are a TON of arts events happening around the city.

First up, new-ish gallery Studio Sixty Six (in our ‘hood!) presents an exhibition curated by Guillermo Trejo called PUSH: The New Printmakers. Featuring students from the OSA printmaking program, the show showcases emerging artists doing exciting things with prints in the city.

Also tonight, the opening of a long-in-the-making installation of Vera Frenkel’s …from the Transit Bar at the National Gallery of Canada. A fully functional bar (for reals), the space was first set up at DOCUMENTA, and recounts perennial themes in Frenkel’s oeuvre related to issues of exile, cultural migration, translation, and the indeterminacy of meaning. Meet you there for a drink?

On Saturday, there is another workshop in Ottawa Art Gallery’s traveling series on Artist Books. This Saturday, the workshop takes place at Bériault Branch in Orléans. Create an artwork in the form of a book, using an everyday sticky-note pad, and participate in an exchange with other artists! Check when the other sessions are happening, if you’re not in Orléans.

This weekend marks the beginning of Chinatown Remixed, one of the city great art and community festivals. Artists take over the restaurants and shops along Somerset for a month, celebrating this cool neighbourhood and the artists of this city! On Saturday, there’s a day-long "vernissage" with music, child-friendly workshops, live food demos, and a whole lot more! Afterparty at Shanghai Restaurant parking lot.

Also this week, a three-day symposium on video art, animation and experimental cinema at Daïmôn. With presentations and panel discussions with artists, curators, and scholars, the bilingual symposium is tackling questions of collage in video art, and include screenings and performances in the evening.

Get at it! Enjoy some art this long weekend!

6ottarts,

Upcoming Event at CUAG:  "Making Otherwise" Screening + Artist Conversation: Anthea Black’s Pleasure Craft and video works by Janet Morton

Please join us for a screening and conversation with Anthea Black and Janet Morton, moderated by Heather Anderson. Artist, curator, and writer Anthea Black will present Pleasure Craft, which explores appearances of craft and handmaking in film and video from the 1960s to the present, where craft is a temporal process rather than a fixed object. An artist in CUAG’s current exhibition Making Otherwise, Janet Morton will screen a selection of her video work that signals a shift in her knitted work from the sculptural object to process and ephemerality.

For more info and artist bios.

Image: Color Rhythm, The Color Collective (Johanna Autin, Carissa Carman, Sarah Gotowka), 8 minutes, Video, 2009-2012. Image courtesy of The Colour Collective.

6current exhibitions, Making Otherwise, Janet Morton, Color Collective, Anthea Black, medium,

On View: Scottie Wilson, Untitled (Far Eastern Town), 1942. Ink and coloured pencil on paper. Carleton University Art Gallery: Bequest of Mrs. Frances Barwick to the Department of Art History, Carleton University; transferred to the University Art Collection
From Imaginary Worlds: Scottie Wilson and “Art Brut,” on now at CUAG until September 7.
In Europe, Scottie Wilson is regarded as one of the most famous Outsider artists, and is often presented as a classic example of an art brut creaor. Born in Glasgow around 1890, “Scottie” (Louis Freeman) came from a working-class family and left school at an early age. In the 1930s, he immigrated to Canada and opened a second hand furniture shop in Toronto. There, he began to draw without any artistic training - “all of a sudden,” he said - using a pen and coloured inks. He then abandoned his business because “he could not stop drawing” and dedicated himself entirely to art-making.
As this Hyperallergic review of New York’s Outsider Art Fair points out, “though outsider art’s claim to being is grounded in a theoretical rejection of art-historical power structures, those artists canonized as outsiders by major institutions remain suspiciously homogenous.” Indeed, as Imaginary Worlds curator Pauline Goutain points out, “Long before he was “discovered” by Jean Dubuffet, Scottie had already achieved significant recognition in Canada. His drawings were acquired by the world’s most famous museums, including the Tate and Museum of Modern Art.”
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On View: Scottie Wilson, Untitled (Far Eastern Town), 1942. Ink and coloured pencil on paper. Carleton University Art Gallery: Bequest of Mrs. Frances Barwick to the Department of Art History, Carleton University; transferred to the University Art Collection

From Imaginary Worlds: Scottie Wilson and “Art Brut,” on now at CUAG until September 7.

In Europe, Scottie Wilson is regarded as one of the most famous Outsider artists, and is often presented as a classic example of an art brut creaor. Born in Glasgow around 1890, “Scottie” (Louis Freeman) came from a working-class family and left school at an early age. In the 1930s, he immigrated to Canada and opened a second hand furniture shop in Toronto. There, he began to draw without any artistic training - “all of a sudden,” he said - using a pen and coloured inks. He then abandoned his business because “he could not stop drawing” and dedicated himself entirely to art-making.

As this Hyperallergic review of New York’s Outsider Art Fair points out, “though outsider art’s claim to being is grounded in a theoretical rejection of art-historical power structures, those artists canonized as outsiders by major institutions remain suspiciously homogenous.” Indeed, as Imaginary Worlds curator Pauline Goutain points out, “Long before he was “discovered” by Jean Dubuffet, Scottie had already achieved significant recognition in Canada. His drawings were acquired by the world’s most famous museums, including the Tate and Museum of Modern Art.”

6Scottie Wilson, current exhibitions, medium,

Biking to CUAG tonight for our opening reception? We’ve updated our map to include the directions to the gallery by bike!

Collection Friday!
Robert Sargeant Austin, The Italian Mother, 1923. Etching on paper.
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Robert Sargeant Austin, The Italian Mother, 1923. Etching on paper.

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Ottawa Art Scene: May 8 - 14

The CUAG summer exhibitions open next week, so we have a few events on the list. There’s the official opening reception on Monday night, where you can check out Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary ArtInuit Art: Skin Deep, and Imaginary Worlds: Scottie Wilson and “Art Brut” for the first time. We will also be launching the seriously gorgeous catalogue for our fall 2013 exhibition Y & G #12 (curtain walls). On Tuesday, you can hear directly from the artists in Making Otherwise, as curator Heather Anderson will be moderating an artist roundtable with Richard Boulet, Marc Courtemanche, Sarah Maloney, and Paul Mathieu.

Before that though, there’s are a ton of artsy events happening around town.

Photography buffs, you’re in luck (or not, if you don’t have the ability to be in two places at once): there are two great photography events happening tonight.

At 7 p.m., Rémi Thériault will be giving a guided tour and talk of his exhibition at the Ottawa Art Gallery. His photographs capture private, public, hidden, and revealed sites of historical significance to the First World War.

Over at School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa, there will be a panel discussion (also at 7 p.m. - sorry!) on "The State of the Photograph." Ottawa professors, artists, and gallerists will be discussing the always controversial and ever-changing “state of the photograph” in a time when proliferating digital technologies threaten to overwhelm analogue techniques and the ubiquity of the medium can question its relevance in the world of fine art.

If you still can’t get enough photography, on Tuesday evening Fine Art Photography: Ottawa is holding their monthly meeting at Pressed Cafe for some coffee and photography shop talk. This month’s edition features Olivia Johnston, an Ottawa-based artist who takes striking portraits.

Bonus event: The Outdoor Chemistry Magic Show is happening this Saturday, featuring a look at the inner workings of fireworks, spontaneous combustions and things that glow in the dark. Bring the kids for some hands-on activities before the show.

6ottarts,

Upcoming Event at CUAG: Making Otherwise Artists in Conversation 
Tuesday, 13 May, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Join us for a public conversation with artists from “Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art.” Curator Heather Anderson will be talking with Richard Boulet, Marc Courtemanche, Sarah Maloney, and Paul Mathieu about their artistic practice, “reskilling” and the handmade, and the use of craft in contemporary art as a way of making differently or “otherwise.”
Click through for more info on the artists.
Image: Paul Mathieu, Odalisque Bowl, Ian/Edouard (2008). Porcelain.
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Upcoming Event at CUAG: Making Otherwise Artists in Conversation

Tuesday, 13 May, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Join us for a public conversation with artists from “Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art.” Curator Heather Anderson will be talking with Richard Boulet, Marc Courtemanche, Sarah Maloney, and Paul Mathieu about their artistic practice, “reskilling” and the handmade, and the use of craft in contemporary art as a way of making differently or “otherwise.”

Click through for more info on the artists.

Image: Paul Mathieu, Odalisque Bowl, Ian/Edouard (2008). Porcelain.

6Making Otherwise, Paul Mathieu,

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