Ottawa Art Scene: September 19 - 24

Everyone excited for Nuit Blanche? The Ottawa Citizen has a list of some highlights to look forward to, and there are a TON of projects all over the Byward Market, Parkdale, and Gatineau (even one on Elgin!).

Arts Court has "Disney Made Me Do It!", from the always-great Ottawa International Animation Festival, which brings together artists to reflect on the lasting impact of Walt Disney, Bear Witness’ outdoor video projection, Sentinals, and a Cabin built from shipping pallets from uOttawa MFA Adam Brown. Other things to check out: some Steamroller Printmaking in the Market, collective weaving in Wellington West, Carleton U. Music professor Jesse Stewart’s sound installation in Mugshots, and live drawing at Ottawa’s newest art space, PDA Projects.

Get your fill and then meet us at Le Ou…Quoi! at the end of the night. Stay warm and dry!

Ottawa Architecture Week also kicks off this week, with tons of workshops and guest lectures on the theme of “intensification.” Definitely worth checking out their programme.

And of course, Terry Smith will be in Ottawa next week. He’ll be giving a free public lecture at the National Gallery of Canada on Thursday, September 25th called “Thinking Contemporary Art; Curating Contemporaneity.” Don’t miss this if you’re interested in the major currents within contemporary art practice and how art practice has changed the nature of contemporary curating. After a weekend of Ottawa-centred art, animation, and architecture, it will be interesting to learn about which patterns occur on global scales, and how these interconnect with local placemaking.

Have a great week!

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Upcoming Event at CUAG: Raymond Boisjoly Artist Talk

Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Join Raymond Boisjoly for a tour of his exhibition, Raymond Boisjoly: Interlocutions. Boisjoly inaugurates Carleton University Art Gallery’s Collection Invitational exhibition series with a new body of work generated by his research of the George and Joanne MacDonald Collection of Northwest Coast Graphic Art. The Vancouver-based artist considers Indigenous artists’ use of printmaking, and the status, production, and circulation of prints in relation to Indigenous literary traditions. Boisjoly also mines sources such as YouTube, retrieving pivotal popular cultural moments, such as videos by pioneering bands, to index key cultural and political intervals, explore representations of Indigeneity, and exploit technological transmutations across media, platforms, cultures, and time.

Discount parking passes will be available for sale starting at 6:30 p.m. See “visiting” on CUAG’s web site for details.

Raymond Boisjoly is an artist of Haida and Québécois descent, based in Vancouver. He completed his undergraduate studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and holds an MFA from University of British Columbia. Boisjoly’s practice engages with issues of aboriginality, language as cultural practice, and the experiential aspects of materiality. He has presented work in solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the United States including exhibitions at Simon Fraser University, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, and The Contemporary Art Gallery, all in Vancouver; The Power Plant, Toronto; Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa; Platform centre for photographic and digital arts, Winnipeg; and Western Bridge, Seattle. Boisjoly is participating in SITE Santa Fe, and La Biennale de Montréal. This fall, Boisjoly will serve as Lead Faculty for “In Kind” Negotiations, a thematic residency at the Banff Centre.

[Image: Raymond Boisjoly, Silent Trans-Forming (installation view at Urban Shaman), 2014. Silent standard definition projection on modified tarp. Image courtesy the artist and Catriona Jeffries Gallery.]

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Collection on Friday!
Gabor Szilasi, Bathroom, Lotbiniere, Quebec, from the portfolio Untitled, 1977. Gelatin on silver print on paper.
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Collection on Friday!

Gabor Szilasi, Bathroom, Lotbiniere, Quebec, from the portfolio Untitled, 1977. Gelatin on silver print on paper.

Ottawa Art Scene: September 11 - 17

Ottawa Art Scene returns this week from a July/August-long break. What art did you see over the summer?

This is the last week to see Gustav Dore: Master of Imagination at the National Gallery of Canada. This evening, you can enjoy a free concert with original musical program based on La Fontaine’s Fables, which will be set to music by composers from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Also closing over the next week, Ottawa Art Gallery’s Close Listening: Eli Bornowsky, Jeremy Hof, Monique Mouton, Jinny Yu , CUAG’s Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art. and Patrick Mikhail’s SUMMER 2014 exhibition, featuring Scott Everingham, Jennifer Lefort, Natasha Mazurka, and Amy Schissel. Why not make a weekend of seeing the summer show before they disappear?

Opening tonight at Blink Gallery is Barbara Staulus: Between Here and Then, which explores the relationship between the railway and imaging technology. Ottawa-born, Toronto-based artist Staulus uses photography, video, and sculpture to present visions of real and imagined train travel, focusing on the mystery and allure of moving through time and space.

Tomorrow at the Karsh Masson Gallery, there is a celebration and exhibition opening for the winner of the annual Karsh Award, Chantal Gervais. Her photo and video works deal with representation, identity, the human condition, and the relationship between the body and technology.

See you around town!

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It’s the beginning of the semester, and CUAG is very happy to have two new Research Assistants helping out at the gallery this year. First up, Leanne Gaudet, who is working with our Curator, Heather Anderson. She filled out our special CUAG Questionnaire, scientifically proven to develop “get to know you” vibes.
A second year MA candidate in Art History, Leanne will also be writing blog posts about her work at the gallery this year, so be sure to keep an eye out for those!
p.s. 5 points for who can identify her “wow!” art work…
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It’s the beginning of the semester, and CUAG is very happy to have two new Research Assistants helping out at the gallery this year. First up, Leanne Gaudet, who is working with our Curator, Heather Anderson. She filled out our special CUAG Questionnaire, scientifically proven to develop “get to know you” vibes.
A second year MA candidate in Art History, Leanne will also be writing blog posts about her work at the gallery this year, so be sure to keep an eye out for those!
p.s. 5 points for who can identify her “wow!” art work…
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It’s the beginning of the semester, and CUAG is very happy to have two new Research Assistants helping out at the gallery this year. First up, Leanne Gaudet, who is working with our Curator, Heather Anderson. She filled out our special CUAG Questionnaire, scientifically proven to develop “get to know you” vibes.

A second year MA candidate in Art History, Leanne will also be writing blog posts about her work at the gallery this year, so be sure to keep an eye out for those!

p.s. 5 points for who can identify her “wow!” art work…

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Upcoming Event at CUAG: Opening reception for our fall exhibitions

Monday, 29 September 2014, 5:00 p.m.

Please join us for the opening reception of our autumn exhibitions: Raymond Boisjoly: Interlocutions; Samuel Roy-Bois: Not a new world, just an old trick; Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspiration; and Formline Modern: The MacDonald Collection of Northwest Coast Graphic Art.

Our special guest speakers will be Dr. Dean Oliver, Director of Research, Canadian Museum of History, and Joe Friday, collector of contemporary art and Chair of CUAG’s Advisory Board. Artists Raymond Boisjoly and Samuel Roy-Bois will be in attendance. 

Discount parking passes ($4.00 flat rate) will be available for sale at the tunnel entrance commencing at 4:45 pm. See the “visiting” page of CUAG’s website for details on parking and for a bike route.

Image: Raymond Boisjoly, Sly & the Family Stone (Interval: 1971/2013) Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin) 04, detail, 2013, screen resolution LightJet print mounted on dibond, photo courtesy of the artist and Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver.

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On View: Janet Morton, “Road Trip” (2012) Video still courtesy of the artist and Paul Petro.

Did you read the New Yorker article on Why Walking Helps Us Think?

Can you guess what the man in Janet Morton’s “Road Trip” video is thinking about? Walk to CUAG this week and be inspired for your own strolls in the final days of “Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art.” It closes on Sunday, 14 September

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Collection Friday!
Jeff Nolte, Storm, from the series Colorado, 1986.
Archival gelatin silver print on paper.
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Collection Friday!

Jeff Nolte, Storm, from the series Colorado, 1986.

Archival gelatin silver print on paper.

On View: David Kaarsemaker, “Ave de l’Esplanade Living Room 1”, 2014. Oil and charcoal on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

Have you picked up your textbooks and coursepacks yet? David Kaarsemaker’s painting, “Ave de l’Esplanade Living Room 1” includes a book in the bottom lefthand corner. Although the cover is blank, it is meant to be Vladimir Nabokov’s Transparent Things (1972). The novella is a story of a young man and his memories of four trips to a small village in Switzerland over two decades. For David Kaarsemaker, it is interesting as a story of a man who rethinks where he has lived, just as his paintings are layered constructions of past apartments and homes.

As Kaarsemaker says, “Memories are warped by the stories we construct to fit our evolving identities. These stories, in the telling, are like architecture. We move through them, they fall apart and are repaired, and they give shape to our experience.”

You can check out this painting, along with the rest of David Kaarsemaker’s MFA thesis show, David Kaarsemaker. Pictures,” until 14 September.

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