Upcoming Event at CUAG: L’nuwelti’k (We Are Indian), an interactive performance by artist Ursula Johnson

Friday, 20 June 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Carleton University campus quad, adjacent to the MacOdrum Library and Ojigkwanong, Carleton’s Aboriginal centre in Patterson Hall. Click here for campus map.

One of the artists featured in Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art, Ursula Johnson will create another iteration of her performance L’nuwelti’k (We Are Indian). Employing traditional Mi’kmaw basketry, Johnson will memorialize various Indian Registration and Membership Codes with participation from selected volunteers.

Performance ongoing between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Everyone welcome to stop by and stay for a short or long while.

Ursula will be joined that evening by Ottawa artist Cara Tierney for a dialogue about Johnson’s artistic practice and performance L’nuwelti’k (We Are Indian). Find info about the talk here.

Photo by Justin Wonnacott.

6Ursula Johnson, current exhibitions, medium,

On View: Marc Courtemanche, The Studio, 2008 - ongoing. Stoneware, porcelain, glaze, metal, rope. Photo by Justin Wonnacott.

Trained in sculpture, Courtemanche (L’Ange-Gardien, QC) works across disciplines, translating techniques from one tradition to another. Using his skills in woodworking, he works with clay as if it were wood, but closer inspection reveals them to be made of fired clay.

Although trompe l’oeil is at play, Courtemanche’s aim is to momentarily confuse rather than trick the eye, so as to highlight how ubiquitous objects are made. A ceramic chair highlights how chairs are made rather than how they are used.

In addition to expanding the vocabulary and range of ceramic techniques, Courtemanche’s pieces are philosophical gestures, which lead one to question both what they are and what differentiates real things from their representations, and what separates art, craft, and manufactured objects.

You can check out The Studio in Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art, on now at CUAG until September 14, 2014.

6Marc Courtemanche, current exhibitions, medium,

Collection Friday!
John A. Murphy, On the Beach, 1923.
Wood engraving on paper.
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Collection Friday!

John A. Murphy, On the Beach, 1923.

Wood engraving on paper.

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Ottawa Art Scene: June 6 - 11

La Petite Mort’s newest exhibition, In Search of the Monkey Girl, shows photographs by Randal Levenson, who spent a decade touring the continent with circus sideshows. Very arresting black and white photographs - definitely worth a look tonight at the official opening.

Doors Open Ottawa is happening throughout the city this weekend. Check out the fill list of buildings that you can check out, including Enriched Bread Artists’ studio space on Gladstone (the former Standard Bread Company building, built in 1924). There are tons of cool buildings to choose from, including the Canadian Conservation Institute, lots of embassies, and the headquarters of Aga Khan Foundation Canada (designed by Fumihiko Maki!). The full list is here - which ones will you be checking out?

It’s also the last weekend to see the Ottawa Art Gallery’s exhibitions, David R. Harper: Entre le chien et le loup and Rémi Thériault: Front.

Spend some time outside!

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On View: Scottie Wilson, Vision of Mrs. Barwick in Scottie Jewellery, April 1945. Ink and coloured pencil on paper. 
Portraits are very rare in Scottie’s work. This one is dedicated to Mrs. Barwick, the sister of Douglas Duncan, his dealer in Toronto. Although Scottie may have been in frequent contact with Mrs. Barwick, he barely rendered any traits of her face: the eyes are the only detail that enables us to identify a human figure. He concentrated on her clothes and jewellery, making a kind of throne with them.
The visionary aspects of this portrait are in accordance with the ideas of art brut. For Jean Dubuffet, art brut has nothing to do with rational knowledge and mimicry. It “evinces the sole function of inventiveness rather than those functions that are constant in cultural art, the functions of the chameleon and the monkey.”
You can see this work, along with more of Scottie Wilson’s drawings and ceramics, in Imaginary Worlds: Scottie Wilson and “Art Brut”, on now at CUAG until September 7, 2014.
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On View: Scottie Wilson, Vision of Mrs. Barwick in Scottie Jewellery, April 1945. Ink and coloured pencil on paper.

Portraits are very rare in Scottie’s work. This one is dedicated to Mrs. Barwick, the sister of Douglas Duncan, his dealer in Toronto. Although Scottie may have been in frequent contact with Mrs. Barwick, he barely rendered any traits of her face: the eyes are the only detail that enables us to identify a human figure. He concentrated on her clothes and jewellery, making a kind of throne with them.

The visionary aspects of this portrait are in accordance with the ideas of art brut. For Jean Dubuffet, art brut has nothing to do with rational knowledge and mimicry. It “evinces the sole function of inventiveness rather than those functions that are constant in cultural art, the functions of the chameleon and the monkey.”

You can see this work, along with more of Scottie Wilson’s drawings and ceramics, in Imaginary Worlds: Scottie Wilson and “Art Brut”, on now at CUAG until September 7, 2014.

6Scottie Wilson, current exhibitions,

Collection Friday!
Ludwig Zeller, Untitled, 1991. Collage on matboard.
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Ludwig Zeller, Untitled, 1991. Collage on matboard.

6Ludwig Zeller, medium,

Ottawa Art Scene: May 29 - June 4

Tonight, hang out with a bunch of local artists at a couple venues downtown. New MFA grad Meredith Snider will be giving an Artist Talk tonight at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Art Gallery, while over at Blink Gallery, which is hidden behind the National Gallery, you can check out recent works by the Blink Gallery’s artist collective, which will be on display to launch their summer season.

SPA:O and La Petite Mort have partnered for an exclusive sale of photographs by big-name artists like Diane Arbus and Henri Cartier-Bresson, along with local superstar photographers like Lorraine Gilbert and Remi Theriault. Great opportunity to expand your art collection, and support SPA:O and LPM’s International Residency Fund. This fundraiser is happening at LPM Gallery, so head over at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, we’ve got TWO-for-one Curator Tours of our upstairs exhibitions, Inuit Art: Skin Deep and Imaginary Worlds: Scottie Wilson and Art Brut. Come hear about the enormous importance of skins and skin clothing in Inuit culture, past and present, from Lisa Truong, while Pauline Goutain will be addressing Scottie Wilson’s reception in Europe, where he was characterized by Jean Dubuffet as exemplary of art brut (“raw” or “rough” art).

Have a great weekend!

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Upcoming Event at CUAG: Workshop: Dyeing Wool with Kool-Aid and Resists
Sunday, 8 June, 2014
In conjunction with Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art, Ottawa-based textile artist Angela Counter will be leading a workshop on dyeing wool with kool-aid and resists. Using food-safe dyes and a two-step dye process, you will learn to get creative with bright colors.  Even if you’ve never dyed before, you can get great results using tied resists and easy-to-use kool-aid dyes.  Shibori is similar to tie dye in that it uses string to resist the dye and create interesting variegation in the yarn.  While receiving instruction on color theory and dyeing process, you’ll test your dyes using mini-skeins of wool sock yarn, and then you will create a full skein of dyed yarn using immersion and shibori techniques.  Advice on use of variegated yarns in knitted, woven, and crocheted projects will also be given, as well as examples provided.
The workshop runs from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Weather permitting, we will have this workshop outside.  Wear clothes you don’t mind turning a bit fruity! The gallery will provide all the necessary supplies, as well as coffee, tea, and treats.    Registration is required and there is a fee of $20. Please contact fiona.wright@carleton.ca to register or if you have any questions.
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Upcoming Event at CUAG: Workshop: Dyeing Wool with Kool-Aid and Resists

Sunday, 8 June, 2014

In conjunction with Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art, Ottawa-based textile artist Angela Counter will be leading a workshop on dyeing wool with kool-aid and resists. Using food-safe dyes and a two-step dye process, you will learn to get creative with bright colors.  Even if you’ve never dyed before, you can get great results using tied resists and easy-to-use kool-aid dyes.  Shibori is similar to tie dye in that it uses string to resist the dye and create interesting variegation in the yarn.  While receiving instruction on color theory and dyeing process, you’ll test your dyes using mini-skeins of wool sock yarn, and then you will create a full skein of dyed yarn using immersion and shibori techniques.  Advice on use of variegated yarns in knitted, woven, and crocheted projects will also be given, as well as examples provided.

The workshop runs from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Weather permitting, we will have this workshop outside.  Wear clothes you don’t mind turning a bit fruity! The gallery will provide all the necessary supplies, as well as coffee, tea, and treats.
 
Registration is required and there is a fee of $20. Please contact fiona.wright@carleton.ca to register or if you have any questions.

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On View: Paul Mathieu, Odalisque Bowl, Ian/Edouard, 2008. Hand painted porcelain. Courtesy of the artist.
Employing layered photographic imagery of the male nude in a domestic environment (the typical setting of vases and bowls), Mathieu plays off art historical traditions such as the Odalisque, theories of the gaze, still life, and the momenti mori. Mathieu highlights the shared potential of photography and ceramics to archive events and experiences.
You can see Paul Mathieu’s bowls and vases in Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art, on now until September 14, 2014.
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On View: Paul Mathieu, Odalisque Bowl, Ian/Edouard, 2008. Hand painted porcelain. Courtesy of the artist.

Employing layered photographic imagery of the male nude in a domestic environment (the typical setting of vases and bowls), Mathieu plays off art historical traditions such as the Odalisque, theories of the gaze, still life, and the momenti mori. Mathieu highlights the shared potential of photography and ceramics to archive events and experiences.

You can see Paul Mathieu’s bowls and vases in Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art, on now until September 14, 2014.

6Paul Mathieu, current exhibitions, medium,

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