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!