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Ottawa Art Scene: June 13 - 18

The rain continues, but there’s no stopping this upcoming weekend of festivals, festivals, festivals.

That National Gallery of Canada’s new summer exhibition, Gustav Doré: Master of Imagination, opened on Wednesday, and there’s a whole slew of programming coming up, including Curator Tours and film screenings. Doré (1832-1883) was an illustrator, painter, and sculptor, and captured the intensity of nature and created otherworldly realms of fantasy - including classics such as Perrault’s Fairy Tales, Cervantes’ Don Quixote and Dante’s Inferno, as well as his extraordinary edition of the Bible.

Over at Karsh Masson, Rehab Nazzal: Invisible showcases works by Palestinian-born multidisciplinary artist Rehab Nazzal, who is currently based in Toronto. Her work deals with forms of representation of violence of war and colonialism,and in Invisible, she collects and compiles traces of Palestine and its military occupation by Israel.

Over at Centre d’exposition L’Imagier, Michèle Provost’s newest exhibition ROMAN FEUILLETON (which means “serial novel” in French), is based on a surrealist text which Provost herself has composed out of lines from four of Québec’s literary landmarks; Anne Hébert’s Kamouraska, Michel Tremblay’s La grosse femme d’à côté est enceinte, Réjean Ducharme’s L’avalée des avalés, and Une saison dans la vie d’Emmanuel, by Marie-Claire Blais. Created with her trademark combination of the visual and the textual, the exhxibition comes in the form of a promotional campaign for a series of literary works. The official vernissage is Friday evening, and there will be a poetry reading at 8 p.m., inspired by Provost’s works.

Have a great weekend!


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!


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!


Ottawa Art Scene: May 23 - 28

This weekend is the Great Glebe Garage Sale - who needs anything else?? But in case you’re still looking for something to do, you’re in luck! The weekend is packed with new exhibitions, screenings, workshops, and art fairs.

Central Art Garage (did you see their great profile on CTV?) has a new show opening tonight. Habitat Here features three Ottawa-based artists, Lorraine Gilbert, Frank Shebageget, and Amy Thompson, who have helped shape and promote the Ottawa visual arts community.

Speaking of the local art scene, CUAG friend and Carleton PhD candidate Anna Khimasia will be leading another one of Ottawa Art Gallery’s great Art Writing Workshop series on Saturday. She’ll be addressing what it means to be critical in art writing - and what spaces are available to us to state opinions and engage in critical debates.

On Saturday afternoon, bike down to CUAG for our Making Otherwise screening and artist talk with Anthea Black and Janet Morton. Anthea will be showing a series of videos by artists like Joyce Wieland and Charles and Ray Eames, who incorporate craft and the handmade into their film practices. Janet’s videos Shiny Heart and Roadtrip have been a big hit in our Making Otherwise exhibition - come ask her how she made a perfect knitted cover for a tuba!

The new show at Gallery 101, BUZZ: Getting to Know Other Animals, looks really interesting: using images and research from the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes, contemporary artists Kimberly Edgar, Deborah Margo, Bioni Samp, and Amy Swartz, strike a fine balance between thoroughly researched subject matter and artistic excellence. If you’re going to the sold-out Nature Nocturne on Friday (themed “glow-in-the-dark”), they have also organized a Bioni Samp performance, Hive Synthesis Mix (Live Electronics + DJ Mix) in conjunction with the exhibition.

Ravenswing Art + Music Fair is taking place on Sunday in Minto Park. Check out 80+ vendors, plus cool concerts, free skill-sharing workshops, and food trucks galore. Sunday looks like it will be mainly sunny (and 25 degrees!) so bring a blanket to sit on, and hang out all day!

Have a great weekend!


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!


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.


Ottawa Art Scene: April 24 - 30

Our winter exhibitions close on Sunday, so if you haven’t had a chance to see Sharon Hayes: Loudspeakers and Other Forms of Listening and Dennis Tourbin: The Language of Visual Poetry, be sure to check them out. Maybe on the rainy Saturday this weekend?

Make a gallery-going day of it, and also check out the two new solo shows that opened at AXENEO7 this week. The Daniel Barrow exhibition includes The Thief of Mirrors, a monologue and vignettes that take place between media, combining pre-recorded sound and imagery with live voice, live or pre-recorded music and projection. His drawings, shown on overhead projections, are unforgettable. French artist Ingrid Luche’s installations take the gallery space as a starting point, using food and travel imagery to explore memory and deja vu. 

Starting on Friday, the graduating class from University of Ottawa Bachelor of Fine Arts program will be displaying their work around campus in their final exhibition, Preface 2014. The vernissage is Friday evening, so go check out some emerging Ottawa artists and congratulate them!

On Sunday, there is an artist talk by the great Ed Pien at the Ottawa School of Art Orleans campus. Pien’s drawings and delicate cut-outs are incredible, and he will also be giving a demonstration of his technique. The talk is in conjunction with the exhibition Ed Pien: Compelled, which will be on display until the beginning of June.

Lots of students are finished their exams and handed in their final papers, so there will be lots of celebrating this weekend. Let me know what I’ve missed!

What else are you looking forward to this weekend in the Ottawa art world?


Ottawa Art Scene: April 17 - 23

Since it’s a long weekend coming up, there are not a lot of events happening (though there are some great concerts and non-visual arts events happening, like this record swap at Raw Sugar!)

Most art galleries (including us!) will be open on Saturday and Sunday, so why not spend some time checking out exhibitions around town? Dennis Tourbin and Sharon Hayes are only up for another couple of weeks, there’s a new Gerald Trottier exhibition at the Ottawa Art Gallery ART Rental and Sales Gallery, and the National Gallery always has fun exhibitions to explore (I haven’t seen the Fischli & Weiss film yet).

In the west end, pair gallery visits with delicious food: you can check out Orange Art Gallery’s new space in the City Centre complex, right next to Art-is-in Bakery, or get a soup and sandwich at Thyme & Again before seeing the "Persistence of Nature" photography exhibition at Exposure Gallery upstairs. 

Happy Easter!


Ottawa Art Scene: April 10 - 16

Tonight, Montreal artist Kai McCall has a solo show opening at Galerie St. Laurent + Hall in the Market. Check out his painted portraits of people in imaginary scenarios - from gun-toting revolutionaries on motorcycles to bespectacled young men in the woods.

On Friday night, La Petite Mort has a special exhibition for us called “UP / DOWN / CHARM / STRANGE / TOP / BOTTOM”, a group exhibition of works by artists from the Mexico City-based collective, La Trampa Gráfica Contemporánea. One of the artists was included in last summer’s Sakahan exhibition at the NGC, and now returns to Ottawa for this group exhibition.

This weekend, you can check out two new art exhibitions at the War Museum that present artistic representations of world wars. Witness: Canadian Art of the First World War is a group exhibition by artists like AY Jackson and Frederick Varley. I’m particularly interested in seeing sketches done in the trenches and POW camps. The other exhibition, Transformations: AY Jackson and Otto Dix, shows the impact that the war had on these two artists (one Canadian and one German) in their later work. 

To complete your weekend of art, Westboro’s Cube Gallery has organized the exhibition 3 by 3: Cowen, Thauberger, and Yuristy, featuring panorama paintings by three esteemed Canadian artists, Jack Cowin, David Thauberger and Russell Yuristy. The official vernssage is on Sunday, so spend your day walking down Wellington and pop by!