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Ottawa Art Scene: October 2 - 8

Lots of great artsy things happening this week!

'Tis the season for new exhibitions, it seems, as the Ottawa Art Gallery opens their new fall shows tonight. Enjoy some wine and snacks while checking out The Life and Art of Alma Duncan (1917-2004), which presents the paintings, drawings, and films of Ottawa artist Alma Duncan, and Open Spaces, which features nine painters from H’Art of Ottawa—a studio that supports the creative practice of artists with developmental disabilities.

Don’t forget that it’s the now annual Apt613 initiative Support Local all month. There are lots of ways to support the fantastic makers in this city, including an exhibition of artworks by Andrea Stokes at The Hintonburg Public House. The vernissage for TWIRL (inspired by Fleetwood Mac!) is tonight as well.

On Saturday afternoon, the National Gallery of Canada has organized a lecture in conjunction with their exhibition The Great War: The Persuasive Power of Photographs called Lens above Lens: The Development & Use of Aerial Photography in WWI.

Finally, if you have a car (or are a champion biker), trek over the River for the famous Chelsea Wakefield Studio Tour. Artists working in all sorts of mediums, from painting and fibre arts to woodworking and glass, invite you into their homes and studios (and there is often homemade free cake, just sayin’).

Have a great week!


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!


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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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.