The Ottawa Art Gallery held vernissage for their 5 new exhibitions highlighting local, national and international artists.
Informed by science and art, news, resistance as well as travelling, the exhibitions feature interactive sculptures, collaboratively-made art and a massive video projection.
Here are the details of each exhibitions:
Carbon + Light: Juan Geuer’s Luminous Precision (on view until August 18, 2019) celebrates the ground breaking and science-based art of Canadian artist Juan Geuer (1917 – 2009). To illustrate his legacy, guest Curator Caroline Seck Langill paired Geuer’s art with the work of new media artists Barry Ace, Doug Back, Darsha Hewitt, Catherine Richards, Daniel Sharp, Michael Snow and Norman White. Many of the pieces, whether large-scale installations, 3D photography or moving sculptures, require visitor interaction. The exhibition, held in OAG’s Spencerville Gallery as well as SAW Video Project Space, also showcases the importance of Ottawa as the site within which Geuer’s surprising practice emerged.
Organized by OAG, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy (April 12 – September 15, 2019), is a touring solo exhibition of new work by Howie Tsui. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and Thunder Bay, Tsui has also lived in Ottawa. The title work, Retainers of Anarchy, is a 25-metre scroll-like video installation that looks at life during the Song dynasty (960–1279 CE). Tsui references Wuxia, a traditional form of martial arts literature now seen in popular film and television, which the artists considers a narrative tool for dissidence and resistance. See video excerpt here.
Wrapped in Culture (April 12 – September 15, 2019) brings together ten Indigenous artists from Australia and Canada who collaborated on a buffalo hide robe and a possum skin cloak, reviving two culturally distinct, yet similar traditions. Photographs by Rosalie Favell of each participant in the robe form part of the exhibition. This exhibition will be touring in Canada and Australia and features the work of Barry Ace (Anishinaabe [Odawa]), Kerri Clarke (Boon Wurrung), Maree Clarke (Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta, Boon Wurrung), Rosalie Favell (Métis), Mitch Mahoney (Boon Wurrung, Barkindji), Molly Mahoney (Boon Wurrung, Barkindji), Wade Mahoney (Barkindji), Meryl McMaster (Cree), Adrian Stimson (Siksika [Blackfoot]), and Vicki West (trawlwoolway).
Ottawa-based Cheryl Pagurek’s uses 3D depth technology and computer programming to explore the daily experiences of connecting to a networked world. Titled Connect, the interactive video and audio installation projects visitors’ body outlines onto global images and sounds sourced from news channels. Cheryl Pagurek: Connect is on from April 12 to August 11, 2019.
Dominic Laporte is an Ottawa-based artist whose work explores portraiture through painting and mixed-media methods. Laporte believes that portraiture has a unique ability to transcend the artist’s individual voice—whether he’s painting a respected personality in the local hip hop community or someone he met while travelling. His exhibition Pranayam runs from April 4th to May 11th, 2019 in OAG’s Galerie Annexe.
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