Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Paul Seesequasis takes over @CUArtGallery Instagram

The writer and cultural activist Paul Seesequasis is taking over the CUAG Instagram account today until May 6th, in conjunction with the current exhibition The Other NFB. His posts will respond to images shot in the North by photographers working for the NFB's Still Photography Division.

Follow @CUArtGallery from Tuesday 2 May through Saturday 6 May using the hashtag #CUAGTakeover.

Paul Seesequasis is a writer, editor, cultural activist and journalist. He was a founding editor of the award-winning Aboriginal Voices magazine and the recipient of a MacLean-Hunter journalist award. His short stories and features have been published in Canada and abroad. His novel Tobacco Wars was published by Quattro Books in 2010.

Monday, March 27, 2017

H'Art of Ottawa

I love the Community Exhibition Spaces of the City of Ottawa – art in rather unexpected places. Like the one at the Richcraft Recreation Complex in Kanata. Go swimming, do a Zumba class, or exercise at the gym, and admire contemporary local art while you're there.

The exhibition on view is called “H'Art: A selection of works from the studio collection”. H’Art of Ottawa is an innovative and inclusive visual arts studio that supports artists with intellectual disabilities. 


“H’Art of Ottawa is a unique and innovative art studio where self-expression and a sense of place are encouraged and celebrated for people with developmental disabilities. Through the common language of art and self-expression, the artists of H’Art contribute to the community and the cultural life of Ottawa.” (From H'Art's web site)

Strong, expressive, colourful paintings!

H'Art of Ottawa, Upstream Studio
Exhibition at Richcraft Recreation Complex
4101 Innovation Drive, Kanata

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Wolfgang Tillmans' Band Project "Fragile": Visual Album Released

German artist Wolfgang Tillmans has just released a visual album of his band project Fragile: “That’s Desire / Here We Are EP”! Reminds me a lot of Tillmans' recent abstract work. Love it!

Artist Statement: “Directed and photographed by myself, the 27 minutes film features performances by Hari Nef, Karis Wilde, Ash B., Matthew Salinas, Bashir Daviid Naim, Rachel Guest, Christopher Olszewski and myself as well as band members Juan Pablo Echeverri, Jay Pluck, Kyle Combs, Tom Roach and Daniel Pearce.“

“Participants danced and improvised in Los Angeles and New York to the music, without previously knowing it. Whilst editing the footage with Michael Amstad in Berlin, it became clear, that what was planned to be cut into six individual videos, should not be separated, but should remain as a consecutive sequence of six different moods.”

Explaining the motivations behind the visual album Wolfgang Tillmans says: 

"Four songs have been written and recorded this summer in Fire Island and New York, in a time now marked as 'post Brexit / pre Trump'. New Jersey’s Ash B.’s performance and improvised rap on That’s Desire blew us away. The song was recorded in 30 minutes. Two vocal takes by myself, one by Ash B. That was it. Warm Star was written and recorded in Porto in January this year. Principally a love song with political undertones, some lines of the lyrics later made it onto my pro EU / anti Brexit campaign posters.” (From the Youtube website).

Check it out on the link below.

Fragile: Visual Album "That’s Desire / Here We Are EP"
Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=--14I6ajk5c

Wolfgang Tillman's Catalogue Raisonnee: "If One Thing Matters, Everything Matters" (2003). As you can see, I've studied it a lot.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Still on View: The Intimate World of Josef Sudek

Happy New Year!

My first exhibition tip in 2017: While attending the opening of the Canadian Photography Institute (http://visualencounter.blogspot.ca/2016/10/launch-of-canadian-photography.html), I had a chance to see the wonderful Josef Sudek exhibition. It's still on view until end of February, and the thoughtful works by “Prague's Atget” are worthwhile a visit. I love the views from his studio in the change of seasons, and over the years... how the glass refracts the light. (Window of My Studio, c. 1940–54).

From the NGC website:

Czech photographer Josef Sudek (1896–1976) produced some of the twentieth century’s most haunting images taken through the window of his studio, as well as of gardens, parks and streets of his beloved city, Prague. Working solely with bulky large-format cameras, despite losing an arm in the First World War, Sudek was a master of pigment and silver print processes. He pushed photography beyond its preoccupations with painterly and modernist styles to explore his own particular brand of romanticism. This Canadian Photography Institute exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada is the first major show to examine the work and life of Sudek and his intimate circle of artist friends during the decades before and after the Second World War.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
The Intimate World of Josef Sudek
28 Oct 2016 - 26 Feb 2017
Canadian Photography Institute (located at the National Gallery of Canada)
Link: http://www.gallery.ca/sudek/en/

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Launch of the Canadian Photography Institute today!

Tonight is the launch of the Canadian Photography Institute and the opening of three inaugural exhibitions: The Intimate World of Josef Sudek, Cutline: The Photography Archives of The Globe and Mail, and PhotoLab 1.

Very excited to be there!

Canadian Photography Institute
Opening today, Oct. 26, 2016
6 p.m. @ National Gallery of Canada
Free and open to the public.

Link: http://www.gallery.ca/cpi/

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Crown & Pumpkin Studio Tour

Wander, Savour, Collect. That's the motto of this year's Crown & Pumpkin Studio Tour in and around Almonte and Clayton, just West of Ottawa.

I got very excited when I picked up the pamphlet. You can check out their schedule under www.crownandpumpkin.com.

Crown & Pumpkin Studio Tour
October 8, 9 & 10, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Various locations around Almonte and Clayton
Link:  www.crownandpumpkin.com