Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Wolfgang Tillmans wins 2015 Hasselblad Award


Wolfgang Tillmans' Catalogue Raisonne "If one thing matters, everything matters" (Tate Publishing, 2003). Love it!

The Hasselblad Foundation has announced that German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans is the recipient of the 2015 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography!


The Foundation’s citation:
Wolfgang Tillmans has established himself among the most original and innovative artists of his generation, constantly pushing the photographic medium in new directions. His practice has covered subjects of pressing political and social importance since the 1990s, reflecting both directly and indirectly on the power of the photographic image to engage critically with the world around us. Furthermore, Tillmans has transformed the understanding of photographic exhibition making through his daring and original installations, playing with scale, formats, framing and presentation to produce immersive experiences that have inspired subsequent generations of artists.

The award ceremony takes place in Gothenburg on November 30, 2015. On December 1, 2015 an exhibition of Tillmans’ work will open at the Hasselblad Center, Sweden. On the same day, the Hasselblad Foundation will host a symposium with the award winner, and a new book by Tillmans will be released.

Glimpse into "If one thing matters, everything matters" (Wolfgang Tillmans, Tate Publishing, 2003). See all these post-its... I've studied that catalogue a lot!

Facts:
http://www.hasselbladfoundation.org/news/
This website also includes a short film about Wolfgang Tillmans.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pat Durr

Outside the Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, with a glimpse into Pat Durr's exhibition

Paintings and prints by Ottawa artist Pat Durr on view at Galerie St-Laurent + Hill. Impressive pieces!

In her artist statement, Durr describes her fascination with the beautiful but threatened underwater world: "Growing up in a landlocked state in the United States, I never saw an ocean nor was I comfortable swimming.

In the late 80’s an artist I knew was posted with her husband to Barbados. Upon visiting her, I heard about their coral reefs. Borrowing equipment and conquering my fears to learn to snorkel, I discovered the color and beauty of those reefs which captivated me then and still does now.

Over the years the reefs became my beautiful hidden place of wonder, a precious oasis, where I could soak in the peace and quiet and be revitalized.
In recent years my art focused on issues of human waste and recycling. Driven by my awareness of the cycles of birth, death and rebirth, I have explored and reinvented the detritus of our industrial civilization into colorful multi-imaged prints to present a hopeful eye to our future. But, not only is our land environment endangered by our addiction to waste, but the oceans, reefs, and their inhabitants are endangered. With this body of work, I seek to illuminate symbolically our anthropogenic destruction, this impact of human actions on our water worlds."
(source: http://www.artengine.ca/community/calendar-event-en.php?id=9245)
One of the large-scale paintings (acrylic and mixed media) by Pat Durr at Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa
"My artworks are concerned with the worlds that surround us - the world of pop culture, and the natural and urban-industrial environments." (from Pat's website: http://artengine.ca/pdurr/)

Facts:

Pat Durr – To All Things There Is A Season
Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa
Jan. 22 to Febr. 4, 2015


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Can't wait for summer: Alex Colville @ National Gallery


Happy New Year!

Freezing cold in Ottawa – I can't wait for the great summer exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada: Alex Colville (1920-2013).

More than 100 works will be presented, and will give a remarkable overview and insight in his Oeuvre. If you don't want to wait, here's the link to the online exhibition:
http://www.welcometocolville.ca/


Facts:

Alex Colville
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
23 April – 7 September, 2015
http://www.gallery.ca/en/see/exhibitions/upcoming/details/alex-colville-8622

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario with the generous collaboration of the National Gallery of Canada.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays!

I wish all my readers happy holidays and a wonderful new year. I am sure it will be an exciting one!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Little Something


At the Mlacak Centre, Kanata: Kanata Civic Art Gallery (KCAG)

Kanata Civic Art Gallery's smalls show "A Little Something" takes place on on Saturday. Just in time for Christmas!
I actually couldn't see the works which will be on display on Saturday, but my photos will give you an impression of works by Kanata artists showing there:





Facts:
Kanata Civic Art Gallery's "A Little Something"
December 13th, 2014, 10 am – 4 pm
Mlacak Centre, Kanata
https://www.facebook.com/KanataGallery?_fb_noscript=1

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tis the season...


Herrnhut Star - a typical German Christmas decoration. Isn't it beautiful!?

...to go Christmas shopping. Here are a couple of great exhibitions and events in December which provide a wonderful opportunity to buy unique, creative gifts:


Open House at The Rectory Art House tonight!
December 3rd 2014, 5:00pm
http://saintbrigidscentre.com/events/event/open-house-rectory-art-house/

Studio Sixtysix
Under $500 Holiday Show and Fundraiser

Featuring : Gallery and Guest Artists
Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Printmaking, Jewellery, Objects
Runs Nov. 27 - Jan. 2014
http://www.studiosixtysix.ca/Exhibitions.html

Cube Gallery: Great BIG smalls X
Welcome to Cube’s tenth annual Christmas show of small works with BIG heart!
December 2nd, 2014 to January 4th, 2015
http://cubegallery.ca/exhibitions/2014_12_02_great_big_smalls_x

Carp X-mas Market
December 5-6, 2014, Friday 3 to 8 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
http://www.carpfarmersmarket.com/calendar/calendar.htm

Joy - Kanata Civic Art Gallery Exhibition
November 24h - Jan 2015
http://www.kanatagallery.ca/Kanata_Civic_Art_Gallery/Exhibitions_%26_Events.html

The Ottawa School of Art Holiday art show and sale
The Ottawa School of Art – Downtown & Orleans Campus Galleries present their 30th Annual Holiday Fundraising Art Sale. The exhibition features a wide range of original, unique and affordable works of art created by the students, instructors and alumni of the School in a wide variety of media, sizes and prices.
Works will be on display from: November 27 – December 14, 2014.
http://artottawa.ca/event/holiday-art-sale/

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Artists' books @ the National Gallery



National Gallery of Canada

Interested in artists' books? Curious what the Library and Archives at the National Gallery of Canada hold? It's not only the most extensive collection of visual literature in Canada with its 250,000 documents, including books, exhibition catalogues, bound periodicals, microforms, documentation files, study photographs, institutional archives and private papers. It's such a wonderful space for studies, with wide windows, where you can just sit and for example admire the amazing sculpture “100 Foot Line” (2010) by Roxy Paine.

Roxy Paine: 100 Foot Line, 2010, behind the National Gallery of Canada

The NGC has invited some guest speakers to present some of the interesting library holdings: Corinn Gerber (Director of Art Metropole, Toronto), Jonathan Shaughnessy (Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, NGC), Ming Tiampo (Associate Professor, Art History, Carleton University) and Adam Welch (Associate Curator, Modern Canadian Art, NGC) have selected two to three artists’ books from the collection, and will talk about them next Thursday. That may be a wonderful opportunity to get in insight in the library and in rather unknown artists' books...

Facts:

NGC
Library and Archives Reading Room
Thursday 27 November 6:00 – 7:00 PM
For further information, please contact Peter Trepanier (613-990-0587)

In English, with bilingual question period to follow. The selected books will be available for consultation in the Reading Room.