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2021 exhibitions

Neeko Paluzzi - The little prince

February 25 to April 11, 2021

Artist tours: Sunday, March 14 at 2 pm and 3 pm
All visitors must pre-book preferred tour timeslot on Eventbrite.
Free admission. Presented in English.

Please check the latest Ottawa Public Health safety guidelines prior to your visit.

black and white photo of man standing by himself, holding flowers with a clear globe around his head

Neeko Paluzzi, The little prince, 2020, 2020, pigment ink on adhesive vinyl, variable dimensions, courtesy of the artist

Black and white photograph of a bed underneath a window with a ghostly presence hovering above it.

Neeko Paluzzi, The view from my childhood window, 2019, pigment ink on adhesive vinyl, variable dimensions, courtesy of the artist

Exhibition booklet

Exhibition video

To create the characters in The little prince, Paluzzi’s body was 3D-scanned by one hundred and thirty cameras. The digital textures of his skin were then manipulated and morphed into the seven characters. Once the figures were finished digitally, they were 3D-printed in sandstone and photographed in Paluzzi’s studio. These figures reference the illustrations in The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, which features a young boy exploring the universe. Along the way he meets narrow-minded adults and discovers that wisdom does not come with age.

Much older than the little prince, Paluzzi is simultaneously the narrator of his own story – though an unreliable one – and a character whom he controls. The act of using his own body as a vessel throughout the exhibition, and then manipulating it, emphasizes this duality. He has fictionalized himself by creating doppelgängers in an attempt to confront, categorize, and conquer troubling aspects of his own reality. Much older than the little prince, Paluzzi is simultaneously the narrator of his own story – though an unreliable one – and a character whom he controls. The act of using his own body as a vessel throughout the exhibition, and then manipulating it, emphasizes this duality. He has fictionalized himself by creating doppelgängers in an attempt to confront, categorize, and conquer troubling aspects of his own reality.

- Exhibition booklet excerpt by Neeko Paluzzi

Biography

Neeko Paluzzi is a queer, Canadian artist and educator whose practice focuses on intertextual, photo-based installations. His images blend the possibilities of traditional, analogue darkroom processes with contemporary photographic techniques, such as 3D scanning and printing. He was the winner of the 2018 Project X, Photography Award from the Ottawa Arts Council, and his work appeared in a featured exhibition at the Scotiabank CONTACT Festival in 2019. Paluzzi is currently completing a Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Ottawa while maintaining a teaching position at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute.

Neeko Paluzzi gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Project X, Photography Award.

Bozica Radjenovic - The Flood Line

July 29 to September 19, 2021
Opening: Thursday, July 29, 5:30 to 7:30 pm 

Artist tours: Sunday, August 15 at 2 pm and 3 pm
All visitors must pre-book preferred tour timeslot on Eventbrite.
Free admission. Presented in English.

Event protocol:

  • Masks required
  • Sanitizer stations available
  • Limited number of people permitted in gallery at one time

Please check the latest Ottawa Public Health safety guidelines prior to your visit.

tall totem-like sculptures of varying heights fill up the artist’s studio space

Bozica Radjenovic, The artist’s studio (installation view), 2010, variable dimensions, courtesy of the artist 

white sculpture of a hand with crystals everywhere except for on the fingers

Bozica Radjenovic, Bozica’s Hand, 2018, cast bronze and borax crystal, 7 x 20 x 12 cm, courtesy of the artist

Exhibition booklet

Exhibition video

With this new body of work, Radjenovic expands her artistic repertoire, casting bronzes from soft knitted sculptures and growing borax crystals on her pieces. She also uses her long-held knowledge of wood carving to create round hand-built structures. These various materials come together in a series of assemblages and installations that are at once stunning and mysterious. Meanwhile, the walls are hung with drawings characterized by the artist’s dreamlike language.

The Flood Line explores the theme of ecological and emotional overflow, evoking events that leave traces on our bodies and minds, just as high water does on the natural environment. A forest of plinths inhabits the centre of the gallery, topped by a treasure trove of hybrid sculptures. Natural objects commingle with human relics: the shattered remains of a human statue are encrusted with debris, fossilized fragments of prehistoric plants, spring roots… All these objects appear to have been washed up by a flood and left to dry atop of reconstructed trees.

- Exhibition booklet excerpt by Jenny McMaster

Biography

Bozica Radjenovic was born and educated in Belgrade, Serbia. She received her BFA (1989) and MFA (1991) from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. In 1993 she moved to Canada. Radjenovic’s work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions, most recently at the International Print Centre New York; the Ottawa Art Gallery’s inaugural exhibition; the Biennale internationale du lin de Portneuf, in Quebec; and the Belgrade Cultural Center, in Serbia. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, the Zepter Museum in Belgrade and the City of Ottawa, as well as in various private collections in Canada and Europe. She is represented by Central Art Garage.

The artist gratefully acknowledges the support of the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Pascale Théorêt-Groulx - Au pourtour du néant (On the Outskirts of Nothingness)

September 30 to November 19, 2021
Opening: Thursday, September 30, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Artist tour: Sunday, October 17 at 2 pm
All visitors must pre-book on Eventbrite
Free admission. Bilingual presentation.

Event protocol:

Please check the latest Ottawa Public Health safety guidelines prior to your visit.

person falling through a cloud-filled sky

Pascale Théorêt-Groulx, Monter en bas (video still), 2019, video projection, 6 min 15 sec, courtesy of the artist  

aerial view of houses that all look the same with green grass, pools and streets throughout

Pascale Théorêt-Groulx, Un peu plus haut, mon torse veillait sur vous (video still), 2021, video projection, 14 min 48 sec, courtesy of the artist

Exhibition booklet

The growing gap between the world of humans and the extent of scientific discovery is a source of both fascination and concern. When looking through the lens of science, we see ourselves with a disturbing degree of detachment. In Un peu plus haut, mon torse veillait sur vous, the microscope is replaced by a drone that keeps watch over residents of Laval and Montreal. It sends out messages, seeking to make contact. Human bodies follow established pathways as they move from the protective shell of their homes to that of their cars. Treating us as both observing subjects and observed objects, the work reflects humanity’s dissociated view of its own condition.

This exhibition, titled Au pourtour du néant (On the Outskirts of Nothingness), therefore presents a series of works that skillfully reflect on the materiality of the human body in terms of the impact of physical phenomena. On the one hand, human beings seem to be in the process of liberating themselves from earthly constraints and acquiring almost godlike powers. On the other hand, humans remain captive to their subjectivity, senses and beliefs. They continue to put forward multiple answers to the two questions that have always dogged humanity: “Where do we come from?” and “Where are we going?”

- Exhibition booklet excerpt by Gauthier Melin

Biography

Originally from Gatineau, Pascale Théorêt-Groulx earned a BA with a major in Visual Arts and a minor in Graphic Narrative from the Université du Québec en Outaouais. In 2014, she completed an MFA in Media Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, having received a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She has been an artist in residence at the Banff Centre in Alberta, DAÏMÔN in Gatineau, Pigment Sauvage in Baltimore, the Vermont Studio Center and Fonderie Darling in Montreal. Her work has appeared in several solo and group exhibitions at venues including Fonderie Darling, the Centre CLARK, DARE-DARE and Galerie B-312 in Montreal; Verticale in Laval; the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa; and the ICA in Baltimore, Maryland. She currently lives in Montreal.

The artist gratefully acknowledges the support and contribution of Fonderie Darling, Verticale — centre d’artistes, Mailis Rodrigues, Paul Gascou-Vaillancourt, Marie-Ève Chagnon, Ileana Hernandez Camacho and Luiza Proença.

Raymond Aubin and Hugo Gaudet-Dion - Agitation

December 2, 2021 to January 30, 2022
Finissage: Thursday, January 13, 2022, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

person facing video projection, moving arms in air

Raymond Aubin and Hugo Gaudet-Dion, Agitation, 2019, multimedia installation, variable dimensions, courtesy of the artists

Agitation examines the incomplete and fragile myths that organize society and allow us to live our daily lives. The installation combines drawing and sound composition with information technology, inviting the spectators to recreate the images and the sounds…that elude them. Agitation is a product of hypermodern art, which is characterized by ambiguity, the creation of experiences, collaboration and the use of technologies.

2021 Exhibitions Peer assessment committee members: Anna Eyler, Jennifer Anne Norman, Benjamin Rodger