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2020 exhibitions

Kassandra Graham – Un espace/ de mémoire (A place/ from memory)

February 13 to April 19, 2020 
Opening: Thursday, February 13, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Tour with the artist (bilingual): Friday, February 14, 12:30 pm

Living room scene with unfinished wall structure in the middle of a gallery.

Kassandra Graham, Maison Centris no.1 (prototype 2) (installation view), 2019, wood, inkjet prints and MDF, 4 x 5 x 2 m, courtesy of the artist

A black and white 3D drawing of the living room structure the artist will be creating for her exhibition

Kassandra Graham, study for Un espace/ de mémoire, 2019, courtesy of the artist

The title A place/ from memory can refer to two separate things, namely the places produced from memory and the places generated from memories. In the first case, fragments of memory construct the place. In the second case, the place causes memories to resurface. My installation can therefore be read in two different, yet complementary ways. It is a fictional place that nevertheless produces echoes of our actual homes, of our actual ways of life. As its title suggests, the project tightly interweaves place and memory, in such a way that it becomes hard to remember which one serves as the premise for the other. Through the objects and materials it displays, this exhibition awakens memories that belong to us, but that can also belong to others.

- Exhibition booklet excerpt by Kassandra Graham, with the assistance of Dany Massicotte

Biography

Kassandra Graham is an emerging artist originally from Quebec City. Having completed a bachelor’s degree in visual and media arts at Université Laval in 2018, she is now pursuing a master’s degree in visual arts at the same institution. She has participated in several group exhibitions, including ExoMars, a satellite exhibition presented as part of the Manif d’art 9. Graham was awarded the 2018 Prix Louis-Garneau. Her first solo exhibition, titled Expo de banlieue, was presented in February 2019 in the exhibition hall of Université Laval’s Pavillon Alphonse-Desjardins.

This exhibition A place/ from memory (Un espace/ de mémoire) was made possible by a project grant from Quebec’s Première Ovation funding program, to which the artist offers her sincere thanks.

Anna Williams – Untold Stories I Once Wished Lost

Postponed until the 2021 season. Exhibit dates to be announced in Fall 2020.

May 7 to July 12, 2020

Un exemple du genre de travail qui fera partie de l’exposition

Anna Williams, The Allegory of Atalanta: Atalanta's Return, 2019, linocut, 41 x 56 cm, courtesy of the artist

This exhibition reflects on what we have lost in our passage from nature to culture—our skewed experience of the natural world and female identity, and how this dissociation has impacted the stability of the human mind. These works, and their relationships, investigate how family history, identity, and mythologies of womanhood intersect to offer alternative definitions of what it means to be female.

Kim Vose Jones – Cirque de-Vice

September 24 to November 29
Opening: Thursday, September 24, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Artist tours: Sunday, November 29 at 2 pm and 2:45 pm
All visitors must pre-book preferred tour timeslot on Eventbrite.
All welcome. Free admission. Presented in English.

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

Sculpture of white monkey with red hat, holding cake

Kim Vose Jones, Bernie, 2018, alpaca fur, felt, latex, Styrofoam, glass, clay, cloth, cardboard, Converse, 46 x 61 x 152 cm, courtesy of the artist

pig sculpture with sequins

Kim Vose Jones, Sparkle Pig, ta da!, 2019, sequins, Styrofoam, clay, glass, wood, 213 x 30 x 46 cm, courtesy of the artist

Exhibition booklet

Cirque de-Vice is inspired by medieval notions of the vices: Superbia (pride), Avaritia (avarice), Invidia (envy), Ira (anger), Luxuria (lust), Gula (gluttony) and Acedia (sloth). The artist and the project itself work through the question of how these notions translate in a modern, vice-loving world.

We are enticed into the cirque by glittering expressions of fantasy and indulgence, as embodied by fin-de-siècle and twentieth-century circus culture. The pieces are not merely a display of modern sinfulness; rather, they reveal dissonance, disempowerment and angst in the context of deceptively harmonious elements of pleasure.

- Exhibition booklet excerpt by Bethany Gibson

Please contact publicartprogram@ottawa.ca to order a copy of this exhibition booklet.

Biography

Kim Vose Jones is a Fredericton-based installation artist who spent her childhood wandering the forests of Southern Ontario, building unstable treehouses on other people’s properties. Her many eclectic and wide-ranging life experiences fuel her art practice—from working at a family-planning clinic on the Afghan-Pakistani border, to visiting snow monkeys in Jigokudani Park, Japan. Her art research has taken her from the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain, to the Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota, Florida.

The artist gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the New Brunswick Arts Board.

City of Ottawa Art Collection – 2020 Additions

December 15, 2020 to February 7, 2021

This exhibition features a selection of artworks added to the City of Ottawa Art Collection in 2020 through purchase, donation and commission. Artworks from the City’s Collection are on display in over 170 municipal buildings and spaces across the city.

 

2020 Exhibitions Peer assessment committee members: AM Dumouchel, Annie Thibault, Alexandra Nahwegahbow