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2020 exhibitions

Andrew Wright – FILMTRACK 4 A SOUND: SUITE KURELEK DE FIALA

The Karsh Award 2019 

January 23 to March 15, 2020
Opening: Thursday, January 23, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Speeches will begin at 5:40 pm
Tour with the artist: Sunday, February 9, 2 pm

Image of wavy blue lines
 
Andrew Wright, courtesy of the artist

The Karsh Award honours the artistic legacy of celebrated Ottawa photographers Yousuf and Malak Karsh. It is presented every four years to a local mid-career or established artist for their outstanding body of work and their significant contribution to the artistic discipline in a photo/lens-based medium.

Filmtrack 4 A Sound: Suite Kurelek de Fiala (2010-2020) is inspired by a pristine, unopened box set of records from the 1980s that Wright found in 2009. A perfectly preserved artefact of a more idealistic time, Canadian Anthology (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 1987) is carefully unboxed, played and recorded a single time, and then resealed. Within the anthology is George Fiala’s (1922-2017) Kurelek Suite (1982), an orchestral piece in which each of the five movements is composed in response to a particular painting by William Kurelek (1927-1977). Taking Fiala’s homage one step further, Wright makes a filmic chronicle of the unboxing event, which is then screened as three contiguous fields on the gallery walls. The result is a visual journey across vast arctic landscapes of snow and ice – or so it would appear.

-Excerpt from the essay by Adrian Göllner

Biography

Artist Andrew Wright creates works in many media and has been preoccupied with using photography in traditional and decidedly non-traditional ways for over 25 years. Wright has exhibited widely in Canada and abroad with shows in places such as the U.S., the U.K., the E.U., Korea and China. He has exhibited at such venues as the London Gallery West; the Polygon Gallery, Vancouver; the Art Museum at the University of Toronto; the Art Gallery of Ontario; the University of California, Berkeley; Oakville Galleries; and the Today Art Museum, Beijing. His works can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the X'i’an Art Museum in China, the City of Ottawa, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, the University of Toronto, the Ottawa Art Gallery, Canada’s High Commission in London at Canada House and private collections around the world.

A six-time nominee for the Sobey Art Award, Wright was a semi-finalist in 2007. In 2011, Wright won the inaugural Gattuso Prize at Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto. His work has been curated by Joan Fontcuberta and he has shown alongside artists such as Michael Snow, Iain Baxter&, Ed Burtynsky, Rebecca Belmore and Kelly Mark. Andrew Wright is an Associate Professor of Visual Art and the Graduate Program Director in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa.

FILMTRACK 4 A SOUND: SUITE KURELEK DE FIALA coincides with another exhibition by 2019 Karsh Award laureate Andrew Wright. APEX: Interloper will be on display at Corridor 45|75 from January 16 to March 29, 2020. 

Neeko Paluzzi – The Little Prince

March 26 to May 24, 2020 
Opening: Thursday, March 26, 5:30 to 7:30 pm 

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

Neeko Paluzzi, Jupiter, 2019, pigment ink on cotton rag, 102 x 152 cm, courtesy of the artist

The Little Prince is an installation that allows the viewer to visit seven fictive planets through a classic View-Master. Drawing upon a recent experience when the artist slept in his childhood bed, the photographs reference Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, which features a boy exploring the universe. Initially, the artist felt nostalgic for his childhood bed, but slowly thoughts entered his mind about failing to become who he wanted to be.

Bozica Radjenovic – The Flood Line

June 4 to August 9, 2020 
Opening: Thursday, June 4, 5:30 to 7:30 pm 

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition
  
Bozica Radjenovic, Rhizomes, 2017, cast bronze, wood and thread, 113 x 90 x 47 cm, courtesy of the artist

Past sensations, thoughts, events and trauma govern our today and our tomorrow. Events leave traces similar to flood lines in our mind and body. We have to acknowledge their existence in order to continue our journey. The flood line is a reminder of the past. It explores both physical and emotional overflow.

Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Meryl McMaster, Sasha Phipps and The Macronauts – Entanglements

Curators: Celina Jeffery and Artengine

September 3 to November 1, 2020 
Opening: Thursday, September 10, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Examples of the kind of work included in this exhibition

Left to right: Meryl McMaster, What Will I Say to the Sky and the Earth II, 2019, digital C-Print, 102 x 152 cm, courtesy of the artist, Stephen Bulger Gallery and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
The Macronauts (Noé Sardet, François Guinaudeau, Antonin Gaud), Hublot, 2020, multimedia installation and photographs, plankton images: Sharif Mirshak, Christian Sardet, Noé Sardet, courtesy of the artists
Sasha Phipps, Fruits de mer Champlain (work in progress), 2019, digital image of 3D model, courtesy of the artist

This exhibition presents artworks by Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Meryl McMaster, Sasha Phipps and The Macronauts. Together they explore stories of ecological change and entangled perspectives – of vulnerable and troubled spaces, people, and species, bound in a series of evolving relationships.

Tyler Armstrong, Colin Canary, Brendan de Montigny and Claire Scherzinger – Fractured Utopia

November 12, 2020 to January 10, 2021
Opening: Thursday, November 12, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

4 artworks

Left to right: Colin Canary, Plague VIII, 2018, acrylic on panel, 46 x 61 cm
Brendan de Montigny, Still Life 2, 2019, acrylic, gouache, ink and pencil on rag paper, 76 x 56 cm
Claire Sherzinger, Strangling Fruit, 2018, oil on canvas, 102 x 76 cm
Tyler Armstrong, Jesus Died at 33, 2016, oil on canvas, 102 x 76 cm
All images courtesy of the artists

Through a synthesis of various surreal science-fiction aesthetics, the exhibition explores the themes of alienation and ecological destruction, and the inevitable decay of our current civilization. The aim is to open up a dialogue about the potential positive growth that may follow. The exhibition features paintings, drawings, and an audioguide that will urge the viewers to wonder “How did we get here and what might the future bring?”    

 

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