Jordan Seal – Wealth of the Eternal Garden
March 22 to May 23, 2018
Vernissage: Thursday, April 26, 5:30 to 7:30 pm (joint opening with the Karsh-Masson Gallery).
Artist talk: Sunday, March 25, 2:00 pm
Artist statement excerpt
I wish to create a garden for you. It is overgrown, alive and bustling with alternative plants and insects. Fauna and flora from a secret world, an untouchable realm. I wish to express the principles of the divine through a plethora of organic abstraction. I strive to construct creations that lie outside our universe and yet parallel it. Nature begins again in isolation. I have eschewed measurements, sketches, references, strict geometry. I denounce the brutal vulgarity of the straight line and the square. I begin from nothing and build into a frenzy. I champion the curve, indulging in sensual textures. I am driven to express the uniqueness that pervades being.
Jordan Seal, Helone Yahbixellis, 2017, acrylic, ethyl alcohol, watercolour, wax, oil stick and oil pastel on paper, 46 x 61 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Jordan Seal, Aycha Nurilo, 2018, watercolour on paper, 43 x 30 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Jordan Seal grew up in Ottawa and lived there for most of his life. He vividly remembers drawing when he was young. Making art has allowed him to preserve and foster the wonder and creative jubilation from his youth. Along with being a visual artist, he is a poet, writer, musician, dancer, and performer. He previously organized his own art shows. He believes strongly in the DIY ethic. He believes in having art exchanged for donations. He is a graduate of the Ottawa School of Art, a place where he felt accepted and part of a community. He is a co-founder of the Art of the Uncarved Block, a music label that puts out punk, indie and outsider music. Much of his artistic output is involved in the music scene. Jordan sees art as a spiritual and cultural pursuit that enriches society. There is a strange and brilliant kingdom toward which he is working.
Anna Eyler and Nicolas Lapointe – void loop()
May 31 to August 8, 2018
Vernissage: Thursday, May 31, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
void loop() hovers between the tangible world of objects and the fleeting structures of the virtual. This exhibition of recent works by Anna Eyler and Nicolas Lapointe focuses on ideas of frontier and utopia in the digital age, examining the intimate relationship between idealism and technology. The works in this exhibition function simultaneously as record, artefact, and love letter from an imagined digital future.
Anna Eyler and Nicolas Lapointe, no-fluke/no-feed/no-swim/no-play/no-fun, 2017, aluminium, Plexiglas, and electronic components, 153 x 275 x 121 cm. Courtesy of the artists.
University of Ottawa MFA candidate – Thesis exhibition
August 16 to September 30, 2018
As a supplement to our regular programming, City Hall Art Gallery is pleased to partner with the University of Ottawa’s Department of Visual Arts to provide this valuable professional development opportunity.
Cheryl Pagurek – Fragile
October 11 to November 27, 2018
Vernissage: Thursday, October 11, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Videos and photographs from the Tea Cups series explore the tenuous state of current world affairs. Made by projecting contemporary global news imagery into delicate vintage tea cups, these works evoke our own human fragility, the shattering of fragile notions of peace and social democracy, and the vulnerability of the earth itself to natural disaster, all while bringing worldwide events ‘closer to home’.
Cheryl Pagurek, Green Tea Cup / Damascus, 2016, digital print, 43 x 65 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Patrick Mikhail Gallery.
City of Ottawa Art Collection – 2018 Additions
December 6, 2018 to January 30, 2019
Vernissage: Thursday, December 13, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
This exhibition features a selection of artworks added to the City of Ottawa Art Collection in 2018 through purchase, commission and donation. After the exhibition closes, artworks will be installed in municipal buildings throughout Ottawa's neighbourhoods.