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
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.
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 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.
Ben Globerman – Call to Prayer
January 17 to March 14, 2018
Vernissage: Thursday, February 8, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Musical performance and Q&A: Sunday, February 18, 2:00 to 2:45 p.m.
Ben Globerman, Call to Prayer (installation view), 2017, three-speaker audio installation, 28:00 minutes. Photo: Lisa Palladini, courtesy of the artist.
Ben Globerman, Call to Prayer (installation view), 2017, three-speaker audio installation, 28:00 minutes. Photo: Lisa Palladini, courtesy of the artist.
“All roads lead to the one House
from one seed a thousand ears of corn emerge.”
For the 13th-century Persian mystic and poet Rumi, the many can be found in the one; different paths lead to the same destination. The purpose of Call to Prayer is to explore those different paths and bring them together through their music. Call to Prayer is an immersive, sonic installation drawing on the musical traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Beginning as separate threads, the voices of three Ottawa vocalists (in order of appearance: Daniel Benlolo, Terri-Lynn Mitchell and Mona Bahumaid) gradually become entwined, ultimately forming a tonal fabric that finds harmony in difference.
Ben Globerman is a musician, sound designer, and multimedia artist based in Ottawa. He holds an MA in European Studies (Carleton University) with a specialization in migration, and a BA in Religious Studies (Carleton University), and is a graduate from the Red Bull Music Academy (New York, USA). He is particularly interested in translating conceptual ideas to sound. Ben has composed works for film, theatre, and installation, and has created projects in diverse fields such as healthcare, fashion and public services. Under his Cabaal moniker, he has performed throughout North America, and released four LPs. His installations have explored themes of religious pluralism, bleeding-edge technology, and the therapeutic qualities of sound.
Ben Globerman gratefully acknowledges the support of the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council.
Longevity: 2017 Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection
November 16, 2017 to January 7, 2018
Vernissage: Thursday, November 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Donald Kwan, Longevity, 2016, mixed media on paper, 76.2 x 55.9 cm. City of Ottawa Art Collection, 2017-0023
Jim Logan, Home, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 76.2 x 101.6 cm, 2017-0025
Katy Lopez, Asylum denied, 2016, digital print on paper, 50.8 x 76.2 cm, 2017-0027
Natasha Doyon, Living Room, 2013, oil on canvas, 198 x 137 cm, 2017-0012
Dale Dunning, Gyptian 2/7, 2016, steel, 100 x 68 x 23 cm, 2017-0013
Lynda Cronin, Tempus, 2017, powder-coated aluminum, commissioned for Innovation Park and Ride – 1321-3043 Innovation Drive, 2017-0069
The exhibition title Longevity embodies the spirit of collecting with specific reference to the intentions behind collection activities; acquisition, documentation, display, preservation, and conservation. Artworks in the City of Ottawa Art Collection serve as meaningful records that help to define the cultural landscape of our region and are preserved for the enrichment of future generations. They act as reference points for specific events, quotidian contemplations and intangible notions of the past, present and of what is yet to come.
This exhibition highlights 75 additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection in 2017. Artworks are added to the Collection each year by way of a peer assessment process through purchase, donation and/or commission. This year, 64 artworks by 44 artists were purchased, six artworks were donated and five site-specific permanent public art commissions were completed.
Artworks that become part of the City of Ottawa Art Collection are placed in public spaces and municipal buildings to be viewed and enjoyed by residents and visitors. The City of Ottawa and its pre-amalgamation municipalities have been collecting artwork by professional artists actively for over 30 years. As a result, the Collection has grown to include over 2,700 artworks by more than 750 artists. The artists featured in this exhibition represent but a small fragment of a much larger visual arts community comprised of many talented local artists.
List of Recent Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection
- Fiona Annis, Double Moon Crossing, 2016, photograph on paper, 75 x 75 cm, 2017-0005
- Glenn Bloodworth, Former Gibbs Gas, 2015, digital print on paper, 28.6 x 48.3 cm, 2017-0006
- Glenn Bloodworth, Former "Blue" Motel, 2015, digital print on paper, 28.6 x 48.3 cm, 2017-0007
- Glenn Bloodworth, Former Scott Gas Station and Variety Store, 2015, digital print on paper, 28.6 x 48.3 cm, 2017-0008
- Glenn Bloodworth, Former Hubcap Place – The Kaladar Motel, 2015, digital print on paper, 28.6 x 48.3 cm, 2017-0009
- Marianne Burlew, Skin (Living Room), 2012, digital print on paper, 45.7 x 30.5 cm, 2017-0010
- Tim desClouds, Destiny Emerges from Distant Waters, 2017, mixed media, 150 x 130 x 20 cm, 2017-0011
- Natasha Doyon, Living Room, 2013, oil on canvas, 198 x 137 cm, 2017-0012
- Dale Dunning, Gyptian 2/7, 2016, steel, 100 x 68 x 23 cm, 2017-0013
- Rosalie Favell, Facing the Camera: Jim Logan, Ottawa, ON, 2009, 2009, digital print on paper, 55 x 43 cm, 2017-0014
- Tony Fouhse, End of the Line, 2017, digital print on paper, 57.2 x 68.6 cm, 2017-0015
- Tony Fouhse, Surveillance Cameras, 2017, digital print on paper, 57.2 x 68.6 cm, 2017-0016
- Sarah Fuller, Boulder (Shore No.1), 2016, digital print on paper, 76.2 x 76.2 cm, 2017-0017
- Diane Hiscox, Lees Avenue May 25, 2016, 2016, oil on canvas, 46 x 61 cm, 2017-0018
- David Kaarsemaker, The Negative in the Image, 3, 2017, oil on canvas, 91.4 x 122 cm, 2017-0019
- Gayle Kells, Botanical Lure, 2014, ink on paper, 145 x 106 cm, 2017-0020
- Gillian King, Tuff, 2017, cold wax medium, oil, powdered charcoal and raw pigments on canvas, 152 x 122 cm, 2017-0021
- Mark Knowles, Secret Meeting, 2015, acrylic, latex paint and spray paint on wood, 91.5 x 122 cm, 2017-0022
- Donald Kwan, Longevity, 2016, mixed media on paper, 76.2 x 55.9 cm, 2017-0023
- Natalia Laluq, Lebreton Flats, The Pump House, Ottawa, December 21, 2016, 2016, oil on canvas, 67 x 78 cm, 2017-0024
- Jim Logan, Home, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 76.2 x 101.6 cm, 2017-0025
- Katy Lopez, Please do not tell me who I am, 2015, digital print on paper, 50.8 x 76.2 cm, 2017-0026
- Katy Lopez, Asylum denied, 2016, digital print on paper, 50.8 x 76.2 cm, 2017-0027
- Ramses Madina, Casemate Type 655, 2017, digital print on paper, 102 x 127 cm, 2017-0028
- Ramses Madina, Casemate VF2a Schnabelstand, 2017, digital print on paper, 102 x 127 cm, 2017-0029
- Blazej Marczak, Snowdrift, Lewis Street, 2017, digital print on paper, 61 x 91 cm, 2017-0030
- Maryse Maynard, Wild & Precious, 2012, mixed media, 43 x 84 x 7 cm, 2017-0031
- Kelsey McGruer, Motif of a Mother, 2016, digital print on paper, 116.8 x 82.5 cm, 2017-0032
- Andrew Morrow, Canadian Pastille, 2017, oil on paper, 22 x 28 cm, 2017-0033
- Andrew Morrow, Baths There, 2017, oil on paper, 28 x 22 cm, 2017-0034
- Colin Muir Dorward, Talking About What To Do Tonight, 2013, watercolour on paper, 76 x 55 cm, 2017-0035
- Mélanie Myers, Sous-sol bulle, 2016, graphite on paper, 94 x 104 cm, 2017-0036
- Mélanie Myers, Sous-sol bulle, 2016, coloured pencil on paper, 58 x 66 cm, 2017-0037
- Mélanie Myers, Sous-sol bulle, 2016, coloured pencil on paper, 60 x 71 cm, 2017-0038
- Cheryl Pagurek, Navy Tea Cup / Crimea, 2016, digital print on paper, 43.4 x 65 cm, 2017-0039
- Lise Presseault, School Lane (#3760), 2017, digital print on paper, 104 x 76.2 cm, 2017-0040
- Lise Presseault, Woodbine Lane (#5229), 2017, digital print on paper, 104 x 76.2 cm, 2017-0041
- Lise Presseault, School Lane (#4964), 2017, digital print on paper, 104 x 76.2 cm, 2017-0042
- Lise Presseault, Avon Lane (#0714), 2017, digital print on paper, 104 x 76.2 cm, 2017-0043
- Lise Presseault, Woodbine Lane (#5846), 2017, digital print on paper, 104 x 76.2 cm, 2017-0044
- Lise Presseault, Avon Lane (#0621), 2017, digital print on paper, 104 x 76.2 cm, 2017-0045
- Komi Seshie, La Sensation d’Hiver, 2016, video, 4:05 min, 2017-0046
- Daniel Sharp, Homo bulla (Just like my father), 2017, oil on wood panel, 84.3 x 90.5 cm, 2017-0047
- Daniel Sharp, Snowdrift, 2017, mixed media on wood panel, 90 x 121.1 cm, 2017-0048
- Zelia Soares, Simultaneous Patterns, 2017, inkjet print on paper, 91.4 x 91.4 cm, 2017-0049
- Zelia Soares, In Stripes, 2012, inkjet print on paper, 72.4 x 73.7 cm, 2017-0050
- Cindy Stelmackowich, Canticle Tear Duct, 2015, glass beads on paper and marbled paper, 73.6 x 58.4 cm, 2017-0051
- Carl Stewart, Springwell Suite (196 Metcalfe Street), 2005, mixed media, 46 x 46 cm, 2017-0052
- Sanjay Sundram, You are richer than you think, 2016, watercolour on paper, 76 x 56 cm, 2017-0053
- Norman Takeuchi, Tall Falls, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 101.6 x 81.3 cm, 2017-0054
- Laura Taler, Brush Dust Against the Wind no.1923 (blur), 2017, digital print on vinyl, 183 x 223.5 cm, 2017-0055
- Amy Thompson, Bryce Canyon, 2016, metal leaf on paper, 29 x 36 cm, 2017-0056
- Amy Thompson, Monument Valley, 2016, metal leaf on paper, 29 x 36 cm, 2017-0057
- Amy Thompson, Death Valley, 2016, metal leaf on paper, 29 x 36 cm, 2017-0058
- Amy Thompson, Apache Trail, 2016, metal leaf on paper, 29 x 36 cm, 2017-0059
- Guillermo Trejo, Grey Composition, 2015, wool, 198 x 127 cm, 2017-0060
- Zoltan Veevaete, Computer Brain II, 2016, oil on linen canvas, 51 x 40 cm, 2017-0061
- Justin Wonnacott, Photograph of “The Hunt” (detail) by Christopher Keene 1986, 2017, digital print on paper, 61 x 51 cm, 2017-0062
- Shirley Yik, Athrop-o-scene 5, 2016, ink on paper, 107 x 244 cm, 2017-0063
- Jinny Yu, Black Matter, 2014, ink on aluminium, 152 x 122 cm, 2017-0064
2017 Direct Purchase Peer Assessment Committee members
Victoria Henry, Nneka Nnagbo, Andrew Smith, Meredith Snider, Eric Walker
- Peter Hoffer, untitled, 2007, mixed media on panel, 61 x 122 cm, 2017-0001, anonymous gift (2016)
- Peter Hoffer, untitled, 2007, mixed media on panel, 30.5 x 152.4 cm, 2017-0002, anonymous gift (2016)
- Malak Karsh, Man’s Creation Outdone by Nature, 1949, photograph on paper, 49 x 38.5cm, 2017-0003, anonymous gift (2016)
- François Proulx, Pas de dieux, 1981, photograph on paper, 58.4 x 40 cm, 2017-0004, anonymous gift (2016)
- Bhat Boy, Fall Flea Market at the Glebe Community Centre, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 63.5 x 83.4 cm, 2017-0070, gift of Richard and Mary Ellen James in memory of Tom and Bea Mascaro (2017)
- Gwen Dawson, Ship Shape, 1973, etching on paper, 53.4 x 63.5 cm, 2017-0071, gift of Melba Cuddy-Keane (2017)
- Jonathon Anderson and Dave Kemp, Ebb + Flow, 2017, steel, 2017-0066, commissioned for Crestview Change House and Pool project – 56 Fieldrow Street
- Amy Thompson, Almanac, 2017, powder-coated aluminum and stainless steel, 2017-0065, commissioned for François Dupuis Recreation Centre expansion project – 2263 Portobello Boulevard
- Adrian Göllner and Joanna Swim, Winston Chandelier, 2017, powder-coated aluminum, 2017-0067, commissioned for Winston Place Plaza development project – 399 Winston Avenue
- Lynda Cronin, Tempus, 2017, powder-coated aluminum, 2017-0069, commissioned for Innovation Park and Ride – 1321-3043 Innovation Drive
- Stuart Kinmond, Main2, 2017, ceramic frit on glass, aluminum, steel and concrete, 2017-0068, commissioned for Main Street Renewal project – 223 Main Street
From January 2014 to September 2017, the gallery was programmed by the Ottawa Art Gallery under the name OAG Annex.
- November 29, 2013 to January 12, 2014
David Barbour - Home
Discover the quiet of the winter urban landscape in this series of black and white panoramic photographs of Ottawa at night, taken with a large-format camera within walking distance of where the artist lived.
- October 11 to November 17, 2013
Raymond Aubin - Au jour le jour (Day by Day)
Assuming the role of cyber-onlooker for one year, Raymond Aubin observed the daily flow of passersby on a Times Square sidewalk by way of a live web cam. Aubin carried out thousands of freeze frames muddled by the artifacts of digital compression. His photographic display extends beyond the gallery walls, occupying the entire space.
- August 30 to September 29, 2013
Recent additions to the City of Ottawa Fine Art Collection
Featuring many of the 2012 acquisitions, including site-specific commissions and significant donations, this is an exhibition not to be missed! After the exhibition closes, artworks will be installed in municipal buildings throughout Ottawa's neighbourhoods.
- June 14 to July 28, 2013
Karina Bergmans - Ligaments and Ligatures
The exhibition, Ligaments and Ligatures, connects textile organ sculptures with word association to common diseases. A tension is created by the seriousness of the subject matter and the tangibility of the materials.
- April 26 to June 2, 2013
Charles Stankievech - The Soniferous Æther of The Land Beyond The Land Beyond
Presented by the City of Ottawa and the National Arts Centre, in collaboration with SAW Video and Ottawa Art Gallery, the exhibition features a looping film installation shot at the northernmost settlement on earth—Canadian Forces Station Alert, Nunavut.
- February 8 to April 7, 2013
Lorraine Gilbert & Christopher Varady-Szabo - I
Sharing an interest in the life of trees and in their value as channels for the flow of visible and hidden energies, Gilbert and Varady-Szabo have collaborated to create photographs of trees and tree-inspired photo-drawings that inhabit the gallery and sometimes dialogue in the same pictorial space.
- November 30, 2012 to January 20, 2013
Véronique Chagnon-Côté - La capture (The Capture)
The garden is a closed setting, a development, a structure where men have decided to organize nature. It is a natural space created from scratch, constructed and shaped by humanity to capture the landscape.
- September 21 to November 18, 2012
Pedro Isztin - The River
Pedro Isztin's photographic work discovers and uncovers moments of sacred natural beauty with diversity, sensitivity and depth. One of his most recent projects (2004-11), The River, features scenes from the Ottawa (Outaouais) River between Ottawa, Aylmer and Hull.
- July 13 to September 9, 2012
Close to Home
This exhibition features works acquired in 2011 by the City's Fine Art Collection through commission, donation and acquisition.
- May 11 to July 1st, 2012
SAW Video - Tape Heads: Video Art & Technology in the 1980s
The early days of video art in Ottawa will be highlighted in this historical exhibition marking SAW Video's 30th anniversary (1981-2011).
- March 16 to April 29, 2012
Jonathan Hobin - Little Lady / Little Man
This photographic exhibition reflects on the death of a husband and wife through the use of lullaby, vintage photographs and life-size deathbed portraiture.
- January 20 to March 4, 2012
Donna Legault - Cymatic Imprints
By making sound visible through material, Cymatic Imprints is a delicate and poetic augmentation that makes for a subtle acoustic experience.
- November 11, 2011 to January 8, 2012
Ramses Madina - Night for Day: Road Crews
Night For Day is a work in progress examining artificial light within the context of industrial nightshift operations. On exhibit is part one, entitled Road Crews, which focuses on nightshift road building.
- September 2 to October 23, 2011
Andrew Smith - Of the Appearance of Bees
Abstract painting has the potential to portray an expansive and open-ended realm of reflection on what it might be like to see and feel a place that is of the order of the perceiving body. These paintings are spatial metaphors of the manner or characteristics of how we may relate to bees.
- July 1st to August 21, 2011
kipjones - interstices: an intervening space
To think about space and to create an understanding of it must be to move between thinking of our built environments and our experiences of them.
- April 22 to June 12, 2011
Place and Circumstance: New additions to the City of Ottawa Fine Art Collection
This exhibition features recent acquisitions, commissions and donations to the City of Ottawa's Fine Art Collection.
- January 28 to April 3, 2011
Paul Roorda - Take Notice
Vintage encyclopedia pictures and Polaroid sky photos are nailed to utility posts, becoming weathered over time. Discovered on location or viewed as a collection in the gallery, they reflect the escalating anxiety about climate change that has replaced the fading optimism of unsustainable progress.
- December 3, 2010 to January 16, 2011
Perceptions: Reinterpreting the City of Ottawa's Fine Art Collection
Non-traditional ways of experiencing works of art — from touch to sound — will be explored in this exhilarating exhibit, which demonstrates how arts and culture can be accessible and inclusive. The show coincides with International Day of Persons with Disabilities and includes works from the City of Ottawa's Fine Art Collection. Presented in collaboration with the City's Community Arts Program and community partners.
- October 8 to November 21, 2010
Susan Feindel and Paul Walde - Melting the True North
Science and art are linked in this exhibit by a shared respect for the North, as a lived reality rather than an abstract idea. After separate journeys to Northern Canada and Norway, artists Susan Feindel and Paul Walde created artworks that show the fragility of the natural elements that make up the Arctic landscape.
- July 23 to September 26, 2010
Louis Helbig - Beautiful Destruction : Alberta Tar Sands Aerial Photographs
Louis Helbig's aerial images teeter between documentary and abstract. The tension between their beauty and what they represent — the man-made alteration and destruction of a landscape — stimulates both thought and imagination.
March 11 to May 2, 2010
Jennifer Stead - A long, drawn out story
This evolving exhibit will result in a final image that is as much a discovery to the artist as to the observer. That's because from mid-March to the end of April, artist Jennifer Stead will turn City Hall Art Gallery into a studio as she creates a charcoal landscape that fills its walls.