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2019 exhibitions

Nathalie Quagliotto – Safety Measures

February 7 to April 10, 2019
Opening: Thursday, February 7, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Artist talk: Sunday, April 7, 2 pm

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Nathalie Quagliotto, Maturity Correlation, 2008, conjoined swings, 250 x 168 x 396 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

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Nathalie Quagliotto, Urban Crib, 2014, metal carts, 122 x 61 x 152 cm. Photo: Fratzel Descadres, Langage Plus, courtesy of the artist.

Catalogue excerpt

Nathalie Quagliotto’s practice transforms gallery spaces through play, both physical and imaginary. How we perceive relationships through play is inseparable from its cycles of tension and resolution, as well as its negotiations of contact and distance, of caution and risk. Quagliotto isolates these tensions within objects—lollypops, warning signs, swings—and locates them in the gallery space. Using safety yellow, she mirrors, duplicates and fuses elements, while challenging us to push and pull.

- Natalia Lebedinskaia

Biography

Nathalie Quagliotto is a conceptual artist. She has a MFA in sculpture from the University of Waterloo and a BFA from Concordia University. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, namely at the Museum of Design Atlanta. Her work is included in collections across North America, such as at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, in Michigan, and in the Collection Majudia, in Montreal. She has received grants from the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council. She has upcoming exhibitions across Canada and in the USA.

 

Gabriela Avila-Yiptong, Rachel Gray and Lea Hamilton – I Came Back and Things Were Different

May 2 to June 26, 2019
Opening: Thursday, May 2, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Artists’ tour: Sunday, June 9, 2 pm (in English with bilingual Q&A)

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Gabriela Avila-Yiptong, Observation Aquarium - Falling, 2019, glass, water, glue and paper, 30 x 30 x 30 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

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Rachel Gray, Alidade, 2018, charcoal on drywall, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist.

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Lea Hamilton, Studio Stills, 2017, gypsum cement, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist.

Through immersive drawings, sculptures and encased miniature worlds, I Came Back and Things Were Different seeks to (re)create reflections of nature with synthetic and organic materials encountered in urban environments. By transposing wilderness into a human environment, these works frame nature as a figment of our own desires. Ceaselessly evolving, nature reminds us that no place is fixed.

Catalogue excerpt

For some, [this exhibition] may evoke a feeling of loss of control or even vulnerability. But in this environment, Avila-Yiptong, Gray and Hamilton embrace the unknown and even the decay induced by their efforts. They both exert and relinquish control over their works’ ephemeral appearances, focusing on ongoing processes and interactions rather than the end result.

-Rose Ekins

Biographies

Gabriela Avila-Yiptong’s practice primarily focuses on painting and abstraction to depict her visual, emotional and psychological experiences through art objects. She has a special interest in the traditional subjects of landscapes, nature and still lifes. Her work aims to distort the viewer’s perspective by abstracting her visual impressions of time, space and light. All in all, her practice aims to encourage viewers to challenge notions of traditional art in a contemporary context. Avila-Yiptong received her BFA from the University of Ottawa in 2015 and continues to live and develop her practice in Ottawa.

Rachel Gray’s interdisciplinary practice is rooted in an interest in drawing. She is moved by drawing’s capacity to facilitate communication outside of written or spoken language. Her work stems from memory, and is often an attempt to retrospectively close the gap between herself and her subject. Gray is based in Ottawa. She holds a BA in English Literature from King’s College and a BFA from the University of Ottawa. In 2017, she launched the first section of her graphic novel Jess, and is continuing this project as an artist in residence at the Ottawa School of Art.

Lea Hamilton’s artworks speak to visual perception and materiality. Seeing herself primarily as a painter, she focuses her practice on the manipulation of surfaces and conceptualized image making. Nevertheless, she is also heavily concerned with materiality, and her practice often resolves itself sculpturally. Hamilton seeks to explore the relationship between the viewer and the viewed, as well as the roles that ritual and time play in the creation of an artwork. Hamilton received her BFA from the University of Ottawa in 2014, and currently lives and practices in Ottawa.

Gabriela Avila-Yiptong, Rachel Gray and Lea Hamilton gratefully acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council.

Annette Hegel and Deborah Margo – By the bee

July 18 to September 29, 2019
Opening: Thursday, July 18, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Artists’ talk: Sunday, September 22, 2 pm

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Annette Hegel and Deborah Margo, By the bee (installation detail), 2018, wire, fiberglass cloth, beeswax, lights and sedum, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artists.

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Annette Hegel and Deborah Margo, Working on a nectar pod sculpture containing sound technology and amplifier, 2017. Courtesy of the artists.

By the bee is an evolving project by collaborating artists Annette Hegel and Deborah Margo. Bringing together scent, sound, light and three-dimensional elements, it is a representation of bumble bee culture. Variations in the size of the sculptures in the installation, shifts in the volume of sound, emerging scent, changing light conditions, and the tactile nature of the plant components, make this work an immersive experience.

Biographies

In addition to having their individual practices, Annette Hegel and Deborah Margo are collaborating, multidisciplinary visual artists and urban gardeners. Both live in Ottawa. Annette and Deborah work together because of their shared interest in the confluence of art, nature and science. Their practice is also an expression of their strong conviction that artists serve as catalysts for questioning current environmental and technological issues.

Annette and Deborah have worked as an artist team on installations since 2015. They combine contemporary sculpture practices with sound and light technologies as well as living plant matter. Focusing on the plight of pollinators today, their interventions have occupied diverse rural and urban spaces, such as a derelict schoolyard, a meadow, a hotel’s green roof and its interior staircase.

Annette Hegel and Deborah Margo gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council.

Helga Jakobson, Gillian King and Whitney Lewis-Smith – Terramatter

October 10 to December 3, 2019
Opening: Thursday, October 10, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Artists’ talk: Friday, October 11, 6 pm

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Helga Jakobson, Sympoietic Sound, 2018, multimedia installation with plants, variable dimensions. Photo : Karen Asher, courtesy of the artist.

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Gillian King, Tinctorum, 2019, acrylic, rust sediments, and various plant materials (including black walnut, calendula, indigo, madder, onion skins, roses, sumac and wildflowers) on canvas /, 71 x 61 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

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Whitney Lewis-Smith, Jack In The Pulpit, 2019, pigment print from 8x10 glass plate, 112 x 152 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Concerned with the state of the environment and ecological destruction, Jakobson, King and Lewis-Smith explore how we can reconnect with nature and other living beings through sympoiesis, or ‘becoming-with’ the organic world. The artists will build a site-specific, interactive installation involving painting, photography and sound that functions as a laboratory and research space centred around multiple plant chambers.

Catalogue excerpt

[The artists] frame this exhibition as a triptych, divided into three layers based on geologic time and layers of the earth. When we look at the stratification of earth, of geologic time, the layers operate as separate and distinct while, of course, in intimate relation to one another—inextricably bound by the forces of compaction. In working together, Jakobson, King and Lewis-Smith embrace the entanglement of their processes as a way of being in the world and being in relation—learning new techniques from one another (cyanotype, liquid tinting) and supporting the material exchange between their works through working with plants they have cultivated and cared for. They have extended the invitation to collaborate not just to one another, but also to their plant and vegetal others.

-Katie Lawson

Biographies

Helga Jakobson is an artist based on Treaty One Territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received an MFA from AKV St. Joost (The Netherlands), completed in conjunction with courses in the Transdisciplinary New Media program at the Paris College of Art (France), in 2017. Helga has exhibited her work and participated in residencies across Canada, the United States and Europe. She received the 2019 Emerging Excellence Award from the Manitoba Arts Council, and was a finalist for the Salt Spring National Art Prize, in 2017.

Gillian King is an artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba and an MFA graduate from the University of Ottawa. She is the winner of the 2017 RBC Emerging Artist Award, the recipient of the 2017 Nancy Petry Award, and has shown her work in galleries nationally and internationally. In 2016, Gillian exhibited at a solo show at the Ottawa Art Gallery and in 2017, she was chosen as the Ontario representative in the Robert McLaughlin Gallery's 50th Anniversary Exhibition featuring five emerging abstract painters from across Canada. Gillian King is represented by Galerie Nicolas Robert.

Whitney Lewis-Smith is an artist based in Ottawa, Canada and Mexico City, Mexico. She studied studio arts at Concordia University, in Montreal, and completed her photographic education at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO). Whitney’s work has been acquired by collectors in Canada and abroad, including Global Affairs Canada, Sophie and Justin Trudeau, SUMMA Art Fair Madrid, and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. She was a 2018 finalist for the RBC Emerging Artist Award and is a college instructor at SPAO. Whitney is represented by Galerie St-Laurent + Hill and Subject Art NYC.

Helga Jakobson gratefully acknowledges the support of the Manitoba Arts Council and the Ottawa School of Art.

Whitney Lewis-Smith gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council.

City of Ottawa Art Collection – 2019 Additions

December 12, 2019 to January 29, 2020
Opening: Thursday, December 12, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

This exhibition features a selection of artworks added to the City of Ottawa Art Collection in 2019 through purchase, donation and commission. Artworks from the City’s Collection are on display in over 150 municipal buildings and spaces across the city.

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Adam Alorut, Spirit (detail), whalebone, antler, ivory and stone, 64 x 30 x 13 cm. City of Ottawa Art Collection.

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Blazej Marczak, Ice Blasting, 2018, digital print on paper, 112 x 161 cm, 2019-0035

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Charlynne Lafontaine, No More Tears, 2018, glass and found object, 34 x 22 x 15 cm, 2019-0032

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Maria Moldovan, Keeping It, 2018, porcelain, 33 x 28 x 13 cm, 2019-0037

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 Marisa Gallemit, Vulcanized 2, 2018, bicycle tubes and pandanus leaves, 18 x 64 x 10 cm, 2019-0022

 

 

2019 Exhibitions Peer assessment committee members: Lisa Creskey, Manon Labrosse, Barry Pottle