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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

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

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

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

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


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)

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

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

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

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

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

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


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

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

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

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

October 10 to December 3, 2019
Opening: Thursday, October 10, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

(left to right) Helga Jakobson, Terramatter (installation view), 2018, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, speakers and plants, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist.

Gillian King, Red Osier Armor (detail), 2018, cold wax medium, oil, raw pigments and plant materials on canvas, 152 x 122 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Whitney Lewis-Smith, Underbrush 2, 2016, photograph, 139 x 112 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.

City of Ottawa Art Collection – 2019 Additions

December 12, 2019 to January 29, 2020
Opening: Thursday, November 28, 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, commission and donation. After the exhibition closes, artworks will be installed in municipal buildings throughout Ottawa's neighbourhoods.

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