The gallery features exhibitions developed by the City of Ottawa Archives as well as local and regional heritage and arts organizations.
May 2 to June 23
Saints+Adrian’s artwork depicts new icons by merging symbolism from Christ to Apple logo. His intention is to question whether the devotional meanings of these images are alive and influential in today’s visual culture.
Saints+Adrian. “Superchrist,” Egg tempera on wood panels, Gold/Silver/Copper leaf. 24”x6’, 2016. Superchrist is painted on wood panels prepared according to the Byzantine tradition of icon making and combines an image of Christ, depicted in one of Albrecht Durer’s prints, with the Superman’s Logo and tinny Looney Tunes and Disney characters. The figure is human sized, in a levitating position, and appears against a background covered with gold leaf.
Reception: June 1, 2018, 5pm to 8pm.
Saints+Adrian is an artist-scholar with an academic and artistic interest in commercial and religious iconic images. In his study of Byzantine iconography, Saints+Adrian explores the possibilities of devotional meanings in modern-day icons -- whether traditional religious symbols can be merged with images from today’s visual culture for a new and influential symbolism.
Adrian Gor (aka Saints + Adrian) is currently a research fellow at the New Europe College—Institute for Advanced Study (October 2016 - July 2017, http://www.nec.ro/) working on the aesthetics of interaction in new media art in relation to the Byzantine theology of the image. He has completed his PhD research-creation work at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture: Humanities Program at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada, 2015) combining studies in Studio Arts, Theology/Philosophy, and Art History. He has also received an MFA in Drawing/Painting from the School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor (2010). Both his Doctoral and Masters research have been funded by the SSHRC Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholarship.
Location and hours
James K. Bartleman Centre
100 Tallwood Drive (Corner of Woodroffe)