René Price – The Art of City Building
July 12 to September 4, 2018
Vernissage: Thursday, July 12, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Artist talk and walkabout: Sunday, August 19, 2:00 pm
Image of found baseball cap by Petra Halkes. Courtesy of the artist.
René Price, Towers of Power series, 2010-2017, mixed media, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist.
Reacting to the never-ending controversial development plans in Ottawa, satiric artist René Price has built a model utopian city, “OTTOWA” that will be presented on the floor, sprawling out from the middle of the gallery, giving the viewer an overview of it all, zoning and OMB permitting. Profit, growth, gentrification, human foibles and luck, all play a part in mapping out our collective future.
The Art of City Building is a modelled city, not a model city. Instead of a speculative representation of carefully planned and rationally managed development, it presents us with haphazard hoarded collections of juxtaposed, manipulated, and hacked objects that resemble and parody the city we know. But what city do we know?
René Price is an Ideaguy/inventor, Quirky Mockartist, Scribbler, Rascal, Non-smoking cyber Luddite and Grand Amateur. He has shown his Artstuff from Sainte-Foy (Quebec) to Montreal, Ottawa, Cornwall, Toronto, Hamilton, London (Ontario), Sault Ste. Marie, Winnipeg (twice) and Calgary. He has been reviewed in Border Crossings, Art Papers (USA), Espace, Artichoke and various newspapers. His artworks are in the odd collection. He wants to create MORCA (Museum of René’s Contemptorary Art) in the Ottawa area, sometime soon!
René Price gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council.
Adrienne Scott - Magpie Landscapes
September 13 to October 31, 2018
Vernissage: Thursday, September 13, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Adrienne Scott, Conkers, 2016, inkjet print on paper, 60 x 90 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Influenced by natural history and painting, this exhibition of prints focuses on a collection of objects and fragments taken from both urban and rural spaces, and then recorded in illusory, scanned images. The images in Magpie Landscapes reference landscape and its materials, while abstracting typical perceptions of space, scale, gesture, and the life of objects.
Barbara Brown and Cynthia O’Brien – LifeCycle Conversations
Judith Parker, curatorial collaborator
November 8, 2018 to January 9, 2019
Vernissage: Thursday, November 8, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Barbara Brown and Cynthia O’Brien, She Remembers Me, 2017, collaborative sculptural installation, archival pigment on cotton rag, 107 x 133 cm (image). Courtesy of the artists.
Brown and O’Brien’s collaborative project entwines ceramic objects and photographic images of plant forms to create an immersive installation. Contrasting the timelessness of white ceramic flowers and leaves against the seasonal colour changes of a cultivated garden or wild forest, it suggests a conversation on dying, human frailty and how gardening is a memento mori, a reminder that death is inevitable.