Free talk in the Alma Duncan Salon
Navigating Hierarchies: Appropriation Art and the Law
Catherine Sinclair in conversation with Michèle Provost and Glen Bloom
The place of the artist within an increasingly commodified art world is explored by Gatineau-based artist Michèle Provost in her new installation Everything must go / Liquidation totale, currently on view at the OAG. Exhibition curator Catherine Sinclair will engage in a lively discussion with the artist and invited guest Glen Bloom, who is a lawyer and contemporary art collector, about Provost’s art practice and the legal challenges of creating truly critical appropriation art.
Michèle Provost is a multi media artist and long-time resident of the Ottawa-Gatineau area. She began her artistic training in Norwich, UK in 1994-95, and earned a Diploma in Visual Arts from the Ottawa School of Art in 2000. Her work has been exhibited broadly in solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including Selling Out, organized by Carleton University Art Gallery in 2008, which toured to Maison de la culture (Pointe-aux-Trembles, QC), the Dunlop Gallery (Regina, SK), and the Art Gallery of Sudbury (Sudbury, ON). Group exhibitions include the Ottawa Art Gallery (2011), the Textile Museum of Canada and the Dalhousie Art Gallery (2008), as well as the Art Gallery of Peterborough (2005), to name a few. Provost was awarded the Mid-Career Achievement Award from the Council for the Arts in Ottawa (2010) and the Prix du Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec pour la création artistique (Région de l’Outaouais) (2009). http://www.micheleprovost.ca/
Glen Bloom is an avid collector of contemporary Canadian art and supporter of artistic practice both regionally and nationally, as evidenced by his current work as a member of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board. He is a lawyer who served as Partner in the firm of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Ottawa from 1985 to 2013, and Senior Counsel from 2013 to 2017. His practice speciality was in Intellectual Property Law, primarily copyright and trademark law. Throughout his lengthy and distinguished career, Bloom litigated intellectual property cases before the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada in actions of copyright, patent and trademark infringement. He has actively worked in the regional arts community through serving on the Boards of Directors of the Ottawa Art Gallery (1995-2004), Carleton University Art Gallery (2010-2016), the School of the Photographic Arts (SPAO) (2017 to date), and the Ottawa School of Art (1987-1991) among others. He has served as a professor in the faculties of law at both York University and the University of Ottawa and has written extensively on copyright law in Canada.
Catherine Sinclair is Senior Curator at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG). She holds an MA in Canadian Art History from Carleton University (2006). With more than thirteen years at the OAG, she has curated over forty exhibitions including We’ll all become stories: A Survey of Art in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region (2018, co-curated) and Alma: The Life and Art of Alma Duncan (1917-2004) (2014-16). She has presented her work at national forums including the University Art Association Conference (UAAC) and the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Conference (CWAHI), and published in the Journal of Curatorial Studies (2018, co-author). In 2017, she was a recipient of the Association of Art Museum Curators’ (AAMC) Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators.