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Martial Arts Cinema Series at the Ottawa Art Gallery presented by Artist Howie Tsui

OTTAWA – July 2, 2019 – Selected from Howie Tsui’s list of top picks, the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) and the Canadian Film Institute (CFI) present a summer series of martial arts films in OAG’s Alma Duncan Salon. With a unique opportunity to view these iconic films on a large screen, Howie Tsui’s Mouhap Cinema, will take place on three consecutive Wednesdays in July, and is presented in the context of the touring exhibition Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy which runs until September 15, 2019 at the Gallery.

The series will start on Wednesday, July 10th with One-Armed Swordsman (1967), the first of the new style of wuxia films emphasizing male anti-heroes, violent swordplay and heavy bloodletting. On Wednesday, July 17th, King Hu’s A Touch of Zen, which won the 1975 Cannes Technical Grand Prize, has been deemed breathtaking, innovative, and visionary. The series will end with Project A, on Wednesday, July 24th, a 1983 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film written and directed by Jackie Chan, who also stars in it. The program for the series is included under the Listings information below.

Each film will be prefaced with a video introduction by artist Howie Tsui, discussing his selection, the genre, and how they informed his video installation Retainers of Anarchy now on view at OAG (see excerpt here). “Mouhap Cinema is a film program I’ve selected to accompany and inform my OAG exhibition. One-Armed Swordsman ushered in a new style of graphic film-making in Hong Kong and inspired the likes of Quentin Tarantino and John Woo. A Touch of Zen is one of the classics, beautifully shot and artfully made with a focus on atmosphere that informed Ang Lee’s work.” says Tsui. “When I moved to Canada as a child, we had a video cassette of Jackie Chan’s Project A and I loved its high wire stunts, tightly choreographed action sequences and shout outs to the silent films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.”

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and Thunder Bay, Howie Tsui has also lived in Ottawa. His work Retainers of Anarchy is a 25-metre scroll-like video installation that looks at life during the Song dynasty (960–1279 CE). In it, Tsui references wuxia, a traditional form of martial arts literature now seen in popular film and television. Mouhap or mou hap is Cantonese for wuxia which is Mandarin.

Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy is a touring exhibition organized by OAG, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Howie Tsui’s Mouhap Cinema images and captions:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/amlkadgir0c9odm/AAAtRC6mxFt-MfOiEoyh8FyAa?dl=0

Listing information:
Series Title: Howie Tsui’s Mouhap Cinema
Dates and times: Wednesday, July 10, 17 & 24 at 7 PM
Location: Ottawa Art Gallery, Alma Duncan Salon, 50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa, ON, K1N 0C5, CANADA
Tickets: $10 each or $25 for admission to all three movies. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
All films will be screened in the original language they were filmed in with English subtitles.

Eventbrite page:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mouhap-cinema-cinema-mouhap-tickets-61582993391

Howie Tsui’s Mouhap Cinema Program
One-Armed Swordsman
Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at 7 PM

Cantonese with English Subtitles
Director: Chan Cheh            
1967 | 117 minutes
MPAA rated R

A noble swordsman, whose arm had been chopped off, returns to his former teacher to defend him from a villainous gang of rival swordsmen. Directed by Chang Cheh, it was the first of the new style of wuxia films emphasizing male anti-heroes, violent swordplay and heavy bloodletting. It was the first Hong Kong film to make over one million at the local box office, propelling its star Jimmy Wang to superstardom. The success of this film also spawned two sequels, comprising the One-Armed Swordsman trilogy.


A Touch of Zen
Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 7 PM

Mandarin with English subtitles
Director: King Hu                                    
1971 | 180 minutes
MPAA, not rated

“Visionary” barely begins to describe this masterpiece of Chinese martial arts moviemaking. A Touch of Zen (Xia nu) by King Hu depicts the journey of Yang, a fugitive noblewoman in disguise who seeks refuge in a remote, and allegedly haunted, village. The sanctuary she and her three companions find with a shy scholar is shattered when a nefarious swordsman uncovers her identity, pitting the five against legions of blade-wielding opponents. At once a wuxia film, the tale of a spiritual quest, and a study in human nature, A Touch of Zen is an unparalleled work in Hu’s career and an epic of the highest order, with breathtaking action choreography, stunning widescreen landscapes, and innovative editing.  


Project A
Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at 7 PM
Cantonese with English subtitles
Director: Jackie Chan
1983 | 106 minutes
MPAA rated PG-13 for violence

Dragon Ma (Jackie Chan) is a lieutenant in the 19th-century Hong Kong marines. Pirates have been terrorizing local waters, with assistance from the corrupt authorities. Dragon Ma hopes to defeat the evil pirate clan led by Sanpao (Dick Wei), but his plan is short-circuited. Ma then teams with a navy admiral (Hak Suen Lau), a police captain Tzu (Biao Yuen) and a crafty thief (Sammo Hung Kam-Bo) in a new round of high-seas battles with Sanpao and his pirates.

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For media enquiries, or to book a phone interview with Howie Tsui:
Véronique Couillard
Officer, Media, Public and Francophone Relations
vcouillard@oaggao.ca
613-233-8699 +244

About the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is Ottawa’s municipal art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.

oaggao.ca

OAG receives funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa.


War artist Molly Lamb Bobak’s paintings capture the pulse of crowds and the everyday

OTTAWA – June 24th, 2019 – The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) presents the work of Molly Lamb Bobak (1920 – 2014), the first Canadian woman war artist, a painter fascinated by gatherings and the everyday life. The exhibition Molly Lamb Bobak: A Woman of the Crowd features works from private and public collections and highlights this artist’s unique ability to capture the pulse of crowds.

''One of the OAG’s curatorial strengths and strategic directions includes recovering artists who have been underrepresented within the Canadian art canon, most especially researching and presenting works by women artists from the modernist period such as our exhibition on Molly Lamb Bobak.''
- Alexandra Badzak, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa Art Gallery

Part of the first generation of Canadian women earning their livings as artists, Lamb Bobak became known for her paintings, drawings, and watercolours. In 1942, the artist joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corps and was sent overseas where she depicted female military training as well as dynamic scenes of marches and parades.

''Molly Lamb Bobak’s career as a professional artist began as Canada’s first official woman war artist. She remains best known for the paintings she produced once the hostilities ended in Europe and for the humorous, satirical drawings she included in her wartime diary—often with subtle critiques of gender.''
- Michelle Gewurtz, Curator, Ottawa Art Gallery

The exhibition is based on Gewurtz's publication Molly Lamb Bobak: Life and Work, available in print September 25th, produced for the Art Canada Institute (ACI) and builds upon the foundations of the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art that reflects change from representational art to abstraction in Canadian Art. Lamb Bobak never fully embraced abstraction, but her crowd scenes show its influences. Throngs of people in a multitude of situations, from leisurely activities to student protests and formal gatherings, were recurring themes throughout her sixty-year-long career.

Molly Lamb Bobak: A Woman of the Crowd, curated by OAG's Curator Michelle Gewurtz, will be on view from June 29, 2019 to January 12, 2020, in the Firestone Gallery.

Michelle Gewurtz
Michelle Gewurtz is the curator at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG). She holds a PhD in the History of Art from the University of Leeds with a specialization in Feminism and the Visual Arts. Her curatorial projects explore the convergence of gender politics and creative identity, and her research interests extend to both historical and contemporary art practices.

Molly Lamb Bobak
Painter, watercolourist, and printmaker, Molly Lamb Bobak was born in British Columbia in 1920. She is remembered as the first and only woman accredited by the federal government as an official Canadian war artist of WWII. In 1995, Lamb Bobak was presented with the Order of Canada for her work.

Molly Lamb Bobak: A Woman of the Crowd artworks and captions:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2w8vrwlvve8xp21/AAD1yQX9j_4NuViczMaMeOeNa?dl=0

Listing information:
Exhibition Title: Molly Lamb Bobak: A Woman of the Crowd
Exhibition Dates: from June 29, 2019 to January 12, 2020
Location: Ottawa Art Gallery, Firestone Gallery, 50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa, ON, K1N 0C5, CANADA
Admission: Free
Gallery Hours: 9 AM to 9 PM daily (except holidays)
Free Childcare: Fridays from 3 PM to 7 PM

Event:
Curator Tour with Michelle Gewurtz
Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at 10 am
Join curator Michelle Gewurtz for a tour of Molly Lamb Bobak: Woman of the Crowd.
Tour at begins at the Visitor Experience desk.

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For media enquiries, to book an interview with the Curator or for a tour:
Véronique Couillard
Officer, Media, Public and Francophone Relations
vcouillard@oaggao.ca
613-233-8699 +244

About the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is Ottawa’s municipal art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.

oaggao.ca

OAG receives funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa.


High Caliber Ottawa-Gatineau Art at LE PARTY, Ottawa Art Gallery’s Art Auction

OTTAWA ON, May 22th 2019 – On May 30th, the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) will host LE PARTY, its signature fundraising event for over twenty years. The auction attracts hundreds of guests who have a taste for local art and cuisine. LE PARTY raises funds that allows the Gallery to offer free educational programs, tours, events, free childcare on Fridays and free admission to the Gallery every day.

One of Ottawa’s premier social art events, LE PARTY is a silent art auction and cocktail that celebrate the incredible calibre of art from the region. It features works by 65 regional artists, ranging from emerging to well established. Over the years, close to 1,160 artworks have been donated to the art auction.

Works up for auction include paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography, printmaking, fashion design, mixed media, and jewelry. The event also feature the popular Buy it Now program, which offers guests the opportunity to end bidding and immediately purchase any work on auction, at market value. In 2018 nearly 20% of works sold were purchased through the Buy It Now. Works will range in price from $100 - $12 000.

“LE PARTY, OAG’s annual art auction, returning to its early summer spot on the social calendar, is always a great event to mingle and purchase some artwork from some of the most important artists from the region. Not only do patrons support professional artists but there contributions help to keep OAG free and accessible for everyone!” says Ottawa Art Gallery Director and CEO, Alexandra Badzak.

New this year, 50 % of the revenues go back to the artists, a higher return, and after LE PARTY, OAG is hosting for the first time a late-night event for novice art collectors. Guests may purchase the Art Lover ticket for early access to the art acquiring and special reception (starting at 5:30 pm) or Individual tickets for the cocktail party and auction at 7 pm. après/after LE PARTY starts at 9:30 pm and is also ticketed.

LE PARTY has raised over $1 million over the years. This year’s title sponsors are Downtown Rideau BIA and Le Germain Hotels.

LE PARTY artists and artworks:
https://www.oaggao.ca/le-party-artists-2019

LE PARTY FAQ:
https://www.oaggao.ca/le-party-faq-2019

LE PARTY Images:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6qm1kdsj5xzvpyb/AADR4wtdOIUKWbDanxkadNJIa?dl=0

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For media enquiries, a preview of the auction or to set-up interviews please contact:
Véronique Couillard
Ottawa Art Gallery
613.233.8699, x244
vcouillard@oaggao.ca

About the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is Ottawa’s municipal art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.

oaggao.ca


Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion: Celebrating Year One of Ottawa’s New Home for the Arts

OTTAWA – April 26, 2019 – April 28th 2019 marks the first anniversary of the inauguration of the new the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG), its expansion and new identity in the city. A year on, over a quarter million visitors later, more than 30,000 participants in education and public programs, and 50 community partners, OAG has many successes and premieres to celebrate.

Ottawa’s new home for the arts inaugurated its new address with a landmark exhibition honouring over 6,500 years of art making in Ottawa-Gatineau. During its inaugural year, the Ottawa Art Gallery hosted the first large-scale presentation in Canada of the work of internationally renowned and locally trained designer Karim Rashid, Karim Rashid: Cultural Shaping. In June, Canadian novelist and artist, Douglas Coupland, unveiled his never before seen work The National Portrait at the Ottawa Art Gallery which was commissioned and presented by fashion retailer Simons. And Wrapped in Culture, a collaborative exhibition between ten Indigenous artists from Australia and Canada, currently on view at OAG, will the Gallery’s first international travelling endeavour.

“Since opening just a year ago, the new Ottawa Art Gallery has exceeded expectations and achieved incredible success while having a significant impact on residents, visitors and the arts and culture community at large. It has redefined itself as a premier hub for our rich, vibrant and diverse Arts Community and it has truly become a beacon in Ottawa's Arts, Fashion & Theatre District. I’d like to congratulate Ms. Alexandra Badzak, OAG’s Director and CEO, and her staff on reaching this important milestone and creating an exciting space to share Ottawa’s treasures with residents and visitors from around the world.’’
- Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa

''A year ago, the new OAG opened and what a year it was! We had a year of successes, we rose to the challenges, we had incredible volunteer and donor involvement, and public participation surpassed all expectations with over 350,000 visitors! I believe that the OAG proved that public galleries can be unique and vibrant destinations that can hold space for a multitude of voices and experiences with art and that having a rooted and localized cultural lens on the complex issues of our times is important.'' 
- Alexandra Badzak, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa Art Gallery

Partnerships and exchanges play a key role in OAG’s programming and many new ones were formed during this inaugural year. OAG took part in the first ever Capital Winter Pride with a queer youth art mixer, is now the home of the Canadian Film Institute’s many film festivals, and of the popular CreativeMornings Ottawa series. A partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria brought the work of Howie Tsui for his touring exhibition Retainers of Anarchy. Intergenerational collaborations were a key part of Mine the Gap grant-funded creative exchange series organised by Artwise, OAG’s senior art group and Départ, the youth council, with the contribution of 18 different community groups and organizations. 

New OAG initiatives for 2019 include extending the popular Creative Sundays throughout the summer, and switching OAG’s drop-in free childcare to Fridays evening, while continuing with its popular public programs such as multilingual exhibition tours (offered in Korean, Arabic, Spanish, and Mandarin), OAG Art tent, Yoga on the Terrace, Creative Space and more.

Last night, at 2019 Ottawa Tourism Awards, the Ottawa Art Gallery won the “New Visitor Experience” award just on time for its expansion anniversary.

OAG Expansion One Year Anniversary Events:

New OAG Anniversary weekend
Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th 2019
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Free and open to all
Ottawa Art Gallery
10 Daly Avenue

Activities, workshops, performances and more!
-Face painting; creative workshops; new exhibitions;
-10% off store-wide in the OAG Shop (20% off for OAG members)

Jackson special anniversary brunches
Drag Brunch ft. Kiki Coe
Saturday April 27th
10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

By reservation only: jacksonottawa.com

Beats and Brunch ft. DJ Jas Nasty
Sunday April 28th
10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

By reservation only: jacksonottawa.com

Cultural Shift: Changing the conversation on the arts in Ottawa
EVENT POSTPONED
- new date will soon be announced
Free and open to all
OAG’s Alma Duncan Salon

A conversation on new initiatives in the arts with visual arts, music and film industry leaders:
-Erin Benjamin, President & CEO, Canadian Live Music Association
-Bruce Harvey, Ottawa Film Commissioner, Ottawa Film Office
-Alexandra Badzak, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa Art Gallery
Hosted by Tom Clark, with welcoming remarks by Mayor Jim Watson

Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion Year One Images and captions: 
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/72jrsdujwc8s8l4/AABp8J8WsQx19bEthVjJoMtOa?dl=0

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Media enquiries:
Véronique Couillard
PR and Media
vcouillard@oaggao.ca
613-233-8699 +244

About the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is Ottawa’s municipal art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.


Ottawa Art Gallery opens 5 new exhibitions this spring

Science, International Indigenous Collaborations, Martial Art Literature and Travel shape OAG’s spring and summer programming

OTTAWA – April 1, 2019 – The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) launches 5 new exhibitions for spring and summer 2019 highlighting local, national and international artists. The exhibitions will officially open on Thursday April 11th from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm with a public vernissage with artists and curators in attendance. Informed by science and art, news, resistance as well as travelling, the exhibitions feature interactive sculptures, collaboratively-made art and a massive video projection.

Carbon + Light: Juan Geuer's Luminous Precision (on view until August 18, 2019) celebrates the ground breaking and science-based art of Canadian artist Juan Geuer (1917 – 2009). To illustrate his legacy, guest Curator Caroline Seck Langill paired Geuer’s art with the work of new media artists Barry Ace, Doug Back, Darsha Hewitt, Catherine Richards, Daniel Sharp, Michael Snow and Norman White. Many of the pieces, whether large-scale installations, 3D photography or moving sculptures, require visitor interaction. The exhibition, held in OAG’s Spencerville Gallery as well as SAW Video Project Space, also showcases the importance of Ottawa as the site within which Geuer’s surprising practice emerged.

Organized by OAG, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy (April 12 – September 15, 2019), is a touring solo exhibition of new work by Howie Tsui. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and Thunder Bay, Tsui has also lived in Ottawa. The title work, Retainers of Anarchy, is a 25-metre scroll-like video installation that looks at life during the Song dynasty (960–1279 CE). Tsui references Wuxia, a traditional form of martial arts literature now seen in popular film and television, which the artists considers a narrative tool for dissidence and resistance. See video excerpt here.

Wrapped in Culture (April 12 – September 15, 2019) brings together ten Indigenous artists from Australia and Canada who collaborated on a buffalo hide robe and a possum skin cloak, reviving two culturally distinct, yet similar traditions. Photographs by Rosalie Favell of each participant in the robe form part of the exhibition. This exhibition will be touring in Canada and Australia and features the work of Barry Ace (Anishinaabe [Odawa]), Kerri Clarke (Boon Wurrung), Maree Clarke (Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta, Boon Wurrung), Rosalie Favell (Métis), Mitch Mahoney (Boon Wurrung, Barkindji), Molly Mahoney (Boon Wurrung, Barkindji), Wade Mahoney (Barkindji), Meryl McMaster (Cree), Adrian Stimson (Siksika [Blackfoot]), and Vicki West (trawlwoolway).

Ottawa-based Cheryl Pagurek’s uses 3D depth technology and computer programming to explore the daily experiences of connecting to a networked world. Titled Connect (excerpt here), the interactive video and audio installation projects visitors’ body outlines onto global images and sounds sourced from news channels. Cheryl Pagurek: Connect is on from April 12 to August 11, 2019.

Dominic Laporte is an Ottawa-based artist whose work explores portraiture through painting and mixed-media methods. Laporte believes that portraiture has a unique ability to transcend the artist’s individual voice—whether he’s painting a respected personality in the local hip hop community or someone he met while travelling. His exhibition Pranayam runs from April 4th to May 11th, 2019 in OAG’s Galerie Annexe.

Listing information

Location and contact:

Ottawa Art Gallery
50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa, ON, K1N 0C5, CANADA
613.233.8699 | info@oaggao.ca
oaggao.ca

Exhibition, Artists and Dates:

Carbon + Light: Juan Geuer’s Luminous Precision
Barry Ace, Doug Back, Juan Geuer, Darsha Hewitt, Catherine Richards, Daniel Sharp, Michael Snow, Norman White
March 9 – August 18, 2019

Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy
Howie Tsui
April 12 – September 15, 2019

Wrapped in Culture
Barry Ace (Anishinaabe [Odawa]), Kerri Clarke (Boon Wurrung), Maree Clarke (Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta, Boon Wurrung), Rosalie Favell (Métis), Mitch Mahoney (Boon Wurrung, Barkindji), Molly Mahoney (Boon Wurrung, Barkindji), Wade Mahoney (Barkindji), Meryl McMaster (Cree), Adrian Stimson (Siksika [Blackfoot]), Vicki West (trawlwoolway)
April 12 – September 15, 2019

Cheryl Pagurek: Connect
Cheryl Pagurek
April 12 – August 11, 2019

Dominic Laporte: Pranayam (Galerie Annexe)
Dominic Laporte
4 April – 11 May, 2019

Admission: Free

Gallery Hours: 9 AM to 9 PM daily (except holidays)

Free Childcare: Wednesdays from 3 PM to 7 PM

Opening Reception:
Thursday April 11th, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Free and open to the public

Public Program Highlights:

In Conversation: Caroline Langill and Jean Gagnon
Wednesday, April 10, 2019, from 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Alma Duncan Salon, Floor 3

Artist Talk: Darsha Hewitt
Thursday, April 11, 2019, from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Alma Duncan Salon, Floor 3

Artist Talk: Howie Tsui
Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 2 PM

Artist Talk: Rosalie Favel
Sunday, May 12, 2019, from 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Alma Duncan Salon, Floor 3

IMAGES:

Carbon + Light: Juan Geuer’s Luminous Precision:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iuv16zo8u05mywh/AABSu6tRF26NvqgvbOOoCSR8a?dl=0

Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gkc11900wohfmeu/AABIFlekMjq079gvX_gK14r6a?dl=0

Wrapped in Culture:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gd3dqfcdcjng34a/AADx1z0EcZ_CgQzykBzdZF1-a?dl=0

Cheryl Pagurek: Connect:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rl5pzg0xokbpwtr/AADsCkdwcP4kHhGyZi6IvDB1a?dl=0

Dominic Laporte: Pranayam:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kzvp5lqn3cxlubp/AAD4xlvq7jLQo6vnj5XavA23a?dl=0

For media enquiries, to set-up interviews with artists, curators, artist estates or for media tours:

Véronique Couillard
PR and Media
vcouillard@oaggao.ca
613-233-8699 +244

About the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is Ottawa’s municipal art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.
 


Facing climate change with musical instruments made of ice

OTTAWA – February 5th, 2019 – The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) presents the work of award-winning percussionist, visual artist and instrument builder Jesse Stewart. The exhibition Jesse Stewart: Icebreaking will also feature works by members of the Group of Seven and other Firestone Collection of Canadian Art artists such as Franklin Carmichael, Lawren S. Harris and Claude Picher, under the theme of transformed landscapes and environmental changes. It opens with a free reception open to the public Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 2 PM - 4 PM in the Firestone Gallery at 10, Daly Avenue, and will run from February 9 to June 23rd, 2019.

Drawing inspiration from works in the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art (FCCA), Ottawa-based artist Jesse Stewart examines the role of industry on climate change, as well as the related disappearance of ice.  The exhibition includes artworks from the FCCA highlighting industrial activities such as mining and smelting in Ontario’s Great Lakes region, as well as annual icebreaking to clear shipping channels along the St. Lawrence River. Stewart’s work, in turn, seeks to emphasize renewable resources. His use of reclaimed materials, including wood, glass, and plastic, stresses the necessity of upcycling in the face of accelerated toxic manufacturing and consumer consumption.

Reflecting on the global ramifications of local pollution, Stewart also looks to melting glaciers and polar ice caps. Depictions of northern landscapes from the Firestone Collection have been paired with Glacialis (2010-19), a video of Stewart using percussive instruments made of ice (sound excerpt here). We feel a sense of urgency and ephemerality as it becomes evident that Stewart’s music will end when the instruments melt. As we currently sit at an environmental tipping point, it is necessary to contemplate the reverberations of our collective and individual actions on the local ecology in the age of the Anthropocene.

Jesse Stewart: Icebreaking is part of Firestone Reverb, a series of exhibitions in which contemporary artists engage with the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art. The OAG houses and presents this collection through changing exhibitions that highlight its breadth and diversity.

Jesse Stewart is an award-winning composer, percussionist, visual artist, instrument builder, educator, and community activist. His audio-visual installation-based work crosses disciplinary boundaries, exploring the link between the visual and the sonic arts. He mainly composes for percussion, found objects and instruments of his own design. He is an active performer, and has facilitated dozens of inclusive music and art workshops throughout Canada and internationally. He is currently a professor at Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa.

 

Listing information

Location and contact:
Ottawa Art Gallery
50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa, ON, K1N 0C5, CANADA
613.233.8699 | info@oaggao.ca
oaggao.ca

Exhibition Title and Artists:
Jesse Stewart: Icebreaking
With the work of Jesse Stewart, Franklin Carmichael, Alan Collier, Lawren S. Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Claude Picher, Philip Surrey

Exhibition Dates:
February 9 – June 23, 2019

Admission:
Free

Hours:
9 AM to 9 PM daily (except holidays)

Free Childcare:
Wednesdays from 3 PM to 7 PM

Opening Reception:
Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 2 PM to 4 PM
Free and open to the public

Family Day at the Ottawa Art Gallery
Monday, February 18, 2019, from 11 AM to 3 PM
50 Mackenzie King Bridge Lobby
Join family and friends at OAG for a drop-in activity inspired by Jesse Stewart’s Icebreaking exhibition in the lobby at 50 Mackenzie King Bridge and gallery tours on the hour.
Suitable for all ages. Free.

For media enquiries:
Véronique Couillard
Public and Media Relations Manager
vcouillard@oaggao.ca
613-233-8699 +244

About the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is Ottawa’s municipal art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.

oaggao.ca

 


Press Release

The Ottawa Art Gallery and The Royal launch a creative collaboration

OTTAWA – January 31st, 2019 – Creative Space, a studio program for youth and adults carrying experiences of mental illness has been developed as a collaboration between the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) and the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. The program offers weekly creative exploration and art making for outpatients from The Royal in various stages of recovery, and has grown to include participants from various neighboring service organizations who value creativity as a tool for wellness and community building. City of Ottawa Councillor Keith Egli visited OAG today to view artworks by Creative Space artists.

‘’Proud of two Ottawa institutions working together to create positive social change and awareness. It is through such innovation and cooperation that we will foster mental health treatment and wellness.‘’

-Keith Egli, Ottawa City Councillor, Knoxdale-Merivale, and Chair of Ottawa Public Health Board

‘’Creative Space is part of a growing trend in the arts and health fields, which recognizes that wellness can be derived through creativity and community.‘’

-Alexandra Badzak, Ottawa Art Gallery, Director and Chief Executive Officer

Piloted as an offsite initiative during the Gallery’s construction phase, the program now runs weekly in the OAG Studio at 10 Daly Avenue. Creative activities are led by the OAG’s Community Access team, and facilitated by Recreational Therapists from The Royal. 

“Looking towards the future, The Royal is focused on delivering mental health care that meets people where they are - that means working alongside partners across our community who interface with our clients in different ways to provide care that is integrated with other meaningful elements of their lives.  Creative Space is a wonderful example of this; it gives clients the opportunity for creative expression and learning while becoming part of a broader community that supports their wellness.”

-Joanne Bezzubetz, President and CEO of The Royal

Creative Space is designed to provide a supportive environment free from labels, in which well-being is fostered through multidisciplinary creative exploration.  The program also aims fight negative social perceptions of mental illness; and promote the power of art as a tool for wellness and community building.

 ‘’I’ve always been comfortable using art and its expression as part of my recovery path. The space, the projects and the people, both the facilitators and peers at OAG have provided a safe non-judgemental space for me to explore wherever I may be emotionally. These drop-in afternoons helped me independently transition in to the rest of the week.‘’

-Creative Space Artist

The ongoing program, officially launched on December 17, 2018 during a vernissage of new works created by participants, receives the generous support of James McCrae and Debbie and David Weinstein.

‘’The integration of two public institutions, combining their respective skillsets, to provide community based mental health care and recovery outlets is totally awesome. Furthermore, OAG’s inclusion of the clients of the Ottawa Mission is testament to the potential of such programs to break barriers and provide truly community driven, integrated and holistic health care offerings.‘’

-James McCrae, Supporter

Creative Space has grown considerably since the launch of its pilot phase in 2016 to a highly attended drop-in. Once a week, from May to December 2018, an average of 20 participants attended the sessions in the OAG Studio, for a total of 440 participants this year, a significantly higher number than 136 participants in 2017.

Dropbox Image Folder: sample artworks
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iyr4qf0pi038i0o/AABphshFzd249jQ0yUfdS6oXa?dl=0

For media enquiries or to book an interview with OAG Director Alexandra Badzak, the coordinator of Creative Space Alexis Boyle or our partner The Royal:

Véronique Couillard
Public and Media Relations Manager
vcouillard@oaggao.ca
613-233-8699 +244

About the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is Ottawa’s municipal art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.

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The 45th Anniversary of a generous family gift to the Canadian Public

OTTAWA – November 30, 2018 – The year 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art (FCCA) becoming public. This significant Canadian art collection established by Ottawa-based collectors O.J. and Isobel Firestone is now housed at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG). The Gallery hosted an event on Thursday, November 29th in honour this moment, which brought together Mayor Jim Watson, Brenda Firestone, eldest child of the late O.J. Firestone and Isobel Firestone, along with OAG Board of Directors Chair Victor Duret and Director and CEO Alexandra Badzak.

“Ottawa is proud and fortunate to be home to the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, one of the largest and most impressive collection of works by the Group of Seven and other important Canadian artists. This collection, which was generously donated by the Firestone family, highlights our beautiful and untamed Canadian landscapes, while giving the viewer a glimpse into our rich Canadian history.”

-Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa

In 1973, O.J. and Isobel Firestone donated their collection to the Ontario Heritage Foundation who transferred its ownership to the City of Ottawa to ensure that it remained available to the public. The City then assigned custodianship of the collection to OAG who catalogues, conserves, and displays it through changing exhibitions. The FCCA, numbered over at over 1600 works, touches on the major groups and regional movements in Canada, with an emphasis on the Group of Seven, and includes influential Canadian artists such as Lawren Harris, Emily Carr, Paul-Émile Borduas, Marian Scott, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Rita Letendre, and Franz Johnston.

“As an immigrant, O.J. Firestone collected art as a means of understanding his adopted country and healing from the ravages of war. 45 years ago and over 1600 artworks later, he and his family made the decision to donate their incredible collection of art to all of us. As stewards of that collection, the OAG is celebrating this special anniversary by gifting 45 memberships to new Canadian families.”

-Alexandra Badzak, OAG Director and Chief Executive Officer

O.J. Firestone was an economist born in Austria who immigrated to Canada in 1938. In honour of this history, the Gallery will offer OAG memberships to families that have recently moved to Canada.

 “It was the wish of my parents OJ and Isobel Firestone that our art collection—the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art—be exhibited in the City of Ottawa and be available for viewing by a wide audience. Our family is thrilled that the City of Ottawa together with the Ottawa Art Gallery has created this wonderful new art gallery to exhibit works from our collection. The new Ottawa Art Gallery is a beautiful, warm and welcoming space and a perfect home for our gift to the city.”

-Brenda Firestone

Firestone Collection of Canadian Art (FCCA) Facts

  • Over 1600 works in the collection.
  • Over half the works in the collection are by the members of the Group of Seven.
  • There is an unusually high number of women artists represented in comparison to collections of Canadian art of the same era.
  • The large majority were obtained directly from the artists, many of whom maintained relationships with the Firestone family.
  • The Firestones collected works from Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic Provinces, Prairie Provinces, and Western Canada.
  • The work was collected between the early 1950s and the mid-1980s.
  • The donation of the entire collection to the Ontario Heritage Foundation was completed in 1973.
  • It passed to the City of Ottawa in 1992, and was transferred to the Ottawa Art Gallery for exhibition and conservation.
  • One of the stipulations by the Firestone family in donating the collection was “that the collection continue to be on display, accessible to the public, in the Greater Ottawa area.”
  • It has been on continual exhibition rotation at the Ottawa Art Gallery since 1992.
  • Public and educational programming such as artist talks, screenings and workshops also highlight the collection.

Dropbox Image Folder:
- Images of the new Firestone Gallery
- Artwork selection from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art
- Archive images of the Firestone House
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j3xnydcfa225klz/AACik2K5b-fdZZajezN7VyKka?dl=0

For media enquiries or to book an interview with Brenda Firestone or Alexandra Badzak:
Véronique Couillard
Ottawa Art Gallery
613-233-8699, x244
vcouillard@oaggao.ca

About the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is Ottawa’s municipal art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.

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OTTAWA ART LOVERS CAN PURCHASE A PIECE OF LOCAL CULTURE AT THE OTTAWA ART GALLERY’S ‘LE PARTY’ ART AUCTION

OTTAWA ON, October 30 2018 On November 8, the new Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) will host LE PARTY, a must-attend annual celebration for art and food lovers. This year’s event will celebrate both the OAG’s legacy and its future: marking the 30th anniversary of the organization as well as the first time the event will be held in the OAG’s new space.

One of Ottawa’s premier social events, LE PARTY is a silent art auction featuring works by over 65 regional artists, ranging from emerging to internationally renowned.  Over the years, close to 1,100 artists have donated their works to the art auction.

"I am very pleased to have an opportunity to participate in this year’s art auction. It is truly an honour to support our wonderful new gallery and give back to the community that has been so good to me over the years," says local artist Philip Craig, who has work has been showcased around the world and has been chosen for this year’s auction.

Works up for auction include paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography, printmaking, fashion design, mixed media, jewelry, and still photographs from film, performance works and installations. The event will also feature the popular Buy it Now program, which allows those in attendance to immediately purchase any work on auction, at market value. Works range in price from $200 - $12 000.

“LE PARTY is one of our major annual events and attracts hundreds of guests every year. We see Ottawa art lovers, both novice and long-time collectors, celebrate the incredible calibre of art from the region while also supporting programming at the Gallery.” says Ottawa Art Gallery Director and CEO, Alexandra Badzak.

Funds raised at LE PARTY are used to support the Gallery’s overall operations of educational and exhibition programming. The proceeds allow the Gallery to offer free educational programs, tours, events and permanent free admission to the Gallery. LE PARTY has raised over $1.1million over the years. This year’s title Sponsor is Downtown Rideau BIA, and Gold Sponsors are Le Germain Hotels and Ashcroft Homes.

A new community LE PARTY partnership is launched this year at an event generously sponsored by Ashcroft Homes and Monocle Westboro where guests will have the opportunity get a sneak peak of the auction pieces while mingling with Ottawa's artistic talent. The event takes place on Thursday November 1st from 5 pm to 7 pm at 98 Richmond Road, Ottawa. Anyone interested can RSVP here: rsvp@oaggao.ca.

LE PARTY artists and artworks:
https://oaggao.ca/artist-bios-and-artwork

LE PARTY FAQ:
https://oaggao.ca/faq

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For media enquiries, a preview of the auction or to set-up interviews please contact:

Véronique Couillard
Ottawa Art Gallery
613.233.8699, x244
vcouillard@oaggao.ca

Meg Shannon
Global Public Affairs
416-455-4819
mshannon@globalpublic.com

About the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is Ottawa’s municipal art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.

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Ottawa Art Gallery illuminates Mackenzie King Bridge with interactive art

Ottawa – ON – October 24th 2018 – The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) invites members of the public and media teams to celebrate the launch of the OAG commissioned light installation Ascension by The Latest Artists, locals Andrew and Deborah O’Malley. Two years in the making, 150 feet long and supported by Solotech and Ontario 150, this major public art commission illuminates Mackenzie King Bridge.

Ascension is an LED wave graph that provides OAG with a bright promenade leading the public to the Gallery’s entrance at 50 Mackenzie King Bridge. The increasing intensity of the waves’ modulation, as they approach the front door, mimics the highs and lows of OAG’s history: from the seed planted for a municipal art gallery in the mid-1960s, to its new facility, inaugurated in 2018. The permanent interactive work invites the public into the fold, as lights bounce along the graph in playful pursuit of passersby. Light-based art has evolved with the technology, from incandescent lighting and neon sculptures to the use of LEDs in recent new-media practices. Ascension is one of 11 art commissions the OAG launched during its inaugural year.

Launch details

WHAT:
Launch of the OAG-commissioned light installation Ascension by The Latest Artists.
Enjoy canapés and beverages as we celebrate this major work.

Free and open to the public.

WHEN:
Sunday, October 28, 2018
3PM to 6PM
Speeches at 4:30PM

WHERE:
Ottawa Art Gallery
50 Mackenzie King Bridge Lobby

About The Latest Artists
The Latest Artists (Andrew and Deborah O’Malley) are a collaborative, creative couple. As a dynamic duo, they engage in a variety of multi-media artistic projects.

Press images
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3ux2pwzxircjnv3/AABCSU2MzToRb38F3wUo1lq2a?dl=0

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For media enquiries, or to book an interview with the artists:
Véronique Couillard
Ottawa Art Gallery
613-233-8699, x244
vcouillard@oaggao.ca

About the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is Ottawa’s municipal art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.

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One of the most influential designers of our time, Karim Rashid unveils retrospective at the Ottawa Art Gallery

Ottawa – ON – October 3rd 2018 – The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) is excited to present Karim Rashid: Cultural Shaping (October 11, 2018 – February 10, 2019), the first large-scale presentation of the iconic designer’s work in Canada to date. The exhibition will feature industrial designs that showcase Rashid’s constantly evolving visual language.

Showcasing unique objects and original artwork, the exhibition includes over 200 award-winning designs by the Carleton University-trained designer.

The exhibition focuses on his design of utilitarian yet beautiful objects. Iconic products are highlighted, including the Garbino waste can and the Oh-chair both produced for Umbra Canada, as well as modular and reconfigurable furniture for BoConcept: the Ottawa Collection. Karim Rashid has designed for Umbra, Sony Ericsson, Hugo Boss, Pepsi, and Eos, among others.

“The new OAG is committed to exploring the wider spectrum of contemporary artistic practices, including breakthroughs in design. Conceived by internationally renowned and locally trained designer Karim Rashid, this exhibition focuses upon the emergence of design as a powerful creative force that has changed our world. — Alexandra Badzak, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa Art Gallery

"Ottawa holds a huge part of my heart. From ‘78-‘82 I completed my undergraduate studies at Carleton University and here I am - 36 years later having a retrospective at the new beautiful OAG.

It’s going to be amazing to return after having maintained a design practice in New York for 25 years. The memories of my time will never dissipate. I often recall my time at university and how the education I received there equipped me with the skills to venture out into the world and excel in the profession of design.

After all these years design has finally become a public subject, so it is timely that OAG has decided to curate an exhibition where design can blur the distinction between art and everyday life. I’ve been away from Ottawa for 36 years. I have traveled the globe; I practiced in Milan, Toronto, and now, NYC. These experiences are all now culminating in a beautiful retrospective, composed of projects curated from my own practice of 25 years, at the Ottawa Art Gallery. It’s a homecoming for me. A beautiful reminder of where it all started." — Karim Rashid

Events

The exhibition will be celebrated with an Opening Party on Wednesday October 10th from 6 pm to 10 pm at the Ottawa Art Gallery. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.
https://oaggao.ca/karim-rashid-cultural-shaping-launch-party

The designer will deliver a keynote lecture, Analogue Versus Digital, about the future of design, on Thursday October 11th from 7 pm to 9 pm in OAG’s Alma Duncan Salon. This event is ticketed and seating is limited.
https://oaggao.ca/karim-rashid-analogue-versus-digital-keynote-lecture

Media Preview – Please RSVP with Véronique Couillard: vcouillard@oaggao.ca

WHEN: Wednesday October 10th

WHAT: 4pm-4:30pm
Cultural Shaping Media Preview tour, with Karim Rashid

4:30pm-5:00pm
Karim Rashid takes Media Questions

Where: Ottawa Art Gallery, 10 Daly Avenue

Media is also invited to attend Karim Rashid’s lecture on Thursday October 11th, from 7 pm to 9 pm, in OAG’s Alma Duncan Salon – Please RSVP with Véronique Couillard (vcouillard@oaggao.ca) for your seat.

About Karim Rashid
Visionary and prolific, Karim Rashid is one of the most unique voices in design today. With more than 4000 designs in production, nearly 300 awards to his name, and client work in over 40 countries, Karim’s ability to transcend typology continues to make him a force among designers of his generation.

Press Kit
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/451grzshdmfndvd/AABdNaTIn85G62m3ENQtxGxNa?dl=0

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For media enquiries, or attend the media preview and or lecture:
Véronique Couillard
Ottawa Art Gallery
613-233-8699, x244
vcouillard@oaggao.ca

About the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is Ottawa’s municipal art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.
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The Ottawa Art Gallery brings contemporary Indigenous arts into the classroom

Ottawa – ON – September 26 2018 – The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) has launched the publication and program Contemporary Indigenous Arts in the Classroom which aims to provide elementary and high school–level teachers with curriculum-linked lesson plans designed by contemporary Indigenous artists. The goal is to build students’ cultural competence and respect for diverse Indigenous peoples, while encouraging critical thinking about colonialism in Canada.

Contemporary Indigenous Arts in the Classroom is one of what we hope to be many sustainable contributions to the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Through the lens of contemporary art and art-making we can discover the depth and complexities of Indigenous histories and cultures and, perhaps, shift the way we view the world.” — Alexandra Badzak, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa Art Gallery

Ottawa-based Jaime Koebel (Métis, Cree) and Barry Ace (Anishinaabe) are two practicing artists who respond to contemporary experiences and maintain strong connections to their respective cultural teachings and relationships to the land. Experienced educators in their own right, Koebel and Ace have each developed an art lesson for the classroom based on the visual language of their creative practice and with specific framing questions in mind.

The publication, edited by OAG’s Head of Public, Educational and Community Programs Stephanie Nadeau, contains essays by David Garneau (Métis), Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Regina, and Wahsontiio Cross, an artist, art historian and art educator from Kahnawake Kanien’kehá:ka Territory in Quebec, as well as lesson plans, worksheets, artwork reproductions, sample student creations, discussion points and lists of suggested further readings as resources.

The publication will be distributed through ABC Art Books Canada and available for purchase in the OAG Shop for $22.

Contemporary Indigenous Arts in the Classroom is also accessible online:

https://oaggao.ca/contemporary-indigenous-arts-classroom

ISBN 978-1-894906-55-5
Publisher: Ottawa Art Gallery
Ottawa Art Gallery acknowledges funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario. Contemporary Indigenous Arts in the Classroom was also made possible by a grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation.

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For media enquiries, or to obtain a copy:
Véronique Couillard
Ottawa Art Gallery
613-233-8699, x244
vcouillard@oaggao.ca

Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is Ottawa’s municipal art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.
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Ottawa Art Gallery and Canadian Film Institute Announce New Partnership

OTTAWA ON, September 6, 2018 – The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) announced a new partnership with the Canadian Film Institute (CFI).

The OAG will serve as the new home to many of CFI's festivals including the Ottawa International Animation Festival, EU Film festival, and the Latin American Film Festival. To further solidify the partnership, on September 29 the Ottawa International Animation Festival hill host an event at the OAG called Night Owl, an interactive party that will take over the gallery for a night of activities, performances and exploration.

The OAG and CFI started working together on the design and components of the Alma Duncan Salon at the beginning of the OAG’s recent redevelopment. It was the CFI that recommended that Paul Davis and Markus Lemm be brought in to consult on moving image technology purchases for the room.

“The OAG’s mandate is to be the most vital visual arts institution in Ottawa, and that certainly includes the medium of film. We are pleased to embark on this partnership with the CFI and to begin the relationship in the Alma Duncan Salon,” says Ottawa Art Gallery Director and Chief Executive Officer, Alexandra Badzak. “It is the perfect space for the partnership, emphasizing visual imagery in all its formats and paying tribute to a pioneering female Ottawa filmmaker, animator, and artist.”

"The art of the moving image is especially at home in this incredible new Ottawa Art Gallery," says Canadian Film Institute Executive Director, Tom McSorley. "The CFI is honoured to have its annual ongoing public film festivals, Canadian and international, presented in partnership with the Ottawa Art Gallery in the magnificent, state-of-the-art screening venue, the Alma Duncan Salon."

The Alma Duncan Salon is a 4,000 sq ft multipurpose room with state-of-the-art digital and analog projection capability, seating for 245 guests and an outdoor terrace. The Salon is named after Alma Duncan (1917-2004), an artist and animator who worked in the Ottawa region for most of her 60-year career.

Alma Duncan’s artistic practice included painted portraits and abstract compositions, graphite and ink illustrations of nature, and acclaimed charcoal drawings of wartime industries and munitions factories. Using handmade puppets, she created stop-motion short films for both the National Film Board and for Dunclaren Productions, a company she founded with partner Audrey MacLaren.

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For media enquiries, or to set-up interviews please contact:

Véronique Couillard
Ottawa Art Gallery
613.233.8699, x244
vcouillard@oaggao.ca

Andrea Chrysanthou
Global Public Affairs
416-797-8194
achrysanthou@globalpublic.com

Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is Ottawa municipal’s art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.

 


Douglas Coupland premieres his latest work The National Portrait at the new Ottawa Art Gallery

Ottawa, ON (21 June 2018) - Celebrated Canadian novelist and artist, Douglas Coupland, unveils his latest work The National Portrait at the Ottawa Art Gallery on June 29, 2018. In partnership with Canadian fashion retailer Simons, Coupland has created a 3D portrait of Canadians in the twenty-first century. The National Portrait is a collection of 3D printed portraits arranged in a garden-like formation with faces looking forward towards both the sun and the future. Gold and silver metallic finishes adds richness to the sculpture’s components which sit atop risers, as Coupland describes “hijacking the aesthetics of retail display.”

“We are so pleased to debut Douglas Coupland’s The National Portrait, commissioned by Simons, at the new Ottawa Art Gallery during Canada Day and throughout the summer. This bold new work by one of Canada’s most important contemporary artists and cultural critics draws the viewer into a spectacle of faces reflecting not only a diversity of experiences but the democratization and proliferation of the portrait as an art form.”
-Alexandra Badzak, Ottawa Art Gallery, Director and Chief Executive Officer

Coupland’s ambitious large-scale installation is made from hundreds of 3D-printed portraits scanned voluntarily from members of the public at Simons store locations on a cross-country tour. This crowd-sourced artistic initiative ran from July 2015 until April 2017, and included stops in nine cities: Quebec City, Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver, Mississauga, Ottawa, Calgary, Yellowknife and Halifax. Each participant received a hand-sized version of their own 3D printed bust.

Commissioned by Simons and in keeping with their commitment to local arts and culture, the project also highlights the retailer’s expansion across Canada. As described by President Peter Simons, “The National Portrait is much more than a Simons project. As we traveled from city to city, it quickly became a national piece of art using technology that people were fascinated to experience as they watched their own 3D portraits being printed. Unveiling The National Portrait in the nation’s capital is quite fitting.”

Presented by Simons in partnership with Ottawa Art Gallery

Exhibition Dates: June 29, 2018 – August 19, 2018

The National Portrait: By the Numbers

1,700 total number of heads scanned

1,000 total number of heads in the piece

70 kilometers of biodegradable plastic filament used

11 months to print all the pieces of the sculpture

15 3D printers used

Media previews and one-on-one interviews with Douglas Coupland or Alexandra Badzak will be held on June 28th at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Those who are unable to attend are also able to request phone interviews and high res photos of the exhibit.

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Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)

OAG is Ottawa municipal’s art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.

For media enquiries, photos, or to set-up interviews please contact:

Véronique Couillard
Ottawa Art Gallery
613-233-8699, x244
vcouillard@oaggao.ca

Andrea Chrysanthou
Global Public Affairs
416-797-8194
achrysanthou@globalpublic.com

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About Simons

Simons was founded in 1840 by John Simons as a dry goods store in Quebec City and has since built its reputation on being an accessible and inspired fashion brand. Simons is led by brothers Peter and Richard Simons who carry on the family legacy and the brand’s commitment to cultivating creativity and building meaningful relationships with staff, partners and customers. All 15 Simons stores are compelling, original environments that inspire customers through fashion, art and architecture.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW OTTAWA ART GALLERY UNVEILS CONTEMPORARY BEACON IN HEART OF DOWNTOWN OTTAWA

Mayor Watson calls new gallery a “premier hub for our rich, vibrant and diverse Arts Community.”

OTTAWA ON, APRIL 28, 2018
Today the new Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) opened to the public, offering a new centre for culture in the city. The inauguration marks a significant moment for Ottawa’s cultural landscape and artistic community, as the new OAG houses galleries for special projects, a permanent collection and the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art. Along with the expanded space, the OAG debuted a spectacular exhibition showcasing the region’s rich art history. Àdisòkàmagan / Nous connaître un peu nous-mêmes / We’ll all become stories, is a landmark exhibition of unparalleled scale honouring over 6,500 years of art making in Ottawa-Gatineau.

“The province welcomes this exciting addition to Ottawa’s cultural scene,” said Daiene Vernile, Ontario Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport. “The new, expanded space allows the Ottawa Art Gallery to provide an inclusive place to showcase the wonderful breadth of historic and contemporary Canadian art.”

‘’The opening of the new Ottawa Art Gallery marks a significant moment in our city’s history and culture. The newly expanded facility will serve as Ottawa’s premier hub for our rich, vibrant and diverse Arts Community. Congratulations to our local arts leaders who worked tirelessly with the City to turn this 30-year-old dream into a reality. Through the collaboration between OAG, community partners and all three levels of government, Ottawa now has a new home for its most important works of arts; an exciting space to share these Canadians treasures with residents and visitors from around the world.’’ - Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa

A major cultural investment, the new OAG spans six floors and more than 55 000 square feet of programmable space. The stunning contemporary new building offers glimpses of the urban core and includes rotating galleries for historical, contemporary and touring exhibitions, an art studio, two rooftop terraces, a large multi-purpose room and a café all provided within a barrier-free environment complete. The new OAG has fully accessible entrances, gender neutral washrooms and offers free child-care Wednesday evenings and during vernissages. Admission to the new OAG is always free and its operating hours are 9 am to 9 pm, every day.

‘’The new Ottawa Art Gallery has been designed with a sense of interconnectivity, manifested not only in the beautiful architecture, but also in its approach to community. You will see a gallery that is accessible, breaks down barriers to participation, a gallery that is free and open when you need it to be, a gallery that embraces diversity, a gallery for you.’’ -Alexandra Badzak, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa Art Gallery

The OAG is part of a multi-use complex that also incorporates an exciting private sector mixed-use residential complex, Arthaus condominiums by DevMcGill, and a boutique hotel by Groupe Germain Hotels.

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For media enquiries, or to set-up interviews please contact:

Véronique Couillard
Ottawa Art Gallery
613-233-8699, x244
613-291-1358
vcouillard@oaggao.ca

Andrea Chrysanthou
Global Public Affairs
416-797-8194
achrysanthou@globalpublic.com

Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is Ottawa municipal’s art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.


Click on the title of the press release below to open a PDF copy.

Ottawa Art Gallery Reveals Creative Team Behind Jackson Café
February 21, 2018

Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion Opens April 28th
January 30, 2018


First Publication of its Kind – A Visual Exploration of the Art Produced in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region Going Back 6500 Years.
November 30, 2017


MEDIA INQUIRIES

Véronique Couillard, Public and Media Relations Manager
vcouillard@oaggao.ca
613-233-8699 +244

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613-233-8699 +235