CUAG opening three new exhibitions in January

Carol Sawyer’s solo exhibition The Natalie Brettschneider Archive, curated by Heather Anderson, is one of three new exhibitions opening at the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) Jan. 18, along with Mathew Reichertz’s Garbage, and the group exhibition Continuum: Abstraction in Contemporary Indigenous Art. The upcoming exhibitions curated by Heather Anderson, Robin Metcalfe, and Wahsontiio Cross feature works from artists Robert Houle, Rita Letendre, Helen Wassegijig, Lance Belanger, and Alex Janvier. The Natalie Brettschneider Archive narrates the life of a fictional artist and performer named Natalie Brettschneider, which Sawyer has staged since 1998. “I am intrigued by Carol Sawyer’s ongoing, self-reflective project of ‘uncovering’ Natalie Brettschneider’s life and performance work,” Anderson said. “She also includes historical documents that she has uncovered […]

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CUAG exhibits U of O students work

University of Ottawa (U of O), master of fine arts student David Kaarsemaker previewed his graduating thesis exhibit at the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) and talked in detail about his art, on Aug. 18. This is the third consecutive year CUAG has partnered with U of O’s department of fine arts to present a thesis at the exhibition, according to Glen Bloom, a member of CUAG’s advisory committee. “CUAG’s mission includes providing a vital cultural resource for both Carleton University and the wider community,” Bloom said. Bloom said Kaarsemaker’s paintings have a transcendental, surrealistic, and psychoanalytical quality to them. His complicated layered process, beginnning with a maquette based off rooms or houses which he remembers from his life, indicates […]

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Indigenous artists showcased at Asinabka festival

Asinabka, a festival celebrating indigenous artists, held its third annual opening night film screening at Ottawa’s Victoria Island on July 23. The exhibition openings are for Noongwa (Now/Today) at Gallery 101 and Maanpii (Here) at Platform Gallery on July 24. During the opening, festival-goers waited in anticipation as the sun slowly faded out into the blackened screen playing Jeff Barnaby’s feature-length film Rhymes for Young Ghouls. Rhymes for Young Ghouls tells the story of a strong-willed indigenous girl named Aila who defends herself and “her crew” from a white racist residential school. Festival director Howard Adler said he stands by the decision to screen this film even though it has already been released on DVD. “It’s one of the best […]

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Dreamy art takes over the walls of Atomic Rooster

Atomic Rooster opened Sheena Kalmakova’s Series Exhibition May 4. Paintings from all four of Kalmakova’s series were displayed including Moon Series, Sun Series, October Series and The Crows Series. Atomic Rooster is a small intimate space where people come together to eat, drink a fresh pint, and enjoy some art. Kalmakova’s art gives the bistro a romantic, almost dream-like ambiance. Her series wraps around the restaurant and progresses through stages of subject matter and colour as the warm glowing backdrops of Sun Series progress into the more dark renderings of October Series. “The scenes and subject matter I choose to paint are those that I need or want to spend time with, or those that have greatly affected me. My […]

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Screenings challenge concepts of identity and oppression

Available Light Screening Collective and Gallery 101 co-presented video programme Strange Representations, curated by Ulysses Castellanos and Theo Pelmus, at Club SAW July 17. Available Light Screening Collective member Christopher Rhode introduced the screening with a warning, saying the audience would “probably have nightmares about [it] later.” Strange Representations, which featured multiple short films, challenges pre-existing notions of cultural identity which curator Castellanos described as “a dichotomy of ‘us’ and ‘them:’ the white man, the establishment, and the corporations against me.” “I started to see there’s different types of art being made about representations of identity that is a little more complex. . . it’s not about ‘I’m oppressed and you’re the oppressor’ but ‘I’m oppressed, but in relation to […]

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