CUAG exhibit creates art with fungi

La chambre des cultures, foraging in time and space is an exhibit at the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG), which was unveiled on Sept. 11. Artist-in-residence Annie Thibault uses fungi to explore and bridge the space between the art gallery, and the biology lab. The exhibit is part of a pilot project between CUAG and Carleton’s biology department. In collaboration with Myron Smith, a biology professor at Carleton University, Thibault has been cultivating multiple species of fungi, an underground organism within small petri dishes. “It is interesting [that] there is actually a lot of common ground,” Smith said. “Artists rely on mistakes and working with the outcomes of an experiment, which is exactly what we do in a biology lab.” Mushrooms are […]

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CUAG introduces fall exhibits

On Sept. 11, the Carleton Univesity Art Gallery (CUAG) unveiled its four new exhibitions at its 25th anniversary celebration: Always Vessels, Animate, La chambre des cultures foraging in time and space and HERbarium. The opening remarks were delivered by Alastair Summerlee, Carleton’s interim president, who expressed his excitement and how all four exhibits, although different, blend nicely together. The turnout was great and many guests were able to interact with the artists and curators. Alexandra Kahsenni:io Nahwegahbow is the curator for the Indigenous art exhibit, Always Vessels. This collection features the works of Barry Ace, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Carrie Hill, Nadya Kwandibens, Jean Marshall, Pinnock Smith, Natasha Smoke Santiago, Samuel Thomas and Olivia Whetung, who are nine Anishinaabek and Haudenosaunee […]

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CUAG’s Open Space Lab allows for performance-based art

The Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) hosted a performance by Hong Kong Exile and fu-GEN Theatre, along with Theatre Conspiracy. The performance art piece, titled “No Foreigners,” explores Chinese shopping malls as “racialized spaces of cultural creation and clash,” according to the CUAG website. The performance is the second one to use the gallery’s “Open Space Lab” format, which allows artists to use the gallery space as part of their work. The open nature of the lab allows artists to interact with others and discuss ideas related to their art with the public and other artists. “We came up with the idea of using the space of the gallery between exhibitions as a research development space,” said Anna Khimasia, who […]

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Satirical art thriving under U.S. administration

When Michael de Adder received news of U.S. President Donald Trump’s election, he said he felt shock and anger, and decided to pick up his pens and draw a picture of Trump kissing a reluctant Lady Liberty. A Halifax-based, award-winning editorial cartoonist, de Adder is one cartoonist among many who has found plenty to draw about during this new American presidential term. “If everything was hunky-dory in the world, cartoonists would have a hard go of it,” de Adder said. “But politics, being what it is, always leads to situations that are ripe for lampooning. And right now, the situation couldn’t be better for cartoonists.” For de Adder, what motivates him to draw political cartoons is anger. He said his […]

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CUAG hosts Spring Art Showcase

Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) hosted its Annual Spring Art Showcase and Art Party on March 30. The event was organized in partnership with the Carleton Art History Undergraduate Society and the Campus Activity Board. The showcase included art-making activities with special guest artist Ojo Agi. Agi led a workshop with portraits of Black feminine figures, chalk and charcoal. “I’m here running the arts table, so people can come and chill out here before the show starts. We’re doing colouring pages of Beyoncé, Lupita, and Solange,” Agi said. CUAG also hosted The Other NFB: The National Film Board’s Still Photography Division, which displayed photos of Canadian culture from the 40s through 50s. Yannick Anton and David Ofori Zapparoli created Outside […]

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