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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CUAG showcases Iranian gender and sexuality

The Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) opened its doors to its latest themed exhibitions, called Open Space Labs. According to CUAG’s website, the Open Space Labs involve pushing the conventional barriers of art exhibitions by producing and reproducing art in different forms, allowing for a flow of creative artistry. The first exhibition, Grounding I: States of Gender by artist Gita Hashemi, is a durational performance that began on Jan. 31 and will run until Feb. 11. Hashemi’s exhibition portrays the life story of an Iranian woman, Zahra, and her struggles experiencing womanhood and imprisonment in a gendered and sexualized body. CUAG held artist talks with Hashemi and Anna Khimasia, the curator of the exhibition, on Feb. 7. They discussed Hashemi’s […]

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Carleton prof creates music with books

JUNO award-winning artist and Carleton University professor Jesse Stewart put on a live interactive musical performance called Hooked on Bibliophonics at Carleton’s MacOdrum Library on Jan. 23. The performance took place inside Stewart’s portable geodesic dome and featured what he calls a “bibliophone”—a xylophone-like set-up of books on tables that created sounds similar to drumming when hit with mallets. The event was interactive, with Stewart in the middle of the dome, and participants gathering around to join in the making of music. The event, organized by Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG), is the first of a series of events that will be put on by Stewart on campus to celebrate Carleton’s 75th anniversary, and CUAG’s 25th anniversary. “The event is […]

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