The Ottawa Art Gallery is proud to unveil our summer 2012 exhibitions. All artists and curators will be present at the opening reception on June 21st. All are welcome to attend.
Christos Pantieras, I miss talking to you (detail), 2011-2012, installation with bricks formed from candle wax procured from a local church, carved text sourced from an email, dimensions variable (6.35 x 10.16 x 20.32 cm each brick). Courtesy of the artist. Photo : Richard Glanz
CHRISTOS PANTIERAS: YOUR WORD IS BOND
Guest curator: Johanna Mizgala
On view until 9 September 2012
Publication accompanies the exhibition.
Opening reception: 21 June 2012, 6:00 p.m.
Your Word Is Bond explores the notion of giving your word to someone, of what it means to speak tender or fervent "truths" that are sincerely meant at one time but not for all time. The exhibition considers as well the nature of memory, correspondence and other talismans of the past.
Christos Pantieras was born in Ottawa, Canada in 1973. He has completed BFA and BEd degrees from the University of Ottawa. Pantieras' installation and mixed media works are created from the accumulation of invested acts of repetition as a means to regain traces of lost interaction. Elements of identity, memory, and nostalgia are incorporated into his practice. Currently, his work explores the impact of digital technology upon romantic relationships by repurposing electronic communication between two individuals, and revealing the humanism lost from the courtship practices of online dating. Pantieras has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Ontario and Quebec, including the Luminato Festival (Toronto), The White Water Gallery (North Bay), Karsh-Masson Gallery (Ottawa), AXENEO7 and La Maison de la Culture (Gatineau), and Modern Fuel ARC (Kingston). Pantieras' work is represented in the collection of the City of Ottawa, and throughout several private collectors. Pantieras has received grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa. For more information visit www.christospantieras.com
Adad Hannah, Les Bourgeois de Calais: Crated and Displaced, 2010, 7 HD Videos, 7 42" plasma, 7 crates, other materials Installed at the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal. Courtesy of the artist and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain. Photo: Eric Tschaeppeler
ADAD HANNAH: VISITORS
Curator: Ola Wlusek
On view until 19 August 2012
Opening reception and In Conversation with artist and curator: 21 June 2012, 6:00 p.m.
Visitors demonstrates Adad Hannah's interest in activating a historical work, as well as depicting subjects and situations encountered by chance. Whether we are being transported to Calais in the installation, or stumble upon the couple's sweet embrace, the viewer becomes a visitor to both sites.
Adad Hannah was born in New York in 1971, spent his childhood in Israel and England, and moved to Vancouver in the early 1980's. He currently splits his time between Montreal and Vancouver. Hannah is best known for his video-recorded tableaux vivants of models holding poses for extended periods in order to undermine the verity of the photographic image. By drawing our attention to the performance inherent within photography, he creates a space for reflection that transforms passive viewers into self-conscious historical agents. His recent projects include the Prado Stills series, shot in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, The Raft of the Medusa (100 Mile House), which was produced in a small community in British Columbia with a cast of high school students and a large set measuring two-stories high, as well as other projects shot in London, Calais, Russia, and Seoul. He has recently exhibited at the Samsung LEEUM Museum (Seoul 2011), Prague Biennial 5 (2011), Museo de Bellas Artes (Santiago, Chile 2011), 5th International Video Art Biennial at the Israeli Centre for Digital Art (Holon 2011), Canadian Biennial at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa 2011), National Museum of Contemporary Art (Bucharest 2011), Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney 2010), Liverpool Biennial (2010), and Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2010). In 2004 he won the Toronto Images Festival Installation/New Media Award, and the Bogdanka Poznanovic Award at Videomedeja 8. He was also featured in two outdoor public art projects as part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad in Vancouver. In November 2011 Hannah unveiled a special work created in collaboration with Oscar-winning director Denys Arcand commissioned by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for the exhibition Big Bang, celebrating the Museum's 150th Anniversary and new Canadian art wing. Hannah's works are in private, corporate, and institutional collections around the world. Hannah is represented by Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain in Montreal. For more information visit www.adadhannah.com
Maxwell Bates & Philip Surrey: About Town
Curator: Catherine Sinclair
On view until 26 August 2012
Opening reception: 21 June 2012, 6:00 p.m.
Focusing on work from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, About Town explores the investigation of the personal experience in the urban environment by Canadian modernists Maxwell Bates and Philip Surrey.
Special performance 21 June 2012, 8:00 p.m.
Marrying their passions for global dance culture, contemporary club music, punk and electro, Silkken Laumann is the collective alter-ego of three of Ottawa's most restless artists, Adam Saikaley (CBC Radio), Pat Johnson (The Acorn, Party Knives), and Rolf Klausener (The Acorn). The band is currently recording their debut album "Not Forever Enough" to be released summer of 2012.
Also on view:
Mat Dubé: PLUS, presented by ART Rental + Sales
In Focus: A Collector's History: Selections from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art
The Ottawa Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of our members, donors and sponsors, as well as the City of Ottawa, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. We are also grateful for the support of Downtown Rideau BIA.
For information please contact:
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