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ACCOMMODATING THE DETAILS
GAIL BOURGEOIS

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Parenthetical Markers (detail), 2017, pastel graphite and coloured pencil on Stonehenge paper

The Ottawa School of Art Byward Market Campus is proud to present Accommodating the details, an exhibition by Gail Bourgeois. Accommodating the details is on display from Thursday February 8 to Sunday March 11, 2018 at the Ottawa School of Art’s Gallery located on the main floor of the Downtown Campus in the Byward Market. On Thursday, February 15, we are pleased to have Gail Bourgeois in the gallery for an artist talk, from 12 to 1pm. All welcome!

Artist statement:
My practice considers systems of control in their real and psychological presence. Working with cold war imagery focuses my concern with the larger consequences of human violence. Coverings, both as disguise and protection of the body, are drawn in various ways and combined with small scale objects that I make or find.

My curiosity about what lies beneath the surface is branching into new visual explorations. Thinking about natural networks, such as mycelia and rhizomes, leads to an understanding of natural structures and the symbiotic relationship between humans and the rest of the earth. This investigation has grown from my long-time interest in how humans organize themselves.

February 8 – March 11, 2018 / 8 février – 11 mars, 2018
Vernissage: Thursday February 8, 5 pm to 8 pm / Jeudi 8 février de 17 h à 20 h
Artist talk / Causerie : February 15, 2018 / 15 février 2018

Ottawa School of Art
35, rue George Street
ByWard Market
Ottawa, ON K1N 8W5
info@artottawa.ca



THE MORSE CODE PROJECT
GAIL BOURGEOIS and GIULIANO PIRANI (PIRA)

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This has been a test, 2017, inkjet print

THIS HAS BEEN A TEST

This has been a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. Had this been an actual emergency, you would have been instructed where to go in your area for additional instructions. The four-minute warning was a public alert system conceived by the British Government during the Cold War and operated between 1953 and 1992. Weekly broadcasts of the EBS attention signal and test script made it a significant part of the American cultural fabric of its time.


The Morse Code Project presents more than two dozen inkjet prints created collaboratively by Gail Bourgeois and Giuliano Pirani. Produced in 2017, specifically for the Lalande + Doyle Exhibition Space located in the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa, these works derive from the pervasive legacy of the cold war. Using pinhole photographs, drawings and media imagery as primary materials, these layered elements were highly processed and serve as the background to a final layer of coded text. The finished pieces present images that feel familiar and strange, captivating and horrifying.

January 31 to February 25, 2018

Meet the Artists
February 11, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

LaLande + Doyle Exhibition Space
Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Lower Level
Hours: Daily from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
shenkmanarts.ca


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