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Reinterpreting the City of Ottawa’s Fine Art Collection

December 3, 2010 to January 16, 2011
Opening reception: Thursday, December 2, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

CITY HALL ART GALLERY – Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West

Perceptions explores how art can be experienced in new and non-traditional ways. It asks us to consider how exhibitions can explore diverse perceptions and develop creative approaches to accessibility.

7 artists have reinterpreted existing artworks from the City of Ottawa’s Fine Art Collection. The artists presented in this exhibition are:

Shala Bahrami
Emily Comeau
Emily Cook
Lynda Cronin
Angelo Demarsico
Analisa Kiskis
Jolanta Lapiak
Jessica MacCormack
Maggie Wesley
Pamela Witcher

ACCESS

The City Hall Art Gallery is wheelchair accessible. The exhibit includes content in multiple formats, including bilingual audio, captioned and signed commentary.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like more detailed information or to discuss the possible arrangement of additional descriptive and tactile tours.

HOLD MY HAND
PERFORMANCE BY JESSICA MACCORMACK

INVITATION December, Saturday 4 & Sunday 5, I invite you to meet me in a public space and hold my hand. We will sit in City Hall Art Gallery and hold hands for 10 minutes (all details negotiated based on our mutual needs).

Please make an appointment: 613-244-4871 or publicartprogram@ottawa.ca
Saturday, December 4 at 10:30 a.m., 12:00, 2:00 or 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 5 at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 or 3:30 p.m.

EXHIBIT TOURS
Individuals requiring disability-related accommodations for the tours are requested to contact us 2 weeks prior to the tour at 613-244-4871 or publicartprogram@ottawa.ca.

Descriptive tour in LSQ/French & ASL/English: Sunday, December 5
LSQ and French at 2 p.m., ASL and English at 3 p.m.

Descriptive & Tactile tours in English:
Saturday, December 11 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, January 9 at 2 p.m.

Descriptive tour in English & French: Saturday, January 15
English at 2 p.m., French at 3 p.m.

CITY HALL ART GALLERY
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Information: 613-580-2424, ext. 28425 TTY: 613-580-2401 http://www.ottawa.ca/arts

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OPENING RECEPTION TODAY!

Today from 2-5 pm at the Arts Court in downtown Ottawa I will be hosting a reception for my latest endeavor. Come on down and check it out!

*Transplant* is an outdoor living book installation. Constructed from found natural materials both living and dead, this installation is subject to the whims of nature and the designs of man. Each page of this book resembles an arch inviting the audience to enter the immense tunnel book. Within the pages are paper pockets where seeds will begin to sprout as the structure is gradually beaten down by the weather. Additional arches/pages will be added throughout the exhibition as the evolution of decay and growth take over. This evolution speaks to the ebb and flow of construction and decay as the manmade world interacts with the natural one. The story of this project is one of transformation and reclamation of the urban landscape by nature. It is the story of a cycle of decay and rebirth and of a balance that can be achieved when nature’s collaboration is desired rather than fought.

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Transplant Installation

This past little bit I have been working hard on preparing for the installation of Transplant. Yesterday, we completed stage one and have this GORGEOUS video to show for it thanks to Jeff Ngan.

The installation will continue to grow from August 14th – October 30th at the Arts Court in downtown Ottawa.
The opening/vernissage will be help on Saturday August 28th from 2 – 5pm at the Arts Court. Come on out and see for yourself what I have been up to. Maybe we could car pool…..

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Transplant

The newest project is underway and it has it’s own blog! If you are interested in our ramblings as we pull this one together check out here.

To announce this artventure I have created a little promo vid to announce the project and blog.

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In search of a location for a biodegradable art installation!

Coming soon to a vacant lot near you!

Once sporting urban establishments, now empty and unused, Dead Zones are part of city sight seeing… but they don’t have to be.
This summer, Emily Cook and I are planning to turn just such an empty lot in Ottawa into a living and growing art installation.

This project is called Transplant and it is envisioned to be a structure made entirely out of living materials. The installation is encouraged to under go the natural changes resulting from its location and the public is encouraged to interact with the site. Over the month of August we are going to construct a tunnel book out of plants and paper, as the elements erode the paper structure, the plants will flourish leaving in it’s place a late summer community garden.

This immense and interactive tunnel book made from local plant materials will revouvenate a barren patch of city and bring temporary functionality to an otherwise dead zone. Sound familiar? You may have even heard about it through the Awesome Ottawa Foundation, who has generously agreed to fund it.

We can’t do it alone! We need you help! Do you have a Dead Zone near you? Tell us where and your area could be a part of this innovative project! Ottawa, be our eyes and ears.

The ideal location site for this installation is an unused plot of land, with dirt not concrete or gravel, in the city where construction has left it empty and no plans for development have been advertised. Site should be exposed to plenty of sun and be located in an area with some pedestrian traffic.

Below is an example of one such plot of land in Montreal.

Do you know of a place like this? Do you have a better idea of where you would like to see this project? Tell us about it!

Contact: emily.comeau@gmail.com

Empty lot in Montreal.

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