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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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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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Objects of Desire

If you were fortunate enough to be in the Toronto area this past Sunday you may have heard of a little festival called the Day of Delight, organized by The Clay and Paper Theatre. It took place in Dufferin Grove Park from 2-5pm and it was truly something to see.

I was there! It was great!

At the festival, themed around love, courtship and desire, I was happy to present a new work of art to a new audience in a new format for me. This was a collaborative dance piece. Working with visual artist Emily Cook and dancer Eden Kaill Fenrick, we banded together and produced something unique and lovely, also entertaining I think. You can judge for yourself. There is now a video online for your viewing and linking pleasure. The audio was graciously provided by Sweet Mother Logic.

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Committed postcard



Exhibiting: July 20th – 31st, VAV Gallery (1395 René Levesque O.)
Featured artists: Pippa Bartlett, Emily Comeau and Stewart Fanning

VERNISSAGE: 6-8PM, Tuesday July 21st, in the VAV Gallery and outdoor courtyard
Includes cheap drinks, free food and free live music by Jesse Dangerously (http://www.dangerously.ca/) and Gutstrings (http://www.myspace.com/gguuttssttrriinnggss)


Concordia’s VAV Gallery concludes its already impressive summer program with more talented artists and a rocking finale! Committed features new and innovative works by visual artists Pippa Bartlett, Emily Comeau and Stewart Fanning, and will kick things off with live performances by Canadian indie hiphopper Jesse Dangerously and local cello and electronics act Gutstrings.

Committed both showcases and explores ideas of compulsion, obsession, repetition and a dedication to artistic expression and production. Each artist’s work displays an exaggerated attention to detail, demonstrating a commitment to craft that could be said to border on the neurotic, skirting the fine line between committed and committable.


Pippa Bartlett – Again and Again (textiles and soft sculpture)
When we hear the words again and again, they often bear a weight of monotony and frustration. We live in a culture that glorifies innovative products and ideas but clings to the comfort of tradition, seeing repetition and routine as both advantageous and detrimental. Again and Again seeks to capture this contradiction, pulling its inspiration in part from Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem of the same name.

Emily Comeau – 2 Ply (textiles, papercraft and soft sculpture)
2 Ply is a commentary on disposable culture and our fascination with the handcrafted in a time in which nearly everything is manufactured and mass-produced. By exploring the patterns and form of toilet paper through the old-fashioned and time-intensive media of papermaking and traditional quilting, this work attempts not only to examine the place of the handmade in post-industrial society, but also to highlight the surprising beauty in everyday objects we tend to overlook.

Stewart Fanning – Untitled (drawings)
Fanning holds a BFA from NSCAD University and is involved in the Animation Program at Concordia University. His current drawing work is heavily inspired by nature as well as detailed, scientific representations of the natural world such as topographical maps and study drawings of aquatic organisms.



“In the world of rap, you could say I’m hoeing a lonely road,
‘cause I’ve got respect for women and hate religion and homophobes.”
-Jesse Dangerously

Self-proclaimed Halifax rap legend Jesse Dangerously is a perfect fit for this particular art show, as he also displays a fierce dedication to craft in his impossibly long and impossibly fast multisyllabic rhymes. His music is also involved in reconciling seemingly incongruous elements, such as his passionate love of hiphop (past and present) and his socially conscious politics, or his desire to make tracks that are deeply personal and eye-opening and his equally strong desire to make them fun as hell. Both fans of rap and skeptics alike should be impressed by the sheer talent, heart and wit Dangerously brings to the stage.

In keeping with the show’s motifs of meticulous skill and unlikely combinations, Gutstrings seamlessly blends classically trained cello with quirky indie pop vocals and hiphop-inspired beats, looping and sampling. The result is both beautiful and bouncy, danceable and entrancing.

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