OPENING: Thursday, May 30 | 6-8PM
While the 850 year old Notre-Dame-de-Paris burned on the 15th of April, 2019, the damage was more than to a masterpiece of medieval art and architecture. It was also a reminder of how far behind we have left the judeo-christian origins of our civilization. Katherine Kyrialopoulous’ opulent photographs of unpeopled church sanctuaries and Vivian Törs’ fantastical lumen “windows” are intended to initiate contemplation. Contemplation of the beauty of the church interiors, and of what inspired the construction and ornamentation of these holy spaces. Ultimately, the viewer is asked to consider how and why we have distanced ourselves from the faith which facilitated the creation of these priceless monuments, and whether we are the better for having done so.
Not an Island, Nor a Home
OPENING: Wednesday, March 6 from 6-8PM
Not an Island, Nor a Home is a series of photo-based works by Hannah Evans and Geneviève Labbé that explore the indescribable bouts of loneliness and moments of upheaval often associated with depressive states, as well as the desire to have those chaotic feelings linger. There is a human need to fix what is broken, however, what happens when you no longer want that something fixed? The constant ebb and flow of emotions over an extended period of time renders its host desensitized; feelings become second nature and suddenly the individual can’t imagine their life without them.
CONTEMPLATIONS: of Land and Sea
OPENING: Wednesday, January 16 from 6-8PM
This dual exhibition juxtaposes a selection of Richard Robesco's romantic landscapes from his recent SCOTLANDIA series, with Glenn Bloodworth's minimalist seascapes from his recent ODYSSEY series. You will observe two different and very contemporary interpretations of centuries-old themes in visual art.
ODYSSEY - OCEANS by Glenn Bloodworth
Bloodworth is often struck by the parallels between Homer’s “The Odyssey” and his experiences. Both entail themes of wandering, quests over unfamiliar spaces, and searches for a goal. In particular his travels crossing the world’s oceans evokes the essence of an odyssey – the questioning of what lies ahead, the uncertainty of future direction, and journeying without familiar guideposts. Oceans – water and air – are very commonplace, and yet they underlie humans’ very existence; the beginnings of life shrouded in mystery.
SCOTLANDIA by Richard Robesco
Reminiscent of Renaissance-era paintings, these images were taken from Robesco's SCOTLANDIA series of photographs and celebrate the Romantic Landscape. Their titles have been inspired by Scottish folklore and mythology.
OPENING: Wednesday, November 14 from 6-8PM
ON-VIEW: November 14-December 30, 2018
Edges Overlooked is a visual exploration of how seemingly banal environments have an important societal impact. These ordinary elements that exist (either whole or broken) in our immediate spaces of created landscapes are a sensitive portrayal of progression, aggression, human interference, and abandonment. With all the images taken during summer months, I hope to heighten the nostalgic feeling of warmer days, and how the season itself is so temporary as well. Spanning from the East, West Coast and South of Canada and the United States, I hope to show how our behaviour - the struggle of material necessity, loss, and estrangement - can look the same wherever you go, and doesn’t rely on location.
Jocelyn Keays is a photographer and photo-based artist living in Ottawa, Ontario. A graduate of Algonquin College's photography program, she has recently finished her studies at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa in the full-time program, with recognition of a high achievement in lighting. Mainly using analog photography in her practice, with an emotional and romantic approach, she explores the ideas of human thought, reaction and emotion to banal life.
OPENING: Wednesday, September 19 from 6-8pm
ON-VIEW: September 19-November 12, 2018
In Summer Studies, the images evoke the dreamlike and euphoric atmosphere of the season, while also attempting to accept its impermanence, and ultimately, the impermanence of all living things. This series begins a personal exploration of how mental states shift and fluctuate throughout the year. As I seek to remember the feeling of a place and time, I recognize that most memories are flawed, as the brain subconsciously decides what slivers of information to hold on to and what to let go of. These images are the slivers of my own intense, emotional state represented in a visual form.
Celeste Marten is a visual artist based in Ottawa, Canada. Using art as communication, she is interested in the intensely therapeutic and cathartic qualities that are allowed through visual expression. Her work predominantly explores ideas of identity and transition, memory and loss.