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Beautiful, awesome and meditative: Ikebana exhibition

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All photos by Sanita Fezjic.All photos by Sanita Fezjic.

This weekend, the Japanese Embassy hosted its annual Ikebana exhibition, which always takes place in early spring. It was beautiful, awesome and meditative. How fitting to showcase the art of Japanese floral design as trees prepare to blossom. While we wait for the fragrance of flowers in winter’s shadow, the air is crisp with the perfume of warmer possibilities. Below is a photo essay of the event, with accompanying haikus. Purple petals and deep blue kimono penetrate the camera lens. The water is very still.   Yellow perfume enters space outside... | Continue reading article

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SELFIE: A photo exhibition on crossed identities at Karsh-Masson

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Jennifer Stewart, muse, 2014, inkjet print, 68 x 90 cm. Photo courtesy of the the artist.Jennifer Stewart, muse, 2014, inkjet print, 68 x 90 cm. Photo courtesy of the the artist.

Raymond Aubin is an artist in contemporary photography who also writes critiques and reviews in visual and media arts. Through their photographic self-stories, artists Magida El-Kassis, Olivia Johnston, and Jennifer Stewart invite us to reflect upon the contemporary fragmentation of the identity. Walking into the SELFIE exhibition at the Karsh-Masson Gallery is an overwhelming experience. Right in front of the entrance, one is greeted with a diptych by El-Kassis bearing a prophetic title: “it’s what you do to me”. The visitor is forced to branch left or right where a... | Continue reading article

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subDevision: Theatre in and around a massive party

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Photo by Nick Kenrick courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)Photo by Nick Kenrick courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

If you’re looking for some bang for your theatre buck, are slightly short of attention span and own a pair of comfortable shoes, look no further than subDevision. Billed as “theatre in and around a massive party” subDevision brings together artists from thirteen independent companies, each creating a short original piece to fit the unique space they’ve been given, in this case, the nooks, crannies, lofts and studios of the Enriched Bread Artists studio. The building, dating back to 1920, was once a bread factory and for the past twenty-two... | Continue reading article

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Framing and troubling identity: Celebrating Ottawa artist Nicole Crozier

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Chorus Effect by Nicole Crozier. 2014. Oil painting. 5 x 8 ft.Chorus Effect by Nicole Crozier. 2014. Oil painting. 5 x 8 ft.

Nicole Crozier’s paintings and portraits are fascinating meditations on identity and gender production. Leaping off Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble, Crozier’s work could be summed up by the words, “Identity Trouble.” Through the visual medium of oil painting and photography, Crozier troubles the notion that we have a stable, unique, inner identity. As Butler opens up and expands gender, so Crozier opens up possibilities for a person to form and choose her or his own identity. But that is as far as their similarities go. For Crozier, identity and gender are... | Continue reading article

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SAW Video launches Cultural Engineering

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Image from www.culturalengineering.ca.Image from www.culturalengineering.ca.

When planning a revamp of some of Ottawa’s most iconic arts and culture venues — namely through the Arts Court Redevelopment — who better to turn to for help and creative input than a gallery that’s been around for 42 years? SAW Video has launched Cultural Engineering, a project that is being produced in partnership with the City of Ottawa’s Community Arts Program and funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. After a city-wide call for proposals, three artists have been selected to document and respond artistically to the... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 4 mars 2015 :: Les tulipes ont vu leur ombre! Le printemps s’en vient! On épluche les programmations de Scène Ontario, Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival et du Festival DiverCiné.

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Image tirée du film "Meurtre à Pacot" de Raoul Peck - Film d'ouverture du Festival DiverCinéImage tirée du film "Meurtre à Pacot" de Raoul Peck - Film d'ouverture du Festival DiverCiné

Basement 819 se prépare déjà à accueillir les tulipes. On est optimistes. On est prêts à recevoir en pleine figure le temps doux! En attendant, on se projette vers l’été. Constatez par vous-mêmes! Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival  (du 25 au 28 juin) Chaque année, ce festival accueille la plus grande compétition de bateau dragon sur le continent! Cette course épique s’accompagne d’une série de concerts pas piquée des vers. La programmation complète a été annoncée; une belle série de bands canadiens illuminera votre été. Éric se fait une grande joie... | Continue reading article

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Winter exhibitions at CUAG: Not quite three peas in a pod

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Akram Zaatari, Letter to Samir. Letter from Nabih Awada to Samir al-Qintar, wrapped eight times in plastic and sealed (2009). C-print. Courtesy of the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery.Akram Zaatari, Letter to Samir. Letter from Nabih Awada to Samir al-Qintar, wrapped eight times in plastic and sealed (2009). C-print. Courtesy of the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery.

At the reception earlier in January for the opening of CUAG’s winter exhibitions, I entered the gallery from the second floor. On one side, to the right, is the exhibition Art on a Green Line curated by Johnny Alam, and to the left, the Making and Marketing Art History in 18th-Century France curated by W. McAllister Johnson. I was pulled to the right amidst the artwork of at least five artists, all in a tiny corner overlooking Akram Zaatari’s Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright, a looped 12 minute video playing... | Continue reading article

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Look ahead at the National Gallery

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To Prince Edward Island (1965, acrylic emulsion on masonite, 61.9 x 92.5 cm) by Alex Colville. Photo © National Gallery of Canada.To Prince Edward Island (1965, acrylic emulsion on masonite, 61.9 x 92.5 cm) by Alex Colville. Photo © National Gallery of Canada.

Mark your calendars. The National Gallery of Canada recently revealed what art lovers can expect to see at the gallery in 2015, from Colville to Chagall to Monet. Here is a preview of what to expect during the year: Tracing this Canadian artist’s entire career, the Alex Colville exhibit will include nearly one hundred paintings, some of which date from Colville’s time as a student making it the largest Colville retrospective. The exhibition, running from April 23 to September 7, 2015, will also include 150 preparatory drawings selected from the... | Continue reading article

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Jump into the rabbit hole with Flofferz

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From left: Jesse Alberto (House of Barons), Chelsea Vickers, Ramata Coulibaly and Domenico Tomei (House of Barons). All photos by John Aung.From left: Jesse Alberto (House of Barons), Chelsea Vickers, Ramata Coulibaly and Domenico Tomei (House of Barons). All photos by John Aung.

Flofferz knows that we live in a world that isn’t perfect and aspires to showcase this through a variety of mediums including photography, digital arts, illustration, painting and fashion. That is what makes this Ottawa production agency and magazine different. The founder and Editor in Chief of Flofferz, Ramata Coulibaly, is no stranger to being immersed in a world of perfection. Coulibaly has travelled the world modeling for various designers, shows and events where she was always having to live up to societal standards of perfection. Flofferz was created to... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Moonfruits perform at Lowertown Brewery tonight. Photo from their website, moonfruitsmusic.ca.Moonfruits perform at Lowertown Brewery tonight. Photo from their website, moonfruitsmusic.ca.

We’ve got a well rounded weekend ahead of us complete with art shows, killer music and SNL veteran cast members coming to town to entertain. Support artistic representation, local music and laugh yourself into good health all weekend long! This Friday in art we have Sacred Defiance at PDA projects. Aydin Matlabi commemorative exhibition pays respects to the fallen soldiers from the Iranian war. The portraits represent what the soldiers might have looked like in various calm, composed, and faithful poses in a bold contrast to the violence and needless... | Continue reading article

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