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Undercurrents (the art exhibit) opens at Fritzi Gallery

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Reincarnate Spectrum by Eric ChanReincarnate Spectrum by Eric Chan

The Lorraine Fritzi Gallery at the GCTC is a space dedicated to exploring the relationship between visual art and theatre. For each play that opens at the GCTC, an artist creates a body of work to reflect the story presented on the stage. Last Thursday was the vernissage of Undercurrents at the Fritzi, a companion exhibit to the theater festival of the same name. Artists Eric Chan (eepmon), Kristy Gordon, Karina Kraenzle, Zoe Hussey, Tony Clark and Betty Liang were each asked to interpret and illustrate a play from this festival.... | Continue reading article

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Tour de bloggosphere: Photo-blogs and photographers

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Photo courtesy of Paul WisenbergPhoto courtesy of Paul Wisenberg

Greetings fellow blogophiles as we take another look at the impressive array of local bloggers. This week we focus on the visual arts, as we surf the numerous photo-blogs in our city. One excellent site is Ottawa Seen 365 Ways in 365 Days, where amateur photographer Christophe Ledent posts a different photo of the national capital region each day. (See Local Tourist Ottawa for more details on Christophe’s work). Another impressive blog is Singing Moon, which contains gorgeous snapshots of our region. If you enjoy live bands, Ottawa-based photographer and music lover Ming... | Continue reading article

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Photographer Tony Fouhse documents one addict’s journey to get clean

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Photo reproduced with permission from tonyfoto.comPhoto reproduced with permission from tonyfoto.com

Looking to be inspired this February? Carleton University Art Gallery will be playing host to the solo exhibit Live Through This – a photo narrative by Ottawa Tony Fouhse depicting the story of heroin addict Stephanie MacDonald’s journey to get clean. Carleton will be hosting the free show until March 17 on the Mezzanine level of the gallery. We caught up with Fouhse and took a look back on his journey with Stephanie and how 30 meters of sidewalk led to his life-changing project on Ottawa’s Lowertown addicts. Apt613: So what initially drew your attention... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Winter thaw edition

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Photo by FUNDERSTORMS on flickrPhoto by FUNDERSTORMS on flickr

Here we go again. Another January thaw to get our hopes up about the return of warm weather. But it’s just a ruse, Ottawa. Before you know it, you’ll be dealing with eye-watering windchill as everyone goes about their business in bundled-up, genderless masses. You know what’s not toying with you? This weekend roundup, of course! So read it before your eyelids freeze shut from the cold, and then get out there and take part in some local culture. Speaking of eyeballs and winter, you could do worse than checking... | Continue reading article

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Inspiration comes from the other side of Lake Erie

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Debate #3 by Guillermo Trejo. Drypoint Etching on Cintra Board and Relief Print.Debate #3 by Guillermo Trejo. Drypoint Etching on Cintra Board and Relief Print.

Print-making, comparing Cleveland to Ottawa, and a new perspective on the United States. Guillermo Trejo talks to us days before the opening of his solo exhibit at La Petite Mort. Guillermo Trejo has been calling Ottawa home for the last 6 years already and has been in a number of group shows at La Petite Mort. A year or so ago, this piece attracted LPM owner Guy Berube’s eye and they started discussing collaboration on a show that would showcase Trejo’s trademark wood and lino cut work. A February date... | Continue reading article

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Anna Frlan’s Interbellum: wartime steel

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All photos courtesy of Alejandro BustosAll photos courtesy of Alejandro Bustos

Anna Frlan’s current exhibit at the Ottawa School of Art is the best show that I have seen by a local artist. Comprising five steel sculptures, the exhibit Interbellum at the schools’ main gallery at 35 George Street is simply brilliant. An Ottawa-native whose parents came to Canada from Croatia following World War II, Frlan heard numerous stories about war while growing up. This background forms the seed of Interbellum, a word which describes the period between the First and Second World Wars. The spark that led her to create... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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The new year is well underway, and if you resolved to have more fun, you’re in luck. We’re kicking things off tonight with the Unreasonable Variety Show at Pressed, featuring comedians and musicians. Or, if dueling future rock stars is more your style, head to the weekly battle of the bands down at the Lunenburg Pub. Friday night is the second edition of the Freshly Chopped Supper Club at Grounded – this time, they’re channeling Detroit and serving up a menu of soul food and music. Yamantaka//Sonic Titan will be at... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Celebrate the end of the world here! Photo courtesy Lazy_Artist on Flickr.Celebrate the end of the world here! Photo courtesy Lazy_Artist on Flickr.

Holidays are coming fast! This weekend, you can mark them with some festive burlesque, a bit of serious thinking, or do a bit of holiday gift rapping at hip hop karaoke. It seems that Ottawa’s music scene is all set to host you at a seasonal bash or two. Jim Bryson’s annual festivities are sold out for Saturday (some Sunday tickets are left), but there are more. Poorfolk, Terrible Liars and Male Nurse are teaming up for their 5th annual Christmas Rock Party, and Zoo Legacy will have DJ Atherton... | Continue reading article

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Why *make*? To affect quality of life

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Image by Ivan OwenImage by Ivan Owen

Post by Megan Smith, Artengine’s Critical Resident Blogger. Initally posted on Artengine’s blog. To read our conversation with Megan Smith and Ryan Stec (Artengine’s Artistic Director), or for more information about the Critical Residency, click here. ‘Making’, ‘to make’, ‘maker’ are more of those questionable terms like ‘new’ and ‘contemporary’ – used within the current cultural dialect with ambiguous and broad meaning. Most importantly though, like ‘new’ and ‘contemporary’ they all pack a powerful punch as far as representing evolving human creativity. While, making is still most often categorized as a subculture, this... | Continue reading article

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National Geographic goes ghetto at La Petite Mort Gallery

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Art work by Peter Shmelzer.Art work by Peter Shmelzer.

While continually transforming with the technological means of the times, the map has been always a tool that illustrates our desire to explore our surroundings. A map is never solely ornamental. From the earliest explorers to modern day road-trippers, the map stands as more than a guide to simply understanding the physical layout of an unknown territory; its presence is an invitation to continue the exploration of that which is foreign. This Friday at La Petite Mort Gallery, many artists will be exhibiting work exploring this theme of maps. We... | Continue reading article

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