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(Dis)Appearance at Spiral Gallery – Festival X

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The Chicken Barn by Freeman Keats. From the Festival X website.The Chicken Barn by Freeman Keats. From the Festival X website.

Post by Julia Bustos. Held at the Spiral Gallery for Festival X, (Dis)Appearance featured works by photographers Glenn Bloodworth, Freeman Keats, William (Bill) McCloskey, Maureen Murphy, and Richard Perron. The focus of the exhibition stemmed from a quote by Henry David Thoreau, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” It seems only fitting that the group of photographers would have an affinity to Thoreau. Not only was the naturalist a huge champion of natural observation and personal experiences, he aspired to “live deep and suck out all... | Continue reading article

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Festival X – In the Moment

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"Midnight Blue" by Stv'nn Hall, courtesy of Festival X's Website"Midnight Blue" by Stv'nn Hall, courtesy of Festival X's Website

Borges, at some point before going blind, wrote, “A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face.” As I walk through the doors of the Terence Robert Gallery and set my eyes upon the photographs that make up the exhibition “In the Moment,” I know... | Continue reading article

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Julie MacCormack: Capturing Neighbourhoods

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Photo courtesy of Julie MacCormackPhoto courtesy of Julie MacCormack

Festival X draws to a close this Sunday, leaving us photo junkies to find our fix elsewhere. Luckily, it’s never hard to find creative and interesting photography work in Ottawa – you just need to know where to look. And sometimes beautiful photographs turn up in the oddest of places. Like, for example, a local pizzeria. On Monday, Tennessy Willems will play host to a series by local documentary photographer Julie MacCormack. The photos will hang in the restaurant from October 1st through November 9th, enhancing, no doubt, the restaurant’s... | Continue reading article

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Caleb Abbott quietly intervenes during Festival X

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Detail of work by Caleb Abbott at Fall Down GalleryDetail of work by Caleb Abbott at Fall Down Gallery

We’ve been covering a lot of Festival X lately on Apartment613. The 10-day photography festival wraps up this Sunday, September 30, but if you haven’t had a chance to see any of the exhibitions yet, have no fear! Many of the projects are on-going, including Redeveloping the Core, a series of site-specific installations by Ottawa-based photographer Caleb Abbott. Abbott’s latest works, installed at various locations around Ottawa, look to how urbanization and development can affect small businesses. Printed on transparent vellum, the large-format photographs are hung in the windows at Fall Down Gallery, Collected... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Erik Lind and the Orchard courtesy their website.Photo of Erik Lind and the Orchard courtesy their website.

It’s getting easier to make the case that Ottawa’s a great city chock-full of music, arts and culture. One look at this weekend’s lineup should be enough to convince out-of-towners that this city has got it goin’ on: we’ve got Oktoberfest, an outdoor picnic, an afternoon of beer and board games, a ping pong tournament, and a heckuva lot more. Music-wise, Hey Ocean is in town Friday bringing their poppy beats to Ritual. Unfortunately, the Propagandhi show tonight is sold out – you’ll have to console yourself by checking out... | Continue reading article

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Terra² + The Art of the Paintogram at Cube Gallery for Festival X

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Marc Brzustowski - Bay of Islands.Marc Brzustowski - Bay of Islands.

Meet Mark Seabrook and Marc André Brzustowski — two Canadian artists featured in Cube Gallery’s latest exhibition, Terra². The show offers a unique juxtaposition of the personal styles of each artist, and provides viewers with an authentic and contemporary approach to Canadian art (click here for a virtual tour). Seabrook is an Ojibwe artist, poet, writer, and performer whose work explores his aboriginal history and cultural background. Inspired by the likes of artists such as Norval Morriseau and Jackson Pollock, Seabrook is interested in exploring traditional aboriginal painting with touches of... | Continue reading article

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Ralph Bakshi: Past, Present and Future

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Take One by Yasmin Nissim Ralph Bakshi is a lot of things. He’s an award winning animator, a director, an artist; he’s the man behind Fritz the Cat, one of the most successful independent animated films ever made, along with countless other notorious features that have pushed boundaries and offended the conservative sensibilities of the unimaginative. Most importantly though, Ralph Bakshi is a self-professed stubborn old man who will never compromise what he has to say in favour of slick, big-budget production. Several of Bakshi’s works were screened last week during The... | Continue reading article

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Shoot Back: Visual correspondence at Festival X

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Shoot Back. Shot back by Alejandro Bustos.Shoot Back. Shot back by Alejandro Bustos.

Imagine you have a pen pal that you never met, but instead of exchanging letters you only communicate via photographs sent through the mail. What images would you send? How would you respond? What interpretation would you give to the photos that you did receive? These intriguing questions lie at the heart of Shoot Back, a photographic exhibition at the Lee Matasi Gallery in the Byward Market. The project is a collaborative effort between students at the Ottawa School of Art and the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO). Earlier this year,... | Continue reading article

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Fallout at the Diefenbunker for Festival X

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Kitchen, Level 200, The Diefenbunker, Ottawa (2010) by Leslie Hossack.Kitchen, Level 200, The Diefenbunker, Ottawa (2010) by Leslie Hossack.

One of the scariest traits of the human race is our ability to make insane moments appear normal. This unsettling thought forms the backdrop to Fallout, a new photographic exhibit at the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, by Ottawa artist Leslie Hossack, which tackles the paranoia and fear surrounding the threat of nuclear war during the Cold War. The exhibit, which runs until October 21 and is part of Festival X, Ottawa’s photographic festival, showcases pictures of the Diefenbunker – a 100,000 square foot, four-storey underground bunker built between 1959-61 to... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s hidden math scene: Revealing the numbers behind the city’s art and culture

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Photos courtesy of Chris Coughtrey on flickrPhotos courtesy of Chris Coughtrey on flickr

Given Apartment613′s focus on arts and culture, some fascinating parts of city life can get overlooked. I was thinking about this recently while reading a math-related novel. While I am no number whiz, I appreciate math’s inherent beauty, and strongly believe that mathematical ideas can be as captivating as a beautiful painting or catchy song. In fact, I came to realize that mathematical concepts manifest themselves in the city’s art and cultural life in some unexpected ways. To uncover Ottawa’s hidden math scene, I chatted with Prof. Brett Stevens from Carleton University,... | Continue reading article

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