The SPAO Centre Gallery’s annual Lineage Exhibition celebrates artistic achievement while highlighting an artist’s connection to our community. The 2018 exhibition, Ontogeny, presents work by Whitney Lewis-Smith, an alumna of the SPAO diploma program. She works primarily with glass plate negatives and builds elaborate sets as a means to explore humanity’s relationship with the natural world. Her new work uses heliogravure printing to translate photographic images into copper plate etchings. At a recent residency in Mexico City, she completed what may be the largest heliogravure photographic etchings to date worldwide. One of these etchings is on display in the exhibition, along with glass plate negatives and prints, to give a full sense of the processes involved in Lewis-Smith’s artistic production.
Ontogeny continues until December 21. It is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays between 12 and 5 pm, or by appointment. A panel discussion will occur on November 16 at 7 pm. The SPAO Centre Gallery is barrier-free and fully accessible.
Whitney Lewis-Smith completed her photographic education at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa, where she is now a full-time instructor. Her work is in many prominent private and public collections, including the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the City of Ottawa Art Collection, and the private collection of Sophie and Justin Trudeau. Lewis-Smith is represented by Galerie St-Laurent+Hill.
The SPAO Centre is home to the Ottawa region’s only independent and critical gallery space dedicated to photographic and video art. Gallery programming includes the exhibition of photographic and video art work by emerging and established artists, working locally, nationally and internationally.
For more information, visit www.spao.ca or call 613 562 3824.