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Ottawa-based Studio Sixty Six presents In·habit (8 – 30/June)

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

From the interior of our homes to the expanses of the planet, the spaces humans inhabit shape much of our lives, and, in turn, have been massively affected by our presence. In·habit (June 8 – June 30) at Studio Sixty Six in Ottawa explores the broad range of this topic from the dichotomy between industrialization and nature, to the various items we discard into the world, and those we can’t seem to release from our personal collections.

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The layered photographic images of Farihah Shah (whose work is shown here courtesy of the artist and Studio Sixty Six) juxtapose urban and natural landscapes. From the series Cityscape III, Shah combines scenes of varying locations, calling to mind the intervention and destruction of nature for our urban environments, while also recognizing the statuesque beauty of man made city structures. Shah’s work is subtle – the overlapping of images invites the viewer in to discover layer under layer.

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Joyce Crago‘s work continues along the theme of the Flotsam series, wherein the artist shaped discarded refuse into elaborate and intricate still-life photographs. For In·habit Crago visited Washington, D.C. and collected discarded items from both the inauguration of President Trump and the subsequent Women’s March on Washington. While Crago’s works tell a narrative of the historical events they reference (and the current political climate in North America), they also reveal the intriguing stories that are left behind in our waste.

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Marisa Gallemit tackles this theme with mixed-media sculptural work created from objects accumulated over decades of life. As the artist finds their life undergoing a massive shift, Gallemit transforms accrued and often unneeded objects (such as cowhide from family in the Philippines and old bike tube valves) into concise and measured works of art.

To read the full press release click here.

Kanata 150? at Studio Sixty Six will explore what it means to be Indigenous in 2017

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

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Image: Alexandre Aimee’s My Grandmother’s Guilt (Courtesy of the artist and Studio Sixty Six)

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Kanata 150? Studio Sixty Six‘s first exhibition of 2017 will be a group show of emerging Indigenous artists exploring what it means to be Indigenous in 2017, the year of the 150th anniversary of the Dominion of Canada. For more information, click here.

Unholy Objects at Studio Sixty Six, Ottawa (10/Nov-31/Dec)

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

The objet d’art has often been approached with reverence and veneration in the art world, both physically and conceptually, as something precious and fragile. In Studio Sixty Six’s final show of 2016, emerging local artists Lea Hamilton, Kelsey McGruer, Susan Roston, Allyson Rousseau, Kathryn Shriver and William Staubi play with this sacred notion of the art object, presenting their Unholy Objects.

Lea Hamilton’s metalwork, created by purposefully corroding copper results in destructed yet beautiful double-sided works, actively challenging this perception of preciousness. Kelsey McGruer explores the sanctity of the body with her sculptures inspired by female anatomy, represented both in objects and photographs. The eye-catching ceramics of Susan Roston explore both the beauty and predatory nature of oceanic wildlife, creating fragile yet strong works, her largest to date. Handwoven textiles from fibre artist Allyson Rousseau, while delicate by nature of their composition, play with the textures and traditions of tapestry, resulting in a clean, contemporary aesthetic. Kathryn Shriver’s mixed media beaded works are simultaneously delicate and durable, malleable and static–accurately reflecting her interdisciplinary approach. William Staubi explores the very notion of holy objects with his intricate satirical and comedic assemblages, addressing the function of religion in society and the role of art in personal expression.

Unholy Objects offers three-dimensional work of varying inspiration, sizes, and composition–the perfect addition to your holiday wish list or gift for a loved one’s home or office.

ERUPT: New Exhibition at Studio Sixty Six

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

On Wednesday, October 5th from 6-9PM Studio Sixty Six will hold the opening reception of ERUPT, a group show of new work from recent graduates from the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa.

About ERUPT

The concept of “breaking out or bursting forth suddenly and dramatically” is one inextricably linked with photography. Just as their images materialize into being through their chemical and digital processes, the work of Joyce Crago, Judy Morris Dupont, Geneviève Labbé and Katy Lopez carry insight and depth to the surface.

In the work of Joyce Crago it is unyielding curiosity which emerges. In What does it mean to be male in 2016? Crago explores that which defines masculinity in contemporary Canadian society. Furthermore, Crago’s work asks how contemporary semi-nude male subjects confuse the lens of traditional portraiture whereby men were dressed indicating their importance while women were often left exposed. Discovery through questioning also leads Crago to Flotsam wherein the refuse of arts organizations in Ottawa, Berlin and New York City are carefully documented. A contemporaneous nod to the Arte Povera movements, Crago’s flotsam (defined as “the wreckage of a ship or its cargo found floating on or washed up by the sea”) explores overlooked parts of our surroundings and what they might evoke about their origin and originators.

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Lovers’ Imbroglio, paintings by Natalie Bruvels now at Studio Sixty Six, Ottawa

Monday, September 12th, 2016

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Image: Natalie Bruvels’ Tidal Wave of the City (Courtesy of the artist and Studio Sixty Six)

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Born out of a pragmatic yet playful approach, Natalie Bruvels’ Lovers’ Imbroglio, her solo exhibition at Studio Sixty Six, presents artwork existing in various states of duality. A continuation of her previous series Goodbye, Lover, Bruvels resurfaces old paintings made by her ex-partner with her own, at once causing the destruction of the past and creation of the present. Click here to read more

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