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PRESENT TENSE at Ottawa’s gallery Studio Sixty Six, until May 6th

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Ottawa’s gallery Studio Sixty Six has just announced PRESENT TENSE (April 6 – May 6) where artists Kosisochukwu Nnebe, Guillermo Trejo and Florence Yee explore questions of the social structures and cultural meanings existing in contemporary “postcolonial” Canadian society in Present Tense.

Kosisochukwu Nnebe’s mixed media and sculptural work Of Canaries and Revolutions features multiple transparent layers of glass, each displaying a different portion of the painted figurative image she has depicted, so that the image of the figure changes as the viewer interacts around the work. The work “aims to visualize marginality as a site of resistance. It emphasizes the distinct perspective that derives from the positionality of Black women at the margins, and places their experiences and knowledge at the forefront.”1 It is only when the viewer shifts their view from the periphery to face the body of colour head on that the full image can be visually understood. A first generation Nigerian-Canadian artist, Nnebe’s work in Present Tense is literally and theoretically multi-faceted.

Guillermo Trejo, a Mexican artist based in Ottawa, brings print and mixed media work to Present Tense. Trejo’s largest work has the viewer encounter a large geographical map of the Americas (North, Central and South) positioned upside down and covered with timely and popular political reference. Trejo’s Flags from Nowhere, a series of raw prints on canvas, present as flags, flags of no actual country or place invented entirely by the artist, effectively “mocking the grandeur of imagined geopolitical identities – artificial places that are made out of borders. Trejo’s flags for non-existent states challenge the way a nation exists as both idea and land.”2

Florence Yee brings cultural reimaginings to Present Tense through her work of various media. Oh, Canada, an embroidered depiction of Tom Thomson’s Jack Pine, reveals its reverse covered in the original British flag of Canada, drawing from the domination of the physical and cultural landscapes of Canada by white men. Yee’s charcoal drawings in A History of Canadian Art History reimagine texts found in her university’s reading room, exposing the the lack of diversity and oftentimes racist perspectives within them. Yee’s other works in the exhibition, Variations on a Tourist Gaze, Finding Myself at the MMFA and Wallflower series all inject her socially-conscious motivations into oil painting. Finding Myself at the MMFA depicts a painted version of the artist interjected between the canvas and paint of a work in the Art Canadien et Quebecois pavilion at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts/Musée des beaux-arts Montréal, as if the work is projected onto the artist’s body. Yee highlights the lack of institutional representation for people of colour at the museum: “I try to find my place in their space, and decide to insert myself into their paintings.”3

Societal, artistic and nationalistic frameworks are exposed and examined by these three artists, encouraging dialogue on the systems through which our society functions.

1 Kosisochukwu Nnebe, artwork statement
2 Lital Khaikin, curatorial text from these may (not) be places
3 Florence Yee, artwork statement

Text by Rose Ekins, Curator

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Studio Sixty Six features Beyond The Pale & Anthony’s Pizza for “A Taste of Beer & Art!” on Friday, August 26

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Ottawa art gallery Studio Sixty Six at 202-66 Muriel Street in the Glebe invites you on Friday, August 26th from 6 to 9PM to “A Taste of Beer & Art,” an event for art and craft-beer lovers alike! We are pleased to announce that we are collaborating with local craft brewery Beyond The Pale and Anthony’s Pizza to feature some delicious beer and pizza in our gallery space!

As our end-of-summer event, we welcome all to enjoy this special evening on the final night of our current exhibition these may (not) be places, featuring artists Laura Bydlowska, Kathryn Shriver, Alex Thompson, Guillermo Trejo and Joani Tremblay.

Founded in 2013, Studio Sixty Six is an Ottawa emerging artist gallery devoted to showcasing emerging artists from in and around the Ottawa region and across Canada. We focus on diverse solo shows to help budding artists launch and develop their artistic careers. As part of our art gallery’s program, we provide art lovers, art collectors and designers with the opportunity to access the best new emerging artists’ work for sale.

Attendees will be offered sample-size portions of beer to enjoy with pizza free of charge. Full-size portions of beer will be available for sale. Free entry. RSVP here!

Studio Sixty Six presents ‘these may (not) be places’ opening in Ottawa on June 30

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Studio Sixty Six presents these may (not) be places a group exhibition that features five emerging artists from Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. Click here for the full press release.

Through print and illustration, these may (not) be places explores the concept of place – its depictions and abstractions. Place may be structure, expressed in the character of architecture or the clear textures of geography. But it is also, always, distant – the first idea of space, its memory, its secretive nature. The exhibition invokes responses from artists working in print and illustration.

Laura Bydlowska depicts the geological patterns that reveal slow, natural processes. Kathryn Shriver explores delicate and surreal illustrations tell narratives of mental space—feeling a place through the passage of time, ritual, and the intangible terms of thought. Alex Thompson’s engravings capture the architectural city, with the curious voyeurism of the photographer. Guillermo Trejo’s flags for non-existent states challenge the way a nation exists as both idea and land. Joani Tremblay playfully deconstructs place into graphic elements, commenting on dominant, globalised aesthetic tropes.

The exhibition, these may (not) be places opens at Studio Sixty Six on June 30, 2016, and is on view until August 27, 2016.

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