Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

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Artist talks and installation previews with Ciara Phillips and Étienne Tremblay-Tardif

Saturday, 3 June 2017, 2:00 p.m.

In a series of talks, the artists of Open Edition reflect on their work through the exhibition’s theme of looking back and looking forward. In the first iteration, Ciara Phillips and Étienne Tremblay-Tardif will give a behind-the-scenes preview of their installations and address printmaking’s relationship to labour and activism, their range of sources, and how they create an immersive space in the gallery.

Born in Ottawa, and currently based in Glasgow, Ciara Phillips works in printmaking and often transforms her exhibition spaces into workshops, inviting community groups and members of the public to collaborate with her. Her practice explores the collaborative nature of art production and the communities of interest that give rise to the creation and dissemination of art and ideas. Phillips received her BFA from Queens University, Kingston, ON and her MFA from the Glasgow School of Art. She was nominated for the 2014 Turner Prize, and has exhibited extensively internationally. Recent Canadian exhibitions include the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston) and Western Front (Vancouver) in 2016.

Born in Isle-aux-Coudres, Étienne Tremblay-Tardif is based in Montréal. He completed a BA in Film Studies and Art History at the Université de Montréal (2006), as well as a BFA (2009) and MFA (2013) in Studio Art at Concordia University. His interests include complexity and density in urban social space, multiples and artist’s books, cinéma direct, the history of architecture, critical theory and visual culture. He recently presented his projects at Occurrence, AXENÉO7, Arprim, and at the International Symposium of Contemporary Art, Baie-Saint-Paul.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome! CUAG is an accessible space, with barrier-free washrooms and elevator.

Discount parking passes ($4.00 flat rate) will be available for sale at the tunnel entrance commencing at 1:45 pm. Please note the temporary entrance to the St. Patrick’s Building during construction. See the Visiting tab and Directions on the web site for a map and details as the tunnel-level and main entrances to the St. Patrick’s Building (which houses CUAG) are temporarily closed due to construction.



Opening party for summer exhibition Open Edition

Monday, 5 June 2017, 5:00 p.m.

Please join us for the opening party for Open Edition 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Opening remarks will be at 6:00 p.m. DJ Memetic will spin live vinyl sets and artists Ciara Phillips, Mohamed Thiam, Étienne Tremblay-Tardif, Guillermo Trejo, and Melanie Yugo will be in attendance.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome! CUAG is an accessible space, with barrier-free washrooms and elevator.

Discount parking passes ($4.00 flat rate) will be available for sale at the tunnel entrance commencing at 4:45 pm. Please note the temporary entrance to the St. Patrick’s Building during construction. See the Visiting tab and Directions on the web site for a map and details as the tunnel-level and main entrances to the St. Patrick’s Building (which houses CUAG) are temporarily closed due to construction.



Ningiukulu Teevee and Sandra Dyck in Conversation

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 6:00 p.m.

In a series of talks, the artists of Open Edition reflect on their work through the exhibition’s theme of looking back and looking forward. In the second iteration, Ningiukulu Teevee will be joined in conversation with the exhibition’s co-curator and CUAG Director, Sandra Dyck, to discuss printmaking in Kinngait (Cape Dorset) today.

Born in Kinngait in 1963, Ningiukulu Teevee has become one of Kinngait Studios most celebrated artists and has established a reputation as one of the Canadian art world’s major figures. Ningiukulu works primarily with coloured pencils and ink. Her images are derived primarily from her comprehensive knowledge of Inuit folklore, which she combines with often humorous images of westernized contemporary life in Nunavut. She was shortlisted for a Governor General’s award for her book Alego in 2009. Her drawings are found in many major collections including the McMichael Collection of Canadian Art, National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Winnipeg Art Gallery and others.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome! CUAG is an accessible space, with barrier-free washrooms and elevator.

Discount parking passes ($4.00 flat rate) will be available for sale at the tunnel entrance commencing at 5:45 pm. Please note the temporary entrance to the St. Patrick’s Building during construction. See the Visiting tab and Directions on the web site for a map and details as the tunnel-level and main entrances to the St. Patrick’s Building (which houses CUAG) are temporarily closed due to construction.



Artist talks with Mohamed Thiam, Guilllermo Trejo, Ericka Walker and Melanie Yugo

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 5:59 p.m.

In a series of talks, the artists of Open Edition reflect on their work through the exhibition’s theme of looking back and looking forward. In the final iteration, we will have an exhibition walk-through led by artists Mohamed Thiam, Guilllermo Trejo, Ericka Walker and Melanie Yugo. Thiam’s collage series W.O.M.B. is part of an ongoing research on stereotypes and prejudices, while Walker’s current body of work is driven by her research into historical propaganda posters and the machinery of hydroelectric and logging projects juxtaposed with text from treaty and land claim agreements in Canada. In addition to presenting her own prints, Yugo creates a risography workshop in the gallery, and Trejo will discuss a special project developed in CUAG’s Collection Invitational series with historical prints selected from CUAG’s collection.and Trejo will discuss a special project developed in CUAG’s Collection Invitational series with historical prints selected from CUAG’s collection.

Mohamed Thiam was born in Saudi Arabia and later studied in Nice, Paris and Detroit. Now living and working between Montreal and Ottawa, he is on a perpetual quest to expand and enrich his visual vocabulary and passion for art and design, cultivated on four continents, each with their own systems, patterns and textures. He holds a graduate degree in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art and spends most of his free time learning new skills and sharpening old ones. He also dreams in five languages.

Guillermo Trejo is a Mexican artist based in Ottawa. He completed his BFA at the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Etching in Mexico City, and earned an MFA from the University of Ottawa. In 2014, he participated in the Quebec City Triennial and was shortlisted for the Ottawa RBC Emerging Artist Prize. In 2014, Guillermo also received the Young Artist FONCA grant for Mexican Artists and a production grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. He teaches at the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) and directs OSA Editions, a project that invites local artists to create limited editions prints at the OSA print studio.

Ericka Walker was born in Hartford, Wisconsin, USA and is currently based in Halifax, where she teaches at NSCAD. Her work has been presented in national and international exhibitions and exchanges, recently The 2011 Sanbao International Biennial Printmaking Exhibition, Jingdezhen, China; Ink, Paper, Process: An Exhibition of Contemporary Prints in America, Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont, Texas, USA; and The 2010 Pacific States Biennial Print Exhibition, The University of Hawai’i, Hilo, USA. Her solo exhibition Ericka Walker: The Great Experiment runs this summer at The Reach Gallery, Abbotsford, BC.

Melanie Yugo is a Filipino-Canadian artist-researcher, educator, artistic director and cultural worker born in Toronto, now based in Ottawa, Canada. Melanie approaches her practice through a socially-engaged lens, through the creation of inclusive spaces, writing, teaching, publishing, printmaking, research, convening and organizing exhibitions. As a printmaker specializing in silkscreening, her own work explores the intersection of culture, identity and place. She co-founded and directs the experimental art and social space Possible Worlds, a micro gallery, shop, publisher and project space, as well as the creative collective/studio Spins & Needles.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome! CUAG is an accessible space, with barrier-free washrooms and elevator.

Discount parking passes ($4.00 flat rate) will be available for sale at the tunnel entrance commencing at 5:45 pm. Please note the temporary entrance to the St. Patrick’s Building during construction. See the Visiting tab and Directions on the web site for a map and details as the tunnel-level and main entrances to the St. Patrick’s Building (which houses CUAG) are temporarily closed due to construction.