Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Upcoming Exhibitions

Wrapped in Culture / participatory workshops

15 November – 23 November 2017

CUAG is hosting a series of public, participatory workshops called Wrapped in Culture, a powerful reclamation project grounded in community engagement. Nine artists will work at CUAG from 10 am - 4 pm on 15-17 November and 20-23 November, and from noon - 4 pm on 18 November. You are welcome to drop by and help the artists while they work!

Wrapped in Culture involves five Australian Aboriginal artists working with four Canadian Indigenous artists. The Australian artists are: Maree Clarke (Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta, Boon Wurrung), Vicki West (Tasmanian), Mitch Mahoney (Boon Wurrung, Barkindji), Molly Mahoney (Boon Wurrung, Barkindji), Kerri Clarke (Boon Wurrung), and Wade Mahoney (Barkindji). The Canadian artists are: Rosalie Favell (Métis), Barry Ace (Anishinaabe [Odawa]), Meryl McMaster (Cree) and Adrian Stimson (Siksika [Blackfoot]).

The artists will collectively create one Blackfoot buffalo robe and one Australian Aboriginal possum skin cloak. The project is an extended performance art project that unfolds through this series of workshops.

Wrapped in Culture is supported by a Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter grant. Be sure to look out for the Wrapped in Culture exhibition, which will be presented at the Ottawa Art Gallery in fall 2018.

Open Space Lab 03: Kambui Olujimi

29 November – 04 December 2017

Volunteer Actors / Performers Needed
Looking for a wide range of actors (races, bodies, ages, etc.)

Open Space Lab (OSL) turns the empty gallery into a space for research, creating and collaboration ( OSL offers artists whose work is performance-based, exploratory and multi-disciplinary the space to explore, develop and initiate dialogue about ideas and art.

For OSL 03 (Wednesday 29 November - Monday 4 December), the Brooklyn-based artist Kambui Olujimi will be working at CUAG on a new performance / animation project based on Wayward North, a 2010 commission for Art in General in New York. Olujimi will collaborate with diverse local actors at CUAG, filming their actions and movements as the basis for his animation.

If you are interested in working with Olujimi on this project, please send an email with your CV, head-shot and digital video (or a link to a website with these posted), along with your availability to Anna Khimasia at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The deadline for submissions is 8 November.

Wayward North, an installation comprised of twelve embroidered celestial star maps, sculptures, photographs and drawings, was exhibited in Brooklyn in 2010. The installation works in tandem with Olujimi’s mythical narrative of the same name. Wayward North blends real places and events with the imagined to create a mythical world that reflects the hopes and fears of what is possible in this current moment.

Kambui Olujimi was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and received his MFA from Columbia University. Olujimi’s interdisciplinary work challenges established modes of thinking through sculpture, installation, photography, writing, video and performance. His solo exhibitions include: A Life in Pictures at MIT List Visual Arts Center; Solastalgia at CUE Art Foundation; and Wayward North at Art in General. His works have premiered nationally at Sundance Film Festival, Studio Museum in Harlem, MoMA PS1, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and MASS MoCA.

Internationally, Olujimi’s work has been featured at the Jim Thompson Art Center in Bangkok; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid; Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Finland and Para Site in Hong Kong, among others. Olujimi has been awarded residencies from Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Civitella Ranieri Foundation. He has received grants and commissions from numerous institutions including A Blade of Grass, the Jerome Foundation, and MTA Arts & Design for the City of New York.

Robert Houle: Pahgedenaun

Curated by Sandra Dyck

15 January – 29 April 2018

Kanata: Robert Houle’s Histories (1993) was the first solo exhibition of a contemporary artist presented at CUAG, soon after our founding in 1992. Twenty-five years later, CUAG is honoured to present an exhibition that brings together several recent bodies of drawings and paintings by the internationally acclaimed Saulteaux artist. In these works, Houle addresses the traumas he experienced as a child, while attending the residential school located in his home community of Sandy Bay First Nation, on the western shore of Lake Manitoba. The Roman Catholic school was run by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and in operation from 1905-1970. Pahgedenaun is a Saulteaux word expressing the self-defining and self-determining act of “letting go,” embodied in Houle’s profoundly powerful and unsettling art works, which embody acts of memory, truth-telling, survivance and healing.

Sun K. Kwak: Untying Space_CUAG

Curated by Euijung McGillis

15 January – 29 April 2018

“My drawings are born through the communion between the material and the spiritual, wherein my own self is constantly reflected emptying itself.” - Sun K. Kwak

Untying Space is Kwak’s “Space Drawing” series, which she has been practicing since 1995. Using black masking tapes as her primary medium, Kwak reinvigorates and redefines architecturally inert space with rhythmic, expressive and dynamic lines and shapes.  In her first solo exhibition in Canada, the artist will create a site-specific “Space Drawing” in CUAG’s mezzanine space over a two-week period. Kwak aims to reify “new pictorial reality,” reflecting inherent interlocutory elements of the university art gallery as a site of creative encounters.
Kwak currently lives and works in New York City.  She has exhibited internationally including at the Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, (Taichung) and the Korean National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul).

Linda Sormin: Ungrounding Home

Curated by Heather Anderson

15 January – 29 April 2018

Bangkok-born Canadian ceramicist Linda Sormin creates large-scale ceramic and mixed media installations that explore issues of fragility and mobility, survival and regeneration. Over a period of two weeks, Sormin will create a site-specific installation integrating Leda clay, a potent local metaphor in Leda clay, whose prevalence in Ottawa makes the region especially vulnerable to earthquakes: the clay turns to liquid when agitated.