ART Rental and Sales, OAG Annex, 110 Laurier Avenue West
September 17 – December 31, 2016
Opening Reception: September 29, 2016, 5 PM
Participating artists: Karina Bergmans, Vanessa Coplan, Natalie Eedson, Sayward Johnson, Bozica Radjenovic, Allyson Rousseau and Jennifer Smith-Windsor
Organized by Stephanie Germano, Manager, ART Rental and Sales
Airborne Allergens is an exploration of an imaginary world in which pollen, mould and virus cells are 8 feet tall. Currently considered common allergens causing irritation, cough and congestion, a minutiae of these cells are extrapolated into a foreboding future that will inflict havoc on the pulmonary system. Airborne Allergens is an opportunity to consider the power of the air we breathe.
Airborne Allergens/Allergènes aéroportés
June 2-August 27th, 2016
Vernissage June 16, 6:00pm-8:00pm
(combined opening with Michèle Provost exhibition in salle Odyssée)
Artist Talk: August 22 at 7:00pm
Art-image et espace Odyssée
Maison de la Culture de Gatineau
855, boul. de la Gappe
Link to facebook invitation here.
evening with events in salle Odyssée the gallery is open until 8:00pm
Presented in conjunction with the International Triennial of Textiles in the Outaouais 2016
The artist gratefully acknowledges funding support from the Ontario Arts Council for this project.
This summer, I was successful in a public art commission competition funded by Canadian Heritage/Patrimoine Canadienne (PCH) to create a fun and interactive art element for the Plaza Bridge Terrace, just north of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. With the theme of PLAY with a connection to Canadian sport, I designed a mixed-up hockey rink entitled "Clapper the Biscuit in the Crease". In hockey lingo, this means 'put the puck in the net'.
By using elements of the traditional hockey rink markings, changing the colours and mixing them up, a new game is created. This design is printed on graphic film and installed on the pavement. Hockey fans will recognize the rink motifs, and non-hockey fans will enjoy the colours and graphic lines. The public is encouraged to develop their own rules and play on the ‘rink’ by skipping to different colours, balancing along lines, finding dots to stand on, etc... pre-hockey season is the perfect time to invent a new game without sticks, pucks or ice.
Enjoy Clapper the Biscuit in the Crease!!
Big Toronto Weekend July 25-27!
I have a pop-up window show exhibit at Action Potential Lab, at 451 Christie Street (at the corner of Davenport). The show will feature some of my organs, brains, and a new work, Veins and Arteries. The exhibit runs from July 25-August 1.
In conjunction with Toronto's Maker Festival, I'll be teaching a family workshop (adults and children aged 6+) Sew Your Own Cell Creature on Saturday, July 25 from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Action Potential Lab. Spaces still available. More details and to Sign up at Action Potential or visit the Lab's Facebook page.
The Lymph Nymph will be presented at PROCESS space Sunday July 26. PROCESS is "a space to present work to an audience and have a conversation about it. It's an invitation try something new, experiment, assess or revisit something that has already been presented - it's an informal event that happens the last Sunday of each month". PROCESS takes place at Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Studio 103, from 7:30pm-11:30pm. Other performances that night by Julie Lassonde, Suzanne Liska & Mika Lillit Lior, Kayla Milmine & Brian Abbott. PWYC at the door.
Lymph Nymph at Stables Studio Doors Open, June 2015, screen shot from video
Join us at the Stables Art Studio for Doors Open Weekend!
We are opening the doors for the public to explore our building and see our artist studios in action. Formerly the horses stables to the Enriched Bread factory, The Stables Studios is home to several artists, an industrial design firm, an art restorer and Aikikai Aikido. My nook of the building is shared with Pat Hendry, Jane Burnstein, Sharon Kelly and Anonymous. We will have mixed media paintings, landscapes, textile sculptures, clothing and more!
Stable Art Studios Open House
155 Loretta Ave N.
Doors Open Ottawa
Sat. June 6, 10:00am-4:00pm
Sun. June 7, 10:00am-4:00pm
***I'll be doing a performance on Saturday afternoon!***
World Premiere of the Lymph Nymph: a series of Performative Actions
Saturday, June 6 at 2:00pm
rain date Sunday, June 7 at 2:00pm
back parking lot
More details on the Lymph Nymph found here.
The Lymph Nymph: a series of performative actions. Coming soon to a park, pond, parking lot or picnic near you.
UPDATE! Upcoming performances Spring/Summer 2015:
Stables Studio Open House, 155 Loretta Ave N Ottawa, back parking lot
Saturday June 6, 2:00pm (rain date, Sunday June 7)
Blink Gallery Picnic, part of the 10th year Anniversary events
Header House, Major's Hill Park, Ottawa
June 14, noon-3pm (performance time TBA)
rain date: June 21
About the Lymph Nymph:
A lymph node is part of the endocrine system. There are hundreds of small nodes found in specific locations of the human body, such as the neck, the arm pit, and the groin. Lymph nodes work as part of the cleansing and drainage system of the blood as well as the site of production for white blood cells, the body’s defence system. A nymph has two definitions. First, it is a character of Greek mythology, most often a forest-living female deity. The second definition of a nymph is a larvae form of an invertebrate animals such as an insect. The LYMPH NYMPH is being developed through the creation of 100 lymph nodes, a body suit (as seen below) and possibly, a parachute (!)
Click on the image to animate the Lymph Nymph
In case you have a decomissioned parachute lying about and you've ever wondering how to dye it, here's your How To!
I bought a parachute last year at a surplus store thinking I was going to use for a certain project but it didn't work, so I kept it, knowing that 28' of nylon fabric would someday come in handy. I have an idea of what I am going to do with the parachute for this new project, but it is still in a R & D phase and dyeing seemed like the first step. As always with a new idea, I must remind myself to trust 'the process' of art making, even if I don't fully know the outcome. It will come. In any case, my cat Charlie enjoying exploring the material.
I had to conduct this dyeing day at my home, instead of at my studio. Dyeing requires proximity to a washer and dryer and accessible water. I set up a decent space in the basement and backyard. First step: cut the parachute into 4 manageable pieces. The piece of the far right has some velcro strips sewn onto its edges. This is a test to see it I can put the parachute back together again at some point. Velcro will be added to the other pieces after dyeing.
Prewash each piece in the washing machine with synthrapol.
My outdoor set up was: 100L stock pot, a double burner outdoor stove connected to a BBQ tank. I shovelled out a space in the back yard. It was the prettiest, somewhat mild day at -5, with light snow falling. It was preferable to the -30 windchill we've had lately. Again, my cat Charlie approves of the set up and enjoyed exploring in the snow.
I filled the stock pot about 1/3 of the way, with enough water to cover the fabric of 1/4 parachute. Turn on the burner and heat up the water.
I am using G & S Acid dye in #628 chartreuse. They recommend 2%-4% dye x WOF (weight of fabric). I used 15grams of dye for 2lbs of 1/4 parachute piece. It is also recommended to test dye fabric extensively before doing the whole lot, but since I wanted to maintain the integrity of the parachute (after cutting it in 4), I didn't want to go cutting more bits of it off to test it. I took my chances and was willing to live with how it turned out.
Add washed wet parachute to the dye bath. Stir it up. Add about 1 3/4 cups vinegar to the mix.
Let it dye for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
After 30 minutes, remove fabric from the dye bath, wash again through a machine cycle with synthrapol and then a rince cycle. Run through the dryer. Remove water/dye from the stock pot. Repeat all the steps 3 more times for each quater of a parachute. I am amazed at the brilliant, almost fluorecent green it turned out. It was not at all what I expected. But I have a fondness for shockingly bright colours, so I am very pleased with the results. I think if I had aimed to dye it fluorescent green, it would never have turned out this way.
I also dyed a few samples of other fabric that I may be using for this project. Left square is the spandex I will be using and the square beside it is the 'chartreuse' dye results. The gausy fabric on the right is a silk organza and was white before dyeing. It turned out a blue/green with the 'chartreuse' dye. So different...and this is why it is so important to test!
It was a fun afternoon of water, fire and colour. It was exciting progress being made on this new project and I'm looking forward to the next phases of development!