Articles tagged with: art in Ottawa
We always knew that when given the chance, women are more creative with the resources at hand than men. Just ask any mom. For those who still disagree, spend time on the Internet (Google “women and the Internet”) where definitive proof is unfolding. Outside online gambling and porn, women’s issues and personal (especially mommy blogs) sites are the fastest growing trend, according the Pew Internet Research
In 2007, painter Alexandra Chowaniec moved to San Francisco with a wheelbarrow full of talent and a backpack crammed with existential angst. Her immediate goal was a Masters degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. During undergrad years at Queen’s University, she’d studied in Venice and Florence, but now, she figured, it was time to sink or swim.
For the past few years I’ve wondered why Lois Siegel shows her magazine-quality photographs of famous people on the walls of the Ottawa Bagel Shop. This isn’t a knock against the bagel joint; owner Vince Piazza is one of the private-sector’s biggest supporters of Ottawa art. But Siegel’s celebrity shots are a little out of the ordinary.
the skewed pictures bothered me at first, but then I decided this was just the adrenaline lighting up my brain like a pinball machine. When I looked again, I realized that a couple of the pieces didn’t look all that bad a few inches off 90 degrees. The scientific term is synaesthesia; most of us know it as a shift in perception.
For those content in the belief that the Internet is not the future of arts marketing, the Ottawa Fringe Festival should provide a moment of hesitation. No attendance numbers yet from event organizers, and those probably won’t be all that different from the historic high of 13,000, but online access to festival information has given the Fringe a boost that only very expensive promotional campaigns achieve.
This post is only a semi-gratuitous use of sex in the pursuit of art’s truth. Truth can hurt, which is why sensuality can be painful, for both producers and consumers of the muse. But it can also elevate how we see the world, and that started long before angry old men began shouting “put some clothes on, for God’s sake!”
For Ken Godmere, the evening of June 15 is all about a book. The back story is so dark and smelly that when the plot finishes in celebration, you’ll have to wonder how, and why, it all fits together. And maybe it doesn’t, because Godmere will use the book that night like Hamlet uses Yorik’s skull: a moment of revelation in a dangerous, confusing time.
I arrived early to the Shenkman Arts Centre, an impressive glass-fronted construct next to Orleans’ shopping district, and found an ottoman-sized rock to settle on. Staring vacantly out over its neighbouring grassland, marred by fence-lines and some paved parking, I breathed deep its flat horizon with an appreciation that would’ve gone unnoticed a few years ago. That’s what living amid the concrete towers of Toronto can do to you; with all its flashing billboards and commuter stampedes, your eyes never need to look further than an outstretched arm.
Chris Forrest has spent his entire life searching for “Oh Wow” moments, where one has to bet everything or admit that the demons have won. They are points of pure clarity, and their lessons can change your life in a heartbeat. Perhaps that’s why Forrest has chosen Cool Hand Luke and Leonard Cohen as role models and, more recently in his fiction, created characters with nothing left to lose.
Wayne Current has dipped into Ottawa theatre for years, profiling and reviewing much of what he sees in his blog Many Faces of Wayne. He says he’s amazed at how good Ottawa theatre is, and has decided to jump off the high diving board in mid-June when he produces Prisoner’s Dilemma, written by Sterling Lynch, for the Fringe Festival