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One of the most influential designers of our time, Karim Rashid unveils retrospective at the Ottawa Art Gallery

Ottawa – ON – October 3rd 2018 – The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) is excited to present Karim Rashid: Cultural Shaping (October 11, 2018 – February 10, 2019), the first large-scale presentation of the iconic designer’s work in Canada to date. The exhibition will feature industrial designs that showcase Rashid’s constantly evolving visual language.

Showcasing unique objects and original artwork, the exhibition includes over 200 award-winning designs by the Carleton University-trained designer.

The exhibition focuses on his design of utilitarian yet beautiful objects. Iconic products are highlighted, including the Garbino waste can and the Oh-chair both produced for Umbra Canada, as well as modular and reconfigurable furniture for BoConcept: the Ottawa Collection. Karim Rashid has designed for Umbra, Sony Ericsson, Hugo Boss, Pepsi, and Eos, among others.

“The new OAG is committed to exploring the wider spectrum of contemporary artistic practices, including breakthroughs in design. Conceived by internationally renowned and locally trained designer Karim Rashid, this exhibition focuses upon the emergence of design as a powerful creative force that has changed our world. — Alexandra Badzak, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa Art Gallery

"Ottawa holds a huge part of my heart. From ‘78-‘82 I completed my undergraduate studies at Carleton University and here I am - 36 years later having a retrospective at the new beautiful OAG.

It’s going to be amazing to return after having maintained a design practice in New York for 25 years. The memories of my time will never dissipate. I often recall my time at university and how the education I received there equipped me with the skills to venture out into the world and excel in the profession of design.

After all these years design has finally become a public subject, so it is timely that OAG has decided to curate an exhibition where design can blur the distinction between art and everyday life. I’ve been away from Ottawa for 36 years. I have traveled the globe; I practiced in Milan, Toronto, and now, NYC. These experiences are all now culminating in a beautiful retrospective, composed of projects curated from my own practice of 25 years, at the Ottawa Art Gallery. It’s a homecoming for me. A beautiful reminder of where it all started."  — Karim Rashid

Events

The exhibition will be celebrated with an Opening Party on Wednesday October 10th from 6 pm to 10 pm at the Ottawa Art Gallery. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.
https://oaggao.ca/karim-rashid-cultural-shaping-launch-party

The designer will deliver a keynote lecture, Analogue Versus Digital, about the future of design, on Thursday October 11th from 7 pm to 9 pm in OAG’s Alma Duncan Salon. This event is ticketed and seating is limited.
https://oaggao.ca/karim-rashid-analogue-versus-digital-keynote-lecture

Media Preview – Please RSVP with Véronique Couillard: vcouillard@oaggao.ca

WHEN: Wednesday October 10th

WHAT: 4pm-4:30pm
Cultural Shaping Media Preview tour, with Karim Rashid

4:30pm-5:00pm
Karim Rashid takes Media Questions

Where: Ottawa Art Gallery, 10 Daly Avenue

Media is also invited to attend Karim Rashid’s lecture on Thursday October 11th, from 7 pm to 9 pm, in OAG’s Alma Duncan Salon – Please RSVP with Véronique Couillard (vcouillard@oaggao.ca) for your seat.

About Karim Rashid
Visionary and prolific, Karim Rashid is one of the most unique voices in design today. With more than 4000 designs in production, nearly 300 awards to his name, and client work in over 40 countries, Karim’s ability to transcend typology continues to make him a force among designers of his generation.

Press Kit
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/451grzshdmfndvd/AABdNaTIn85G62m3ENQtxGxNa?dl=0

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For media enquiries, or attend the media preview and or lecture:
Véronique Couillard
Ottawa Art Gallery
613-233-8699, x244
vcouillard@oaggao.ca

About the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is Ottawa’s municipal art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.
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The Ottawa Art Gallery brings contemporary Indigenous arts into the classroom

Ottawa – ON – September 26 2018 – The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) has launched the publication and program Contemporary Indigenous Arts in the Classroom which aims to provide elementary and high school–level teachers with curriculum-linked lesson plans designed by contemporary Indigenous artists. The goal is to build students’ cultural competence and respect for diverse Indigenous peoples, while encouraging critical thinking about colonialism in Canada.

Contemporary Indigenous Arts in the Classroom is one of what we hope to be many sustainable contributions to the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Through the lens of contemporary art and art-making we can discover the depth and complexities of Indigenous histories and cultures and, perhaps, shift the way we view the world.” — Alexandra Badzak, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa Art Gallery

Ottawa-based Jaime Koebel (Métis, Cree) and Barry Ace (Anishinaabe) are two practicing artists who respond to contemporary experiences and maintain strong connections to their respective cultural teachings and relationships to the land. Experienced educators in their own right, Koebel and Ace have each developed an art lesson for the classroom based on the visual language of their creative practice and with specific framing questions in mind.

The publication, edited by OAG’s Head of Public, Educational and Community Programs Stephanie Nadeau, contains essays by David Garneau (Métis), Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Regina, and Wahsontiio Cross, an artist, art historian and art educator from Kahnawake Kanien’kehá:ka Territory in Quebec, as well as lesson plans, worksheets, artwork reproductions, sample student creations,  discussion points and lists of suggested further readings as resources.

The publication will be distributed through ABC Art Books Canada and available for purchase in the OAG Shop for $22.

Contemporary Indigenous Arts in the Classroom is also accessible online:

https://oaggao.ca/contemporary-indigenous-arts-classroom

ISBN 978-1-894906-55-5
Publisher: Ottawa Art Gallery
Ottawa Art Gallery acknowledges funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario. Contemporary Indigenous Arts in the Classroom was also made possible by a grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation.

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For media enquiries, or to obtain a copy:
Véronique Couillard
Ottawa Art Gallery
613-233-8699, x244
vcouillard@oaggao.ca

Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is Ottawa’s municipal art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.
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Ottawa Art Gallery and Canadian Film Institute Announce New Partnership

OTTAWA ON, September 6, 2018 – The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) announced a new partnership with the Canadian Film Institute (CFI).

The OAG will serve as the new home to many of CFI's festivals including the Ottawa International Animation Festival, EU Film festival, and the Latin American Film Festival. To further solidify the partnership, on September 29 the Ottawa International Animation Festival hill host an event at the OAG called Night Owl, an interactive party that will take over the gallery for a night of activities, performances and exploration.

The OAG and CFI started working together on the design and components of the Alma Duncan Salon at the beginning of the OAG’s recent redevelopment. It was the CFI that recommended that Paul Davis and Markus Lemm be brought in to consult on moving image technology purchases for the room.

“The OAG’s mandate is to be the most vital visual arts institution in Ottawa, and that certainly includes the medium of film. We are pleased to embark on this partnership with the CFI and to begin the relationship in the Alma Duncan Salon,” says Ottawa Art Gallery Director and Chief Executive Officer, Alexandra Badzak. “It is the perfect space for the partnership, emphasizing visual imagery in all its formats and paying tribute to a pioneering female Ottawa filmmaker, animator, and artist.”

"The art of the moving image is especially at home in this incredible new Ottawa Art Gallery," says Canadian Film Institute Executive Director, Tom McSorley. "The CFI is honoured to have its annual ongoing public film festivals, Canadian and international, presented in partnership with the Ottawa Art Gallery in the magnificent, state-of-the-art screening venue, the Alma Duncan Salon."

The Alma Duncan Salon is a 4,000 sq ft multipurpose room with state-of-the-art digital and analog projection capability, seating for 245 guests and an outdoor terrace. The Salon is named after Alma Duncan (1917-2004), an artist and animator who worked in the Ottawa region for most of her 60-year career.

Alma Duncan’s artistic practice included painted portraits and abstract compositions, graphite and ink illustrations of nature, and acclaimed charcoal drawings of wartime industries and munitions factories. Using handmade puppets, she created stop-motion short films for both the National Film Board and for Dunclaren Productions, a company she founded with partner Audrey MacLaren.

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For media enquiries, or to set-up interviews please contact:

Véronique Couillard
Ottawa Art Gallery
613.233.8699, x244
vcouillard@oaggao.ca

Andrea Chrysanthou
Global Public Affairs
416-797-8194
achrysanthou@globalpublic.com

Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is Ottawa municipal’s art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.
 

 


Douglas Coupland premieres his latest work The National Portrait at the new Ottawa Art Gallery

Ottawa, ON (21 June 2018) - Celebrated Canadian novelist and artist, Douglas Coupland, unveils his latest work The National Portrait at the Ottawa Art Gallery on June 29, 2018. In partnership with Canadian fashion retailer Simons, Coupland has created a 3D portrait of Canadians in the twenty-first century. The National Portrait is a collection of 3D printed portraits arranged in a garden-like formation with faces looking forward towards both the sun and the future. Gold and silver metallic finishes adds richness to the sculpture’s components which sit atop risers, as Coupland describes “hijacking the aesthetics of retail display.”

“We are so pleased to debut Douglas Coupland’s The National Portrait, commissioned by Simons, at the new Ottawa Art Gallery during Canada Day and throughout the summer.  This bold new work by one of Canada’s most important contemporary artists and cultural critics draws the viewer into a spectacle of faces reflecting not only a diversity of experiences but the democratization and proliferation of the portrait as an art form.”
-Alexandra Badzak, Ottawa Art Gallery, Director and Chief Executive Officer

Coupland’s ambitious large-scale installation is made from hundreds of 3D-printed portraits scanned voluntarily from members of the public at Simons store locations on a cross-country tour. This crowd-sourced artistic initiative ran from July 2015 until April 2017, and included stops in nine cities: Quebec City, Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver, Mississauga, Ottawa, Calgary, Yellowknife and Halifax. Each participant received a hand-sized version of their own 3D printed bust.

Commissioned by Simons and in keeping with their commitment to local arts and culture, the project also highlights the retailer’s expansion across Canada. As described by President Peter Simons, “The National Portrait is much more than a Simons project. As we traveled from city to city, it quickly became a national piece of art using technology that people were fascinated to experience as they watched their own 3D portraits being printed. Unveiling The National Portrait in the nation’s capital is quite fitting.”

Presented by Simons in partnership with Ottawa Art Gallery

Exhibition Dates: June 29, 2018 – August 19, 2018
 

The National Portrait: By the Numbers

1,700 total number of heads scanned

1,000 total number of heads in the piece

70 kilometers of biodegradable plastic filament used

11 months to print all the pieces of the sculpture

15 3D printers used

Media previews and one-on-one interviews with Douglas Coupland or Alexandra Badzak will be held on June 28th at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Those who are unable to attend are also able to request phone interviews and high res photos of the exhibit.

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Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)

OAG is Ottawa municipal’s art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.
 

For media enquiries, photos, or to set-up interviews please contact:

Véronique Couillard
Ottawa Art Gallery
613-233-8699, x244
vcouillard@oaggao.ca
 

Andrea Chrysanthou
Global Public Affairs
416-797-8194
achrysanthou@globalpublic.com

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About Simons

Simons was founded in 1840 by John Simons as a dry goods store in Quebec City and has since built its reputation on being an accessible and inspired fashion brand. Simons is led by brothers Peter and Richard Simons who carry on the family legacy and the brand’s commitment to cultivating creativity and building meaningful relationships with staff, partners and customers. All 15 Simons stores are compelling, original environments that inspire customers through fashion, art and architecture.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

NEW OTTAWA ART GALLERY UNVEILS CONTEMPORARY BEACON IN HEART OF DOWNTOWN OTTAWA

Mayor Watson calls new gallery a “premier hub for our rich, vibrant and diverse Arts Community.”

OTTAWA ON, APRIL 28, 2018
Today the new Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) opened to the public, offering a new centre for culture in the city. The inauguration marks a significant moment for Ottawa’s cultural landscape and artistic community, as the new OAG houses galleries for special projects, a permanent collection and the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art. Along with the expanded space, the OAG debuted a spectacular exhibition showcasing the region’s rich art history. Àdisòkàmagan / Nous connaître un peu nous-mêmes / We’ll all become stories, is a landmark exhibition of unparalleled scale honouring over 6,500 years of art making in Ottawa-Gatineau.

“The province welcomes this exciting addition to Ottawa’s cultural scene,” said Daiene Vernile, Ontario Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport.  “The new, expanded space allows the Ottawa Art Gallery to provide an inclusive place to showcase the wonderful breadth of historic and contemporary Canadian art.”

‘’The opening of the new Ottawa Art Gallery marks a significant moment in our city’s history and culture. The newly expanded facility will serve as Ottawa’s premier hub for our rich, vibrant and diverse Arts Community. Congratulations to our local arts leaders who worked tirelessly with the City to turn this 30-year-old dream into a reality. Through the collaboration between OAG, community partners and all three levels of government, Ottawa now has a new home for its most important works of arts; an exciting space to share these Canadians treasures with residents and visitors from around the world.’’ - Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa

A major cultural investment, the new OAG spans six floors and more than 55 000 square feet of programmable space. The stunning contemporary new building offers glimpses of the urban core and includes rotating galleries for historical, contemporary and touring exhibitions, an art studio, two rooftop terraces, a large multi-purpose room and a café all provided within a barrier-free environment complete. The new OAG has fully accessible entrances, gender neutral washrooms and offers free child-care Wednesday evenings and during vernissages. Admission to the new OAG is always free and its operating hours are 9 am to 9 pm, every day.

‘’The new Ottawa Art Gallery has been designed with a sense of interconnectivity, manifested not only in the beautiful architecture, but also in its approach to community. You will see a gallery that is accessible, breaks down barriers to participation, a gallery that is free and open when you need it to be, a gallery that embraces diversity, a gallery for you.’’ -Alexandra Badzak, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa Art Gallery

The OAG is part of a multi-use complex that also incorporates an exciting private sector mixed-use residential complex, Arthaus condominiums by DevMcGill, and a boutique hotel by Groupe Germain Hotels.

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For media enquiries, or to set-up interviews please contact:

Véronique Couillard
Ottawa Art Gallery
613-233-8699, x244
613-291-1358
vcouillard@oaggao.ca

Andrea Chrysanthou
Global Public Affairs
416-797-8194
achrysanthou@globalpublic.com

Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is Ottawa municipal’s art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.


Click on the title of the press release below to open a PDF copy. 
 

Ottawa Art Gallery Reveals Creative Team Behind Jackson Café
February 21, 2018
 

Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion Opens April 28th
January 30, 2018


First Publication of its Kind – A Visual Exploration of the Art Produced in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region Going Back 6500 Years.
November 30, 2017 
 


MEDIA INQUIRIES
 

Véronique Couillard, Public and Media Relations Manager
vcouillard@oaggao.ca
613-233-8699 +244

Amity Bradbury, Communications and Marketing Coordinator
abradbury@oaggao.ca
613-233-8699 +235