Saturday, September 24, 2011

An Interesting Concept

Here's something, as an artistic community, we might want to try.
Take a look at this video and see the variety of interpretation.

Thanks, Bob, for bringing this video to our attention.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Call to Artists: Naked Naked Naked

Naked Naked Naked

The gallery is organizing a group art exhibition on the theme "Naked, Naked, Naked".

Call to Artists: Paintings, drawings, poets, film, performance, sculpture, sculptors... anything and everything. There is no limit. Just want your creativity in excess.

The word naked should not be limited to the nude model or flesh. The word naked is hoped to also embody thoughts and ideas relating to truth, naked truth, the soul, spirit, and mind of pure expression.

This show was a massive success last year. Over a 1000 people attended the Grand Opening of Naked Naked Naked.

Deadline for Submission: January 21st 2012.

Submitting your Art for consideration:

Postal submissions should include a CV, artist statement, CD or photographs. Packages will not be returned.

Please send samples of images of art work to
Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery
286 Hinchey Ave. Ottawa, Ontario. K1Y 1M2.

Postal submissions are preferred but email submissions are also accepted. (Include show title Naked Naked Naked as subject title please).

Gallery Website:

Only artists that have been selected will be contacted.

The next Naked Naked Naked event will be even better:

Exhibition Dates: June 7th - 30th. 2012

Meet the Artists: June 7th. 6 - 9 pm.

Naked Naked Naked - Art Party: June 15th. Friday 6 - 11 pm.

Rain Date: June 16th. Saturday. 6 - 11 pm

Naked Naked Naked - Art Party will include:

-Artists will be invited to do live painting and drawing of nude models. (Art work will be auctioned off)

- Slam Poets will be performing.

- The event will be professionally catered by Essense Catering.

- Interactive painting will be available for everyone to participate.

- Short Films screenings in the sculpture garden.

- The Sin Sisters will be invited again, and will be doing live performances.

- St-Ambroise Brasserie McAuslan will be sponsoring the Event

- Live Music will be preformed by three live bands:

Deadline for Submission: January 21st 2012.

Call to donate your bra and under garments. .Please bring your bra and under garments to the gallery... support art, encourage promoting culture in Ottawa.

Video of last year's Naked Naked Naked:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Landscape vs. The Figure

A notable feature of our current show, I Killed the Group of Seven, is its strong figurative response. Many of the artists in the show have responded to the theme with works that comment on the body in relation to the landscape. Of course we all know that the Group of Seven is most well known for their portrayal of the Canadian landscape as they pioneered a wave of interest in landscape painting that has become synonymous with the term “Canadian art.” However, many of the artists in the show have chosen to comment not only on the legacy of their landscapes, but also the Group of Seven’s dismissal of the body as a source of identity and expression.

The thought of murder and execution ultimately comes to mind when one recalls the theme of the exhibition. This thought is inherently linked to the figure and the body. There has to be a body for the occurrence of a murder – be it a real, physical body, or a symbolic “body of works.” A figurative response to the theme, “I Killed the Group of Seven” therefore has two meanings: that the artistic portrayal of the body, instead of a landscape, corresponds to the theme of murder and that this portrayal rejects the Group of Seven’s “body” of works – the canon from which we have come to understand them.

Mathieu Laca, Landscape Study

However, there are some instances where the body and the landscape meet – these instances allow us to contemplate a rather complex relationship. Mathieu Laca’s Landscape Study, for example, offers a humorous approach to this topic. The work features the thighs, feet, and penis of a headless figure. It is set against a small sliver of landscape that is presented to the viewer amidst the figure’s ejaculation. It literally becomes a “fuck you” response to the traditional landscape – the figure becomes the most prominent element of the painting and physically rejects the land that forms its abject backdrop. In fact, when Laca delivered the painting to the gallery he admitted that it was pretty much the closest thing to a landscape painting he wanted to make. The figure is a very important element of his oeuvre as he has displayed it in many different ways in this show.

Graeme Welch, On Guard

Another instance in which the figure interacts with its landscape in this show is in the work of Graeme Welch. Welch’s On Guard is a massive piece that features a group of figures against a backdrop of pine trees. The figures possess various bodies of animals – fish, a dead beaver, and a dead moose, which further symbolize the wildness of the nature around them. In this case the wild has been tamed by the figure. The dead moose is draped across the hood of the truck, its crushing the body of a man in the process, while the dead beaver and fish are clutched by some very sketchy looking figures. This work rejects the Group of Seven’s canon by displaying how man and nature clash. The figure asserts itself in the landscape and, along the way, practically destroys and maims it.

The portrayal of the figure and the body, therefore, becomes an important means to completely “kill” the Group of Seven and its legacy. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What Are You Up To?

Well might anyone ask an artist, "So, what are you up to. Draw/paint/create anything new today?"

If someone asked me this today, I'd have to tell them about the Michael Jackson skull I made while watching several movies about who-knows-what. They are more or less background for creation.

Did anyone ever notice how the muse zooms around one's head after seeing a movie on the big screen? I'm sure it has to do with the flicker of the film as it passes through the gate, like the effect a strobe light has on someone with a pacemaker only no destruction just brain cells firing and ricocheting about.

The computer screen is different but there still seems to be a subdued effect. Anyone else find this?