An Exercise In Style: Bozica Radjenovic at Blink Gallery

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During the last two weeks of July, Bozica Radjenovic has occupied Blink Gallery. She is an interdisciplinary artist who works in sculpture, drawing, installation, and performance art. In regards to this summer’s stay at Blink, Radjenovic states:

As the date of my residency approached, I toyed with a few different ideas. The only thing they had in common was they existed in my head. First I wanted to examine the relationship between big galleries versus small galleries, then I wanted to use the draft blowing from Blink Gallery’s new ventilation system in someway, and then I wanted to cook as I was drawing and draw the way I cooked. Within this cacophony of ideas, I was unable to choose a particular target, so I treated Blink as mental space containing the full assortment of thoughts in my mind. Come to Blink Gallery and take a peek into my head…

Meet the artist at the gallery: Friday July 31st, Saturday August 1st and Sunday August 2nd from noon to 5pm.

Parking is limited to 3 cars.

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Residency Update: Michael Ashley

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How do you visualize such an immense catastrophe as the First World War? This is the question I’ve been dwelling on during my residency at Blink Gallery this past week. Please join me on Sunday afternoon, July 19, to see what I’ve developed.

This documentary project was inspired by the centenary of the Great War. Millions around the world were affected by this vast event and my installation uses words, pictures and sound to capture some of the impressions left by those involved. There will also be an opportunity for visitors to add their own impressions to the collection.

The installation includes material considering the big picture of the war, and its impact, as well as material related to the war experience of one Canadian, William George Barker. Pictured above, Barker started his war in the trenches of the Western Front and ended it, badly wounded, as the most decorated aviator in the British Empire. He survived the conflict only to die in a flying accident at Rockcliffe aerodrome.

Although the installation won’t be finalized until Sunday, you are welcome to drop in to visit and preview my work on Friday, July 17, or on Saturday, July 18, between noon and five pm.

Best regards
Michael

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First Residency of the Season: Michael Ashley

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This week Blink kicks off a summer of residencies with audio visual artist Michael Ashley. The subject of his explorations will be Impressions of the Great War, 1914 -1918.

Visit the artist at work between 12 and 5, Friday the 10th through Sunday the 12th, and the following weekend between Friday the 17th through Sunday the 19th. On the last day of the residency the artist will present his work.

Stay tuned for in progress blog postings with photos by the artist!

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Performance Art in the Capital

lymph nymph at blink gallery (screen capture from video)Blink Gallery would like to thank Karina Bergmans and Héléne Lefebvre for bringing performance to the capital. During the Blink picnic on June 14 the artists staged two very different pieces.
Karina Bergmans’ recent exhibition Ligaments and Ligatures at City Hall Gallery, featured vital organs in the human body. Her performance Lymph Nymph draws on a similar theme, this time creating an animated being to illustrate the inner workings of anatomy. As Bergmans explains:

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 invertebrate animals such as an insect. The LYMPH NYMPH is being developed through the creation of 100 lymph nodes, a body suit and a parachute!

At 1pm on this fine sunny day in Major’s Hill Park a slinky green creature crept from Header House’s garage and went in search of lymph. The lymph took the form of chains of a green gossamer substance which attendants of the performance helped the nymph recover. She then linked these chains to her person in the locations that swell up when our bodies are “fighting something off”. The performance was concluded with the artist and audience participants converged around a parachute. The parachute was then drawn upwards and downwards to mimic the workings of the endocrine system. The green trees and grass of the park were certainly an ideal location to cleanse ourselves of any toxins we may have accumulated over the course of the week.

At 3pm Héléne Lefebvre emerged from the bushes to the right of Blink’s back patio dressed in black to perform Space of the Other. As Lefebvre states:

The performance took into consideration the specifics of the location, that is, the historical context including the proximity of the Ottawa River and Victoria Island, Parliament Hill and the Supreme Court as well as St Paul’s cathedral. The performance was ritualistic in nature and lasted some thirty minutes.

Space of the Other BLINK 2015 H LefebvreLefebvre walked quietly from the right side of the outdoor space and turned her head to listen to the church bells of St Paul as they chimed from across Sussex. This was serendipitous as the piece dealt with cultural and religious conflict between Native peoples and Europeans. Lefebvre talked expressively to the spectators in an unreal language she often uses in her work, perhaps bespeaking an earnest effort to communicate but an ultimate failure.
The performance took the form of a stripping down. Lefebvre removed her black dress and shoes and then, with the help of a young girl seated on the flagstones, she unravelled a long bandage from her torso until she was naked but for a pair of nylons and a camisole. Towards the end of the piece, Lefebvre picked up a bouquet of long stemmed red roses and held them pensively. Then with a shocking show of force she whipped one of the flowers downwards causing the bloom to explode, its petals scattering across the ground. To our relief the remainder of the roses were passed to the viewers perhaps in an act of peacemaking.
Lefebvre states adamantly that what she does is not about acting but about abandoning herself to the audience and the place. The performance was poignant and very emotional. There was a painful bond between the artist and the viewers. The artist stated afterwards that she had difficulty leaving the performance space because she felt she was still held by our eyes. Abject exposure, communicating the incommunicable and attempting to reconcile for horrendous past transgressions all figured in Lefebvre’s piece, leaving the viewer with equal desire to look on with undivided attention and to look away.

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Blink in this month’s issue of Ottawa Magazine

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Pick up a copy of this month’s print edition of Ottawa Magazine for reasons to love Blink Gallery!

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Dejeuner sur l’herbe chez Blink!

dejeuner sur l'herbe  Sunday at BlinkCome on out for the Blink Picnic this Sunday the 14th from 12-3 pm, for water melon, potluck and a collaborative effort at the world’s longest hopscotch, not to mention two great performances…

Karina Bergmans at 1pm

Helen Lefebvre at 2:30pm

Nous serons la, tout la gang!

 

 

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Join us this Weekend!

blinkcatimageThis weekend join us at Blink Gallery for our Tenth Anniversary Party, celebrating a decade of presentations and conversations in contemporary art! The fun begins with our Season Opener and Catalog launch, on June 11 from 6-10.

On the walls we have a collection of works by Blink Members past and present and a host of former guest artists. Prints will also be available for sale. DJ Michael Caffrey will supply the beats from a collection culled from years of digging through used records.

If you are less of night owl, the Sunday Picnic takes place June 14, 12-3pm (weather permitting). Ride Your Bike, Wear Your Whites. Bring a picnic lunch and share some of ours. Children can participate in collaborative chalk drawing while eating copious amounts of watermelon. Hélène Lefebvre will perform a piece specially created for the event and Karina Bergmans will perform “Lymph Nymph”.

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Tenth Anniversary Festival Season

Blink Gallery would like to announce its tenth anniversary festival season!

Come celebrate with us at our season launch party on June 11th from 6-9m, featuring a salon style show with the work of Blink and guest artists past and present, a special performance by Hélène Lefebvre created especially for the event, and rhythms and grooves by DJ Mr. Caffery.

Or…. come out on June 13th from 12-3pm for our Blink Pic-Nic. Wear your whites; bring a lunch and share ours. See Karina Bergmans’ debut performance of “Lymph Nymph”. Take along the kids or at least your inner child; there will be plenty of watermelon to go round and collaborative chalk drawing.

Visit us over the course of the summer for performances and other events by guest artists as well as on site residencies by Blink Artists. Come see our work as it progresses or take part! For a schedule of events see the evite below. More details will follow soon.

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BLINKING AHEAD: Ten Years of Blink moves closer

Blink is currently scheduling our upcoming season, which is an anniversary celebration of Ten Years of the Blink Collective, events and artists. A project grant awarded last week from the Ontario Arts Council moves us closer to a Series of Fortunate Events.  Thank you to the OAC for your support!

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New Member Artist: Michael Ashley’s Four Dimensions

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“Ambiguity thrills me as I explore the dominance of the visual and the seductiveness of representation.

My interest in a holistic approach and in avoiding being typecast has led me to intermedia. This itself is a practice that occupies an ambiguous conceptual space within the art world and art history. My experience with intermedia has been more in the area of customized computer software, especially the use of the development environments called Pure Data and Processing.

However, I am more and more intrigued by what’s become known as physical computing, which integrates motors and sensors with the software. I look forward to expanding my capabilities into this realm of hardware”.

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“The two works in my portfolio that most completely encompass these holistic concerns and interests are Souvenir 2 – Arboretum Memorials  and Dualities . Both are installations, and thus engage the usual three dimensions of the physical world, but they also have duration, thereby engaging the fourth dimension of time. Both also engage sight and hearing while their physical dimensions bring a haptic element to the experience.”

More on Michael Ashley here.

 

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