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


“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”.


“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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Lisa Creskey: new member artist at Blink Gallery

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Welcome Lisa Creskey

Lisa Creskey is an artist from Chelsea, Quebec exploring the sculptural painting and installation potential of the ceramic medium.

Her primary drive as a visual artist has been that of story telling from a personal point of departure or connection. Through her work, Lisa attempts to question and destabilize her own understanding of personal and collective identity. She is drawn to historical documents and artifacts as a place to initiate visual exploration.

Lisa was selected for Craft Ontario ’13 – The Ontario Crafts Council Biennial Juried Member’s Exhibition in Toronto. In early 2014, she received a prize at the Concordia Continental Ceramics Competition 5 in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was also a finalist and exhibitor for the 4th Biennial Concordia Continental Ceramics Competition in 2012. Her work was exhibited at the Kaohsiung Fine Arts Museum in Southern Taiwan where she was a finalist in the 2012 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, and the work is now part of the permanent collection of the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum.

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Lisa is represented by LA Pai Gallery in Ottawa.

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Artist Deborah Margo curates something, leading to something else….

Curator’s Statement and information about the artists:

Something Leads to Something Else considers how artists conceptualize their research, of how their work comes to be.  It is not a definitive account, but rather allowing room for different approaches, across different media, including collage, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, poetry and video.


Martin Golland‘s paintings describe a fictional meeting point between built environments and the natural world, resulting in imaginary architectural spaces.  At Blink, his multi-media collages have been gleaned from a large archive of material he uses to establish the subjects and multifaceted spaces eventually found in his paintings.

Lynda Hall is also concerned with culture and nature, shown in photographs that are unflinching and unsentimental.  There is a shifting interplay in the relationships she establishes between multiple images of animals, shown in two and three-dimensional situations.  What she evokes fluctuates, not unlike the roll of a dice.

Lise Rochefort is a freelance writer, poet, parent and researcher, as well as an Associate Poetry Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine.   She has created a new, experimental work for the exhibition combining poetry and video.

Hilde Schreier’s work encompasses a variety of media. Her paintings and drawings are concerned with the human condition, whereas her weavings are richly coloured, textured embodiments of imagined landscapes.  Here, a meticulous multi-media drawing undertakes to describe a complex system destined to be a large weaving.

Finally, on loan from an Ottawa clay studio, are a series of ceramic glaze samples, promising endless colour combinations and interplays.

Exhibition dates:

First week: Friday, September 26 through Sunday, September 28 from 12 to 5 pm

Second week: Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 5 from 12 to 5 pm.

Please join us for the exhibition reception on Thursday, October 2 from 6-9 pm at Blink

For more information or inquiries, please contact the exhibition curator, Deborah Margo at or 613-791-8345

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ECHO: Tami Galili Ellis and Erin Robertson, Sept. 19-21, vernissage Ottawa’s Nuit Blanche

Artists’ Statement:

echo noun \ˈe-(ˌ)kō  Something that is similar to something that happened or existed before (such as a feature or quality) that repeats or resembles something else.  merriamwebster  

Echo  drawing/installation at Blink

Tami Galili Ellis and Erin Robertson bounce the elements of form, line space and colour off the walls of Blink Gallery in their collaborative exhibit Echo.

Blink Member Tami Galili Ellis explores memory and conflict through repetition and order. Her sequential drawings are part of a personal journal that hold glimpses into her inner dialogue. Galili Ellis is interested in drawing for its raw and organic, fluid and unforeseen qualities. Line to her is a language whose thick, thin, brutal and broken aspects are part of its vocabulary. Galili Ellis uses it to create tension and to blur the relation between the imaginary and real, to fade the past into the present.

Erin Robertson’s interest in the nature of materials and the artists relationship to alchemy is reflected in her mixed media installation. Robertson adapts language from historical painting to a contemporary lens in an interplay of design elements and imagery exploring painting in three dimension.


Come share the echoes.

Vernissage Saturday Sept. 20 evening, in conjunction with Nuit Blanche festivities. Normal gallery hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12-5PM

echo (n.) Look up echo at Dictionary.commid-14c., “sound repeated by reflection,” from Latin echo, from Greek echo, personified in classical mythology as a mountain nymph who pined away for love of Narcissus until nothing was left of her but her voice, from or related to ekhe “sound,” ekhein “to resound,” from PIE *wagh-io-, extended form of root *(s)wagh- “to resound” (cognates: Sanskrit vagnuh “sound,” Latin vagire “to cry,” Old English swogan “to resound”). Related: Echoes. Echo chamber attested from 1937.echo (v.) Look up echo at Dictionary.com1550s (intrans.), c.1600 (trans.), from echo (n.). Related: Echoed; echoing. (etymology online )

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