Demanding Work/ Tami Galili Ellis commands attention

Read the book and see the paintings

monkey say monkey do

Ottawa – Local artist Tami Galili Ellis recounts a story about a book: A few months ago I found a little vintage book, ‘The command to look’ which made me smile. At the time I had no idea what I would do with the outdated information it contained (printed in 1937), but with time, it became clear that I would interpret and incorporate what I see and read into some drawings.

The content of this book is both compelling and amusing to me. It says:
“any picture that ‘goes places’ does so by following a definite physiological formula…and shows its concrete application in a series of prints that have won the approbation of publishers and salons”

Inspired by this book, (with it’s conclusion kept in mind) that somehow found its way into my possession, I created a series of mixed media expressive drawings that, as it says in the book, do all the following:

1.    The picture must make you look at it
2.    Having looked – see
3.    Having seen – enjoy”

* the book will be a reference present in the exhibit.

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Tami Galili Ellis is a Canadian artist based in Ottawa. In 1992, after earning her BFA from the University of Ottawa, she joined the teaching staff of the Ottawa School of Art where she currently instructs a variety of courses all ages. An active member of the arts community, Tami maintains a local studio dubbed ‘The Stables’ and is a member of Blink Collective. She exhibits her work regularly and is the recipient of awards and grants, most recently an emerging artist grant from the Ontario Arts Council (2010).

The Command to Look opens with a reception on Thursday, September 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit continues daily until September 11. All are welcome and admission is free.

Vernissage: Thursday, September 8, 2011

Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Location: BLINK Gallery, Major’s Hill Park

Exhibit continues:                                               

Friday, September 9, 1–6 pm

Saturday, September 10, 12–5 pm

Sunday, September 11, 12–5 pm

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