Wealth of the Eternal Garden
March 22 to May 23, 2018
JORDAN SEAL IN CONVERSATION WITH ROB JOHNSON
Sunday, March 25, 2:00 pm
All welcome. Free admission. Presented in English.
Thursday, April 26, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Joint opening with the exhibition Jennifer Anne Norman - Forest for the Trees at Karsh-Masson Gallery.
I wish to create a garden for you. It is overgrown, alive and bustling with alternative plants and insects. Fauna and flora from a secret world, an untouchable realm. I wish to express the principles of the divine through a plethora of organic abstraction. I strive to construct creations that lie outside our universe and yet parallel it. Nature begins again in isolation. I have eschewed measurements, sketches, references, strict geometry. I denounce the brutal vulgarity of the straight line and the square. I begin from nothing and build into a frenzy. I champion the curve, indulging in sensual textures. I believe in beauty and aesthetic purity.
-Artist statement excerpt
JORDAN SEAL grew up in Ottawa and lived there for most of his life. He vividly remembers drawing when he was young. Making art has allowed him to preserve and foster the wonder and creative jubilation from his youth. Along with being a visual artist, he is a poet, writer, musician, dancer, and performer. He previously organized his own art shows. He believes strongly in the DIY ethic. He believes in having art exchanged for donations. He is a graduate of the Ottawa School of Art, a place where he felt accepted and part of a community. He is a co-founder of the Art of the Uncarved Block, a music label that puts out punk, indie and outsider music. Much of his artistic output is involved in the music scene. Jordan sees art as a spiritual and cultural pursuit that enriches society. There is a strange and brilliant kingdom toward which he is working. http://www.joucous.com/
ROB JOHNSON is a musician and co-founder of Art of the Uncarved Block, small batch music label based in Toronto.
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Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
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Free admission. Wheelchair accessible.