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CUAG Opening Party for Winter Exhibitions: Houle / Kwak / Sormin

Monday, 15 January 2018
5 – 7:30 p.m.

Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) is pleased to invite you to an opening reception for our three winter exhibitions: Robert Houle: Pahgedenaun, Sun K. Kwak: Untying Space_CUAG; and Linda Sormin: Fierce Passengers.

Robert Houle: Pahgedenaun
Curated by Sandra Dyck
15 January – 29 April 2018

Kanata: Robert Houle’s Histories (1993) was the first solo exhibition of a contemporary artist presented at CUAG, soon after our founding in 1992. Twenty-five years later, CUAG is honoured to present an exhibition that brings together several recent bodies of drawings and paintings by the internationally acclaimed Saulteaux artist. In these works, Houle addresses the traumas he experienced as a child, while attending the residential school located in his home community of Sandy Bay First Nation, on the western shore of Lake Manitoba. The Roman Catholic school was run by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and in operation from 1905-1970. Pahgedenaun is a Saulteaux word expressing the self-defining and self-determining act of “letting go,” embodied in Houle’s profoundly powerful and unsettling art works, which embody acts of memory, truth-telling, survivance and healing.

Sun K. Kwak: Untying Space_CUAG
Curated by Euijung McGillis
15 January – 29 April 2018

Untying Space is Kwak’s “Space Drawing” series, which she has been practicing since 1995. Using black masking tapes as her primary medium, Kwak reinvigorates and redefines architecturally inert space with rhythmic, expressive and dynamic lines and shapes. In her first solo exhibition in Canada, the artist will create a site-specific “Space Drawing” in CUAG’s mezzanine space over a two-week period. Kwak aims to reify “new pictorial reality,” reflecting inherent interlocutory elements of the university art gallery as a site of creative encounters. Kwak currently lives and works in New York City. She has exhibited internationally including at the Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, (Taichung) and the Korean National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul).

This exhibition is generously supported by the Korean Cultural Centre and Shurtape.

Linda Sormin: Fierce Passengers
Curated by Heather Anderson
15 January – 29 April 2018

Bangkok-born Canadian ceramicist Linda Sormin creates large-scale ceramic and mixed media installations that explore issues of fragility and mobility, survival and regeneration. Over a period of two weeks, Sormin will create a site-specific installation integrating Leda clay, a potent local metaphor in Leda clay, whose prevalence in Ottawa makes the region especially vulnerable to earthquakes: the clay turns to liquid when agitated.

The reception takes place at CUAG from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. Artists Robert Houle, Sun K. Kwak and Linda Sormin will be in attendance. DJ Chris International will spin live vinyl sets.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome! CUAG is an accessible space, with barrier-free washrooms and elevator.

Discount parking passes ($4.00 flat rate) will be available for sale at the tunnel entrance from 6:40 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Please see the visiting page for directions.

Carleton University Art Gallery
St. Patrick's Building


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