Exhibition On View: Friday January 17th - Friday March 6th 2020
Artist Talk & Reception: Friday January 17, 2020
Artist talk: 6:00-7:30pm followed by the Opening Reception: 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Where: SPAO Centre, 77 Pamilla Street, Ottawa
The SPAO Centre Gallery is honoured to present the exhibition Meditations on Black Lake as well as an artist talk by internationally acclaimed Montreal-based artist Nadia Myre. As a member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation (Maniwaki) Myre is interested in having conversations about identity, resilience and politics of belonging. Often working in an interdisciplinary nature, mixing sculpture and lens-based artwork, Myre pushes the boundaries of how craft and Indigenous histories are understood and positioned within wider Canadian context.
The series features large photographs of circular beaded rounds that engulf the viewer in muted blues, blacks and greys. Myre uses scanning and photography to increase the size of the beadwork and remove the physical objects from their materiality. The viewer is then presented with a digital universe of interconnectedness and meditation; a chance to gaze upon the dark pools, gaining insight through reflection and seeing themselves reflected back. There is a single thread that binds the beads together, perhaps insinuating that as the viewer, we too are connected to a larger global consciousness that binds us together.
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Nadia Myre is one of Canada’s most celebrated photographic artists of the 21st century. A graduate from Camosun College, Emily Carr, and Concordia University, Myre is a recipient of numerous awards, notably Banff Centre for Arts Walter Phillips Gallery Indigenous Commission Award (2016), Sobey Art Award (2014) and a Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum (2003). Her work has received accolades and features from the New York Times, The Washington Post, Le Devoir, Canadian Art, and Parachute, among many others. Her works are permanently on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, National Gallery of Canada, Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Canadian Museum of History.
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