In a series of talks, the artists of Open Edition reflect on their work through the exhibition’s theme of looking back and looking forward. In the final iteration, we will have an exhibition walk-through led by artists Mohamed Thiam, Guilllermo Trejo, Ericka Walker and Melanie Yugo. Thiam’s collage series W.O.M.B. is part of an ongoing research on stereotypes and prejudices, while Walker’s current body of work is driven by her research into historical propaganda posters and the machinery of hydroelectric and logging projects juxtaposed with text from treaty and land claim agreements in Canada. In addition to presenting her own prints, Yugo creates a risography workshop in the gallery, and Trejo will discuss a special project developed in CUAG’s Collection Invitational series with historical prints selected from CUAG’s collection.and Trejo will discuss a special project developed in CUAG’s Collection Invitational series with historical prints selected from CUAG’s collection.
Mohamed Thiam was born in Saudi Arabia and later studied in Nice, Paris and Detroit. Now living and working between Montreal and Ottawa, he is on a perpetual quest to expand and enrich his visual vocabulary and passion for art and design, cultivated on four continents, each with their own systems, patterns and textures. He holds a graduate degree in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art and spends most of his free time learning new skills and sharpening old ones. He also dreams in five languages.
Guillermo Trejo is a Mexican artist based in Ottawa. He completed his BFA at the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Etching in Mexico City, and earned an MFA from the University of Ottawa. In 2014, he participated in the Quebec City Triennial and was shortlisted for the Ottawa RBC Emerging Artist Prize. In 2014, Guillermo also received the Young Artist FONCA grant for Mexican Artists and a production grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. He teaches at the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) and directs OSA Editions, a project that invites local artists to create limited editions prints at the OSA print studio.
Ericka Walker was born in Hartford, Wisconsin, USA and is currently based in Halifax, where she teaches at NSCAD. Her work has been presented in national and international exhibitions and exchanges, recently The 2011 Sanbao International Biennial Printmaking Exhibition, Jingdezhen, China; Ink, Paper, Process: An Exhibition of Contemporary Prints in America, Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont, Texas, USA; and The 2010 Pacific States Biennial Print Exhibition, The University of Hawai’i, Hilo, USA. Her solo exhibition Ericka Walker: The Great Experiment runs this summer at The Reach Gallery, Abbotsford, BC.
Melanie Yugo is a Filipino-Canadian artist-researcher, educator, artistic director and cultural worker born in Toronto, now based in Ottawa, Canada. Melanie approaches her practice through a socially-engaged lens, through the creation of inclusive spaces, writing, teaching, publishing, printmaking, research, convening and organizing exhibitions. As a printmaker specializing in silkscreening, her own work explores the intersection of culture, identity and place. She co-founded and directs the experimental art and social space Possible Worlds, a micro gallery, shop, publisher and project space, as well as the creative collective/studio Spins & Needles.
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 commencing at 5:45 pm. Please note the temporary entrance to the St. Patrick’s Building during construction. See the Visiting tab and Directions on the web site for a map and details as the tunnel-level and main entrances to the St. Patrick’s Building (which houses CUAG) are temporarily closed due to construction.
Carleton University Art Gallery
St. Patrick's Building
June 27, 2017
1125 Colonel By DriveK1S 5B6
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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