OUT OF THE LIGHT, INTO THIS SHADOW AT THE GNO
Taking a walk down Elgin Street with all its food, patios and art shops you never know what you’ll run into. One of the best locations on the strip to see something new and interesting is The Galerie Du Nouvel-Ontario (GNO)! This hole in the wall gallery specializes in the wild and wacky world of contemporary art. GNO embraces our Northern surroundings and encourages artists and the public to engage in collaborative projects that meld ideas, languages and cultures together. Playing host to installation pieces, performance art and site-specific creations GNO believes risk is part of the creative process! Their latest installation will be available for viewing until March 8th.
The GNO’s latest exhibition Out of This Light, Into This Shadow is brought to us by Juan Ortiz-Apuy. Born in Costa Rica and now stationed in Montreal Ortiz-Apuy has been lucky enough to display his works across Canada and abroad at The MacLaren Arts Centre, SPOROBOLE Contemporary Art Centre, Gallery Birch Libralato, ARTSPACE, Eastern Edge, A Space Gallery and Quebec City Biennial: Manif d’Art 7.
Out of This Light, Into this Shadow is heavily influenced by The Bauhaus movement, a school of design that blends the creative aspects of art with the functional aspects of construction. Using geometric shapes and building techniques to create pieces that were as aesthetically pleasing as they were practical. Ortiz-Apuy’s work poses the question “What set of materials and procedures can be appropriate to reflect the anxiety, rapidity and confusion of our present moment?”. Using images from Swiss furniture catalogues he associates these luxury items with nighmare or dream-like elements. He attempts in his works to draw attention to our object saturated world in a current era of what he calls “advanced capitalism”. Check out the exhibit on now at The Galerie Du Nouvel-Ontario until March 8th, 2017.
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March 15, 2016
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