The Art of City Building
July 12 to September 4, 2018
Thursday, July 12, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
ARTIST TALK AND WALKABOUT
Sunday, August 19, 2:00 pm
All welcome. Free admission. Presented in English.
Reacting to the never-ending controversial development plans in Ottawa, satiric artist René Price has built a model utopian city, "OTTOWA" that will be presented on the floor, sprawling out from the middle of the gallery, giving the viewer an overview of it all, zoning and OMB permitting. Profit, growth, gentrification, human foibles and luck, all play a part in mapping out our collective future.
The Art of City Building is a modelled city, not a model city. Instead of a speculative representation of carefully planned and rationally managed development, it presents us with haphazard hoarded collections of juxtaposed, manipulated, and hacked objects that resemble and parody the city we know. But what city do we know?
RENÉ PRICE is an Ideaguy/inventor, Quirky Mockartist, Scribbler, Rascal, Non-smoking cyber Luddite and Grand Amateur. He has shown his Artstuff from Sainte-Foy (Quebec) to Montreal, Ottawa, Cornwall, Toronto, Hamilton, London (Ontario), Sault Ste. Marie, Winnipeg (twice) and Calgary. He has been reviewed in Border Crossings, Art Papers (USA), Espace, Artichoke and various newspapers. His artworks are in the odd collection. He wants to create MORCA (Museum of René’s Contemptorary Art) in the Ottawa area, sometime soon! http://www.reneprice.ca/
René Price gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council.
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
613-580-2424 (14167) TTY 613-580-2401
Open daily 9 am to 8 pm, including holidays.
Karsh-Masson Gallery will be closed the weekend of July 14-15 while City Hall undergoes maintenance.
Free admission. Wheelchair accessible.