The Ottawa School of Art Byward Market Campus is proud to present Accommodating the details, an exhibition by Gail Bourgeois. Accommodating the details is on display from Thursday February 8 to Sunday March 11, 2018 at the Ottawa School of Art’s Gallery located on the main floor of the Downtown Campus in the Byward Market. On Thursday, February 15, we are pleased to have Gail Bourgeois in the gallery for an artist talk, from 12 to 1pm. All welcome!
My practice considers systems of control in their real and psychological presence. Working with cold war imagery focuses my concern with the larger consequences of human violence. Coverings, both as disguise and protection of the body, are drawn in various ways and combined with small scale objects that I make or find.
My curiosity about what lies beneath the surface is branching into new visual explorations. Thinking about natural networks, such as mycelia and rhizomes, leads to an understanding of natural structures and the symbiotic relationship between humans and the rest of the earth. This investigation has grown from my long-time interest in how humans organize themselves.
Gail Bourgeois is a founding member of Powerhouse Gallery (La Centrale, Montréal).
In 2016, she was invited to engage with the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art,
where she presented a research based solo exhibition at the Ottawa Art Gallery (catalogue essay by Rebecca Basciano, 2016). In 2013-2014, she was invited to be the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, where she prepared her exhibition To Warn Other Canadians (catalogue essay by Marcia Lea, 2014). Previous solo exhibitions include: Incidental things, Research-in-Art Project Room (catalogue essay by Petra Halkes, 2011) and Particle Factor, IPO Gallery (publication essay by Natasha Mazurka, 2008), both in Ottawa. In 2016, new works were presented
in a two-person exhibition titled Stories Nearby at the Karsh-Masson Gallery (exhibition essay by Nancy Baele). In February 2018, she will present Accommodating the details,
a solo exhibition in the Main Gallery of the Ottawa School of Art. Gail Bourgeois holds an MFA from Concordia University (Montréal) and has been shown professionally since 1985.
Students and members of the community are encouraged to visit on the night of the vernissage to get a first hand glimpse and a chance to meet the artist.
The opening night vernissage & reception will take place at the OSA Main Gallery at 35 George street on
Thursday February 8, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Admission is free.
This free exhibition runs from February 8 to March 11, 2018.
Artist talk Thursday, February 15 from 12 to 1pm, 2018