Category Archives: Art In Ottawa

barking mad

i was completely taken with the trees in south america

true, i am easily charmed by trees of any sort

the bark was remarkable!

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heARTbeatgal


los buenos aires

buenos aires comes by its name honestly

a charming, breezy, melange of architecture and trees

covered in graffiti!

it is legal there

woot woot! i had a blast

what should not be legal are the portions of beef they serve. EVERYWHERE!

(tasty though!)

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of particular note was the collection of contemporary latin american art at MALBA

political, vibrant, intriguing, humourous, alive. good stuff.

the antiques in san telmo were another joy

a year could be spent sorting through them. fun.

porteños are a friendly big-city bunch if you engage them a little

black and yellow taxis dot the city like confetti

often, a certain type of argentine gentleman was at the wheel, willing to impart some interesting insight

a toast of fernet branca to my lovely time spent in BA! salud!

muchas gracias argentina!

hasta la próxima!

heARTbeatgal


uruguay natural

i had the very good fortune to spend some time discovering uruguay

i was charmed by its nature

relaxed and friendly

intensely green

with the most handsome livestock

driving the highways felt like an ad for the car i was in

beautiful beaches for days

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my time was gentle and excellent

met some truly amazing people

my many thanks to Pueblo Eden, Punto del Diablo and Colonia

uruguay…until we meet again

heARTbeatgal

p.s. stay tuned for my snaps of Buenos Aires! besos.


what makes you human?

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what makes you human?

have been away. mentally.

i am back with this question for everyone in 2014

what makes you human?

are you able to draw your answer? write it? glue it on? on the front above the question

find one of these cards and use it to answer in whatever way moves you on the front

then drop it in the mail

simple

fun

together it will make an interesting collage

that i will display somehow for nuit blanche ottawa gatineau 2014

i need my collaborators again!!

i will be checking the mail often

off again. this time physically.

talk soon

heARTbeatgal


stuck

it seems the ‘school age’ walking stick is stuck at the border

the stick made it to L’aéroport international Montréal-Trudeau

and made friends with airport staff!!

walking stick in montreal

and where was it off to you wonder?

no where fast!

walking stick lost & found

i am going to put my money on ‘trouble at security’

“what do you mean ? this stick a threat? can you not see the art in action?!?”

this fine airport staff informs me that the stick is laid up in the airport’s lost & found!

i am all at once delighted and distraught

this is the main airport that sets me free on the world

a place i am fond of, filled with memories (…where were you when you heard Michael Jackson was dead? i was at the montreal airport)

AND just imagine all of the amazing other contents of a montreal airport lost & found!

i made a plea for the stick to be set free

it is on a great journey

it is meant to wander

only time and the interest of strangers will tell

my thanks to my collaborators at the airport

you are part of the art

travel well ‘school age’ stick

…try the bus.

heARTbeatgal


‘miss’prints

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miss print 2

many thanks again to the patrons and supporters of my #NBOG13 ‘crowd box’ project

the crowd came through

the ‘egon’s  miss’ prints are in the mail (finally)

…now, for 2104? there is a spark of an idea. excited already.

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ARTpreneur

attended the ARTpreneur conference saturday

was glad to see the community strong and engaged

ARTpreneur

the business side of art

the 90%

Suki Lee

keynote address Suki Lee

we live in a time where “art is part of the economy”

good news for artists and business people alike

“art engenders creativity in business people”

while artists have opportunities

should their entrepreneurial spirit be moved

…branding, blogging, social marketing, networking

Craig Fitzpatrick

Craig Fitzpatrick

ultimately, “artists are product people”

makers of things

that glorious 10% of the time

however product alone

no matter how fine

needs a voice

flowing with remarkable content

if it is meant to be heard today

(certainly not all art is meant to be heard. i have piles of silence in the corner)

Sonny Juane

Sonny Juane

AND not only a remarkable marketed voice

“…be you. only more interesting!”

hard work indeed

i try

an unintended satisfaction of my artistic pursuits comes from the opportunity to engage my entrepreneurial side

i don’t think i had had that precise thought before these talks

many thanks to the speakers and organizers of the event


virtuous spiral

a virtuous spiral from a vicious cycle…

“The Somaly Mam Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to ending modern slavery and empowering its survivors as part of the solution. Human trafficking, a multi-billion dollar industry, is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. With an estimated two million women and children sold into sexual slavery each year, it is a global crisis that must be stopped.

Co-founded by sex slavery survivor Somaly Mam, the Foundation works to eradicate sex slavery, liberate its victims, and empower survivors to create and sustain lives of dignity and as agents of next-generation change. The Foundation supports rescue operations, shelter services, and rehabilitation programs in Southeast Asia, where the trafficking of women and young girls is widespread.

The Somaly Mam Foundation also runs awareness and advocacy campaigns that shed light on the crime of human trafficking, spotlight its brave survivors as living examples of change, and engage the public, business sectors, and governments in the fight to abolish modern slavery.”

– The Somaly Mam Foundation

passionate eye

passionate eye  –  resin-covered collage   60 x 80cm

i am showing this piece tonight at Art for Awareness

in the hope it can make some money for this worthy cause

in the name of my very best gal pal Vic

she is passionate about this cause and i am passionate about her

consider attending this event tonight

lord elgin hotel 7pm

many great artists and performers

see you there…

heARTbeatgal


please

shut up

 

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touched

touched

photo by @kateudurie http://kateandsuz.com

the snap above is my favourite

it captures me ‘connecting’

simultaneously with touch and on twitter

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a soggy success!

a few thoughts on the experience:

the project was well received, the concept well understood. i smile, even now, with delight. as my theory predicted, the experience met with enthusiasm and positivity. people want to connect. and many did. both online and in person.

the box itself was as i imagined. better! it was a work of art in and of itself sitting under the tree on the patio at Social.  many thanks to Social for hosting me again this year.

a million thank yous to my collaborators, artist and pal Adam F. Davidson and his enthusiastic father for their work on building the ‘crowd box’. i stayed warm and dry and felt rather cozy inside the box.

i entered at 6:21 and stayed until the rain and late hour chased off the crowd in the courtyard. seven hours inside with a fairly steady stream of visitors all night long.

i managed to create the effect of being visible to onlookers while not being able to see out save for the holes cut in either side. as it was explained that i could not see out  i could hear relief and a change in the crowd’s willingness to reach in and touch me.

i was touched. spiritually and physically. nicely always. hand shakes, friendly back pats, and gentle pokes mostly. one pat on the head and poke of my nose. each one made me smile. what i did not expect was the need for people to chat. only a few dared touch me without some sort of verbal interaction first. i had many small philosophical exchanges. this heightened the value of the connections. i felt that people want to make a more significant human connection.  the twitter connections for the most part augmented or facilitated the human connection.

i was given a leaf.  a Christopher Griffin supernova button which i treasure.  and, i was given, very solemnly, an unopened deck of playing cards.  the cards are a great souvenir. it was an interesting connection.

the experience was lovely. it is a vision fulfilled. there is deep satisfaction in that. my trust in the crowd was deserved. i would have easily stayed longer.  maybe i can do this again in some other crowd. without rain.

many thanks to the other artists and the #NBOG13 organizers. a success despite the rain.

many thanks to my dearest friends who came to stand guard and help in the driving rain for eight hours.

many thanks to CBC and CTV for their coverage of my project.

many thanks to the many ottawans that came out in the serious weather to still make the event happen. you are a great CROWD. i am happy to be among you.

looking forward already to #NBOG14!

feeling very satisfied

heARTbeatgal

p.s. might anyone have an extra copy of the #NBOG13 map? i hunted one down but it ended thoroughly soaked in the rain.