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Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art

October 9, 2014 - November 30, 2014


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Year 2014 Theme Film, Video & Performance, Nova Scotian Artists, Sculpture & Installation, Textiles

Today, there is an increasing permeability between the realms of “craft” and “art” occurring in step with an emphasis on “reskilling” and the handmade, as seen in contemporary art practice and in the widespread interest in all things handcrafted.

The participating artists in Making Otherwise merge material and conceptual approaches of craft and art; Richard Boulet (Edmonton), Ursula Johnson (Eskasoni, NS), Marc Courtemanche (L’Ange-Gardien, QC), Paul Mathieu (Vancouver), Sarah Maloney (Halifax) and Janet Morton (Guelph).

This exhibition, curated by Heather Anderson, is organized and circulated by Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, with support from Carleton University, the Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts

IN CONVERSATION Saturday, November 8 at 3:00pm. Janet Morten will discuss her knitting and performance based practice with art historian Sandra Alfoldy.

PERFORMANCE Saturday, November 15, beginning at 2:00pm and lasting from one to four hours. Nova Scotian artist Ursula Johnson will weave a portrait bust of a volunteer sitter in the MSVU Art Gallery. The basketry portrait will extend the series L’nuwelti’k (We Are Indian), begun in 2012. The artist will not speak formally but is open to engaging individually with visitors. All are welcome to drop in and out at any time during the performance.