FAP:O 1.17 – representing transitory people

  • Date: June 10th, 2014, 6:30pm
  • Place: Pressed Urban Gourmet Sandwich Shop
  • Speaker: Jake Morrison 
  • Topic: Jake Morrison asked for ideas on representing the ephemeral tourists in his upcoming show “Tourists – here today, gone tomorrow”. A lively discussion ensued about the idea of ephemeral people and their representation.

    “Tourists” was scheduled to open on August 22nd, 2014 but, due to facility maintenance, has been rescheduled for March 2015 in Atrium Gallery.

  • Recording:  FAP:O #17 (by Mike Vuckovic)  There were technical difficulties and the recording starts ten minutes into the discussion.
  • Web Site: WithFlare.org

FAP:O 1.16 – with Olivia Johnston

  • Date: May 13, 2014, 6:30pm
  • Place: Pressed Urban Gourmet Sandwich Shop
  • Speaker: Olivia Johnston 
  • Topic: Olivia Johnston is an artist and curator working in Ottawa, currently completing an art history degree at Carleton University. Her talk examined the inspiration that can be derived from the art historical  canon for artists working in visual media. Johnston discussed the value of engaging with the work of past artists in creating new work, and how visual artists of all kinds, including photo-based artists, can benefit from the study of art history, both aesthetically and academically. Johnston examined the work of artists throughout the canon and discussed her own work within this context as well.  
  • Recording:  None
  • Web Site: oliviajohnston.com

FAP:O 1.15 – with Raymond Aubin

  • Date: April 8th, 2014, 6:30pm
  • Place: Pressed Urban Gourmet Sandwich Shop
  • Speaker: Raymond Aubin 
  • Topic: Digital photography made possible the creation of very wide panoramas. In this presentation, Raymond Aubin will talk about his corpus of photographic panoramas of public places. He will present his aesthetic approach, his technique, and the general conditions under which he took these pictures.  
  • Recording:  FAP:O #15 (by Mike Vuckovic)
  • Web Site: raymondaubin.ca/

FAP:O 1.14 – with the Studio Zone V Collective

 

  • Date: March 11th, 2014, 6:30pm
  • Place: Pressed Urban Gourmet Sandwich Shop
  • Speaker: Glen Bloodworth and Richard Perron 
  • Topic: They elaborated on the key role and influence of the collective in their artistic learning and evolution.  They also briefly talked about their individual work and the collective exhibition that will be presented at the city of Ottawa Atrium gallery starting March 21 and going on until April 21.  
  • Recording:  FAP:O #14 (by Mike Vuckovic)
  • Web Site: Studio Zone V

FAP:O 1.09 – with David Barbour

  • Date: October 8th, 2013, 7pm
  • Place: Pressed Urban Gourmet Sandwich Shop
  • Speaker: Dave Barbour
  • Topic: A Career In Photography.
  • Recording:  FAP:O #9 (by Mike Vuckovic)

Dave talked about his career in documentary and editorial photography where his personal work was always his entry into paying work. This led to a discussion of the current state of documentary photography.

 

He also talked about “Home”, his current project and upcoming exhibition at City Hall Gallery

FAP:O 1.08 – with Jonathan Browns

FAP:O #8 was held at City Hall Art Gallery to see the 2012 Direct Purchase show with Jonathan Browns. About fifteen came.

Jonathan gave a presentation of the Direct Purchase program.
  1. Q: What is the best strategy for using the initial ten images – cover your work or concentrate on one series? 
    1. A: Focus on what is being offered for purchase in the ten images. Use the artist’s bio to fill out your experience and the artist’s statement to explain the series. 
    2. Keep it all as concise as possible because the jury has a lot to go through and a long-winded statement will be forgotten much more easily than one that gives a concise statement.
  2. Q: How can drawing jury members from the local arts community be fair as they all know each other and emerging artists might have a hard time getting in.
    1. A: In fact it has worked very well in Jonathan’s more than ten year’s experience.
      1. The jury members are chosen after the submissions are made to allow artists to submit. The jury is chosen from those who haven’t submitted.
      2. The juries have been different each year with their own dynamics and personalities.
      3. The juries have always gone out of their way to include emerging artists, sometimes by excluding senior artists.
Current city programming for the City Hall Gallery ends this year with Raymond Aubin up in October and David Barbour in November-December.
The Karsh-Masson Gallery has closed in its old space and will be reopening next to the City Hall Gallery early in 2014.
During a tour of the works, with emphasis on the photographic, there was a discussion of how the works get placed around the city.
  1. With 500 facilities, 150 of which have city collection art, 90% of the collection is out at any one time, with room for much, much more.
  2. The jury has never been asked to choose according to what might be palatable to the public. Difficult pieces are taken and Jonathan’s job is to find a home for them. This has never yet been a problem.
  3. One senior administrator has stated that she wants works that will impress visitors to her office with the idea that there is much more out in the world than they might have expected.
During our final discussion Jonathan was told that we originally got together with the idea of raising the profile of photography in the community and he was asked if he had any advice on that subject.
Jonathan said that his impression is that Ottawa has a very strong photo community, stronger than most artistic communities in Canada, with:
  1. Festival X (We have since learned that FestX is being dissolved)
  2. SPAO
  3. Ottawa U
Festival X’s (& Nuit Blanche’s) struggles were mentioned and this brought out the question: Why doesn’t the city help such efforts when they have not yet become established, as Toronto & Paris do, when they so obviously benefit the city?
We heard that:

 

  1. The city has a funding formula, with a set of criteria, that prevents any organization with a short track record from getting funded.
  2. Nuit Blanche was refused this year. It is in only its second year AND the leadership has changed so it is essentially a first effort. The first year was funded in four Ontario centres through a Trilium grant.
  3. The city has an Events department which might help local efforts but exists mainly to coordinate with larger Provincial & National efforts.
  4. Canada Council used to have exploratory grants but stopped that long ago.
We ended with thanks all around, with Jonathan pleased by the discussion in a setting where he has often presented to a mute audience, and many of us thanking Jonathan for such an informative presentation and discussion.