In just three short hours we absorbed beauty created by people blessed with imagination and talent, in the form of artwork on display at the gallery, and beauty found in the natural world as demonstrated by Susan Chan in her lecture on bees.
Most of us can only dream of ever having the means, or space, to own every piece of art that we want; but in my line of work, I can recommend artwork suitable for my clients’ homes. The following are works by three artists featured at Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, and whose work I’d be happy to have in my personal art collection.
Siri ta robe te va comme un gant, Michel Harvey. What’s interesting about this artist’s work is that he transforms items that he’s found outside: people’s litter, and finds straight from nature. As someone who finds herself perplexed and annoyed at the attitude of those who litter, I appreciate how Harvey turns the outcome of this vulgar transgression on its head, to choreograph a work of beauty alongside items that are intrinsically beautiful.
Kal Mansur is another artist whose work we discovered last night. Both my husband and I were taken by the ethereal beauty of the three dimensional artwork created using Plexiglas, of all things! Mansur cuts and stacks pieces of coloured acrylic behind a translucent sheet laid over a shadow-box-like acrylic frame, constructed so that when the light hits it, the surface takes on a luminous quality – a luminous quality that changes depending on your vantage point, type of light, and its striking point. I was really surprised at how captivated I was by this piece of contemporary art. If you live in Ottawa, it’s worth a visit to the gallery to see for yourself.
Finally, I just couldn’t get enough of the large sculptures by Marc-Antoine Côté. There are two pieces in the gallery, both made of aluminum. You would never guess at how involved a process it is to create these pieces! Either sculpture would look glorious in the right type of garden. You can find his work in public spaces across the province of Quebec. I’ll be keeping an eye on Côté’s work, for when one of my gardens has reached the scale and maturity to showcase his art. Looking forward to adding his work to my lovingly-created native bumblebee habitats.
The second event we went to was a lecture by Susan Chan, on creating native pollinator habitats, which Just Food hosted in the auditorium of the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library. But that’s for another posting in which I’ll share photos of bees in my young, two-year old, front garden.