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Past Exhibitions

Oct 13 2012

Nested Heartbeat

Reception Saturday 13 October. 4 - 8 pm

Installation view

Press Release

“Nested Heartbeat” comforts the unpredictable animal instinct of care and talent. The “Nest” has roots in early nineties with Juan Carlos Noria, which becomes a prominent figure, protesting and releasing instant messages of disobedience towards anything limiting the freedom of expression to street art, catching the attention of young artists at the time. Stefan Thompson’s social enlightenment and environmentally friendly tuning started in Ottawa at the time of Juan’s mini movement. Jordan Seal discovered his roots of meaning and purpose linked to art, when he came across and met for the first time with Stefan Thompson in 2010. Utopia and purity within the process of artmaking entertain the notion of individual revolution for Jordan, as he observed in Stefan, as Stefan did earlier through Juan. With Wing Yee Tong the “nest” is extending the comfort of the heartbeat. Her large, contemplative sculptures as state-of-mind, are steam-gathering meditation, mood setting of social alertness and endurance. In the context of Nested Heartbeat. Jason Trucco adapts the "nest" with multi-media piece "Going For Broker",  meaningful in several ways. Firstly, as a moving picture wherein the broker lives and breathes within the canvas. This calls attention to the subject's heartbeat, the rhythm that animates human life, nested inside each of us. Even an investment broker. Secondly, Going For Broker is a work in a new medium, with its subject's mood and gesture driven by real time stock market data updated by Internet every thirty seconds. As such it uses a defined heartbeat that pulses at regular intervals to take a measure of how billions of investors are feeling, a global heartbeat, at any given moment during the trading day and it translates this data to affect the emotions of the figure. This shows how some things, so vast that they can't be seen or even touched, can be measured in ticker-tape and felt by the human heart.

Jason Trucco is an accomplished artist and director whose distinctive and highly experimental work is grounded in handsome explorations of seemingly familiar images, ideas, and experiences. An important contributor to the Newest Wave movements of the 2010s, his mode of expression is a disarmingly clear and accessible style, characterized by inventive new technology, wordplay, and wit. Trucco is widely recognized for his innovations in the world of interactive cinema. Overall exploration of the fine arts is evident. He became known in the 2000s and 2010s for his avant-garde productions, particularly for his 2011 collaboration with Kii Arens (and Gerald Casale), “What We Do” for Devo, which deftly combined the practices of visual art, performance, technology, and design. In a new series of art works, Exhibit A, Trucco explores the legacy of picture making by introducing interactivity to drawing, still photography, and moving image. Canadian, from Toronto, lives in US.

Juan Carlos Noria works under the pseudonyms of royal or dixon. Accomplished figure skater in his youth, he later brings grace and lines out of an obsession to ne arts since early nineties. Juan Carlos also ensured a showcase for other young Ottawa artists. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, he grew up in Ottawa, Canada, and lives and works in Spain since 2004.

Stefan Thompson uses Earth paints and recycled materials to make his works, like fabric mache, wheat and milk pasting, collage, wax and woodcarving, wood burning, egg tempera, oils, and sewing. Stefan Thompson is from Ottawa, Ontario, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Carleton University.

Jordan Seal Project started with the first anniversary exhibition of Robert Kananaj Gallery in August 2012. Jordan’s project is about witnessing and experiencing wonder. He creates abstract worlds that channel his individuality chanels the before social borders with birth of utopian eden. Jordan Seal was born and lives in Ottawa.

Wing Yee Tong works with everyday materials and the throwaways of mass consumer culture to make hybrids inspired by folk crafts, handcrafted labour, nesting projects and stories of living in the urban environment. Sculpture, drawing, installation and video are her areas of expression. Born in Hong Kong, Wing Yee recently moved back to Toronto from Saskatoon where she completed her studies in MFA studio. Wing Yee majored in painting and drawing at the Ontario College of Art and Design, spending her final year in Florence, Italy.