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Christopher Griffin’s Nuit Blanche Bypass! Portage: Be Part of the Creation

Esteemed artist Christopher Griffin is taking Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau (NBOG) 2014 theme BYPASS! to the artistic extreme.

Bypass

Griffin will launch “Portage” an interactive clay flash mob experience where the public is welcomed to touch, mold, embellish and ultimately create an art installation on Friday Sept, 19th.  Griffin has chosen to literally interpret Nuit Blanche’s 2014 theme BYPASS by veering from the official date and unleashing his art party of clay, dj’d beats and creativity one night early.

The result of Friday’s “Portage” will be screened on the official Nuit Blanche evening whereby visitors can revisit the courtyard party now passed.

Planet Coffee
24 York Street – the courtyard
Friday September 19th 4:00-11:00PM

Christopher Griffin is a Canadian artist that has exhibited work throughout North, Central and South America. Griffin’s works are largely inspired by his extensive travels and by his local observations.

Christopher Griffin_Concrete ElephantGriffin has exhibited at Nuit Blanche since its inaugural year 2012 where his “Flourishing Herd of Elephants” proved a hugely popular exhibit encapsulating the mystique and joyfully humane expression of the event while 2013’s “SuperNova” melding of clay and automobile captured the all-nighter imaginings of rebirth and the melding of factory made creation enrobed in crafted clay.

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Action – & Art – Sandy Hill (event round-up)

Lace up your boots because it’s non-stop Sandy Hill action.  Details on our Events page.

NBOG13_768_432Supernova! Nuit Blanche Ottawa – is the highlight of our week! The all-night art extravaganza launches at our very own Ottawa Art Gallery. Be amongst the first to celebrate the 2013 kick-off then roam the streets from dusk to dawn taking in performances, exhibits and interactive installations.

The week kicks off Monday night at City Hall with a meeting on building conversions. Action Sandy Hill amongst others will be speaking as City Planners take the pulse of local neighbourhoods.  A big issue in Sandy Hill. How do you feel about dwellings being converted to smaller units?

Thursday Sept 19th sees two major events at the Ottawa Art Gallery. At noon Sook-Yin Lee discusses the inspiration behind her latest exhibit We are Light Rays. In 2011 her sister was diagnosed with cancer and together she and her sibling explored the immediacy of the present through photography. The series spanning 2 years is presented via light panels giving the images a ghostly ephemeral essence.  Show runs to January 26th. 

Thursday 6pm is the Opening for both “We are Light Rays and “Sell Out”. The latter is a provocative and intriguing exhibit that questions the necessity and, in equal measure, the vilification of artists that sell-out by producing commercial works. The timing of this piece is particularly compelling as it coincides with a case brought to the Supreme Court of Canada by a collection of artists (CARFAC) against the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) on copyright laws and artist fees – there is no minimum payments to artist for works exhibited at the NGC. 

Catch Sook-Yin Lee and Benjamin Kamino on Friday 20 Sept for the première of their multi-media performance art piece “How Can I Forget” at University of Ottawa’s Academic Theatre.

Friday Night 5-11pm it’s the ELE music concert of emerging urban artists with a FREE (suggested donation of 5$ in support of childhood cancer support group Candlelighters) on Tabaret Lawn.

Saturday is busy busy busy. First up is the Sandy Hill Yard Sale but don’t forget to save a bag for the Pop-up Sandy Hill Farmer’s Market at Laurier & Chapel. As if that wasn’t fun enough we’ve taken the stress out of Saturday night dinner with a Community BBQ providing the sustenance required to re-charge for the Nuit Blanche night ahead.