The Ottawa Art Gallery
April 8 – June 7, 2005
Co-curated with Emily Falvey.
Off Grid is devoted to the margins of urban culture, including graffiti, gangs, consumer excess, detritus, and street interventions and will explore alternatives to (and subversions of) mainstream culture through a thought-provoking program of performance, visual and media art. It will highlight both the advantages and disadvantages of metropolitan life, examining ideas of inclusion and exclusion, collaboration and intervention, consumption and waste in the context of public space and community. A diverse range of local, national and international artists practicing in various media will participate in both on- and off-site events. An exhibition on-site will feature artworks that respond to the nature of urban living such as the structuring of communities, collaboration and intervention, and sustainable cohabitation.
Featured artists: Dean Baldwin (Toronto), Marlene Creates (Newfoundland), Bill Daniel (Louisiana), Daybi (Kahnawake, Québec), Annie Dunning (Toronto), Jimmie Durham (Berlin), Dan Gainsford (Ottawa), Eric Glavin (Toronto), Noam Gonick (Winnipeg), Milutin Gubash (Saskatoon), Tania Huerta (Montreal), Labrona (Ottawa), Ruthann Lee (Toronto), Doug Lewis (Winnipeg), John Marriott (Toronto), Simone Moir & Chantal Rousseau (Toronto), Juan Carlos Noria (Barcelona), Other (Montreal), Oliver Ressler (Vienna) with Dario Azzellini (Berlin) & David Thorne (Los Angeles), Uta Riccius with Sarah Thrasher (Ottawa), John Scott (Toronto), Cathy Sisler (Ontario), Victoria Stanton (Montreal), Ryan Stec (Ottawa), Patrick Thompson (Ottawa), John Watt (Toronto), Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky (Vancouver)