ALL THAT YOU TOUCH

February 19 – May 29, 2016
Autumn Chacon, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Ursula Johnson, Jaime Koebel, Lisa Myers, Melody McKiver, Gail Tremblay

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All that you touch is an exhibition that showcases seven contemporary artists who work with unconventional materials or who use materials in a non-traditional way. Individually, their interests range from traditional connections to the land, familial and geographical histories, and the recuperation of cultural stereotypes. Together, they share an interest in the deeper meanings embedded in their chosen materials via cultural histories and contemporary practices.

Gail Tremblay weaves traditional Onondaga and Mi’kmaq baskets with contemporary materials such as 16 mm film. Her use of film actively challenges stereotypes of Indigenous peoples propagated through various media. Ursula Johnson also uses basket-weaving techniques in her practice, executing performances where she creates a vessel around her own body or the body of another. For this exhibition, Johnson will be presenting a new sculptural work crafted using white birch, silver birch, black ash ribbon, and paper.  

Jeneen Frei Njootli and Lisa Myers both use materials laden with personal narrative. Njootli’s sound tools and performances use antlers, hides and bones from caribou that she hunts on her family’s traditional land, representing the ancient relationship that exists between Vuntut Gwitchin and the Porcupine Caribou. Similarly, Myers uses blueberry pigment in her prints and drawings in reference to the story of her grandfather’s escape from a residential school, during which he followed a set of railway tracks home and survived on the blueberries growing alongside the tracks.  

The importance of touch is showcased in Autumn Chacon’s collaborative performance Noise Cooking, in which she works with Myers and Melody McKiver to prepare a meal using equipment and utensils fitted with contact mics. The audience is acutely aware of every action; every movement sends out repercussions in the form of sound waves.  

Jaime Koebel’s walking tours of Ottawa offer an Indigenous perspective on the city’s history and contemporary life. She reveals the way in which landscapes, monuments and architectures have been shaped by centuries of individual, political and colonial forces.  

This exhibition looks at themes including performativity, and the interaction between the material and the body. The works ask us to consider our relationship with the world around us — how we speak out and how the world talks back.  

Brad Isaacs, Guest Curator



This exhibition is made possible with support from the Ontario Arts Council and
RBC Emerging Artists Project.


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ACTIVITIES INSPIRED BY ALL THAT YOU TOUCH

All activities are free and open to the public.

PANEL DISCUSSION 
Friday, February 19, 7:00 PM
Join us for a panel discussion with exhibition artists moderated by guest curator Brad Isaacs.
Ottawa Art Gallery, 2 Daly  

JEWELRY WORKSHOP*
Saturday, February 20, 1 – 4 PM 
Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
299 Montreal Road 
Join artist Jeneen Frei Njootli for an afternoon jewelry workshop.

PLAYING WITH PIGMENTS*
Led by Lisa Myers
Saturday, May 14, 1 – 4 PM
Ottawa Art Gallery, 2 Daly
Join artist Lisa Myers and explore printmaking using the colour potential in items from your kitchen. 

*Registration is required. Please contact: mvial@ottawaartgallery.ca or 613 233-8699 +228

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All that you touch PERFORMANCES

All activities are free and open to the public.

I WANT TO LET THE WORDS SEEP INTO MY MARROW SO THAT I TOO COULD ONE DAY MAKE GOOD SOUP
Friday, February 19, 6:00 PM
Ottawa Art Gallery, 2 Daly
Performance by artist Jeneen Frei Njootli, with invited guest Danielle Printup.

INDIGENOUS WALKS
Saturdays: February 27, March 19, April 23, May 28, 2 PM
Meet in the OAG lobby, rain or shine. Join artist Jaime Koebel for a walking tour of Indigenous social, political and cultural spaces in downtown Ottawa. Kindly RSVP to: mvial@ottawaartgallery.ca or 613 233-8699 +228