ART Rental & Sales

I've Got Some Bad News 

Marc Adornato

June 16 – July 23, 2016

Opening Reception: June 23, 2016, 6 PM

Marc Adornato, A hazmat crew removes a body, downstream from the accident, Series: Ruined Landscapes,  2016, oil and acrylic on canvas, 50.8 x 61 cm.

Marc Adornato, A hazmat crew removes a body, downstream from the accident, Series: Ruined Landscapes2016, oil and acrylic on canvas, 50.8 x 61 cm.

Terrorism. State surveillance. Climate change. The wealth gap. Yup. Things aren’t looking so good these days.

Multidisciplinary artist Marc Adornato uses subversive and irreverent art to protest this sad state of affairs. In his own words, Adornato is “a contemporary artist, satirist, antique hoarder and occasional shit-disturber.” He gained notoriety after Ottawans plastered social media with their photos and tweets about his #MYPROTEST performance. In #MYPROTEST, Adornato rode his bike throughout Ottawa wearing a three-piece suit and a gas mask as a commentary on state surveillance and anonymity, pollution and climate change, the wealth gap, and student debt.  

I've Got Some Bad News features his new series of works, Ruined Landscapes. Appropriating found vintage thrift store paintings, this series is his protest against the continued development of fossil fuels, the tar sands, oil pipelines, and the slow and unenthusiastic pace of developing, legislating and implementing clean-energy technologies.  Inspired by the items in the antique and thrift stores that Adornato frequents, this exhibition will also feature a sample of works from his previous series, which span from 2012 to the present.

Adornato studied at NSCAD University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Art, Major in Media Arts. He also has a Diploma in Fine Art from the Fanshawe College Fine Art Program and has studied at the Ottawa School of Art.

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