2018 RIA Salons 79 – 86

RIA Salon 86 Michael Davidge,

Est-Nord-Est (ENE), Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 – 7.30 PM

Michael writes:

I will speak about my experience as the Writer-in-Residence during the fall residency at Est-Nord-Est (ENE), an artist-run centre in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec that hosts an international community of artists and authors in contemporary art. Situated in a small village on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, the residency offers a great opportunity for artistic experimentation and research in a unique setting with a rich history.

ENE welcomes contemporary visual-arts artists from all disciplines and it encourages writing about contemporary art through its writer’s residency. There are three residency periods, offered in the spring, summer, and fall, and they usually bring together four artists and one author in contemporary art. My residency ran from October 9 to November 3, 2017. I will give a brief summary of the work of the other artists-in-residence and also present a selection from the project I was working on during my time there.

Michael Davidge is an artist, writer, and independent curator who lives in Ottawa, Ontario. He is the Artist Residency Coordinator at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa. His writing on art and culture has appeared in Border Crossings, BlackFlash and C Magazine, among other publications. He is currently the Ottawa correspondent for Akimbo’s Akimblog.


Salon 85, Lori Victor: Hello Japan! – A Subjective Look at Contemporary Art in Japan,

from April 28th to May 21st, 2018

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WednesdayNovember 7th, 2018 – 7.30 PM and by popular demand, Lori did a second session on Friday Nov. 8th. 

Lori writes:

I would like to share with you some of the wonderful art that I saw and experienced on a recent trip to Japan. It was my background in design that initially drew my attention to Japan, as it is a culture that represents to me, a sense of beauty, aesthetics and simplicity. Now years later, as a practicing visual artist my attention is focused on visual and cutting edge contemporary art.

My talk will cover many of the artworks and exhibits that I saw and experienced – and I mean experienced! – in Tokyo, Hakone, Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Kyoto and most importantly, the art island of Naoshima, which was an integral part of the trip. Along with numerous visuals of the art, I will offer some of my personal observations which will include information on its background, context and place where I saw it.

Lori Victor is a full-time visual artist in Ottawa, Canada, and has exhibited since 2006. Her practice includes and often integrates installation, painting, photography and video. Lori’s work questions and reflects subjects such as cultural history, identity, and the environment/climate change.  She creates hand-constructed representational or abstracted shapes and forms, and uses accessible materials like found and manipulated objects. Her abstract paintings include both organically and mechanically painted imagery. Often she uses canvas as a material – by manipulating it through cutting and folding – rather than just as a support. Much of her work evolves from system theory – the knowledge that we are all a part of a larger whole – both physically and metaphorically.

Lori completed an MFA at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2017, and earned a BFA from the University of Ottawa in 2011.


Salon 84, Margit Hideg, Tate Exchange Liverpool

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Production Process Collaboration: The Seen and Unseen, the Encounter” – socially-engaged art practice @ Tate Liverpool Exchange,

September 27th, 2018 – 7.30 PM

Margit writes:
In August of 2018 I was invited by Marina Moreno, ARTEMOTION – her UK based art organization, an Associate of Liverpool Exchange, to participate in her Venice Vending Machine (VVM) project and present my workshop “How Language Sustains You” at Liverpool Exchange.
Tate Liverpool Exchange is one of the UK’s premiere collaborative art spaces to instigate a dialogue on the value of art to society through a range of presentations workshops and artworks.
Each year Tate Exchange has a theme. This year it is “Production”
The program included a series of debates, workshops, performances and installations designed to engage with the public and to provide a platform for exchange and collaboration.
I think the RIA Salon will be a good place to start sharing my personal experience and open up a discussion about how our intended collaborations with viewers in contemporary world can help us to rethink our art practice.

Margit Hideg is an interdisciplinary (Canadian/Hungarian) artist and educator born in Transylvania and based in Cantley, Quebec. Her use of media ranges from Paintings, Installation, Participatory Art projects, Video and Nature Art. Her recent interests are in the production of innovative and experimental art work that provokes direct interaction and dialogue with the audience through multiple platforms. She believes that these creative interactions lead to positive transformations in our lives. Margit has collaborated with, and directed, artists, students and public.  www.hideg.ca www.venicevendingmachine.com/


RIA Salon 83: Marie-Jeanne Musiol: Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

WednesdayJune 13th, 2018 – 7.30 PM


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Marie-Jeanne writes: In 2017, I was invited to participate in The Dream of Forms, a large exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, featuring artists and scientists in dialogue. Some unexpected developments carried my (relatively) small works from the walls of the Palais to virtual spaces on social media sites, blogs, etc.

La Forêt radieuse: un herbier énergétique, published by Les éditions Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain in Montréal, shares some of the same characteristics that now link images intrinsically to screens, regardless of size. I will speak of both projects.”

Marie-Jeanne Musiol, Bio: Over two decades, Marie-Jeanne has been assembling a large energy herbarium with luminous imprints of plants from which she also extracts mirror images of the cosmos. She has exhibited her photographic series as lightboxes and installations in galleries and museums here and abroad. Her videos capture in real time the vital expression of plants pulsing in light. In a book just published, she describes the arc of creation that runs from electromagnetic photography to the holographic dimensions of the universe.


Salon 82, Barbara Brown, St.Andrews, New Brunswick

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Tuesday, April 24th 2018 – 7.30 PM

Barbara Brown was among the first to be invited as Artist in Residence at the newly created Kingsbrae International Artist Residency (KIRA) in St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick. She will talk about her travels to NB and the residency as well as the photographic project she undertook during her month-long stay.

Barbara Brown trained as a visual artist at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (now NSCAD University) and completed her graduate work at what is now Manchester Metropolitan University, England. Brown’s current work – photographs of ephemeral compositions of natural materials – are created as visual meditations in and of the landscape. Her work deals with memory and the passage of time, referencing the changing of seasons and the inevitable decline of all things, as observed in the garden. Through her artistic practice she is negotiating an ancient relationship with the earth, one that seems new and finds a contemporary praxis in new physical and psychic relationships with the land.



Salon 81: Lynn Hart, Creative Time Summit, Toronto

Lynn Hart, Art and Activism: A Mini-Tour of the CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT, Toronto, 2017 

Tuesday, March 27th 2018 – 7.30 PM



Lynn writes: In September 2017, over 1000 artists, including 3 members of RIA, as well as curators, art historians, and others in the Canadian and international art world gathered in Toronto at a major annual 3-day conference titled “CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT – Of Homelands and Revolution.” This fantastic conference was planned to fall on the same weekend as Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, where the central “piece,” comprised of 21 works, was curated by Nato Thompson, who is also Artistic Director of Creative Time. This salon takes the participants on a mini-tour of highlights of this 3-day immersion in the timely topic of Art and Activism, as more and more artists, curators and art historians are currently searching for ways to bring political activism into our own work.

Lynn Hart is an Ottawa installation and performance artist, incorporating multimedia, mixed media, poetry and contemporary dance in her work. Her work has been exhibited in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Paris.

RIA Salon 80 Paula Murray Canada C3 Expedition- A Crucible

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At the Enriched Bread Artists Gallery, 951 Gladstone Ave. Ottawa, Second Floor

Paula writes:

Canada C3 was a Signature Project for Canada’s 150th Anniversary. The centrepiece was an epic 150-day sailing journey from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage. I was invited on board as a visual artist for Leg 8 sailing from Qikiqtarjuak to Pond Inlet, Baffin Island and in exchange asked to respond to the experience through my work. I will be showing images of this staggering landscape, communities visited and a collaborative group piece created for the ship. I will be discussing the intensity of the learning experience and resulting dynamics aboard the ship as this diverse group of Canadians grappled with questions of reconciliation, diversity, and inclusion, the environment and youth empowerment.

Born in Ottawa, Paula Murray studied science at the University of Ottawa and ceramics at Sheridan College. Living and working on the shores of Meech Lake, QC since 1980, her professional life has been inspired by several years living on the water sailing with her young family and her long time interest in the nature of reality.

Elected into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 2006, and the International Academy of Ceramics in 2017, she exhibits internationally having received honourable mentions for prestigious competitions in Canada, Italy, Korea and Invitational Taiwan and Japan. This fall her installation You Are Me, curated by the Ottawa Art Gallery in 2016 will be travelling to the Taiwan Ceramic Biennale. In 2015 she was awarded the Prix du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for Work of the Year for her installation Connection x Connexion and Artist of the Year for the Outaouais region. Selected collections include Korean Ceramic Foundation Museum, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramic Museum, Museum of Ceramics, Faenza Italy, Canada House, London, UK, and in Canada the Gardiner Museum, Museum of History, City of Ottawa and the Canada Council Art Bank.

Salon 79: Doris Lamontagne: Sandbanks

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Tuesday January 30th, 7.30 PM

Doris writesIt is the attraction of getting away from the everyday routine that brought me to the Sandbanks Park. Feeling the need to be near water and to linger where time and space merge, I visited the park three times. This art project illustrates how my experience was transformed over a four year period and reinforces my growing conviction about the urgency to act in protecting our waterways.

—–C’est l’attrait de me soustraire de la routine du quotidien qui m’a amenée au parc des ‘Sandbanks’. Ressentant le besoin d’être près de l’eau et de m’attarder où le temps et l’environnement se fusionnent, j’ai visité le parc à trois reprises. Cette réalisation artistique illustre comment mon expérience de ces lieux a évoluée au cours de quatre ans et a réaffirmé ma conviction grandissante sur l’urgence de protéger nos cours d’eau.

The artistic expression of Doris Lamontagne is revealed in the mediums of photography, multimedia, mixed-media and installations. Art grants recipient from the City of Ottawa (2017), OAC (2005, 2012, 2015) and ARTicipate (2013), she has exhibited her art in Ottawa-Gatineau galleries, Quebec, Ontario, Western Canada and internationally (digital art). Active in the arts as a volunteer and mentor she has been a jury member on many occasions for different galleries. Her work is in the City of Ottawa Art Collection (2011).

—L’expression artistique de Doris Lamontagne se révèle par les mediums de la photographie, les multimédias,  les techniques mixtes et installations. Bénéficiaire de subventions  de la ville d’Ottawa (2017), du CAO (2005, 2012, 2015) et du fond de dotation ARTicipez (2013), elle a exposé ses œuvres dans les galeries de la région Québec, l’Ontario, l’Ouest canadien et internationalement (art numérique). Active dans le milieu des arts comme bénévole et mentor en art et photographie numériques, elle a été membre de plusieurs jurys. Ses œuvres font partie de la collection d’art de la ville d’Ottawa (2011).