Ottawa Workshop August 2013
La Petite Mort Gallery Presents our New Series of Monthly Workshops:
THEN AND NOW: A NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAITURE with OLIVIA JOHNSTON
August 22, 2013 / 6:30 – 10pm @ La Petite Mort Gallery
$125 + HST per person ( includes the rental fees for equipment needed for the session)
TO REGISTER CONTACT:
*available in person or by phone (613-860-1555) at LPM Gallery on Fridays only
What is it about Mona Lisa’s smile that compels us so? We continue to engage with the portraiture of hundreds or even thousands of years ago, and yet so many of the portraits created in this, our image-saturated society of 2013, are easily forgotten. Can the magic of the Old Masters be brought to a photographic portrait, and bring it to life?
Local, emerging photo-based artist Olivia Johnston will engage students with techniques in controlled portraiture, examining the inspiration that can be derived from art historical sources by way of lighting, expression, wardrobe, and props.
STUDENTS CAN EXPECT:
– an artist talk by Olivia and her style with a sampling of her work
– 1-2 models whom students can work with for their shoots
– props, backdrops, and wardrobe (hand selected by Olivia)
– Olivia’s own selection of medium format cameras (for experimentation – to be used with the supervision of the artist)
– studio quality lighting
– hands-on instruction and technical advice
– an in depth discussion of historical and contemporary portraiture
– to go home with portraits shot during the class
WHAT TO BRING:
– your own style and creativity
– your own camera (digital or film)
*students shooting with a film camera will need to bring their own film
*if you do not own a camera, let us know and we will source one out for you
– a tripod (Optional)
Olivia Johnston is a photo-based artist working primarily within the medium of film. Graduating from the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa in April of 2011, Olivia concluded an artist residency at SPAO with a solo show at the Red Wall Gallery in March of 2012. Olivia’s series 13 – 18 is currently in the collection of La Petite Mort Gallery in Ottawa, and her photography is owned nationally and internationally. As well as numerous exhibitions, Olivia’s work has appeared in Nuit Blanche Ottawa and Festival X Ottawa. Her work has also been published in SHOTS Magazine and Applied Arts Magazine, among others. Olivia is currently pursuing practices in fine arts and commission portraiture streams.
See more at: http://www.lapetitemortgallery.com/olivia-johnston/
WORKSHOP PRESS RELEASE:
Step inside the mind of an artist. Expand your field of vision.
Beginning August 15th, LPM Gallery will launch an artist-directive, in-gallery
workshop series working to engage and educate audiences through select
artists’ distinct creative practices.
Each workshop will operate under an overarching theme unique to the chosen
artist. The evening will consist of an introduction/lecture component led by the
artist and will progress into a hands-on, directed workshop from which the group
will work under the proposed subjects and/or processes. Through acts of open
dialogue and intimate exchange, participants will walk away with new tools of
perception as given through the artists’ own unique practices.
This in-gallery workshop series marks a new chapter for LPM gallery in a
commitment to building a community driven model that will focus on integrative
educative and collaborative initiatives. The workshop series will begin with artists
Olivia Johnston and Raheleh Sanele, two of Ottawa’s brightest young talents as
well as internationally respected photographer Tony Fouhse. To be sure, people
of all levels of interest, ability, and membership within the arts are encouraged to
We must each work to challenge ourselves in pushing the limits of what is known
onto the edge of the unfamiliar and strange. Personal direction can only ever be
granted through a reception to new ideas.
As such, LPM gallery is looking to establish a series that is not simply didactic
but expansive, collaborative and reactive. The experience will allow for a
transformation of the traditional, systematic artist-viewer relationship – offering
the chance to look both into an artist’s work, and from a different angle, into
personal interests or patterns. Through this shifted dynamic, LPM Gallery hopes
to create a forum in which to see with new clarity through and beyond the frame.
– written by Adam Barbu
For more information on each of the workshops, contact Gillian King (email@example.com)