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Anew year seems like the perfect time to enjoy something fresh and original. And when you’re an art lover, there’s nothing better than getting the chance to experience the work of homegrown emerging artists.
Don Monet, artist and owner of Cube Gallery — a lovely space in Hintonburg that’s been showcasing inspiring, exciting contemporary art for the past two years — says there were many artists he could have included in his January show, Nouvelle Vague. But the seven he has selected were the best examples of young, talented artists who really demonstrate how serious they are about making a career in art.
“All are very different artists with different approaches, but all are consummate professionals in their own techniques,” Monet explains.
Featured in the show are works by Andrew Hind, Shaun Motsi, Lindsay Campbell, Rachel Laratta, Lindsay Watson, Luis Guillermo Trejo and Alex McMahon.
Cube’s intimate space comes alive with their varied works — photographs, woodcut prints, figurative paintings, photo-based mixed media works and abstract renderings.
Not surprisingly, the young artists demonstrate a real connection to today’s world, or as Monet phrases it “have work that is affected by the modern age.”
Some images in the show have been captured with cellphone cameras, while others represent important childhood icons.
But perhaps more surprising, Monet says, is the way in which the artists reference the work of older, established artists — something that isn’t always a given.
“Young people often feel that they are the first to see something, they are the inventors of all they do,” he says. “These artists are wise enough to see that art is in some way an ongoing dialogue with the past and possible futures.”
Or, at the very least, the future of the Ottawa visual art scene.
- Nouvelle Vague runs at Cube Gallery, 7 Hamilton Avenue N, through January 27. The artists’ reception is this Sunday from 2-4 p.m.
- For gallery hours and info visit www.cubegallery.ca.