Archive for March, 2012

ARTSWELL : Motions and Potions / Week 3 : AMULETS & TALiSMANS

Published by cctadmin on March 25th, 2012

Yesterday was Week 3 of Artwells’ Motions and Potions; a 10 week workshop for youth ages 16-25 held Saturday afternoons at Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre (153 Chapel Street, Ottawa).

I have spoken before of my connection to Artswell – a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and well being of individuals living with the effects of age, illness or injury.  After my graduation from Carleton University’s BSW program, I discovered Artswell simply by searching the Ottawa area for innovative arts-based programming.  I had been seeking opportunities to become more involved a community that promoted the use of interactive art programs as  I see the arts as having endless benefits .  I was seeking out opportunities to engage with like-minded caregivers.  Artswell is a unique organization – their professional artists and therapists work in various mediums along with talented musicians to provide an amazing experience which allows participants to discover the creative process within a safe and friendly envirionment.   Motions and Potions is but one of these programs and my involvement with Artswell as an artist and facilitator gives me great pleasure.

Week 3 focused on Amulets and Talismans – facilitator JENNiFER RYDER-JONES lead a discussion and workshop where participants were encouraged to think about the healing power of amulets and talismans as a medium for which they could discover more about their individual abilities and their strengths.  Talismans, or amulets – are considered to possess supernatural powers that are placed on the object by an outside force.  They are usually inanimate objects, and can often become sentimental objects or souvenirs of some kind – looking at them they can usually evoke a certain emotional response.

I can’t speak highly enough about Artswell – and its clear to me within these workshops that participants can and do make new connections, and more so they provide a vehicle for them to develop their communication, validate feelings and encourage social interaction.

Take a look at some photos I took below, you will see the beautiful works done by participants.  For more on Artswell and their programming please check www.artswell.ca



CC JOURNALS: THURSDAY SMiLES / WiTH A LiTTLE HELP FROM MY FRiENDS / I’M BOUND TO LEARN TO FLY

Published by cctadmin on March 23rd, 2012



BONNiE FiNDLAY PHOTOGRAPHY : THE CORRUPTiON of FLESH at MERCURY LOUNGE / MARCH 16 2012

Published by cctadmin on March 22nd, 2012


JONATHAN HOBiN & LiTTLE LADY/LiTTLE MAN : CiTY HALL ART GALLERY / OTTAWA / MARCH 16-APRiL 29, 2012

Published by cctadmin on March 19th, 2012

Last week I caught the vernissage of award-winning  and internationally noted photographer JONATHAN HOBiN – whose current work LiTTLE LADY/LiTTLE MAN can be seen on display at CiTY HALL (110 Laurier Ave. West).  I strongly encourage you all to go and see this talented man’s work.  I admit, I do not get out to as many art shows as I would like to, esp in a city full of numerous talents, yet I couldn’t miss HOBiN’S exhibit after having seen a teaser for it earlier this season.  What moved me most is how LiTTLE LADY/LiTTLE MAN serves not only as a commentary on mortality and the decline of aging but even more so how it served for HOBiN as a testament to his grandparents, also the subjects of this work.

HOBiN’S work has been called controversial before (including his 2010 exhibition iN THE PLAYROOM; which featured photographs of pre-adolescent children playing in elaborately staged and disturbing scenes), yet when I see LiTTLE LADY/LiTTLE MAN I see no need for controversy – and I can’t help but feel a relation to HOBiN (my beloved granparents both passed away in the summer of 2009 within three months of each other) as well as an affection for the man behind the camera.  I dont’ usually feel this way about the photographer, and this is what I think also compels me more about the work as a whole.  This exhibit goes beyond moving me -

According to HOBiN, this exhibit is inspired by “two lullabies sung to the children in my family by my grandfather who recorded them secretly before his death…Over time, these songs served for me as a beautiful, albeit tragic, metaphor for the fleeting nature of physical power and youthful beauty, conventions that society closely relates to concepts of masculinity and femininity.  With my grandparents representing the archtypes of male and female, the life-size documentation of their final days mirrors the surrender we will all inevitably face.

For further information take a look at the pics I snapped from the information booklet – and know that to really get the full impact and beauty of this work you MUST go SEE iT iN PERSON.  I stood in awe for some time, appreciating the detail and love put into this polished work and the results are just spectacularly moving.  GO!

www.jhobin.com


GREAT TAPESTRiES & THE LiViNG REALiTY of an ART NOT EXTiNCT / ‘COCKS’ GARDEN’ BY JEAN LUCRAT – Tabard, 1939

Published by cctadmin on March 19th, 2012


PORTRAiT of A LADY / MARY NESS

Published by cctadmin on March 18th, 2012





DAN ZiEMKiEWiCZ Photographs THE CORRUPTiON of FLESH BACKSTAGE / MERCURY LOUNGE16/03/12

Published by cctadmin on March 17th, 2012


12345678…Counting Down to the Moment of Fate : THE CORRUPTiON of FLESH PRiMED for SHOWTiME / MERCURY LOUNGE FRi. MARCH 16

Published by cctadmin on March 15th, 2012

The countdown is unbelievably close to showtime: two more days then DANNiEL, OLEX and I will be sharpening our horns, grooming our furry bottoms and fluffing up our tails all in the name of CORRUPTiON!

I can promise you this – we are incredibly excited to put this show on.  With months of rehearsals, endless hours of practice and fine-tuning there is a bitter-sweet aspect that comes along with it all.   Up until now, I’ve been able to rely on the company of DAN and OLEX regularly at our weekly (now bi-weekly ) TORRiD TUESDAY rehearsals – and along with this has come a great source of affection and intimacy between friends.

Take for example a realization I had just last night.  There DAN sat at the piano playing the beautiful and dark ‘Moment of Fate‘ while OLEX and I perched under our would-be tree of life.  Part of being in character involves the exchange of a fair bit of affection; huddled in protection, or lounging casually… i’ll gently stroke her hair or feel the soft caress of her hand down the small of my back…. the affection is all a part of the CORRUPTiON EXPERiENCE (LOVE/HATE, NATURE/SEX), mind you in  that particular moment I had the realization that this EXPERiENCE has in fact provided me with a great source of intimacy in my already fortunate life.  What a joy when you find these kinds of bonds.

I’ve known DAN and OLEX in truth for only the last couple of years yet the tenderness I find we all freely exchange with one another is a testament to what kind of friends and professionals they are.  And though this incarnation of THE CORRUPTiON of FLESH is about to wrap up with this performance – I know we will look forward in fun as we try to re-invent it.

That said – I think I feel a little nervous about Friday night although the thought of my friends there provides a great sense of support to help ease those performance nerves.  This has also been one of, if not the busiest week I’ve had in a very long time – the build up is intense but I believe all in all we are fired up and ready to go!

ARE YOU READY TO BE CORRUPTED? If so we’ll see you there!!!!!

See link here for Facebook Invite: http://www.facebook.com/messages/121501026#!/events/130192513767733/

Photos below provided by BONNiE FiNDLEY (www.findleyfoto.com)

 


CALiFORNiAN SiNGER/SONGWRiTER JACKSON BROWNE : LATE FOR SKY / 1974

Published by cctadmin on March 11th, 2012

The quintessential sensitive Californian singer/songwriter of the early ’70s, JACKSON BROWNE ranked alongside  JONi MiTCHELL and JAMES TAYLOR in terms of influence.  While the majority of his classic ’70s work were very personal, his music nevertheless provided a touchstone for a generation of maturing baby boomers coming to terms with adulthood. Not only did his introspective, literate lyrics strike a nerve, but his laid-back folk-rock set the template for much of the music to come out of California during the ’70s.

LATE FOR SKY(1974) consolidated BROWNE’S fan base. His work began to demonstrate a reputation for memorable melody, insightful (and often very personal) lyrics, and a talent for his arrangements in composition. It featured a Margritte-inspired cover. Highlights included the title song, the “For a Dancer,” “Before the Deluge” and the often-covered “Fountain of Sorrow.” The arrangements featured the violin and guitar of DAViD LiNDLEY, JAi WiNDiNG’S piano, and the harmonies of DOUG HAYWOOD. The title track was also featured in MARTiN SCORSESE’S film TAXi DRiVER. During this period, Browne began his fractious but lifelong professional relationship with singer-songwriter WARREN ZEVON, mentoring his first two Asylum albums through the studio as a producer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtK9u2Xm56w&feature=youtu.be

 


SONG of the DAY : A MUSiC BLOG DEVOTED to the SHARiNG of MUSiC of ALL GENRES / CC SUBMiSSiON SENT!

Published by cctadmin on March 10th, 2012

Thanks to the wonderful world of the web I have discovered SONG of the DAY, a music blog devoted to the sharing of all types of music, and I have decided to submit my music (from THEY SAY i’M DiFFERENT) in effort to possibly have it featured !

Wish me luck as the more exposure I can give my music the better!

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