“The West Wind” by Tom Thomson is one of the most recognizable images in the history of Canadian art, and it is on display at the National Gallery of Canada as part of the Tom Thomson: The Jack Pine and The West Wind exhibition. “Nothing new,” you might say. While it’s a familiar image, it’s not exactly a “celebrity” painting like the Mona Lisa, worthy of an envy-inspiring selfie. So why bother making a trip to the National Gallery to see the actual work when a postcard will do? Plenty, I say, and here’s why.
Ebb and Flow at La Petite Mort Gallery is artist Meaghan Haughian’s third exhibition exploring themes of birth and death,
My recent visit to the National Gallery of Canada forced me to solve my chicken-or-egg kind of dilemma about self-guided exhibitions. Do I or do I not read the information about the paintings or listen to the audio guide? And if I do, then which comes first: slow looking or reading?
I love to be surprised by a work of art, and Abigail Gossage’s photograph of the NAC underpass did just that when I stumbled upon it on the artist’s website.
“Wow,” I said. “I want to see what she is seeing.”
Having taken strolls along the National Arts Centre stretch of the Rideau Canal, I knew exactly where Gossage stood when she snapped her shot. My memory, however, recalled only a cold concrete tunnel − not the visually rich and engaging composition of light and shadow, curves and lines, textures and patterns, that the artist captured.