Monday, October 12, 2015

Playing The Game

If I'm around at all today, it might only be briefly, so I'll wish my fellow Canadians a very happy Thanksgiving, and my American readers a happy Columbus Day!

Outside the Ottawa School of Art, members of the school were engaged in large scale printmaking; there were similar works being put together inside the school during Nuit Blanche.

Nearby was something of a fashion show- Rent Frock Repeat, a shop here, had models wearing some of their dresses.

Wunderblume was the name of this light and hydraulics installation, a kinetic flower that certainly drew attention as the petals shifted while passersby moved along.

This peculiarity was devised by artist Leah Bartlett. A room was set up as an interactive performance- members of the public could sit in as part of a recreation of the painting dogs playing poker. The actors wearing the dog masks were even barking during the game. I found it highly amusing.


  1. Hope you had a great hoiliday weekend.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving holiday to you, William!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving !
    I wish our Thanksgiving was now insted of being lost in the Christmas rush.
    It is one of the nices holidays. Filled with family, friends and food.

    cheers, parsnip

  4. I would love to sit with the doggies and be part of the recreation of painting :-) That looks fun!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. a kinetic flower, way cool. that is awesome! ( :

  6. Happy Thanksgiving. Let us know what you do (with pictures)!


  7. Happy Thanksgiving! A quite funny set of photos...

  8. Love this event. I'd also love to be at that poker table. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

  9. Happy Thanksgiving, William ! Interesting series.

  10. Woof! That would have been fun :) Happy Thanksgiving William.

  11. ha, i like the dogs playing poker, too funny!! happy thanksgiving!

  12. You showed some really neat activities today. You are fortunate to have an event that displays interesting art. The flower really caught my eye.

  13. The doggie card game is really funny. Hope you had a fabulous weekend!

  14. Happy Thanksgiving, William.
    I like that kinetic flower, must be nice to see it in action.

  15. The printmaking looks fun but maaaaan, the dog poker looks creepy as hell to me... (I do have a bit of a thing about masks though...)

  16. I love the dogs playing cards, William! :)

  17. laughing at the dogs playing poker. happy thanksgiving!!

  18. You gotta love everything creative William, the dogs playing poker is a masterpiece...

  19. I would have loved to be there to watch the poker game. It sounds hilarious!

  20. Dogs playing poker... I'll bet the guy who created the painting never imagined it would become an icon!

  21. The print making looks fascinating! I would LOVE to watch that!

  22. @Whisk: I did!

    @Nancy: thanks!

    @Kay: thank you!

    @Parsnip: it seems to make more sense this time of year.

    @Tamago: it was such a blast watching that installation.

    @Beth: that was a well thought out concept.

    @Janis: I did get in some good fall colours shots through the weekend.

    @VP: thank you!

    @Lowell: it's been a long while since I played poker.

    @Karl: thanks!

    @Grace: woof indeed!

    @Tanya: thanks!

    @Red: Nuit Blanche seems to have taken off here.

    @Linda: I did!

  23. @Jan: it was.

    @Sharon: it was a riot to watch.

    @Aimee: hah! I wondered if anyone might find it creepy.

    @Linda: me too!

    @Kreig: indeed.

    @Norma: that appears to be a common opinion!

    @RedPat: many do!

    @Marleen: it was.

    @Tex: thanks!

    @Geoff: it was well thought out.

    @Lois: I was pleased to have seen it.

    @Linda: definitely not!

    @Orvokki: it was!

    @EG: it takes a lot of skill.