In yesterday's post I mentioned the Ottawa School Of Art. Here's the downtown building itself, the day after Nuit Blanche. During Nuit Blanche, it was a busy hub in the Market for visitors, with exhibits and activities on all four floors.
Clay pottery was being done in this workshop, with the artist speaking about the process while working. When one seriously gets to working on pottery art, he explained, it can take up the entire day. I spent a few minutes moulding clay in my hands, something I haven't done since high school art classes.
Another spot inside was occupied by visitors working on cartoon panels. Previous panels from earlier Nuit Blanche evenings were on one wall, while people were spread out at tables.
Downstairs on the ground floor, this small gallery space looking out on the street was a curiousity- the artist Claudio Ghirardo conceived the idea of spontaneous writings and drawings on the glass, changing throughout the night.
This was my favourite part of the various installations in the school. Artist Lilly Koltun created this art-performance piece entitled 'In My Other Job'. The walls in this room were covered with various sentences, some applying to men, others to women- things that visitors could at least find something they'd relate to (I really liked "in my other job, I'm the devil"). A mass of balloons with red ink had been offered up earlier in the evening to visitors who could throw darts (hence what looks like blood). Fans of Peanuts will recognize a familiar line in this set.