October 10 - November 1
Solo Exhibition

Archive Contemporary presents a comprehensive solo exhibition of Beaver Sheppard’s artistic canon, for the first time featuring the multifaceted artist’s paintings, illustrations, and musical work in tandem.

As a self taught artist, Sheppard’s process is intentionally intuitive; rejecting the overtly conceptual or the overly figurative in favor of an intensely visual spontaneity. The resulting effect is what Sheppard describes as “anti-image. Destructive. Primal.”
“Overall, I’m just trying to make things that computers won’t be able to do. I think about this often. I paint to release. I paint because I have to. I paint to inspire others. I owe it to my parents to channel  the gift of freedom they bestowed, they gave me a brain full of bewilderment, Maybe someday I will develop thoughts through painting that can save the world. I paint to understand. I paint to remember.” 

The exhibition will run through November 11.

August 22 - October 5
Artists in Residence

Archive Contemporary is proud to present an artist in residence program, Referencing the Digital, featuring Sarah Hodgson and Atticus Gordon.

For the course of six weeks,  Ottawan artists Sarah and Atticus will occupy the gallery space, preparing a new body of work which will culminate in a pop-up exhibition during the first week of October.

Sarah’s work explores the digital age and its influence on the human memory, while exploring the interplay between the past and the present to imagine future potentialities.Her upcoming project will focus on new strategies for incorporating digital imagery into traditional sculpture, by way of  traditional and new media (3D imaging, manipulating acrylic plastics and laser cutting).
Atticus Gordon will be creating a site specific installation made out of found objects: paper, wood, and miniature modeling materials. Atticus’ installation work explores notions of space, perception, and how digital culture influences notions of Utopia in the physical environments we inhabit.

Atticus will be simultaneously creating a body of paintings based on his own digital photography. These collaged paintings bridge the digital realm and classical painting. 

The gallery space will be open to visitors. Sarah and Atticus look forward to meeting you, discussing their creative process, and demonstrating some of the techniques they employ in their artistry.

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August 17 - October 1
Photographs, Paintings, Installation
“The difficulty lies in the very expression “relation to the world,” which presupposes two sorts of domains, that of nature and that of culture, domains that are at once distinct and impossible to separate completely.”

― Bruno Latour

Eleven contemporary artists address their personal relationship to the natural world, with an emphasis on the scope and function of art in the anthropocene. Each work presents an example of symbiosis between self and nature, artistically explored through painting, installation and photographic mediums.

Aaron Glasson
Adriaan de Roover
Alisa Tanaka King
Charlotte Ghomeshi
Chiara Zonca
Colin Courtney
Frédéric Tougas
Holly Klein
Laurence Patenaude
Sarina Gensler
Sonia Roseval

July 19 - August 14
Photographs, Paintings, Sculpture
“Whoever has been given the power to see more deeply should dispense with form because differences of form are of such minor importance. […] these forms would largely disappear if everyone had the ability to see more deeply into the actual essence of things”

- Spirit, to Hilma AF Klint

Archive Contemporary presents nine Canadian artists with uniquely singular visions working in the language of abstraction. From instinctive compositions to enigmatic forms, from syncopation to revelation, these works hone in on the particular as symbols of larger, more complex systems. Somewhere along the continuum of wholeness and withdrawal, “Abstractions” explores themes of technocentrism, alienation, solitude, individualism, feminism and the preservation of memory.

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