Current Owens Online Projects

Painting by Ghitta Caiserman, a still life of the artist's studio.


Clara Congdon—Calendar: December 2019

9 December – 15 December 2019

Curated by Rachel Thornton

Calendar: December 2019 is a special online project by Clara Congdon, presented as a “takeover” of the Owens’ Social Media accounts.

Calendar: December 2019 ismade up of a dailysquare, embroidered with a quote from an interview with a person who is now deceased; all these interviews are accessible on YouTube. This collection of brief tactile audio transcripts gathered from past Decembers offers the opportunity to contemplate how changing technologies alter the accessibility of records and archives, how we may each be remembered in the digital era, and the ways in which we consume other people’s words and lives.

Clara Congdon is an emerging artist based in Montreal. She makes tactile drawings and artists' books exploring gender, media consumption and representation, and personal archives. Clara holds a BFA from NSCAD University, where she received the Margó Marshall Award for Textiles. She is the creator of YOU BETCHA IRIS, a new quarterly zine about local drag performers. Her artist's book ​Want to buy some illusions?​ is currently featured in ​Art of the Book 2018​, a travelling exhibition of work by members of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild. Clara has exhibited across Canada and in the United States. 

This project is part of an initiative that approaches social media channels and online spaces as venues for the presentation of new work. Calendar: December 2019 will be presented as a series of daily posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter from 9 to 15 December 2019.

Image: Clara Congdon, Calendar: December 2019, 2019, emboidery floss on fabric, courtesy of the artist

Photograph by Goerge Zimbel of three girls laying on the beach.


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Periodically a friend of the Owens is invited to select a work or two, or sometimes three from the Owens' collection. These community members, students, staff and faculty share their own perspectives and connections to works that they pick and to the collection overall.

The Owens Art Gallery's collection began with an initial group of 300 predominantly European paintings, prints and drawings acquired in 1885 as a teaching collection for art students to study and copy. The collection has now grown to over 3000 works of art including paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture and multi-media work by established Canadian and International Artists.

This exhibition is part of an ongoing series of community curated exhibitions. Follow the series online now.

Image: George Zimble, Space Babes, Jones Beach N.Y., 1969, gelatin silver print, Purchased with support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisitions Assistance Program and the Ruth Lockhart Eisenhauer Bequest.


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