From Bauhaus To Your House at GNO
Bauhaus GNO

A discussion about art, architecture, and design will take place at the GNO on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 and everyone is welcome.

The GNO (Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario) will be hosting a discussion about the lasting impact of the Bauhaus on art, architecture, and design, on Wednesday, February 8th, at 5:30 p.m..

According to Wikipedia, the Bauhaus “was a German art school operational from 1919 to 1933 that combined crafts and the fine arts, and was famous for the approach to design that it publicised and taught. […] One of the main objectives of the Bauhaus was to unify art, craft, and technology.” Notable artists and architects associated with the school include its founder Walter Gropius, Swiss painter Paul Klee, and the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky.

The starting point for the discussion will be artist Juan Ortiz-Apuy’s upcoming exhibition at the GNO: “Out of This Light, Into This Shadow”. The exhibition is steeped in references to art and design history, notably drawing a clear line between the Bauhaus and the kind of mass-produced contemporary furnishings best represented by Swedish furniture giants IKEA.

Patrick Harrop and Thomas Strickland, both professors at the McEwen School of Architecture, will be joining Ortiz-Apuy for the informal discussion, sharing their thoughts on the Bauhaus’ contribution to their respective fields of study.

Admission is free and open to everyone. Questions from the audience, of course, are highly encouraged.

The discussion, including questions from the public, should last about one hour or less.

Juan Ortiz-Apuy was born in Costa Rica in 1980 and now lives and works in Montreal since 2003. His work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. Recent exhibitions include The MacLaren Arts Centre, SPOROBOLE Contemporary Art Centre, Gallery Birch Libralato, ARTSPACE, Eastern Edge, A Space Gallery and Quebec City Biennial: Manif d’Art 7. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Halifax Regional Municipality Contemporary Visual Art Award. Ortiz-Apuy is represented by Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran.

Patrick Harrop is a licensed architect (MOAQ), electronic artist and a recently appointed (fall 2015) associate professor of Architecture at the McEwen School of Architecture. The topics of digital fabrication, interaction and responsiveness, physical computing, immaterial phenomenon (Light and Sound), contemporary theory, history and philosophy of technology and maker culture have figured prominently in his research/creation, theoretical writings, teaching and service to the community.

Dr. Thomas Strickland completed his PhD. in architectural history at the School of Architecture, McGill University and is currently an assistant professor at the McEwen School of Architecture. He is a founding partner in the art and architecture research initiative, pouf!, is past president of the Visual Arts Weeks Society (Calgary) and has received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, Jiwar Creació i Societat (Spain) and the Calgary Foundation for his work as an artist and curator.

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