Olivia Johnston has been involved in the local arts scene for almost her whole life. A long-lasting involvement in the music community led her to another artistic passion: photography. Olivia is currently in her second year of the portfolio program at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO).
Today is the culminating point of my two years at SPAO.
Celebrating our sixth academic year, we are constantly growing and changing, and that’s one of the things that makes SPAO so amazing. The work coming out of the school is always honest, individualistic, and surprising. We are all incredibly passionate about our work, thinking about it day in and day out, and this show reflects that passion.
The work we’ll be showing on Friday (from 3 to 9 p.m.) and for the following week (’til May 6th) is on the wall in separate installations, but will also be represented in at least one portfolio book per student, often two. The work of first year students represents a year of foundation learning, including darkroom work (most of their pieces are black and white); the second year work represents our year of portfolio development, much of it colour work, but much of it black and white as well.
This show is incredibly diverse. My show consists of a series of portraits of girls and women who have recovered from eating disorders, but my friend and colleague Whitney Lewis-Smith’s work is a glass plate negative series of taxidermied animals.
Cory Shepherdson’s work is an exploration of the underground of cities (literally, he explores drains and photographs them) and Caroline Tallmadge documented the presence of the Amish in upstate New York.
There will truly be something for everyone at this show, and you can even take something of it home for yourself: we will have a catalogue of the show for sale, as well copies of our annual magazine, Push//Pull.
Exhibition No. 6 will be open on these dates:
- Friday, April 29th: 3 to 9 p.m.
- Saturday, April 30th: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday, May 1st : 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Monday, May 2nd : 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 3rd : 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 4th : 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Thursday, May 5th : 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Friday, May 6th : 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hope to see you there!