Friday, September 4, 2009

Marysol Foucault exhibition - Barely There
Opening on Saturday, September 5th, 2009 at 8pm
Wurm Gallery/Invisible Cinema
319 Bank Street (@ Lisgar)
FREE; all ages welcome.

Marysol Foucault will be presenting her new works of large scale drawings at the Wurm Gallery in Ottawa's Invisible Cinema from Saturday, September 5th - October 15th, 2009.

Marysol Foucault's drawings function as transcriptions of imaginary situations. The narratives often invites comparisons to fairytales - missing the happily ever after conclusion.

In her drawings and paintings, Marysol introduces us to unreal yet familiar places and meditates on the puzzling condition of interpersonal relationships. Feelings of abandonment, solitude, anxiousness and uneasiness, are portrayed in the pieces where only one subject evolves; mischievousness, grieving and resentment are often evoked when two subjects or more are present. These situations are illustrated by injecting macabre details into everyday scenery or by creating an atmosphere that is eerily delicate, yet quite disturbing by it's subject matter.

The Wurm Gallery and Invisible Cinema now occupy the hallowed halls of an early incarnation of Gallery 101 in the late 1980's and early 1990's, which is where many a lost soul wandered in and found some refuge from the deluge of mediocrity that was plaguing "college rock" at the time with bands that had listened to too much Eagles and were feigning an earnestness that felt like more of a cry for help than a cry for release. It was the ventricle for a foundation of local left-field and punk culture for a wide variety of aimless spirits that found some resonance in the honesty and beauty pounded out on off nights between exhibitions through cheap amps and cracked drums, long before the inadequate instruments that represented the only consolation our shitty jobs could buy would become badges of honour for the ironic and aestheticized youth of post-(insert meaningless genre here).

The old Gallery 101, as opposed to its last incarnation which has gone the way of most community spaces and hubs of social services in this city,- it is now a condo tower,- held shows by Phil Minton, Joan of Arc, Prisons Come Home (featuring our own Ryan Hough), and was the site of the very first Buried Inside show (whose singer is now the proud, kind, and gently discerning owner of Invisible Cinema).

Kingdom Shore will be playing a small 30 minute set of music early in the night to open the evening. They are happy to be playing that space again.

Both the artist, and the Invisible Cinema and Wurm Gallery deserve any support you can give. Having traveled across this wonderful and complicated country, we can attest that there are few movie rental stores as good as this anywhere within our borders, and we're lucky that they are here among us, supplying us with windows into wonder. Please come out and support them both.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Pleasure Through Sound Presents:

SUNDAY, JULY 26th, 2009:
NORMAL LOVE (Philadelphia)
KINGDOM SHORE (Ottawa/Aylmer)

(5 Arlington Ave. -- see map)
Music at 20:00 sharp


NORMAL LOVE (Philadelphia)
Stoking the community since '06, NORMAL LOVE is a Philadelphia-based quintet comprised of amplified violin, two electric guitars, electric bass, and drum set.

"For all their precision, and holy hell, the aural somersaults and tightrope-walks they pull off make Cirque du Soleil look like a flea circus, NORMAL LOVE is messy. Rock 'n' roll messy. Spontaneous-combustion messy... NL, which recently released its debut self-titled CD on High Two, makes brutally intricate music, aggressive and perfectionist. If the Warriors had scratched past the Orphans and the Baseball Furies only to chance upon a shiv-wielding chamber ensemble, Normal Love would be perfectly cast." - Philadelphia City Paper {Shaun Brady}

"Philly's best metal band is also its best avant-garde classical ensemble. Or possibly it's the other way around. Unlike symphonic metal bands that simply layer cheesy strings over bombastic rock songs, Normal Love writes intricate and difficult instrumental pieces inspired by modernist classical composers, and then play them with death-metal ferocity. The result is music that succeeds at being alternately brutal and beautiful, sometimes both at the same time. By totally shredding and shredding clichés, Normal Love is proving that prog doesn't have to be a four letter word." - {Stephen Potter}

"Along with Zs, this Philadelphia band is the future of music. Buckle up and get ready."

"Normal love isn't interesting. I assure you that it's incredibly boring." - Roman Polanski

KINGDOM SHORE (Ottawa/Aylmer)

Kingdom Shore puise ses influences du punk rock qui a émergé du hardcore des années 80, de l'avant-rock, du art rock, de la musique électroacoustique, du noise, du gospel d'une autre époque, de la musique contemporaine et left-field.

KINGDOM SHORE was formed in March of 2006. Blurring the lines between the punk rock that grew out of 1980's hardcore, avant and art-rock,electro-acoustic music, noise, old world Gospel, and contemporary and left-field music.

Les musiciens / The musicians: Nathan Medema, Simon Guibord, Ryan Hough, Jasmine Landau, Gerg Horvath et Mark Molnar.
(contact (at)