Dave Heath: visionary


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When Dave Heath wrote the preface to his seminal A Dialogue With Solitude in 1962, I doubt he thought his words would ring as true as they do 57 years hence:


Plus ça change, plus ça reste pareil…Plus ça change, plus ça reste pareil…

Plus ça change, plus ça reste pareil…

Mr. Heath was an extraordinary street photographer in his heyday (late 50’s, most of the 60’s) in New York City and Chicago. Always working candidly, he managed to capture the true emotional states of his subjects. A common sentiment runs like a thread throuh all his images: solitude. Even when people are in a big city and surrounded by people, they’re all alone. You can pick up the melancholic aloneness throughout his entire body of work.

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Learn more about Dave and his body of work at the National Gallery of Canada and his incredible Multitude, Solitude exhibit (until September 2).

Light Therapy

During the long, cold winters in Ottawa, it’s always nice to get out to the National Gallery of Canada, if anything just to take in the natural light of a crisp day without having to wear more than a t-shirt.

Many have criticized the Moshe Safdie-designed building as being too cold and severe, but I disagree: it’s flooded with natural light, both in the atria as well as the inner galleries which are lit with skylights and mirrored shafts.

Just what the doctor ordered when the days are short and the temperatures low.

Colour


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Black and White

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The 100′ Electric Beanstalk

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Of course, this installation isn’t called The 100′ Electric Beanstalk, but maybe it ought to. Actually, it’s One Hundred Foot Line by the American artist Roxy Paine, and it’s installed in the back lot of the National Gallery of Canada on Nepean Point in Ottawa.

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One thing is certain – I don’t think I’d want to put my tongue on this in the winter or hold on to it during an electrical storm!