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Exhibit title: I've Got Some Bad News
Opening party: June 23, 2016
Exhibit duration: June 16 - July 23, 2016
Location: The Ottawa Art Gallery, 2 Daly Ave, Ottawa, ON, Canada.
Artist website: www.ADORNATO.com
Gallery website: Ottawa Art Gallery website
Contact info: info@adornato.com / 613.447.5462

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Exhibition Sponsors (logos below!): Jackpine, The Hintonburg Public House, Shitty Shades, Apartment 613, The Ottawa Art Gallery

Exhibit Statement:

Terrorism. State surveillance. Climate change. The wealth gap. Yup. Things ain't looking so good these days.

Multidisciplinary artist Marc Adornato (1977 - not dead yet) is a contemporary artist who reflects our tumultuous times with subversive and irreverent artwork. From painting toxic accidents on top of old landscape paintings, strapping faux-bomb vests to cabbage patch dolls, putting surveillance cameras in pretty frames, to cycling around Ottawa wearing a suit and gas mask posting dystopian slogans - Adornato's mediums of expression are as limitless as his creative energy.

I've Got Some Bad News will be featuring his new series of works, Ruined Landscapes. Appropriating vintage landscape paintings found in thrift stores, Adornato seamlessly adds toxic accidents (such as oil spills, fuel tanker truck roll overs, and train derailments), and hazmat cleanup crews into the paintings. Each painting is inspired by recent news headlines of actual toxic accidents that have ruined the Canadian landscape.
(click here to view examples of the paintings)

Also on display will be a series of 'BlowUp Dolls', and his recent painting submissions to the prestigious RBC Canadian Painting Competition, where he depicted Arbie (RBC's mascot) burning down an RBC bank in protest of their employee out-sourcing program. Despite receiving national media attention for the incendiary paintings (including the Huffington Post, ArtNet News, CBC's As It Happens), he didn't win.

Using inspiration from the antique and thrift stores Adornato frequents, this exhibition will also feature a sample of works from his previous series’ spanning from 2012 to the present.

About the Artist:

Marc Adornato (1977 - not dead yet) is a Canadian contemporary artist, satirist, antique hoarder, and occasional shit-disturber. His art practice spans a wide range of disciplines including painting, sculpture, assemblage, performance, ready-mades, video, and sound - usually consisting of sharp sociopolitical critique, subversive and irreverent epigrams, with a hint of sarcasm or dark humor. Adornato studied Fine Art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD) in Halifax, before returning to Ottawa.

He has exhibited in the Canadian War Museum, The Bank of Canada's Currency Museum, and made nation headlines in 2015 when he submitted a RBC bank on fire to the prestigious RBC Canadian Painting competition. For more info, read his biography or click here to see his wikipedia. For more info contact info: info@adornato.com / 613.447.5462

Canadian Artist Marc Adornato with Director and CEO of the Ottawa Art Gallery, Alexandra Badzak at the opening of "I've Got Some Bad News" in 2016.

The official poster for "I've Got Some Bad News" a solo exhibition of the artwork of Marc Adornato, at the Ottawa Art Gallery in 2016.



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"A hazmat crew removes a body, downstream from the accident #1" by Marc Adornato, 2016

"Gas tanker rolls over on highway near Calgary, spilling 25,000 litres into wetlands" by Marc Adornato, 2016
"Gas tanker rolls over on highway near Calgary, spilling 25,000 litres into wetlands" by Marc Adornato, 2016 Carly Butl

"Another cargo ship ran aground near Squamish #2" by Marc Adornato, 2016

I've Got Some Bad News

exhibition breakdown by Marc Adornato

Ruined Landscapes
At the turn of the twentieth century, Tom Thompson and artists in 'The Group of Seven' began painting the Canadian landscape as pristine and untouched, making them household names. 100 years later, I've created contemporary artworks that reflect the new Canadian landscape. Ruined Landscapes is a new series where I 'hijack' vintage landscapes found in thrift stores and antique shops, painting in hazmat cleanup crews and man-made environmental disasters. Many of the painting titles are appropriated from actual news headlines from real accidents that have occurred throughout the Canadian landscape. Train derailments, fuel truck rollovers, oil tankers running aground and illegal chemical dumping are just some of the toxic accidents reflected in these truly Canadian landscape paintings.
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#MYPROTEST was an anonymous performance art project and social media experiment that also included a manifesto, photography, video, and mixed media artwork. The project took place and evolved over several months, primarily in downtown Ottawa and often during the busy morning rush hour. I started the project by making unannounced, random appearances in the downtown core, in ‘high traffic - high pedestrian volume’ times on an electric bicycle, wearing a suit and gas mask. The photos and tweets were then harvested for ‘project documentation’ and were re-posted on a temporary website and Instagram account created for the project.

After several weeks of fueling curiosity and confusion in the community, I began an extensive poster campaign, flooding the streets with dystopian messages about the growing wealth gap, climate change, state surveillance, and genetically modified foods. My anonymous performances continued for several more weeks, and I was given the nickname ‘Ottawa’s Dystopian Cyclist’ by a twitter user. The performance project ended on October 22, 2014 when Parliament Hill was attacked by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, and the security climate in Ottawa became too tense to continue.

I produced and edited a video for the project featuring a music soundtrack by HiLotrons, art photos by Jamie Kronick and Zara Ansar, and a portrait painting of the Dystopian Cyclist by Stephen Frew. I also created numerous artworks using reclaimed materials, such as stenciled spray-paint paintings, mixed media works using antique toy trains falling off their tracks (Project Derailed), and surveillance camera artworks addressing new state surveillance legislation, entitled I can C-51 you.
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BlowUp Dolls (aka: Taliban Toys, Pop Tots, Kamikaze Kids, Baby Boomers, Cabbage Blast Kids)
BlowUp Dolls is a dark-humoured series of antique and vintage dolls wearing simulated suicide bomb vests. While these artworks reflect shocking and violent tactics used by terrorists in the Middle East, these cute, yet creepy dolls also address a relatively new and disturbing era of sensationalized violent imagery, particularly imagery which deals with the media’s definitions of terrorism. Terms like ‘Home-grown terrorism’, ‘suicide bombers’, ‘lone wolf attacks’, and ‘shooting rampages’ have permeated our cultural lexicon and our society is slowly becoming desensitized to these disturbing trends. BlowUp Dolls aims to critically challenge the commercialization and mass-production of kamikaze-style violent attacks violent imagery and sensationalized language concerning the “War on Terror.” This series asks viewers to consider the causes of such radical and hopeless behaviour, as well as how the representation of these crimes impact our collective, social psyche and the psyche of the next generation.
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Arbie Goes Rogue
A mini-series of painting submissions made specifically for the 2015 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, Arbie Goes Rogue takes aim at RBC’s past winning selections*and recent outsourcing scandal**.The four paintings in this series chronicle Arbie – the bank’s mascot – setting an RBC branch on fire after learning his job is being outsourced to India. By the end of the capsule series, viewers see Arbie on the ground after being tasered (possibly to death) by the police. Despite receiving national media attention, RBC has not commented on the series.
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* Instead of rewarding subversive, controversial, or socially and culturally relevant Canadian art,
RBC played it safe, “rewarding terrible meaningless banal paintings” and fueling cynicism
about art amongst the general population.

** In 2013, RBC was caught and publically shamed in a widely reported scandal for trying to
export Canadian jobs to India through iGate, an unethical and shady India-based outsourcing


More Ruined Landscapes to share!!


"Crews clean up a pipeline break northeast of Peace River #2" by Marc Adornato, 2016

"Mercury levels still rising near Grassy Narrows First Nation" by Marc Adornato, 2016


"Fortunately, this wasn't another Lac-Mégantic. #1" by Marc Adornato, 2016

"Collecting samples after the Mount Polley tailings pond breach" by Marc Adornato, 2016

"BlowUp Doll #14 (Tommy)" by Marc Adornato, 2016

And much much more