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Celestial Sights at Karsh-Masson Gallery

(Jason Paradis, Lexington Kaleidoscope, 2013. Acrylic, ink, and spray-paint on 9 canvases with acrylic yarn, local stone, and plexiglas. (Detail) Miriam Woolfolk Gallery, Lexington Art League.)

(Jason Paradis, Lexington Kaleidoscope, 2013. Acrylic, ink, and spray-paint on 9 canvases with acrylic yarn, local stone, and plexiglas. (Detail) Miriam Woolfolk Gallery, Lexington Art League.)

The stars above us have been an important part of the night sky for millennia, and yet with present levels of light pollution, they’re difficult — sometimes impossible — to see. Artist Jason Paradis reminds us of their presence in his installation Ottawa Night, in which he anchors bundles of string to a pile of rocks on the floor and connects them to paintings on the wall in an imitation of the constellations that are visible from the gallery at night. The result? Arresting, 3-D rays of colour that evoke mystery and modernity alike. On display at the Karsh-Masson Gallery until November 29. —Amy Allen
•Karsh-Masson Gallery, 110 Laurier Ave. W., 613-580-2424 ext. 14167. ottawa.ca/arts
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