Friday, November 20, 2020 to Saturday, December 12, 2020

    Gallery 101 is pleased to present: Land Lines (of time and place) in no particular order.

    Land Lines (of time and place) in no particular order is the first solo exhibition in Ottawa for Penny McCann. Utilizing Super 8 and 16mm footage shot over several years, much of it hand-processed then transferred digitally, the exhibition moves through a landscape forever disappearing from view, evoking the continual loss of the present. The multi-screen media art installation creates a meditative space where moments in time flicker briefly, manipulated by chemical process and the human hand to create a psychic landscape of time and place.

    The artist’s central starting point for this body of work are childhood memories of a passing landscape viewed from the top bunk of her family’s camper bus. From that vantage point McCann spent hours imagining scenes centred on images that receded as quickly as they came into view. These just-glimpsed images stay with her still, a reminder that moving imagery is by its nature transitory and ephemeral. An impression once formed on the eye reveals only the moment passed. The title alludes to this notion of disappearance – of telephone landlines, of the railway and of filmed medium itself.

    Exhibited with the support of Ontario Arts Council.


    Exhibition Essay

    Penny McCann: Within the Unsaid - A Response to Land Lines (of time and place) in no particular order by Cecilia Araneda
    Click here to download (.pdf)

    Penny asks that we read this text in preparation for her artist talk on December 4th

    Artist bio

    Penny McCann's body of work spans three decades and encompasses both narrative and experimental films and videos. Her work has been screened at festivals and galleries nationally and internationally, including Centre National D’Art Contemporain (Grenoble, France), the Hamburg International Short Film Festival (Hamburg, Germany), Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque, New Mexico), the Ottawa Art Gallery, and Festival International du Film sur l’Art (Montréal, Quebec).  Her 2019 short film, Phenomena, will screen as part of her Gallery 101 exhibition.

    Penny is a long-time activist/worker in the Canadian media and visual arts community and served as chair of both the Independent Media Arts Alliance and the Media Arts Network of Ontario. Penny is past Director of SAW Video Media Art Centre (now DARC), 2004-2018. In 2007 in recognition of her contribution to the Ottawa media arts community, Penny was awarded the Victor Tolgesy Award for achievement in the arts.

    Viewings & Programming

    Vernissage Friday November 20, 2-6 PM. Viewings by appointment.
    Artist talk Friday December 4, 3-4PM - register here

    Gallery 101 is open by appointment on Tuesdays to Saturdays, noon to 5 PM from November 21 to December 12.

    To schedule your private viewing appointment, please email


    Important note on our latest exhibition:

    Land Lines includes a large video projection in our main floor gallery that contains bright flashing imagery. This may cause discomfort and/or seizures for those with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised. 
    Please let us know if you have any sensitivities when making your appointment.

    We are located at 280 Catherine St.
    Free parking on site, wheelchair accessible.