Ottawa Art Gallery, Arts Court
In 2007, rob mclennan published The Ottawa City Project (Chaudiere Books), a book of poetry whose playfully bureaucratic title belies a poignant engagement with a hidden Ottawa. In many ways, this book served as a catalyst for OAG’s current exhibition Evidence: The Ottawa City Project. Like the artists included in the exhibition, mclennan’s writing continues to chart the fragmentary proof of an alternative Ottawa, thus revealing the lacework of absence and presence that characterizes our constantly changing and evolving city.
Born in Ottawa in 1970 at the Grace Hospital on Wellington Street near Parkdale Avenue, rob mclennan was raised on a sixth-generation dairy farm near Maxville, Ontario in historic Glengarry County. He currently lives directly between Ottawa's Chinatown and Little Italy neighbourhoods, and was called "Centretown's poet laureate" by David Gladstone in The Centretown Buzz in the mid-1990s.