Examine The Art Of The Dark In Night Light Exhibit In Ottawa

on April 8, 2013


A new exhibit in Ottawa examines the sensory awareness of the night.

Sanjeev Sivarulrasa is an Ottawa-artist whose new “Night Light” exhibit consists of a series of photographic works on aluminum that questions whether the night truly is dark, featureless, and unsafe. The exhibit is on display at the Karsh-Masson Gallery (136 St. Patrick St., Ottawa ON) until May 5.

Using light that he has captured from distant stars and through the long lens and exposure of astrophotography at dark sky sites in Ontario and Quebec, the photographer explores the human awareness of cosmos.

Born in Sri Lanka, Sivarulrasa originally went to law school (holding an LL.B. degree from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School) and worked for the Canadian government for 14 years where he specialized in international tax law. Over that period of time, he increasingly became fascinated by the night sky to the point where he left his career behind to pursue his artistry.

His artwork started just with telescopic observation. Staying awake from dusk to dawn, he began shooting photos by travelling from his Ottawa-based studio to the darker skies found in Ontario and Quebec. Sivarulrasa only began exhibiting in 2011 with his “The Still Of Night” collection that he presented at the Cube Gallery in Ottawa.

His current solo exhibition “Night Light” is hosted by the City of Ottawa at the Karsh-Masson Gallery from March 15 to May 5, 2013.

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