THROUGH THE DOORS
The Life and Legacy of Artist Jordi Bonet
THROUGH THE DOORS
On the first floor of the National Arts Center in Ottawa, encircled in red velvet stairs, are the Salon Doors. They tower over spectators, opening and closing with the touch of a hand. Made with cast aluminum and covered in various lines and forms, you can spend ages immersed in the details of these tapestry-like metallic doors.
They've become trademarks of the National Arts Centre. The doors have seen frivolous parties, theatre ensembles, and even weddings.
The man who created these doors, Jordi Bonet, was a Spanish-Canadian artist who lived a short, yet exciting life. He created a broad spectrum of pieces ranging from paintings to ceramics to metal sculptures. His work gradually moved towards the realms of public art, and throughout the late 50s and 60s, he created several murals across Canada and the United States.
Today, you can learn about the life of Jordi Bonet from his start as an artist, his emigration to Canada, his rise in Quebec, and his progression through the world of art.
Come through the doors and discover the art and legacy of Jordi Bonet.
"To live with the tree, like the tree, eyes closed, disturbing nothing (disturbing nothing that could disturb others), I must disturb everything within myself. I am in the process of being born. In order to become, to see and hear the heartbeat of creation . . . we must learn to face new persons within ourselves."
Jordi Bonet (1973)
"Through the Doors" was created by Julia Robinson, Liam Arp, Ben Simmonds, and Sara Mizannojehdehi for the course "Basics of Visual Communication". This piece was made in collaboration with the National Arts Centre, CIMS and Professor Katelyn Graham.