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Ottawa gallery to rent space for porn shoots amid weak economy

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By Andrew Moran
Jan 21, 2011 in Arts
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Ottawa - It's a tough economic climate out there, especially if you have to rent out space for a pornography shoot. That is what one art gallery in Ottawa is doing, which is having a difficult time paying the bills.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Many Canadians may have to adjust to the weak economy in order to get by and make ends meet.
Le Petite Mort Gallery – The Little Death is the English translation – an art gallery based in Ottawa in the Byward Market area on Cumberland Street has made the decision to rent out space to two pornography producers in the gallery’s backdrop, according to the United Press International.
In the past, gallery owner Guy Berube has rented out his space for private events, but for this unique task, Berube can charge double.
“It's exciting for me to share my space,” said Berube. “I'm freaking out. The idea is just so crazy. I'm not sure what to expect next. I'm a starving gallerist. It takes some of the pressure away of having to sell constantly to pay our bills.”
However, others have mixed feelings or do not approve of Berube’s unorthodox method, according to CBC News. Peter Gelbman of Carmel Art Gallery explained that it’s getting extremely difficult for artists to sell their paintings and have to resort to selling their work out of a home studio or on the Internet.
Dan Pellerin of Wallack Galleries said he doesn’t “think it's one everyone will agree with” but called the move “gutsy.” Meanwhile, owner of Gallerie St-Laurent + Hill gallery, Pierre Luc St-Laurent, is completely opposed to Berube’s decision and called it an “extreme.”
“Who would want to arrive after the fact in a gallery where they film porn?”
In the end, however, Berube is indifferent to others feelings and is hoping to influence the pornography producers to “do fantastic porn.”
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