K. Jake Chakasim - wapimisow: a boreal approach to art, architecture + identity

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:45pm

Please join us in room 510A in the Annex Building

K. Jake Chakasim will be presenting his talk 

wapimisow: a boreal approach to art, architecture + identity

K. Jake Chakasim is a lecturer at the School of Architecture where he teaches Architectural Design Studio. His interdisciplinary approach to the profession of architecture addresses the need to re-contextualize Aboriginal traditions through refined typologies. For his efforts, Jake was awarded the Architectural Research Center Consortium (ARCC) Jonathan King Medal for 2010-11, an award that acknowledges innovation, integrity and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research. Jake is currently pursuing a PhD in Human Studies at Laurentian University with a focus on the design-based economy of Indigenous communities. 


presented by the 

Indigenous Visual Culture Program 

and Writing and Learning Centre

 See Facebook event page link - https://www.facebook.com/events/1661173397478338/

Venue & Address: 
Annex Building, room 510A
wapimisow poster with event info and aurora borealis

Staged Standards, by Sessional Instructor Kip Jones

Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 4:00am to Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 4:00am

loop gallery presenting: staged standards, by Sessional Instructor Kip Jones

Opening Reception:  Saturday, April 2, 2-5 pm

loop Gallery is pleased to announce Staged Standards, a new exhibition by kipjones.


Staged Standards is a response to an ongoing study into architectural iconography as a sculptural gesture. The work consists of a series of materially aesthetic investigations of formally staged wooden fabrications and their echoed forms.  These austere scaled assemblies of an architectural vernacular address the notions of permanence and transformation as a reflective relationship between the elements.


The latex rubber forms act as dualistic moments in an inter-connected relationship with their mirrored wooden original. Pragmatically this work utilizes the inherent properties of latex rubber, its skin like qualities and it structural integrity, as containers of forms and icons.  The hard surfaced reality occupies a antipodean position in relation to the soft skinned latex empty vessels, constituting a connective bridging of the organic and the man-made – the mind and body – nature and culture.


Staged Standards are formal self-reflective acts of inherent tension and linked associations, a redefined vocabulary of form.


kipjones is an active and experienced Toronto public artist, sculptor and instructor. His artistic research addresses the complex potentialities of space through site-specific installations, public art and object making. He graduated 2011 with an MFA: sculpture from Concordia University in Montreal.  He has exhibited and participated in residencies nationally and internationally.  His public art can be engaged with in Kelowna BC, Calgary AL, Moncton NB, and most recently Gambrel Journey for the City of Markham Ontario.


Venue & Address: 
loop 1273 Dundas St. W
poster for staged standards by Kip Jones image of 3 dimensional wall artwork and text with details of show

Art Creates Change Public talk: Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky

Thursday, January 28, 2016

OCAD University's Faculty of Art in Partnership with
UNIFOR, Ontario Regional Council Present:
The Kym Pruesse Speaker Series

Antagonisms in Disappearing Public Spaces
Public Studio is the collaborative art practice of filmmaker Elle Flanders and architect Tamira Sawatzky, whose works range from large-scale public art works and immersive installations to socially engaged projects. Exploring antagonisms in and around public space and its disappearance, war and landscape, post-colonialism and political dissent. Public Studio’s work has been shown internationally, including their recent intervention Migrant Choice at the Venice Biernale.

Venue & Address: 
OCADU Auditorium Room 190, 100 McCaul Street
Art Creates Change Poster

Call for Submissions: Modern Laundry

Modern Laundry text on cloudy background
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 5:00am to Friday, January 15, 2016 - 5:00am

Call for Submissions
Open: November 2
Submissions Close: January 15
Mediums: Open to artists and designers working in visual art, design and writing (fiction and non-fiction).
Send submissions or questions to: modernlaundrymag@gmail.com

Modern Laundry is an art publication I will be curating and designing for my Curatorial thesis at OCAD University. The project is centred around the site of ruin and how it is perceived, and will be largely submission-based. Here are some topics I’ll be covering:
In the case of architectural ruin, there exists a double state between nostalgic monument to the past and revolutionary allegory for change and rebirth. Ruins are therefore caught between life and death, reminding us of the splendour of the past but also its resultant failures and shortcomings.
The concept of the ruin is complicated further when we look at the relatively recent development of planned obsolescence, in which the ruin is built into the design of consumer products, creating an endless cycle of consumption and excretion. Perceived obsolescence on the other hand does not even rely on the physical breakdown of the object, only the replacement of its sense of newness with another product, casting the first into a grey half-life.
The publication is therefore a comparison between classic and modern conceptions of ruin. How does garbage and the undead object act in relation to the architectural ruin? How do we live both functionally and aesthetically in an undead landscape, caught between growth and decay?
Topics explored include:
Architectural Ruin / Haunted sites
Planned / Perceived Obsolescence
Re-adaptation of objects / garbage
Undead objects / architecture
Relationship between growth and decay
Trash aesthetics / Kitsch

FOR IMAGES: Submit 1-5 high quality images (jpeg or PDF only). Black and white images are preferred.
FOR WRITING: Submit up to 1400 words (Pages or Microsoft Word files only)
Send all submissions to modernlaundrymag@gmail.com, including your name and title of work.
To see some of my own work and the projects I’m involved in, visit www.benoneil.comand www.day-trip.ca

Ben O'Neil

Feminist Architectures

Poster for Feminist Architectures
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 4:00am

Wall works by New York artist Adrienne Reynolds and Toronto-based ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee) explore imagery which defines how, and engages with, the limitations and potentials of feminist theoretical and architectural space. They articulate imagery through vectors of activity and/or, as bodies contained by/in structures. The work is critiqued and reframed by academic and cultural critic Dina Georgis.

[insert feminism]
Curated by OCAD U Illustration student Julia Pereira
Online at: http://insertfeminism.tumblr.com/

Venue & Address: 
Artscape Youngplace 2nd floor Hallway Gallery Opening Reception: Wednesday Sept 23, 6.30 p.m. with Panel at 7 p.m. Exhibit Dates: Sept. 16 – 27

Architected Materials

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Drew Trujillio "Dr. Woohoo" worked last year in the Applied Innovation group at Autodesk Research with a focus on robotics and functionally graded materials. Dr. Woohoo's background ranges from: film, broadcast, video games, websites, immersive experiences and design research. Central to his work is the need to find the balance between design and code, as well as people and the machines they use. Dr. Woohoo writes scripts, plug-ins or applications that work on the desktop or in the cloud to meet the need.

Venue & Address: 
Room 530 100 McCaul

OCAD U celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Sharp Centre for Design

The Sharp Centre for Design

OCAD U’s iconic Sharp Centre for Design, turns 10 this fall. The stunning, black and white “tabletop” structure, which was completed in 2004, stands above OCAD U’s main campus building on 12 multi-coloured steel legs. It’s named after benefactors Rosalie and Isadore Sharp and is home to OCADU’s Faculty of Design, with facilities for the Faculties of Art and Liberal Studies.

The award-winning facility was designed by acclaimed British architect Will Alsop in partnership with Toronto-based Robbie/Young + Wright Architects Inc., along with structural engineers from Caruthers & Wallace Ltd. And MCW Consultants Ltd.

View the Sharp Centre Flickr gallery 

Quotes in celebration of the Sharp Centre for Design:

“Will Alsop’s checkerboard-box-on-crayon-coloured stilts…helped Toronto usher in a new era of bold landmark architecture.” Design Lines

One of the “five most influential buildings” in Toronto. Christopher Hume, architecture critic

“Audacious and delightfully strange.” Azure Magazine

“The Sharp Centre is interesting because it literally hovers above the Main Building at 100 McCaul supported by long, colourful steel legs over a small parkette — making that park a great place to be during a rain storm, with the Sharp Centre acting like a giant umbrella.” Spacing Magazine 

“Its colourful exterior and surprising floating form lend it a vibrant intensity that stands in stark contrast to the surrounding environment.” The Canadian Centre for Architecture 

“The Sharp Centre celebrates both the collision of the old and new, and their institutional symbiosis.” The Globe and Mail 

“I had no idea I was going to do a box on legs, flying at that sort of height, but that’s what happened.”Will Alsop interviewed on Global News 

“Colour is refreshing. It aerates the city.” Will Alsop, quoted on CBC.ca 


Celebrate The Sharp Centre for Design with OCAD U

Will Alsop in conversation with Christopher Hume

Attend the Sharp Centre for Design Anniversary Exhibition 

10: Sharp Centre for Design Anniversary Exhibition

Photograph of the Sharp Centre under construction superimposed with a pair of upside-down feet wearing red shoes
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 5:00am to Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 4:00am

Opening November 25, 7 p.m. in conjunction with the Will Alsop public lecture.

Closed November 26.

It’s been called “audacious and delightfully strange.” Ten years later, the Sharp Centre for Design continues to make a bold statement. This exhibition celebrates the Sharp Centre for Design’s first decade with works inspired by its bold and lively presence.

Image: Janie Reed, Feet First, 2003. Digital print, 7 x 9 in. (18 x 23 cm)

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Anniversary Gallery, 2nd Floor 100 McCaul Street

Will Alsop in Conversation with Christopher Hume: The Sharp Centre for Design & Beyond

Photograph of Will Alsop
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:00am to 1:30am

Live: Will Alsop in Conversation

Join us for this public lecture celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sharp Centre for Design!

It's been called "audacious and delightfully strange." 10 years later, the iconic Sharp Centre for Design continues to make a bold statement.

Famed British architect Will Alsop addresses his experience of designing and building the Sharp Centre for Design at OCAD U, and how this has informed his work over the last ten years. Moderated by Christopher Hume, Toronto Star architecture critic.

Seating is limited. Please register today to reserve your spot! 


Check-in opens at 6:00 p.m.
Please arrive by 6:45 p.m. or your seat will be released.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street Auditorium, Room 190

Material over Matter

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 4:00pm

OCADU Instructor: Mark Tholen will give a professional talk

Mark Tholen is a Toronto architect, industrial designer and assistant professor at OCAD U. He has designed buildings in Germany, the US and Canada. In his industrial design found objects and the beauty of natural materials as well as the process of making play a major role in his work.

Venue & Address: 
Room 530 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario