Hard Twist

Hard Twist
Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 5:00am

The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto presents its 3rd Annual Juried Textile Arts Exhibition including work by OCAD alumnus Gareth Bate, Amlie Brisson-Darveau, Nadia Li Chai, Laura Endacott, Caitlin Erskine-Smith, Ann Marie Hadcock, Peter Harris, Susan Harris, Tricia Johnson, Lisa Keophila, Vanessa Li, Lesley Loksi Chan, Emily Martin, Amanda McCavour, Bev McNaughton, Gordana Olujic Dosic, Tammy Osler, Ingrid Paulson, Meghan Price, Laura Smith, Ilona Staples, Casey Ann Wasniewski and Bonnie Whitehall. Curators: Helena Frei and Chris Mitchell.

Venue & Address: 
The Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen St W Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Formations: Work by Lisa Johnson

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, November 30, 2008 - 5:00am

Please attend the opening reception of Formations, an exhibition by OCAD alumna Lisa Johnson.

More information about Lisa Johnson's work is available online at www.lisajohnson.ca.

Venue & Address: 
Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts 984 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Ecotecture: Bigger, Bigger, and more Desperate

Ecotecture
Friday, November 7, 2008 - 12:00am to 3:00am

DeLeon White Gallery in Toronto presents new works by Marcia Huyer, Karen Kraven, and alumnus Gareth Bate, curated by Colin Kent and Joanna Sheridan.

Bate will be creating a large scale wall and window drawing in honey of the roman coloseum, relating to the fragility of civilization.

Venue & Address: 
DeLeon White Gallery 1139 College Street, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Aligning with Beauty

Aligning with Beauty
Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 5:00am

This nationally and internationally is assembled exhibition is organized by guest curator Julie Oakes, and consists of over 30 works in a wide variety of mediums and artistic expressions. The exhibition groups the artists in five themes of exploration of the concept of beauty.

Ms Oakes said “By bringing to the fore, art objects selected for this component - the beauty factor - a rite of identification is enacted on the highest of aesthetic planes. A common acknowledgment of beauty creates channels for communication and lifts the veil of ‘otherness.’ Aligning with Beauty is an exhibition in which beauty is embodied in art, where beauty is both the subject and the object. We get such an overriding sensation when beauty allows us to partake in “the nature of happiness – we swoon”

Art is often aligned with beauty before beauty is aligned with art. The primary dictionary definition of art as “the quality, production, expression or realm of that which is beautiful” acknowledges the basis of beauty as the foundation of art.

Works by: John Torreano, Heidi Thompson, Angiola Churchill, Ortansa Moraru, Carin Covin, Lorraine Pritchard, Johann Feught, Diane Feught, John Noestheden, Donna Kriekle, OCAD alumnus Christian Bernard Singer and others are presented within their context and subject matter, including OCAD alumnus Jim Ruxton.

Julie Oakes, Curator
Oakes has been the curator for Headbones Gallery since it first opened in British Columbia in 1998 during which time she has written critical published commentaries for over two hundred artists. She has a Masters Degree in Visual Arts from New York University and a Masters Degree in Social and Political Science from The New School for Social Research in New York. She has written for various periodicals including D’arte International, Canon and Riverside Quarterly. With a dual career as an artist and writer, Oakes has shown extensively, most recently presenting The Buddha Composed at The Varley Gallery of Markham. Her work is in major collections such as The Glenbow Museum, The Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, The Mendel Gallery, The Vernon Performing Arts Center, SaskTel Corporation Canada Council Art Bank, The Kenderdine Gallery and UBCO.

Venue & Address: 
Varley Art Gallery 216 Main Street, Unionville, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Migration

Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, December 14, 2008 - 5:00am

Loop Gallery in Toronto presents new work by Faculty of Art instructor J.J.Lee.

Venue & Address: 
J.J. Lee at Loop 1174 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Looking at Nature

Chinkok Tan
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, November 16, 2008 - 5:00am

Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum & Art Centre presents an exhibition of paintings by Faculty of Art Professor Chinkok Tan.

Biography
When I began to paint over 40 years ago, the basic elements of art, as I view them, had not been established in books. Nor had I been taught them in a satisfactory manner.

Later, I discovered that it was because the elements themselves had not been understood or articulated in their simplest form. The basic elements of visual art should function much like musical scales do for the composer.
They establish a vocabulary by which the artist communicates. They provide a foundation that supports experimentation, enabling students/artists to create their subjects using a personalized style or technique. My strongest contribution as an artist and educator is that I have distilled the various elements of art, as I view them, into their purest expression, namely Shapes & Light Value.

Venue & Address: 
Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum & Art Centre 67 Pottery Road, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
todmorden@toronto.ca
Cost: 
Free

Guided Tour: Design for the Other 90%

Design for the Other 90%
Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 11:30pm

The OCAD Professional Gallery presents a series free of 20-30 minute discussions of the works on view in the Smithsonian's touring exhibition Design for the Other 90%.
January 15, 2009: Eric Nay is an architect, design history and theory scholar and an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Liberal Studies at the Ontario College of Art & Design.

Venue & Address: 
Professional Gallery 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Guided Tour: Design for the Other 90%

Design for the Other 90%
Thursday, November 27, 2008 - 11:30pm

The OCAD Professional Gallery presents a series free of 20-30 minute discussions of the works on view in the Smithsonian's touring exhibition Design for the Other 90%.

November 27: Ananda Shankar Chakrabarty is an art historian with a strong interest in music, and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Studies at the Ontario College of Art & Design.

January 15, 2009: Eric Nay is an architect, design history and theory scholar and an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Liberal Studies at the Ontario College of Art & Design.

Venue & Address: 
Professional Gallery 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Composing Toronto

Composing Toronto
Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 5:00am

The 4th annual Lynn Donoghue Artist in Residence Program is a presentation of the Historic Houses of Old Toronto Board as part of City of Toronto Cultural Services, in partnership with the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) and with the support of Romspen Investment Corporation.

Venue & Address: 
Spadina Museum 285 Spadina Road, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
spadina@toronto.ca
Cost: 
Free

Brian Groombridge

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 5:00am

With four new works, Groombridge continues his long engagement with metaphorical reductionism, this time referencing codification itself, throwing our perceptual reflexes in flux as we work to decipher the visual codes embedded in the meticulous objects and graphical work on exhibition. Among the works in the show, a small, sculptural construction detailed in a De Stijl palette of red, blue, and yellow alludes to a radio, a site of transmission, with the fullness of a sign, but no signal. A silkscreen work entitled, Marco Polo, features three typographical “utterances”—the words “distant,” “briefly,” “still waiting”—set in a specific spatial relation, in a durational frame of waiting, waiting for meaning to settle, or not, and it is that function of “seeking to define” or finding the key that activates the works in this exhibition. As Charles Reeve observes in his essay for the catalogue that also launches with this exhibition, “Art seems transparent when it invokes code we understand, when it speaks our language, when it meets our expectations. Groombridge reverses the equation—by withholding meaning while making clear that his art has one, he encourages other meanings to proliferate, while pointing out that all art has the potential to be obscure. All art speaks in code. Obscurity and clarity are functions of knowing or not knowing a particular code, not of whether a given work is coded. Beyond that, what seems obscure in Groombridge’s work actually is the metaphorical point: a message that, drained of purpose, goes nowhere.”

At the opening we will launch a new publication on Brian’s work with essays by OCAD Curator Charles Reeve and Siobhan Roberts, this 48 page full colour monograph will be available that evening at the special price of $20. Afterwards the monograph will be available through the gallery for $25.

Venue & Address: 
Susan Hobbs Gallery 137 Tecumseth Street, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

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