RYAN GANDER: Auto-Abstraction And Happenstance In Art Making

photo of a tent sculpted of marble
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 11:00pm to Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:00am

NOMADIC RESIDENT STUDENT PROJECT EXHIBITION
Opening Reception: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2016, 6 – 8 P.M.
**Artist in attendance
ADA SLAIGHT GALLERY
OCAD UNIVERSITY, 100 MCCAUL STREET – 2nd floor

During the residency, Ryan will be working on a collaborative project with students exploring the idea of enforcing a methodology to art making ‘Auto-Abstraction And Happenstance In Art Making’ is about finding systems and devices that exist in the everyday world that create art through happenstance.

About Ryan Gander – Ryan Gander’s complex and unfettered conceptual practice is stimulated by queries, investigations or what-ifs, rather than strict rules or limits. For example, what if a child’s den of sheets were remade in memorialising marble (Tell My Mother not to Worry (ii), 2012)? What if all the pieces in a chess set were remade in Zebra Wood, so that neither side was entirely black nor white (Bauhaus Revisited, 2003)? Gander is a cultural magpie in the widest sense, polymathically taking popular notions apart only to rebuild them in new ways – perhaps by refilming the same ten-second clip 50 times over, as in Man on a Bridge (A study of David Lange), 2008. Language and storytelling play an overarching role in his work, not least in his series of Loose Association lectures or in his attempt to slip a nonsensical, palindromic new word, ‘mitim’, into the English language. Born in Chester in 1976, Ryan lives and works in London. Ryan Gander is represented by Lisson Gallery, London.

http://www.lissongallery.com/artists/ryan-gander/

About Nomadic Residents – International Residencies at OCAD University
The Nomadic Residents program was launched in 2006. Residents include Rirkrit Tiravanija (2006) Ann Hamilton (2007), ORLAN (2008), Hal Foster (2009), Adel Abdessemed (2010), Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh (2012), Candice Breitz (2013) and Pedro Reyes (2014). The series continues with the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

Nomadic Residents aims to inspire and influence the OCAD University community and the public by featuring artists and thinkers from around the world whose work questions issues such as travel, mobility, displacement, dislocation, and homelessness, as well as the speed or instability of modern life. In bringing these innovative and diverse individuals to take up temporary residence at OCAD U, Nomadic Residents joins here to there, the local to the global and the provisional and the permanent.

For more information please contact:

Derek Liddington
Coordinator, Impact Exchange
Centre For Emerging Artists and Designers 
Sessional Faculty
Faculty of Art
416.977.6000 x3844
dliddington@ocadu.ca  

 

Christine Crosbie
Media Relations Officer, OCAD University

416-977-6000 Ext. 4849 Cell 647-473-7778
ccrosbie@ocadu.ca

 

 

Venue & Address: 
ADA SLAIGHT GALLERY OCAD UNIVERSITY, 100 MCCAUL STREET – 2nd floor

Panel Talk: Collaboration as Process

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 1:00pm

Collaboration as Process
Saturday, January 19 at 1 p.m.

Free

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. West

Panel talk with exhibiting artists Maryanne Casasanta, DaveandJenn and Pejvak (Rouzbeh Akhbari + Felix Kalmenson)
Moderated by Lisa Deanne Smith

Collaboration is the keystone of many of the exhibiting artists’ practices in Onsite Gallery's Winter exhibition, How to Breathe Forever. Taking place at Onsite Gallery, the artists will share their perspective on what collaboration means to them and their practice.

 

How to Breathe Forever underlines the importance and interconnectedness of air, animals, coral, humans, insects, land, plants and water. The belief that everything in the universe has a place and deserves equal respect is the core of this exhibition and positions our relations with others — including the natural world — as active and reciprocal. The artwork invites you to consider a personhood that attentively collaborates and exchanges with all living things.

 

Maryanne Casasanta (Toronto, Ontario)
Maryanne Casasanta is an artist educator working in photography, video and performance. Central to her practice is the relationship between art and home, and art and life. Often documented through photos or video, performances of light gestures and subtle interventions propose ways of transforming a routine experience, promoting an active immersion—and reconsideration of—small, ordinary events. Maryanne observes other areas of research such as, process-based learning and art making, co-creation, and movement, which she explores by working alongside artists across a number of fields. She has exhibited widely and her projects have been supported by the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. Maryanne earned a BFA from OCAD University (Integrated Media, 2005) and holds an MFA from the University of Guelph (2014). She is currently a Master of Education candidate in the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning program at the University of Toronto.

DaveandJenn (Calgary, Alberta)
DaveandJenn (David Foy and Jennifer Saleik) have collaborated since 2004. Foy was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1982; Saleik in Velbert, Germany, in 1983. They graduated with distinction from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2006, making their first appearance as DaveandJenn in the graduating exhibition. Experimenting with form and materials is an important aspect of their work, which includes painting, sculpture, installation, animation and digital video. Over the years, they have developed a method of painting dense, rich worlds in between multiple layers of resin, slowly building up their final image in a manner that is reminiscent of celluloid animation, collage and Victorian shadow boxes. They have been shortlisted for RBC’s Canadian Painting Competition (2006, 2009), awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Biennial Emerging Artist Award (2010) and longlisted for the Sobey Art Award (2011). Their work can be found in both private and public collections throughout North America, including the Royal Bank of Canada, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Calgary Municipal Collection and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

Pevjak — Rouzbeh Akhbari (Tehran, Iran/Toronto, Ontario) and Felix Kalmenson (St. Petersburg, Russia/Toronto, Ontario)
Pejvak (Rouzbeh Akhbari & Felix Kalmenson) is the long-term collaboration between Felix Kalmenson and Rouzbeh Akhbari. Through their multivalent, intuitive approach to research and living, they find themselves in a convergence and entanglement with like-minded collaborators, histories and various geographies.

Rouzbeh Akhbari is an artist working in video installation and film. His practice is research-driven and usually exists at the intersections of political economy, critical architecture, and planning. Through a delicate examination of the violences and intimacies that occur at the boundaries of lived experience and constructed histories, Akhbari uncovers the minutiae of power that organize and regiment the world around us.

Felix Kalmenson is an artist whose practice navigates installation, video and performance. Kalmenson’s work variably narrates the liminal space of a researcher’s and artist’s encounter with landscape and archive. By bearing witness to everyday life, and hardening the more fragile vestiges of private and collective histories through their work, Kalmenson gives themselves away to the cadence of a poem, always in flux.

 

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Image: DaveandJenn; No Horizons; 2017; polymer clay, acrylic paint, silicon carbide, fibre, wire, acetate and dichoric film; 8.5” x 11.25” x 19.75”. Courtesy of the artist. Image courtesy of Glenbow Museum, photo by Owen Melenka.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. West)
Website: 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/panel-talk-collaboration-as-process-tickets-53442108786
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
DaveandJenn; No Horizons; 2017; polymer clay, acrylic paint, silicon carbide, fibre, wire, acetate and dichoric film; 8.5” x 11.

Full Circle

Detail of work
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 19, 2008 - 4:00am

The Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts in Toronto presents a collaborative celebration of the circle using natural materials and encaustic, by OCAD alumni Daniel Beirne and Andrea Bird, who combine their mediums to push into new territory, both as individuals and together.

Artists will be present on October 19.

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

Elena Viltovskaia & Shea Chang

Elena Viltovskaia & Shea Chang
Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 11:00pm to Friday, October 26, 2007 - 1:00am

Alumni Elena Viltovskaia and Shea Change present an exhibition of new works, some collaborative.

Their mixed media/collage paintings are currently on display in Yorkville in the RE/MAX Unique Office at 101 Yorkville (at Bellair).

Venue & Address: 
RE/MAX Unique Office 101 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
elena@viltovskaia.com
Cost: 
Free

INTAC SILENT AUCTION

close up photo of two tonges touching with text regarding the silent auction details
Monday, March 21, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 4:00am

INTAC (International Art Collaborations) is a network allowing those of us at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada to create collaborative artworks with partner universities in South Korea, India, Germany, Japan and Finland.

Each year INTAC curates a culminating exhibition to show the final collection of works. This year INTAC has been given the opportunity to install the exhibition in Toronto, Canada and Tampere, Finland

Although installing two shows of this scale is an incredibly exciting and welcomed opportunity, the printing and organizing of these events will be a costly endeavor. The group has therefore organized a silent auction to help cover some of the costs involved.

A silent auction will be set up on the second floor of 100 McCaul in the hallway South of Ada Slaight Gallery. If you are interested in any of these items, please write down your bid and email address/ contact information, along side which item you are bidding on. The silent auction runs from March 21st- April 9th. The winner of each item will be contacted by the April 10th. In Ada Slaight Gallery, we have our INTAC group show installed which includes work from students all over the world.

Please join us for our opening party Thursday March 24th from 6-9pm.

 

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., Ada Slaight Gallery (2nd Floor)

Illustrator Blair Drawson's show TRIO

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 5:00pm to Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 9:00pm

TRIO: Works by Blair Drawson, Jeff Jackson and Anita Kunz
Jan 27 to Feb 7

Venue & Address: 
The Papermill Gallery Todmorden Mills 67 Pottery Road, Toronto
Website: 
http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=93221d18ed7a0410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
Cost: 
Free

LACIS

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 12:00am to Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 9:15pm

Opening party: February 12 (7-10pm)

Lacis is defined by a chain mail pattern of participation that emphasizes an ethos of community, collaboration and mentorship. The exhibition was enkindled by Claire Bartleman, who tasked herself with inviting women from her immediate art community to exhibit alongside her in an effort to visualize the unofficial networks of collaboration, support and mentorship that she sees between her female peers. Each willing participant subsequently invited another, who invited another, and so forth. What results is a collection of works that are linked by relationships rather than aesthetics or content. Consequently, dialogues between the works reflect individual relationships and simultaneously create broader collective narratives. Informed by feminism and personal experience this process-based exhibition highlights the value of fellowship to professional practice.

Organized by: Claire Bartleman

In collaboration with: Rosalind Breen, Dawne Carleton, Nicole Collins, Anne Hartley, Kristy Holmes, Erin Loree, Katharine Mulherin, Kirsty Robertson, Stacey Sproule, Beth Stuart, Erin Stump and Wendy Weaver

 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Student Gallery
LACIS

PANAMANIA Arts & Culture Program features North-Sur Norte-South photo exhibition

Self-portrait by Giselle Mira Diaz and Nahuel Afonso
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 4:00am

Emerging photographers 9,000 kilometres apart have collaborated on a cyber-photographic pen-pal project that explores the theme of local cultures and blurring geographic borders. North-Sur Norte-South connects OCAD University students with young photographers in Buenos Aires.

The project is part of PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC, is a 35-day arts and culture festival to enrich the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games experience.

Photographers were chosen for this online photographic exchange project through an open call and by invitation. OCAD U partnered with Toronto’s Gallery 44 and Ph15, a non-profit organization in Argentina that uses photography to develop expressive, communicative and technical skills in children and youth who live in vulnerable situations.

North-Sur Norte-South will be exhibited at Gallery 44 from July 17 to August 1; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires from August 29 to September 6, with public displays on billboards and storefronts in both cities.

The images created through this collaboration are exhibited on an interactive website accessible to the Americas and the world.

North-Sur Norte-South was commissioned by the Arts & Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games and is also a proud IGNITE community partner.

 

 

 

 

 

Lacis

Poster with grid pattern and the word lacis in grey
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 5:00pm to Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 11:00pm

Lacis is defined by a chain mail pattern of participation that emphasizes an ethos of community, collaboration and mentorship. The exhibition was enkindled by Claire Bartleman, who tasked herself with inviting women from her immediate art community to exhibit alongside her in an effort to visualize the unofficial networks of collaboration, support and mentorship that she sees among her female peers. Each willing participant subsequently invited another, who invited another, and so forth. What results is a collection of works that are linked by relationships rather than aesthetics or content. Consequently, dialogues between the works reflect individual relationships and simultaneously create broader collective narratives. Informed by feminism and personal experience this process-based exhibition highlights the value of fellowship to professional practice.

Opening party: February 12 (7 to 10 p.m.)

Organized by: Claire Bartleman

In collaboration with: Rosalind Breen, Dawne Carleton, Nicole Collins, Anne Hartley, Kristy Holmes, Erin Loree, Katherine Mulherin, Kirsty Robertson, Stacey Sproule, Beth Stuart, Erin Stump and Wendy Weaver

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Student Gallery 52 McCaul Street
Website: 
http://studentgallery.ocad.ca/
Email: 
studentgallery@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x263