Mercedes Benz Financial Services – Experiencing Perspectives

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 9:00pm

Art is the spirit of the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services workplace.
Please join us as we celebrate our seventh installation of the Experiencing Perspectives Art Exhibition, featuring creations from the students, alumni and professors from the Drawing & Painting Department of OCAD University, the largest and most comprehensive art, design and media institution in Canada. Meet the artists. Tour the exhibition in our office space. Enjoy cuisine and conversation.

OCAD University is grateful for the generous support of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services which includes The MBFS Direct Entry (to Drawing and Painting) Scholarship, The DRPT Medal winner award, and funding the DRPT graduate catalogue for the last 7 years!

Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 14
http://mbfs-art.com/events/mississauga-events/

Venue & Address: 
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services 2680 Matheson Blvd. East Mississauga, Ontario L4W 0A5
Website: 
http://mbfs-art.com/events/mississauga-events/
Experiencing Perspectives Art Exhibition poster with event info, Mercedes-Benz logo and landscape painting by David Young

Student digital paintings on display at one of Canada’s busiest intersections

Image of artist Cat Bluemke with her painting "The New Patronage"
Monday, August 17, 2015 - 4:00am

Nine OCAD University students are exhibiting their bold digital paintings at the corner of Yonge and Dundas streets. The unique outdoor gallery is situated on hoarding around the H&M store under renovation, allowing thousands of tourists and commuters to see the works.

The project is the result of a partnership between H&M and the Faculty of Art at OCAD U.

The juried exhibition demonstrates the versatility of Digital Painting, one of OCAD U’s fastest growing specialities.

The artists are:

  • Arshia Salesi
  • Avery Kua
  • Cat Bluemke
  • Ghazaleh Baniahmad
  • Monica Moraru and Danielle Roche
  • Niya Vaillancourt
  • Samet Choudhury
  • Trudy Erin Elmore

The paintings convey themes of immigration, identity, rules and rebellion. The exhibition continues through December.    

 

 

 

 

Drawing and Painting Digital Painting Atelier – Call for Submissions

Collage with blues, reds and brown
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 4:00am to Friday, August 7, 2015 - 4:00am

Artists are invited to submit proposals to the Digital Painting Atelier. Artists are selected through a juried process. This opportunity provides an artist with one-week access to technology and technical support offered through the Digital Drawing and Painting Lab for creative experimentation and expansion of their practice. The artist will produce a new and original edition of artwork/digital prints and interact with the community of the Drawing and Painting program. The artwork produced during the residency will benefit both the visiting artist and the Drawing and Painting program. The artist maintains majority ownership through a 60/40 split of a minimum edition of 5 prints. The Faculty of Art will exhibit, auction and archive the remaining 40% of the edition. This in turn offsets the cost of running the Digital Painting Atelier and helps to raise funds for other initiatives in the Faculty of Art.

OCAD University students will have an opportunity to interact with the artist in residence as well as assist in the development of the artist’s project. The visiting artist will be expected to lecture on their work, conduct informal presentations, critiques and/or workshops with students and faculty. Moreover, the artist will be entitled to an honorarium as well as travel expenses and accommodations (when applicable) during the residency. Please see the application form for more details.

“My residency at the Digital Painting Atelier at OCAD was fantastic. It is a rare experience to be given space and time to work, as well as the equipment you need, material and financial support, and the opportunity to engage with an exciting and welcoming art school community. I came to Toronto with a project in mind, and everyone at OCAD did everything they could to make sure I was in a position to make the work and leave with a finished edition of professional prints, which I did. But I also was offered such amazing hospitality, including getting shown around Toronto's galleries, taken to the museum, and the chance to get to know some really wonderful faculty, staff, and students. And of course, it was great to give a talk about my work and to meet one-on-one with many students to give feedback about theirs. I've applied to and done many residences, and the Digital Painting Atelier is very unique — those of us working with digital painting and digital drawing should be grateful it exists.”
Leah Beeferman – Artist (New York), DPA participant 2013

Previous DPA Residency participants: Kyle Hittmeier (New York), Jessica Langley (New York), Shaheer Zazai (Toronto), Paul Fournier (Toronto), Kate Wilson (Toronto), Alex Fischer (Toronto), Leah Beeferman (Brooklyn, New York), Danielle Tegeder (New York), Jon Rafman (Montreal), Pia Myrvold (Paris), Alex McLeod (Toronto), and Alex Livingston (Halifax)

Downloaded the DPA submission form 

Image: Leah Beeferman, Density Drawing, 2013

Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/faculty-of-art/digital-painting-atelier.htm
Email: 
<p>Please contact John Deal at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:dpa@ocadu.ca" target="_blank">dpa@ocadu.ca</a>&nbsp;for further information.</p>

OCAD University grads honoured with Governor General's Academic Medals

Dermot Patrick O'Brien receiving his Silver Medal from President Diamond
Doaa Khattab addressing her fellow graduates at convocation
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 9:15pm

OCAD University’s recent convocation ceremonies included the presentation of Governor General’s Academic Medals to two Class of 2015 students. The awards are given annually to the undergraduate and graduate students who achieved the highest academic standing.

The silver medal went to Drawing & Painting student Dermot Patrick O’Brien, who maintained a thriving career in the advertising industry while studying. In the words of Natalie Waldburger, the Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Print Media, “the insights, experience and self-reflection that Dermot brings to his work and his writing are a model for artistic practice.”

Doaa Khattab – a graduate of the Inclusive Design master’s program – received the Governor General’s Gold Medal. For her research project she designed an inclusive and innovative wayfinding system in grocery stores for visually impaired shoppers. “The Inclusive Design program urged us to think differently,” Doaa says, “so that we would understand users’ needs in order to proceed with the holistic thinking, ideating and creating process.”

Drawing & Painting student honoured for "artistic alchemy"

Spiritual Warrior by Isaac Narciso Weber
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 5:00pm

A work entitled Spiritual Warrior – by Drawing & Painting student “Nodinamaad” Isaac Narciso Weber – was recently declared the Art Winner in the 2015 Aboriginal Arts & Stories competition. Sponsored by Historica Canada, this is the largest and most recognized competition for art and creative writing by Aboriginal youth in Canada. The award was presented to Isaac on June 9, 2015, at a ceremony held at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Isaac says Spiritual Warrior was the result of a “contemporary artistic alchemical process.” Reflecting on his practice, he notes that, “as an aspiring visual artist, I use the tools available within my environment like my ancestors did, from carving petroglyphs to graffiti on a train or wall.”

A member of the Turtle Clan Nation, whose traditional territories are called the Henvy Inlet First Nations (near French River, Ontario), as an OCAD University student Isaac has focused much of his work on narrative strategies and the “decolonization of picture making.” In this process, he has found significant support and inspiration from his professors Bonnie Devine and Julie Nagam.

Beyond completing his formal studies, Isaac’s longer-term goal is “to create a platform in Toronto for indigenous people to have longer-running arts exhibitions, creative workshops and seminars surrounding imagine-making and indigenous visual culture.”

ICICIC Exhibition

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 4:00am to Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 4:00am

Reception: Wednesday, March 19, 5 to 7 p.m.

First Year Drawing & Painting

Showcasing work from direct entry First Year Drawing & Painting students

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free
ICICIC poster with event info and vertical slices of several student paintings arranged horizontally

2014 MEDAL WINNER MIKE BADOUR, DRAWING & PAINTING

Mike Badour at GradEx 2014. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Juggler by Mike Badour.

Mike Badour’s medal award-winning paintings explore the self as a metaphor of post-production, examining how difficult it is to make finite conclusions about subjective choices. Here’s how he describes his work:

The final body of work is titled Content Control. I created a modular language that was implemented into symbolic diagrams of informational systems. These are illustrated systems of interactions between humans and content in the age of information.

What inspired you and motivated you to do this project?

My curiosity is my motivation.

What part of the process of creating this project did you learn the most from?

I have come to the conclusion that I have a lot to learn.

What aspect of this project are you the most proud of?

I am glad I have formulated some difficult questions that can act as a good starting point for rationalizing why I would want to bring objects into being.

How did you react to the news that you won a medal for your work?

I was at working at A/V HelpDesk and I received a phone call announcing that I won the medal. I was very pleased and shared the moment with my co-workers over a beer after work.

What’s your fondest memory from your studies at OCAD U, and what will you miss the most?

I have very fond memories of establishing a great network of new friends that include peers and faculty and times spent working at A/V Helpdesk. I will miss the fabrication studios, a handful of books in the library and picking the brains of a couple of my favourite professors.

What are you planning to do next?

My plans are currently in motion. Painting most days in my studio and organizing group exhibitions locally and internationally with Carrier Arts Organization.

 

Works by Carson Campbell and Kristina Hicks on display at Relative Space

Logo Floor by Carson Campbell, installed at Relative Space.
Step Lightly by Kristina Hicks, installed at Relative Space.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 3:00pm

Fourth-year Drawing & Painting students Carson Campbell and Kristina Hicks are this year’s winners of the Relative Space Toronto’s Upscale Concept Retail Showroom Competition. The competition has invited students to submit proposals for the storefront gallery of Relative Space since 2008, through a partnership between Relative Space Artistic Director Fraser Greenberg and the fourth-year course “Painting in the Expanded Field” (DRPT 4C08), delivered by Professor Colette Laliberté.

Relative Space is an upscale design store with a storefront gallery located at the corner of King and Parliament Streets in the heart of the Toronto’s inspiring design and development core. Formerly located at 360 Dupont Street, Relative Space’s new location offers OCAD U students multiple possibilities to mount site-specific works in a non-traditional gallery setting.

This year’s competition was juried by Dr. Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean of OCAD U’s Faculty of Art, Luke Painter, OCAD U Assistant Professor and Fraser Greenberg. Campbell and Hicks’ works are now installed and remain on display until the end of October.

Step Lightly by Kristina Hicks
“Upon entering the Relative Space Floorworks Store, I was initially struck by the architecture of the interior. In particular, how the natural light highlighted the space. I was then drawn to the area beneath the second flight of stairs, which is seemingly hidden and has a minimal light source. The light that is present within this area filters through the breaks between the steps creating cast shadows and streams of light on the two walls. This intimate area offers many possibilities of showcasing the cast shadows without overwhelming the space and emphasizes the structured architecture of the store’s interior and light patterns that already exist under the staircase.

Step Lightly occupies both walls under the staircase. A series of 5 painted vertical lines on each wall run down from each step above. A second set of transparent lines trace the light cast onto the wall from the fixed light source, which emanates from the platform above. The artwork creates a framing effect within the space. Painted in latex paint ranging from very pale pink to vibrant red as well as the addition of a high-gloss medium to enhance the second set of lines energize this unused area.”

Works by Carson Campbell and Kristina Hicks on display at Relative Space

Logo Floor by Carson Campbell, installed at Relative Space.
Step Lightly by Kristina Hicks, installed at Relative Space.
Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 2:15pm

Fourth-year Drawing & Painting students Carson Campbell and Kristina Hicks are this year’s winners of the Relative Space Toronto’s Upscale Concept Retail Showroom Competition. The competition has invited students to submit proposals for the storefront gallery of Relative Space since 2008, through a partnership between Relative Space Artistic Director Fraser Greenberg and the fourth-year course “Painting in the Expanded Field” (DRPT 4C08), delivered by Professor Colette Laliberté.

Relative Space is an upscale design store with a storefront gallery located at the corner of King and Parliament Streets in the heart of the Toronto’s inspiring design and development core. Formerly located at 360 Dupont Street, Relative Space’s new location offers OCAD U students multiple possibilities to mount site-specific works in a non-traditional gallery setting.

This year’s competition was juried by Dr. Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean of OCAD U’s Faculty of Art, Luke Painter, OCAD U Assistant Professor and Fraser Greenberg. Campbell and Hicks’ works are now installed and remain on display until the end of October.

Logo Floor by Carson Campbell
Thirteen digital paintings are derived directly from the Relative Space logo, a painting representing each letter. The logo was abstracted by extruding the letters to give them depth and then rotating them to reveal their underside or floor. The space between the paintings varies in direct relation to the kerning of the letters in the logo.

Step Lightly by Kristina Hicks
“Upon entering the Relative Space Floorworks Store, I was initially struck by the architecture of the interior. In particular, how the natural light highlighted the space. I was then drawn to the area beneath the second flight of stairs, which is seemingly hidden and has a minimal light source. The light that is present within this area filters through the breaks between the steps creating cast shadows and streams of light on the two walls. This intimate area offers many possibilities of showcasing the cast shadows without overwhelming the space and emphasizes the structured architecture of the store’s interior and light patterns that already exist under the staircase.

Step Lightly occupies both walls under the staircase. A series of 5 painted vertical lines on each wall run down from each step above. A second set of transparent lines trace the light cast onto the wall from the fixed light source, which emanates from the platform above. The artwork creates a framing effect within the space. Painted in latex paint ranging from very pale pink to vibrant red as well as the addition of a high-gloss medium to enhance the second set of lines energize this unused area.”

Anda Kubis: Transplendent

Anda Kubis: Transplendent
Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 4:00am

Artist Reception, Saturday 21, 4 ‐ 7 p.m.

A solo exhibition by Anda Kubis

p|m Gallery is pleased to present Transplendent, a solo exhibition by Anda Kubis. Converse to the expectation that a digital image is cold and impersonal - a romantic flamboyance pervades these exquisite pieces. Kubis deftly combines traditional abstract painting with digital gestures to create artwork reflective of a contemporary culture where our digital and analogue lives meld. Kubis' signature handling of colour and luminosity continues to emanate in these new paintings and works on paper.

Born in Toronto, Anda Kubis initially studied at OCA, moving to complete a BFA at NSCAD and an MFA at York University in 1992. She is an Associate Professor and former Chair of Drawing and Painting at OCAD University. Anda has also taught at the University of Lethbridge and at York University.

OPEN:Wednesday - Saturday 12 - 5:30pm

 

416-937-3862

pmgallery.ca/

powell@pmgallery.ca

 

Free

Venue & Address: 
p|m Gallery 1518 Dundas Street West Toronto, Ontario

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