Public Reception: How to Breathe Forever

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Free public reception
Wednesday, January 16
6 to 9 p.m.

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. West

 

How to Breathe Forever
January 16 to April 14, 2019

Mary Anne Barkhouse
Maryanne Casasanta
DaveandJenn
Li Xinmo
Qavavau Manumie
Pejvak (Rouzbeh Akhbari + Felix Kalmenson)
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
Ningiukulu Teevee
Flora Weistche

Curated by Lisa Deanne Smith

 

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.

 

Artist Biographies

Mary Anne Barkhouse (Minden, Ontario)
Mary Anne Barkhouse was born in Vancouver, BC but has strong ties to both coasts, as her mother is from the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation of Alert Bay, BC and her father is of German and British descent, from Nova Scotia. As a result of her personal and family experience with land and water stewardship, Barkhouse’s work examines ecological concerns and intersections of culture through the use of animal imagery. Inspired by issues surrounding empire and survival, Barkhouse creates installations that evoke consideration of the self as a response to history and environment. She currently resides in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario.

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.

Li Xinmo (Beijing, Hebei)
Li Xinmo received her master’s degree from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in 2008 and is based in Beijing, China.  Xinmo works in a variety of media, including performance, painting, video, photography and installation. Her works have been exhibited in the Toronto Photo Biennial (Canada), Prague Art Biennial (Czech Republic), National Museums of World Culture (Sweden) and Female Museum (Germany) along with many other art museums and galleries in France, Italy, the US, Canada and Columbia.

Qavavau Manumie (Cape Dorset/ ᑭᙵᐃᑦ, Nunavut)
Qavavau Manumie is known for his intricate compositions in ink and coloured pencil, as well as his printmaking. His thematic concerns include depictions of Inuit legends and mythology, Arctic wildlife and illustrations of some of the more contemporary aspects of Inuit life. He is a master printmaker with the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative specializing in lithography and stonecut. He enjoys the opportunity to demonstrate printmaking techniques to young artists and visitors to the studio. His work has been included in most Cape Dorset Print Collections from the mid-1990s onward. He travelled to Toronto in June of 2008 for his first solo exhibition of original drawings, and in 2009 to Vancouver for another exhibition featuring his contemporary work. He was invited to attend an opening of his work in Victoria in the fall of 2012. The artist lives with his wife and son in Cape Dorset.

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.

Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa (Guatemala City, Guatemala)
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa was born in Guatemala City in 1978. He received a BFA in Media Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver in 2006, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. He was also a postgraduate researcher at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands in 2013. Working in drawing, performance, sculpture, and video, Ramírez-Figueroa explores the entanglement of history and form through the lens of his own displacement during and following Guatemala’s civil war of 1960–96. He has had solo exhibitions at Casa de América, Madrid (2011); Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2011); Gasworks, London (2015); and CAPC musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux (2017), and The New Museum, New York (2018). He has participated in the following group exhibitions: A History of Interventions, Tate Modern, London; Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (both in 2014); Lyon Biennial; The School of Nature and Principle, EFA Project Space, New York (both in 2015); São Paulo Biennial; and the Venice Biennale (2017). Ramírez-Figueroa lives and works in Berlin and Guatemala City.

Ningiukulu Teevee (Cape Dorset/ ᑭᙵᐃᑦ, Nunavut)
Born in Cape Dorset in 1963, Ningiukulu Teevee has become one of Kinngait Studios’ most celebrated artists and has established a reputation as one of the Canadian art world’s major figures. Ningiukulu is self-taught and works primarily with coloured pencils and ink. Her images are derived primarily from her comprehensive knowledge of Inuit folklore, which she combines with often humorous images of westernized contemporary life in Nunavut. Ningiukulu Teevee’s graphic drawings explore the relationship between abstraction and representation, particularly the interplay of patterns found in nature. Her work takes inspiration from traditional stories, as well as the changes she sees around her in contemporary Cape Dorset. She was shortlisted for a Governor General's award for her book Alego in 2009. Her drawings are found in many major collections including the McMichael Collection of Canadian Art, National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Winnipeg Art Gallery and others.

Flora Weistche (Waskaganish, Quebec)
After witnessing the devastating decline of woodland Caribou, the year Flora Weistche was born, her father decided to stop harvesting this relative. This decision would mark ways in which she would come to know interrelatedness throughout her life. Of Cree heritage, Flora Weistche grew up on and with the Land of Waskaganish. Her family’s last harvested Caribou hide inspired the rebirth of Weistche’s beading practice—one she had begun at the young age of three and yet laid to rest for some twenty years. She was moved to threading glass coloured beads, to share the messages gifted to her through dreams by her late Uuhkim Helen. By way of beading, Flora Weistche braids relations crossing generations reaching toward plant, animal and human relatives alike. Currently, while finalizing her studies in Human Environment, Weistche lives and works in Tiohtiá:ke / Montréal.

 

Support
How to Breathe Forever is supported by the Ontario Arts Council and Nexus Investments.

Onsite Gallery acknowledges that the new gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes; with gallery furniture by Nienkämper. Onsite Gallery logo by Dean Martin Design.

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: Qavavau Manumie, Arniniq Inuusiq (Breath of Life), 2017, stonecut and stencil, 24.5” x 31”. Courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. West)
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/739927846369964/
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Image: Qavavau Manumie, Arniniq Inuusiq (Breath of Life), 2017, stonecut and stencil, 24.5” x 31”. Courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts.

Diagrams of Power Opening Reception

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Join us for a free party to celebrate the opening of the newest exhibition at Onsite Gallery, Diagrams of Power!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
6 to 9 p.m.

Onsite Gallery, OCAD University
199 Richmond St. W.

Diagrams of Power showcases art and design works using data, diagrams, maps and visualizations as ways of challenging dominant narratives and supporting the resilience of marginalized communities.

Group exhibition featuring work by Joshua Akers, The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Josh Begley, Joseph Beuys, Vincent Brown, Bureau d'études, Department of Unusual Certainties, W. E. B. Du Bois, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, Forensic Architecture, Iconoclasistas, Julie Mehretu, Lize Mogel, Ogimaa Mikana, Margaret Pearce, Laura Poitras, Philippe Rekacewicz and Visualizing Impact

Curated by Patricio Dávila

Exhibition runs July 11 to September 29, 2018.

 

About Onsite Gallery – www.ocadu.ca/onsite
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.

 

Support
Diagrams of Power is produced with the support of OCAD University's Office of the Faculty of Design, Public Visualization Lab and Nexus Investments.

Diagram of Power's public workshops and research engagement events is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Onsite Gallery gratefully acknowledges that the new gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes; with gallery furniture by Nienkämper. Onsite Gallery logo by Dean Martin Design.

 

Image: W. E. B. Du Bois, [The Georgia Negro] City and rural population, 1890. Image courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W., Ground Floor)
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/405409243268346/
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
W. E. B. Du Bois, [The Georgia Negro] City and rural population, 1890. Image courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photogra

Sites of Reconstruction - Opening Reception

Image by Jawa El-Khash
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Ignite Gallery, formerly known as OCAD University’s Student Gallery, is excited to open its third show in its new gallery space in Kensington Market with Sites of Reconstruction, a group exhibtion curated by Karina Iskandarsjah and featuring work by Jawa El-KhashQendrim HotiMarcus A. Gordon, and Nikole Hidalgo.

Their interdisciplinary practices allude to the complexity of cultural hybridity propelled by contemporary, digital diasporas. They also examine processes of translation in geopolitics by reconstructing and producing environments that exist in a liminal space. Various screens act as portals to parallel worlds where the real, surreal, and imaginary overlap.

We invite you to join us for the opening of this new exhibition on Friday, November 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. The artists and curator will be in attendance. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibition runs through December 9, 2017.
Ignite Gallery is located at 165 Augusta Avenue (in the heart of Kensington market).

For more information please contact the gallery (ignitegallery@ocadu.ca) or visit our website: https://www.ocadu.ca/gallery/ignite-gallery.htm

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Ignite Gallery
165 Augusta Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2L4

Gallery Hours 
Wednesday to Sunday: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
165 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1929039244002611/
https://www2.ocadu.ca/event/sites-of-reconstruction
Email: 
ignitegallery@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
(416) 596-7538
Cost: 
Free

Galaxy Champion Fun Zone™ - Opening Reception

Galaxy Champion Fun Zone - Max Lupo
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Ignite Gallery, formerly known as OCAD University’s Student Gallery, is excited to open its second show in its new gallery space in Kensington Market with Galaxy Champion Fun Zone™, a two-person exhibition by recent alumni Qendrim Hoti and Max Lupo.

"Galaxy Champion Fun Zone™" uses the video game technology of the past three decades to create an interactive installation. By using hacked and modified video games, Hoti and Lupo insert personal migrant histories into existing virtual worlds as a means to recontextualize their familiar contents. They invite visitors to play these games as a way to explore these alternate characters and environments.

And we invite you to join us for the opening of this new exhibition on Friday, October 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. The artists will be in attendance. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibition runs through November 4, 2017.
Ignite Gallery is located at 165 Augusta Avenue (in the heart of Kensington market).

For more information please contact the gallery (ignitegallery@ocadu.ca) or visit our website: https://www.ocadu.ca/gallery/ignite-gallery.htm

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Ignite Gallery
165 Augusta Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2L4

Gallery Hours 
Wednesday to Sunday: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
165 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/829378303901482/
Phone: 
(416) 596-7538
Cost: 
Free

Ignite Gallery Launch + Inaugural Show Reception

Low Hanging Fruit
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Ignite Gallery, formerly known as OCAD University’s Student Gallery, is excited to open its new gallery space in Kensington Market with “Low Hanging Fruit (The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope),” a group exhibition featuring work by Emily Grace Harrison, Cristine Yunyk, Coutney Gillatly, and Owen Marshall.

“Low Hanging Fruit” is an immersive installation featuring sculpture, painting, drawing, and animation works that come together to form a pop-dystopian garden environment. Bright colours and multiple narratives overwhelm the senses, referencing the artificiality of curated urban gardens while challenging the “seriousness” of the white cube.

We invite you to join us to celebrate both the relaunch of the gallery and this new exhibition on Wednesday, September 20 from 7 to 11 p.m. The artists will be in attendance. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibition runs through September 30. Ignite Gallery is located at 165 Augusta Avenue (in the heart of Kensington market).

For more information please contact the gallery (ignitegallery@ocadu.ca) or visit our website: https://www.ocadu.ca/gallery/ignite-gallery.htm

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Ignite Gallery
165 Augusta Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2L4

Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Sunday: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
165 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/2005169693051975/
Phone: 
(416) 596-7538
Cost: 
Free

Grand Opening of Six Nations Dajoh or Youth and Elders Centre

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 6:00pm

Designed by Colleen Reid, Architect, Associate Dean, Faculty of Design, the 17,000 sf Six Nations Youth & Elders Centre design has been developed to reinforce the support of youth and elder needs for recreation within the context of the overall Six Nations community culture, the creation of spaces that support the positive interaction of all community members and guests, and the reflection of and respect for the rich history of Six Nations.

The project provides space for community, particularly youth and elder, events and drop in, as well as a full gymnasium, meeting rooms and support offices.

This new centre is part of a thriving community facility which ties into a community centre and arena.

Venue & Address: 
4th Line Road, Ohsweken, Six Nations, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.sixnations.ca/

Re/Constructed NATURE - Opening Reception

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:00pm to Friday, September 23, 2016 - 1:00am

Please join us for the opening reception of Re/Constructed NATURE, an exhibition visualizing three practices enlightened by the Renaissance, Material Culture and Florentine landscapes.

Artist talks by Jill Price, Annette Mangaard and David Salazar: 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, ground floor, 205 Richmond Street
Cost: 
FREE
Exhibition Poster for Re/Constructed NATURE

Reflections on Culture and Identity opening reception

Poster
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 1:00am

For the final week of the acclaimed exhibition Kent Monkman: The Rise and Fall of Civilization, the Gardiner Museum will mount a lobby display of works by students in the Sheridan College Ceramics Program and in the Bead & Read Group and Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCAD University.

Join us for the opening of an exhibition of works by students from the Sheridan College Ceramics Program, and a collaborative project created by students from the Bead & Read group and the
Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCAD University, in response to workshops led by artists Joanna O. Bigfeather and Jim Rivera from the Institute of American Indian Arts (Sante Fe, NM) and Kent Monkman’s The Rise and Fall of Civilization. This project was made possible with the generous support of the US Consulate General in Toronto.

Inspired by Kent Monkman’s large-scale diorama highlighting the decimation of the North American bison population, the lobby installation, entitled Reflections on Culture and Identity, was created in collaboration with two artists from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Sante Fe, New Mexico—Joanna Bigfeather and Jim Rivera. Funded by the US Consulate of Toronto, Bigfeather and Rivera led workshops where students were able to explore the commonalities and differences between Indigenous visual arts practices in Canada and the United States. The results reflect a rich exploration of identity, shared history, and artistic expression.

Reflections on Culture and Identity will be on display in the lobby from January 5 to 12, 2016. Kent Monkman: The Rise and Fall of Civilization closes January 10, 2016.

Venue & Address: 
Gardiner Museum 111 Queen's Park Crescent Toronto ON M5S 2C7
Website: 
http://www.gardinermuseum.com