OCADU welcomes Nomadic Resident Adel Abdessemed

Monday, November 15, 2010 - 5:00am

Artist creates new work for Onsite [at] OCADU Gallery, gives free public talk

(Toronto — November 15, 2010) OCAD University's Faculty of Art and Onsite [at] OCADU gallery welcome contemporary artist Adel Abdessemed as the fifth participant in the Nomadic Residents program, from November 22 to 26. As part of his residency, Abdessemed will conduct workshops and critiques with undergraduate and graduate students, install his exhibition, and present a free public lecture on Thursday, November 25 at 8 p.m.

The residency dovetails with the artist's first solo exhibition in Canada, featuring the world premiere of The Future of Décor, a video commissioned by Onsite [at] OCADU, as well as the North American premiere of his video Rio (2010), recent sculptural works, and a site-specific installation. The exhibition launches during Abdessemed’s residency and continues until February 2011.

Born in Constantine, Algeria, in 1971 and educated at l’École nationale des Beaux-Arts (Lyon) and Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), Adel Abdessemed exploded onto the international art scene in the mid-1990s as France’s most exciting artist in over a decade. His expansive practice incorporates drawing, video, ceramics, performance, installation and other media into a visual language that ranges from subtle and sentimental to bombastic and outrageous, often probing the awkward gap between what we believe to be good and what we know to be true. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions around the world, including at the 2007 and 2009 Venice Biennials, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Guangzhou Institute for Contemporary Art, P.S. 1, and MIT’s List Center for the Visual Arts. He is represented by David Zwirner and divides his time between New York, Paris, and Constantine.

“The Nomadic Residents program aims to enrich learning opportunities by supporting discussions around the interaction of art with ethics, social responsibility and freedom of expression,” explains Dr. Sara Diamond, President of OCAD University. “Abdessemed’s provocative works confront uncomfortable truths about ourselves that challenge us to think critically about humanity, diversity, culture and idealism, and his visit will offer a unique learning opportunity for our students.”

Nomadic Resident: Adel Abdessemed
Residency: November 22 to 26
Free public lecture: Thursday, November 25, 8 p.m.

OCAD University Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto

Exhibition (Onsite [at] OCADU): Adel Abdessemed: The Future of Décor
November 26 to February 13, 2011
Reception: Friday, November 26, 7 to 10 p.m.
Curator’s Tour with Charles Reeve: Thursday, December 2, 6:30 p.m.

Onsite [at] OCADU
Level 2, 100 McCaul Street
416-977-6000 Ext. 265 | www.ocad.ca/onsite
Gallery hours: Tuesdays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 6 p.m.

Nomadic Residents is generously supported by the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

Abdessemed’s exhibition is generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council, culturesfrance and the French Consulate in Toronto.

All are welcome and all events are free, however lecture seating is limited and guests are advised to arrive early.

About the Artist:
Adel Abdessemed was born in Constantine, Algeria, in 1971. Graduating from high school in 1993, he hoped to study art in Algeria. However, this became impossible in a climate of intolerance that led to the assassination of intellectuals, judges, journalists and artists — including the director of the school where Abdessemed planned to attend. He then moved to France, where he studied at the École nationale des beaux-arts de Lyon and Cité internationale des arts (Paris) before moving to New York in 2000. The artist has recently returned to practice in Paris. Abdessemed has shown in solo and group exhibitions around the world, including at the 2007 and 2009 Venice Biennials, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Guangzhou Institute for Contemporary Art, P.S. 1 in New York, and the List Center for the Visual Arts at MIT. This fall, he will be featured in the Aichi Triennale 2010: Art and Cities, Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, and his exhibition Silent Warriors will run at Parasol Unit in London (UK) from September 22 to November 14. He is represented by David Zwirner Gallery in New York (www.davidzwirner.com).

About Nomadic Residents – International Residencies at OCADU
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 OCADU, Nomadic Residents joins here to there, the local to the global and the provisional and the permanent.

Nomadic Residents was launched with the generously support by Partners in Art in 2006 with Rirkrit Tiravanija. Other residents include Ann Hamilton (2007) and ORLAN (2008) and Hal Foster (2009). The series continues with the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

About Onsite [at] OCADU
Formerly called “The Professional Gallery,” Onsite [at] OCADU (www.ocad.ca/onsite) was launched in 2007 with Rirkrit’s first solo exhibit in Canada. Since then, it has hosted solo and group shows featuring dozens of nationally and internationally significant contemporary artists and designers, enriching OCADU’s educational experience while helping to make this university an indispensable cultural resource for the region.

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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For more information and images, contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

MADE HERE: Graven Feathers Residency Exhibition

Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 4:00am to Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 4:00am

Exhibition including work by IAMD Graduate Student Rawaa Bakhsh

Graven Feather is delighted to present an exhibition of new work developed and produced on site during it's recently established Artist Residency program. Emerging artist's Madelaine Lyons Cooper, Sarah Sands Phillips, Rawaa Bakhsh and Julie Pasila each visited and worked independently at Graven Feather over a period of 4 weeks during the winter and spring of 2013, using equipment in studio and frequently incorporating the use or integration of printmaking techniques and ideas into existing and familiar media.

While each of the artists arrived at Graven Feather separate from each other, certain commonalities can be identified and together create a sense of interwoven elements and relatedness within material and conceptual themes. Layering and Installation of form are strongly present, as is a sense of play, modular shift, and fluidity of texture.

Residencies are all about creating opportunities and making room. They incorporate learning, new environments, and create open time and space to encounter unfamiliar modes and methods. In studio with other artists and context, a nebulous combination of stimuli will inevitably generate associations, reconsiderations, and an evolution and integration of new ideas into practice. The addition of Artist Residencies is part of Graven Feather's initiative to widen its community and share artistic experiences.

Sarah Sands Philips
Madelaine Lyons Cooper
Rawaa Bakhsh
& Julie Pasila

Rawaa Bakhsh is currently a masters candidate at OCAD University in Interdisciplinary Art. She graduated from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia with a bachelors in Graphic Design. She recently finished a residency where she studied two forms of Arabic Caligraphy in Turkey.






Venue & Address: 
Graven Feather 906 Queen St West Toronto, Ontario

Semblance: Even Better Than The Real Thing

Semblance: Even Better Than The Real Thing
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 4:00am to Monday, August 12, 2013 - 4:00am

Opeining Night: Thursday, Aug.1, 6 to 9 p.m.

Presented by Woman King Collective with OCAD U students and alumni

This multi-disciplinary exhibition looks at what hides beneath the surface & the stories that are told when a hidden truth is revealed.

Featured Artists:
Stella Cade
Marta Chudolinska
Betti Cott
Bev Hisey
Marianne Jette
Josie MacLachlan
Erin Mccutcheon
Elija Montgomery
Lauren Reed
Suharu Ogawa


Woman King Collective
Megan A. Skyvington
Ange-line Tetrault
Tara Lee Towers

Gallery Hours:
Weekday Hours: 5:30pm-9:00pm
Weekend Hours: 10:00am - 7:00pm






Venue & Address: 
Bev Hisey Studio 1066 Dundas Street West Toronto, Ontario

LAND|SLIDE Possible Futures

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 4:00am to Monday, October 14, 2013 - 4:00am

With OCAD U faculty Julie Nagam and alumna Lisa Myers

Land|Slide Possible Futures is a groundbreaking large-scale public art exhibition which responds to a world in transition where the past, present and future collide. The landscape of Markham will be transformed by the work of 30+ national and international artists to explore themes of multiculturalism, sustainability, and community. The site-specific artist projects are housed at the 25-acre, open-air Markham Museum from September 21 to October 14, 2013. Working with everything from digitized diaries, 3D projections and augmented reality, the artists will propose new histories and new futures for the use of land on this planet.

Possible Futures Panel Series

Programmed by Chloë Brushwood Rose, Jennifer Foster and Lisa Hosale
Location: Transportation Hall

The panel series brings together community stakeholders, local experts, and Land|Slide artists to debate and discuss the core themes of the exhibition and of possible futures in Markham. Each panel asks a small group of people to respond to a provocative question that is central to imagining a sustainable future.

Panel 1: September 22, 5-7pm
Identity, Culture, and Heritage in Rapidly Evolving Cities: Why does heritage matter in just and sustainable future?
Faisal Moola,
Director General (Ontario and Northern Canada) for the Suzuki Foundation and adjunct professor in the University of Toronto's Faculty of Forestry.

Lola Sheppard, Partner at Lateral Office, an experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism, and Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo.

Julie Nagam, Land/Slide artist and Assistant Professor at OCAD, who explores a (re)mapping of the colonial state through creative interventions within concepts of native space.

Panel 2: September 29, 5-7pm
Possible Futures and Equitable Access to Food: How is hunger a sustainability issue?
Brenda Hsueh,
Owner and Operator of Black Sheep Farm, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) vegetable farmer, and runs a local food procurement project for the City of Thunder Bay.

Valerie Tarasuk, professor at the University of Toronto in Nutritional Sciences, and Principal Investigator of PROOF, researching food insecurity and policy options.

Joan Stonehocker, Executive Director at York Region Food Network, which promotes food security through community gardens, kitchens, support programs for organizations and shelters, and many more programs in Markham and across the York Region.

Evelyn Encalada, Teacher, researcher, and founding member of Justicia/Justice for Migrant Workers, which works with seasonal agricultural migrant workers in Canada.

Panel 3: October 6, 5-7pm
Emerging Approaches to Sustainability in Art: What is the role of public art in sustainability?
Janine Marchessault,
Curator of Land|Slide: Possible Futures Exhibition and Professor of Film and Media Studies, York University

Paola Poletto, Artist and Curator, Oh Dear: Public Art That Unhinges North York's Sense of Modesty (2013).

Srimoyee Mitra, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Windsor

Catherine Sicot, Co-Curator, MAC/SAN (Museo de arte contemporáneo de San Agustin), La Lisa, Havana, Cuba and Director, Elegoa Cultural productions








Venue & Address: 
Markham Museum 9350 Markham Road Markham, Ontario

Something Old, Something New

Chung-Im Kim, baekya detail
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 4:00am

Cheongju International Craft Biennale
Associate Professor Chung-Im Kim
Professor Chung-Im Kim is participating in the exhibition Something Old, Something New at Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Korea from Sept 11 to Oct 20, 2013. Her piece 'baekya' won the bronze award.

Venue & Address: 
Cheongju International Craft Biennale 314, Sangdang-ro Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do

A Dream Within a Dream

Poster design by: Afsaneh Safari
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 4:00am

Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 16, 6 to 9 p.m.

Exhibition with works by Illustration instructor, Anson Liaw

Questioning the reality has been constantly the prominent issue of thinkers. Where do we draw the line between illusion and reality? What was collectively agreed or codified as the truth or reality might be fictive today. In fact, we see only pieces of what is considered to be the real matter. We still need more light to illuminate the ambiguities. There is a dialectical relation between reality and illusion, but illusion can be the unseen upcoming reality. In other words, reality may be merely an illusion as Albert Einstein said. Art can cast the light on reality through what counts as dreams or illusions. The meaning of art now is far beyond the “Mimesis” and artists have doubted the unquestionable bare truth that bears no interpretations. In a pluralistic world as we live in, an absolute truth is sceptical. Artists apply metaphor, allegory, and irony as a strong means of criticizing the defined, agreed, or even imposed reality and truth. As a matter of fact, they re-create the reality in a selective hermeneutical way and there is no such ultimate stable sense of reality in the world of art. In the current exhibition, the notion of reality which in a broad sense can be more of a fabrication in our world today is challenged and criticized by artists.

By Banafsheh Erfanian

Featured Artists:
Anson Liaw
Shoora Majedian
Afsaneh Safari
Firoozeh Tangestanian
Flavia López
Banafsheh Erfanian
Mehdi Dana
Navid Fard
Mahtab Abdollahi

Poster design by: Afsaneh Safari







Venue & Address: 
Gallery 50 (INDEXG gallery) 50 Gladstone Avenue Toronto, Ontario

Judith Spanyi at the Toronto Public Library

Image: Liza Minnelli Montage from Cabaret
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 4:00am

Alumna, OCA 1976

Exhibition and sale of colourful portraits and paintings by OCA alumna, Judith Spanyi.

Image: Liza Minnelli Montage from Cabaret






Venue & Address: 
Woodside Library, Woodside Square 1571 Sandhurst Cirle Toronto, Ontario

Drawing at First Sight

 Drawing at First Sight
Monday, November 4, 2013 - 5:00am to Friday, November 22, 2013 - 5:00am

Reception: Wednesday, November 6, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Light Refreshments

Annual Exhibition for First Year Art & Design

First Year Art & Design at OCAD U welcomes you to highlights of a wide range of drawings produced by students developing both their technical and conceptual skills over the two-dimensional plane.




Venue & Address: 
Transit Space 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario


Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 5:00am to Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 4:00am

Curators Talk on December 4, 7-9 PM

Inaugural exhibitions for the Hallway Galleries at Artscape Youngplace curated by IAMD Graduate Heather Nicol

Debbie Adams, Melissa Fisher, Seth Scriver
November 19, 2013 – March 2, 2014

Announcing a new era of creative intervention at 180 Shaw Street, the North, South, and West stairwells have been transformed into site-specific installations. Often-overlooked architectural zones, the liminal, in-between and connective qualities of these spaces are expanded upon by artists with wide-ranging practices spanning animation, design, sculpture, book and film making. Using Vinyl as their medium, these “stairmasters” playfully explore the material’s associations with signage, temporality, and mutability, inviting you on an experiential ascent or descent as you travel through Artscape Younplace’s inaugural season.


416-392-1038 x 25





Venue & Address: 
Artscape Youngplace 180 Shaw Street Toronto, Ontario