Chroma & Hue Group Art Exhibition

Multi-coloured poster with white text
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 4:00am to Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 4:00am

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 11, 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.

People see colours everyday in the world around them. Everyone sees them and feels differently about them. Visually and historically, different colours and combinations of colours applied in general in artwork mean different things visually and symbolically.

It is our intention to have people appreciate and celebrate their experiences in the world around them both past and present in relation to the idea of colour in more ways than they could think imaginable after they’ve seen this exhibition.

Featuring works by:
Mahtab Abdollahi 
Banafsheh Erfanian
Kelly Hu
Hajar Moradi 
Afsaneh Safari
Diana Tran
Mehdi Dana
Vahid Fazel
Samuel Taheri
Anson Liaw


Venue & Address: 
Rebellion Gallery and Art Academy 914 Eastern Avenue Toronto, Ontario M4L 1A4
(416) 469-1777

Small Space: Coco's Frosting Shack

Coco's Frosting Shack Poster
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 5:00am to Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 4:00am

feat. DJ sets by GlitClit + Petra Glynt,
and Ice-Pop Art by Lisa Paul
September 11, 2014 (7-11pm)

This September, the OCAD U Student Gallery launches Small Space, a converted tollbooth in our south parking lot that will host one week-long entrepreneurial or performance project every month for the coming academic year.

Our inaugural Small Space is Coco's Frosting Shack by Corey Moranis, who'll be serving up baked treats and a new line of plastic, colourful candy-like jewelry from September 10-13, 2014. Each sculptural, wearable art piece is fun, hawt, kool, elegant, dazzling, glowing and ONE OF A KIND.

Hours & Schedule:
Wednesday (12-6pm) rainbow chocolate chip cookies for $2
Thursday (7-11pm) cupcakes for $3
Friday (12-6pm) big sparkly shortbread for $4
Saturday (12-6pm) mini junk cakes for $20*
*Pre-order cakes by September 5!

Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery 52 McCaul St.
Coco's Frosting Shack Poster

ULTIMA: Nicholas Di Genova

Image: Boreas, Guardian God of the Northern Tundra, ink and watercolour on paper, 24"x34", 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 4:00am

An exhibition by OCAD U alumnus Nicholas Di Genova

LE Gallery is pleased to announce the return of Toronto based artist Nicholas Di Genova. On the heels of exhibitions in New York City and Paris, Di Genova returns with ULTIMA, a new focus, and the addition of sculptural elements to his exploration of the chimera. Ultima will feature the first three dimensional manifestation of one of Di Genova’s city states. At 1:87 scale, Di Genova turns his unique brand of splicing and mutation from his drawings and paintings, to form a capsule of life in a day of his grotesque menagerie. The sculpture will be accompanied by the inclusion of his signature, ultra detailed manga meets Nat Geo drawings, detailing the taxonomies of species included. The urban area is large enough to include separate ethnic regions, such as the Homo-Avian Quarter, wherein the landscape, architecture, and local businesses have evolved to accommodate a type of resident who possesses both human and bird-like anatomy and habits.

In the early 2000's Di Genova shot to prominence as one of Canada's first artists working at a time when the influence of illustration, comic arts and graffiti were beginning to find their way into contemporary art practice. His unique ability to draw a menagerie of evolved creatures with unique skill and ability helped capture the attention of not only comic nerds and Japanese toy freaks but also devotees to Bosch and the study of Biology. ULTIMA brings together a long term dream to build out a province from his menagerie, utilizing many techniques learned through artists and experts, but also informed by childhood model making and Warhammer strategy.

Nicholas Di Genova has garnered many levels of press, featuring reviews in Artforum, Canadian Art Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and The National Post. Nicholas Di Genova is represented in Toronto by LE Gallery, in New York by Fredericks +Freiser Gallery, and Galerie Dukan in Paris. Di Genova is included in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Works by Di Genova have been and included in exhibitions and reviewed in New York, Singapore, London and Berlin.

Venue & Address: 
LE Gallery 1183 Dundas St. W. Toronto, Ontario 416-532-8467
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By Hook or by Crook

Image of Items on the wall
Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 4:00am to Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 4:00am

Opening Reception: September 11, 6 to 9 p.m.

An exhibition of works by Faculty of Art Associate Professsor, Ginette Legaré

Ginette Legaré’s recent mixed-media works continue her exploration of one's relationships with surrounding objects, whether these are images, texts, or things. Her interest revolves around how such objects can reinsert themselves into the world as abstractions and as hints of what was once missed or taken for granted-- a re-enactment that redeems the partly hidden from obscurity, like a brief insight momentarily lost and recaptured. Thus, Legaré’s work searches for new links in the ‘given’, using an ‘already available’ visual vocabulary-- a line, a gap, a solid, a space-- to question, or find, the visible that seems inherently hidden.

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The artist would like to acknowledge funding support from the City of Toronto through Toronto Arts Council, and from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Venue & Address: 
Birch Contemporary 129 Tecumseth Street Toronto, Ontario

Sculptural Felt International

Rocky surface
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 4:00am to Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 5:00am

A traveling exhibition with work by Chung-Im Kim, Associate Professor, Material Art & Design

Featuring seven felt pieces by Chung-Im Kim and the works of twelve international artists from the USA, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan and Canada.  

Venue & Address: 
Traveling Exhibition Venues: Museum Nagele, The Netherlands, Sept 7 - Nov 23, 2014 Museum de Kantfabriek, The Netherlands, Jan 18 - Apr 12, 2015 Tamworth Regional Gallery, Australia, June 6 - July 18, 2015 Wollongang Art Gallery, Australia, Sept 5 - Nov 29, 2015

Let's Get Lost - A Walking/Reading Group on the Dismantling of Subjects and Spaces

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 10:00pm to Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:00am

Hosted by Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy

Responding to the proposition that we ‘get rid of ourselves’, this biweekly walking/reading group explores the spatial construction of subjectivity. Discussions focus around selected articles that highlight the contradictory values of individual freedom and private property underpinning the principle of the autonomous modern subject, as they appear in our contemporary moment of neoliberalism.

The belief in the free, autonomous subject, which emerged with 19th century Liberalism, produced the two great modern subjects: the proletariat, a worker “freed” from his or her obligations to the land, and the bourgeois owner who controlled the means and sites of production. While in our contemporary period the clear distinction between these two subjects as been blurred, we call this moment Neoliberalism because it involves of a return to Liberalism’s core principles. Contemporary economies emphasize individual creativity and self-reliance, while at the same time privatizing all public assets. It is no wonder that in the face of this contemporary political landscape, we are exploring new ways of dismantling, dissolving and erasing the self.

The journal Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy has been exploring these ideas for the past four years, through its first eight issues: Property, Service, Materialism, Realism, Currency, Excess, Mexico DF/NAFTA and Incarceration. The reading group, facilitated by Adrian Blackwell and Marcin Kedzior, will examine the relationship between subjectivity and space by reading texts that have appeared in Scapegoat. For the first hour of each meeting, we will walk in the city, discussing the readings in pairs (a technique modeled on the Walking / Reading Group on Participation developed in 2013 by Ania Bas and Simone Mair). For the second hour, we will assemble in the gallery on Adrian Blackwell’s sculpture Circles Describing Spheres to connect the initial conversations.

The group will meet at Onsite Gallery, 230 Richmond St. W. from 6-8pm, every second Tuesday: August 5, August 19, September 2, September 16. Meet at Onsite Gallery, 230 Richmond St. W. To register and receive the readings please email


August 5 - The Origins of Property in Liberal Individualism
Brett Neilson and Sandro Mezzadra, Fabrica Mundi: Producing the World by Drawing Borders
Shiri Pasternak, Property in Three Registers

August 19 - Precarious Actors of Neoliberal Urbanization
Irmgard Emmelhainz, The Mexican Neoliberal Conversion and Differentiated, Homogenous Lives
AbdouMaliq Simone, Water, Politics and Design in Jakarta

September 2 - Opened by the World
Georges Bataille, The Economy Equal to the Universe
Jane Bennett and Alexander Livingston, Philosophy in the Wild: Listening to Things in Baltimore
Jesse Boon, Kids on Buildings: Echos, Mirrors, and Ghosts

September 16 - Commonism, or Caring With Others
Wendy Jacob and Gina Badger, In the Presence of Another Being
Paige Sarlin, Vulnerable Accumulation: A Practical Guide
Isabelle Stengers and Erik Bordeleau, The Care of the Possible

The reading group will be facilitated by Scapegoat’s Adrian Blackwell and Marcin Kedzior.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD 230 Richmond St. W. Street Level Toronto, Ontario
416-977-6000 Ext. 265

Getting Rid of Ourselves: Onsite Exhibition Tour with Paulette Phillips

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:30pm

Paulette Phillips is an artist and educator based in Toronto. Currently she is creating an archive of artist portraits using a polygraph, a camera and series of questions that frame the basis of self-representation.

Getting Rid of Ourselves presents artists and artistic collaborations whose work variously obscures, delegates, withdraws or in other ways complicates the conventional signs of authorship and identity. By questioning investments in art as proof of self-expression — through tactics of anonymity, collective agency, shared authorship, appropriated identities, delegated curating and art making, and financial speculation — works in the exhibition highlight how subjectivity has been treated as a form of living currency to exploit, market and sell to.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD 230 Richmond St. W. Street Level Toronto, Ontario
416-977-6000 Ext. 265

National Aboriginal Day celebrated at OCAD University

Monday, June 14, 2010 - 4:00am

(Toronto—June 14, 2010) OCAD University’s Aboriginal Visual Culture Program celebrates National Aboriginal Day with the launch of the exhibitions Passages: First Peoples at OCAD at the University, and Endaian at the McMichael Canadian Collection. The University will also hold Portage: A symposium on Aboriginal Visual Culture with guests Duke Redbird, Robert Houle and Susan Dion.

Passages: First Peoples at OCAD is presented in On Site at OCAD, and showcases the work of OCAD’s Indigenous alumni, faculty, students and staff. An opening ceremony and reception will take place in the Great Hall on National Aboriginal Day, Monday, June 21, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The exhibition continues until July 2.

On June 22 from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Portage: A symposium on Aboriginal Visual Culture offers guests an opportunity to hear the first-hand accounts of artists and scholars who contributed to the reawakening of Aboriginal people and their culture in Canada. Portage speakers’ stories extend from the 1960s to the present and recount, from their unique perspectives, the key events in recent Aboriginal history — events that contributed to the emergence of a vibrant Aboriginal presence in the contemporary cultural scene. Speakers are Duke Redbird, poet, artist, actor, educator; Robert Houle, artist, curator, writer, educator; and Susan Dion, writer, educator. Portage takes place in the OCAD University Auditorium.

The exhibition Endaian (or “home” in Ojibwa) runs from June 19 to September 6, with an opening reception on Tuesday, June 22 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The exhibit includes work by OCAD Aboriginal students Violet Chum, Erika A. Iserhoff, Meryl McMaster, Antoine Mountain and Lisa Myers, all of whom are responding to the work of the Group of Seven.

To learn more about OCAD’s Aboriginal Visual Culture Program, visit

Portage Symposium Speaker Biographies:

Duke Redbird, poet, broadcaster, artist
During the sixties and seventies Duke Redbird was in the forefront of Aboriginal political organizations and was a prominent public speaker on Native issues, providing First Nations people in Canada with new, young and aggressive leadership. He was president of the Ontario Métis and Non-status Indian Association and director of their land claims research, as well as vice-president of the Native Council of Canada. A prominent broadcaster and poet, Duke has appeared in numerous film and video productions and spoken on Native issues both nationally and internationally. Duke Redbird received his M.A. in interdisciplinary studies at York University, Toronto in 1978. He currently serves as mentor/advisor in the Aboriginal Visual Culture Program at OCAD University.

Robert Houle, artist, curator, writer, educator
Robert Houle has exhibited his work internationally since the 1970s, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), the Canadian Cultural Centre (Paris), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), and many others. In Canada, he has shown work at the National Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Carleton University Art Gallery, and many more. His work is included in most major Canadian collections. Houle was the first Aboriginal curator of Indian Art at the National Museum of Man (now the Museum of Civilization) in Ottawa from 1977 to 1980 and co-curated the landmark exhibition Land, Spirit, Power at the National Gallery of Canada in 1992. Houle was the first Aboriginal faculty member at OCAD University, a position he held for fifteen years until 2005.

Susan Dion, scholar, educator
Susan Dion is an Aboriginal scholar who has been working in the field of education for 25 years. Her teaching and research focuses on understanding the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada. Dion’s research interests include the social and political contexts of education; disrupting memories of post-invasion First Nations - Canadian Relations; resistance strategies of Aboriginal adolescent girls; Aboriginal Women and the policy of forced assimilation and violence prevention in Aboriginal communities. Dion’s recently published book Braiding Histories: Learning from Aboriginal Peoples' Experiences and Perspectives proposes a new pedagogy for addressing Aboriginal subject material, shifting the focus from an essentializing or "othering" exploration of the attributes of Aboriginal peoples to a focus on historical experiences that inform our understanding of contemporary relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. Dr. Dion is a professor in the Faculty of Education at York University.

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University ( is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University 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 or to request images, contact:

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

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 |
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 (

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 ( 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 ( 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