Open Call - Continuing Studies Instructors at OCAD U

Continuing Studies Gallery Opening
Friday, December 1, 2017 - 5:00pm

A group exhibition exploring the diverse work from instructors in Continuing Studies at OCAD U.

Venue & Address: 
285 Dundas Street West
Email: 
lmaynard@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x 2266

TRACE

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:30am to Friday, November 17, 2017 - 7:30pm

TRACE is a graduate exhibition brought together by 6 curators and 14 interdisciplinary artists as they launch into their graduate studies at OCAD University — join us at OCAD University’s Graduate Gallery in a celebration of works by established and emerging artists developing their contemporary art and design practices that challenge the concept of TRACE.

 

On Thursday, November 16 at 5 p.m., 205 Richmond’s Graduate Gallery will feature new works in a multimedia exhibition exploring the contingent experience of presence as TRACE, evading the ‘real’ and pointing to its constitutive outside: the unreal. Trace, a sign for everything elusive, has no site, but rather is change of site marked by its erasure, making it disappear in its appearance. International artists Adrienne Matheuszik, Coco Guzman, Dori Vanderheyden, Ellen Snowball, Kirstie McCallum, Kristi Poole-Adler, Lida Shanehchiyan, Lingxiang Wu, Philip Sparks, Randa Reda, Sarah Carlson, Shannon Lee, Tal Sofia, and Vanessa Jackson capture these dynamic themes of TRACE — hinting to the existence of something, a residue we cannot ignore. Light refreshments and appetizers provided.

 

An artist talk will take place at 100 McCaul in Room 187 on Wednesday, November 15 at 12 p.m. featuring artists Sarah Carlson, Lingxiang Wu, and Coco Guzman in a discussion about their individual processes and body of works. Moderated by curator Elizabeth Handley-Derry, the talks will be followed by a question and answer period to encourage insightful engagement. Fellow curators Liz Ikiriko, Panya Clark Espinal, Jeff Tallon, Erica Cristobal and Keiko Hart encourage a dialogue around subverting assumptions and discovering intentions to help identify the investigations taking place in TRACE.

 

The OCAD University Graduate Gallery is home to thesis shows, speaker series, and one of a kind events, making it the primary exhibition space for graduate students and Faculty of OCAD University. The primary gallery space in room 104 is connected by a hallway to the media gallery in room 106 that can be used for projections. In TRACE all spaces will be activated with art, including a live drawing in the grad gallery corridor space by Coco Guzman.

 

For further press inquiries, please contact:

Panya Clark Espinal at 416 951 2120

Or the curatorial team at ccp2017ocadu@gmail.com

Instagram: @traceocadu
Facebook: /traceocadu

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W
Email: 
ccp2017ocadu@gmail.com
Phone: 
Panya Clark Espinal 416-951-2120
Cost: 
FREE
TRACE Poster
TRACE Artist Talks

ZINE POWER: The OCAD U Zine Library 10-Year Anniversary Party & Exhibition Reception

Text repeated in multiple colours, flanked by two hearts: Zine Power, the OCAD U Zine Library 10-Year Anniversary Exhibition
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

The OCAD U Zine Library is celebrating our 10-year anniversary on November 14th. We hope you can join us as we celebrate the amazing and potentially transformative power of zines!

The collection’s founder, Alicia Nauta, will open the evening with a short talk about their reasons for starting the collection and the importance of zines to their life. This will be followed by a short show and tell by various students talking about zines that changed their lives. Staff from Broken Pencil magazine will be on site recording an episode of their new podcast, so come to share and record your experience with zines! The night will feature even more zine fun with snacks, collaborative zine making, button making, a zine reading nook, and a roundtable discussion with zine creators organized by students of Prof. Sheila Sampath’s Nano Publishing class.

The ZINE POWER exhibition will feature work by 15 artists from the OCAD U and Toronto zine community. The exhibit will feature completed publications, as well as the rough notes, sketches and other process documents that are generated in the making of a zine to give viewers a deeper insight to the experiences of zine creators. The ZINE POWER exhibition is up from November 6 to December 1, 2017.

The OCAD U Zine Library was launched on November 14, 2007 by former OCAD U student and Toronto artist Alicia Nauta. Since Alicia’s graduation, OCAD U Library staff have continued to maintain and grow the collection. Over 2000 zines in our collection have been catalogued and are available to search and browse on our online catalogue, launched in the Spring of 2017: http://sscommons.org/openlibrary/#3|collections|7731595||OCAD20University20Zine20Collection20|||

This event is open to the general public andl all members of the OCAD U community. The Learning Zone is an accessible space with two gender neutral bathrooms. 

 

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, level 1 of 113 McCaul Street, also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Website: 
http://ocad.libguides.com/zinelibrary
http://sscommons.org/openlibrary/#3|collections|7731595||OCAD20University20Zine20Collection20|||
Email: 
mchudolinska@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 ext.2529
Cost: 
Free

Sites of Reconstruction

Sites of Reconstruction
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 1:00pm to Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

November 17 - December 9, 2017
Reception: Friday, November 17, 6 - 9 p.m.

Sites of Reconstruction is a group exhibition curated by Karina Iskandarsjah which features works by Jawa El-Khash, Qendrim Hoti, Marcus 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.

Through the exploration of urgent political issues and comparable histories, this exhibition addresses the following questions: What role does art play in structuring ways of remembering? How do misplaced, erased or violent histories haunt spaces? And to what extent can art influence a critical understanding of the relationship between local and global issues? By bringing the works of diverse and experimental artists together, this exhibition encourages an open-ended dialogue in which a cross-cultural understanding is used to contemplate shared futures.

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Jawa El-Khash
As an artist in exile, Jawa El-Khash directly addresses memory, loss and destruction. She responds to her war-torn background by reconstructing and reimagining a virtual world for Syria's cultural relics and architecture. Through painting, digital rendering, collage, animation, and virtual reality, El-Khash preserves these artefacts while also creating a place for herself that she can call home. Her works bring attention to the current devastation of her home country, it also contemplates alternate worlds in which harmony is prioritised.
Artist website: http://www.jawaelkhash.com

Qendrim Hoti
Qendrim Hoti is a Toronto-based, Kosovar-Albanian visual artist who seeks to highlight the associations attached to objects by immigrants and to make an assessment of culture in its material and psychological dimensions. Through the use of consumer products, technology and mementos, Hoti assembles a hybrid identity to relive the psychological tension caused by his dualistic identity.
Artist website: http://www.qendrimhoti.com/

Marcus A. Gordon
Marcus Gordon’s practice involves the use of holography, photography and sculptural elements to disrupt physical space. He explores the relationship between light and space to produce uncanny aesthetic experiences. Gordon is interested in the foundations and future of spatial imaging, contextualising holography as an expressive medium that can contribute to the criticality of art in architecture.
Artist website: http://www.marcusgordon.com/

Nikole Hidalgo
Nikole Hidalgo is a Toronto-based video artist and feminist Mestizo-Latino woman. Her works utilise a wide variety of materials and techniques to convey a number of contemporary social justice issues — like women’s reproductive rights — in both Peru and North America.
Artist website: https://vimeo.com/nkle

ABOUT THE CURATOR
Karina Iskandarsjah
Karina is a visual artist and independent curator from Singapore and Indonesia. She is interested in exploring non-dominant histories, cultural hybridity, and the deconstruction of power structures. Because of her own complicated history of migration, Karina’s practice reveals a strong interest in the experience of geographically displaced individuals as well as ideas of inclusion and exclusion in relation to national citizenship. 
Personal website: https://www.karinais.com/

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Sites of Reconstruction runs November 17 - December 9, 2017 at the new Ignite Gallery, located at 165 Augusta Avenue (in the heart of Kensignton Market).

OPENING RECEPTION
Join us on Friday, November 17, 2017, from 6 - 9 p.m. for the opening reception.

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Ignite Gallery
165 Augusta Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2L4

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

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

Venue & Address: 
165 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4
Website: 
https://www2.ocadu.ca/event/sites-of-reconstruction
Email: 
ignitegallery@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
(416) 596-7538
Cost: 
Free
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Call for Submissions: ZINE POWER, the OCAD U Zine Library 10-Year Anniversary Exhibition

Image of Text: Call for submissions. Zine Power. The OCAD U Zine Library 10-year anniversary exhibition
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:45am to Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 11:45pm

The OCAD U Zine Library is celebrating our 10-year anniversary on November 14th and we are planning an exhibition that celebrates the amazing power of zines! We are looking for zines, original pages, cover art, sketches, and all things that go into the making of a zine.

The exhibition will run from November 6 – December 3 at the Learning Zone, home of the OCAD U Zine Library. We will be celebrating the exhibition and the anniversary at a reception on November 14th, from 5-8pm.

Please email ocadzinelibrary@gmail.com with 2-3 images of your work by Sunday, October 22, 2017. We are particularly interested in zinesters whose work is featured in our collection.

The OCAD U Zine Library was launched on November 14, 2007 by former OCAD U student and artist Alicia Nauta. Since Alicia’s graduation, OCAD U Library staff have continued to maintain and grow the collection. Over 2000 zines in our collection have been catalogued and are available to search and browse on our online catalogue, launched in the Spring of 2017. 

The exhibition is open to the entire OCAD U community as well as to local zinesters. All materials for the exhibition will need to be dropped off and picked up in person, as we will not be able to return any materials by mail.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Zine Library Learning Zone Gallery 113 McCaul Street, Level 1 Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Website: 
http://ocad.libguides.com/zinelibrary
Email: 
ocadzinelibrary@gmail.com
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x2529
Cost: 
Free
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Galaxy Champion Fun Zone™

Galaxy Champion Fun Zone™
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 6:00pm to Friday, November 3, 2017 - 6:00pm

October 13 - November 4, 2017
Reception: October 13, 6-9 p.m.

Galaxy Champion Fun Zone™ is a two-person exhibition by Qendrim Hoti and Max Lupo which 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. We invite visitors to play these games as a way to explore these alternate characters and environments.

About the Artists
Qendrim Hoti is a Kosovar Albanian interdisciplinary artist living in Canada. He uses his hybrid identity to help him negotiate material culture into artwork. Hoti graduated from the Interdisciplinary Arts, Media, and Design Masters Program at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2017. Qendrim's piece, made in collaboration with Esmaa Mohamoud, entitled 'One of the Boys' is currently on display at 'Every.Now.Then:Reframing Nationhood' at the Art Gallery of Ontario until December 10, 2017.
Artist website

Max Lupo is an emerging artist who received his MFA from OCAD U in 2017. Over the course of his education Max focused on printmaking, and new media sculpture. These days, Max travels the world (not really) in order to bring the most exotic and fascinating inventions to life. Max's recent shows include solo exhibitions at Georgian College's Campus Gallery, as well as VERSO gallery, on Queen Street West in Toronto. Max currently works as an educator at Georgian College, and the Innisfil Public Library and Idealab.
Artist website

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Galaxy Champion Fun Zone™ runs October 13 - November 4, 2017  at the new Ignite Gallery, located at 165 Augusta Avenue (in the heart of Kensignton Market).

OPENING RECEPTION
Join us on Friday, October 13, 2017, from 6 - 9 p.m. for the opening reception.

SPECIAL EVENT - WORKSHOP
Sunday, October 15, 2-3:30 p.m..
Join Qendrim Hoti in this special tutorial workshop as he demonstrates his ideas and techniques about manipulating commercial video games into virtual worlds of memoir and relief. This workshop is free and open to the piblic. No materials required.

Game still, Qendrim Hoti

 

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Ignite Gallery
165 Augusta Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2L4

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

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

Venue & Address: 
165 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4
Website: 
https://www2.ocadu.ca/event/galaxy-champion-fun-zone™
https://www.facebook.com/events/829378303901482
Email: 
ignitegallery@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
(416) 596-7538
Cost: 
Free
Keywords: 

EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology

EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

Imagine this — a 150,000-square-foot abandoned factory

transformed into an ultramodern world where design, innovation and technology are the solutions to today’s grand challenges.

EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology 
September 28 to October 8, 2017

In partnership with the UnitedNations Development Programme and inspired by its 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, EDIT will explore the theme of Prosperity For All through an interdisciplinary presentation of design projects from the fields of architecture, healthcare, education and gastronomy.
Many talented artists, designers, students, faculty and alumni from OCAD University will be showing their work at EDIT. Come say hi at OCAD University's booth and prepare to be inspired!

Mickey Mouse's Home of the Future is here in Toronto

Mickey Mouse's home of the future is a fully functional shipping container home inspired by the most beloved Disney character of all time. The project is the result of an OCAD U-wide competition challenging students to envision a sustainable, eco-friendly version of Mickey's future home.

Students Aira Harutyunyan, Rachel McCormick and Sebastiance Ayala are the winners who were given the opportunity to work with Giant Containers on bringing their ambitious ideas to life. Mickey’s new sustainable home will be on-site at EDIT out front of the factory and available for guests to tour. #MickeyMouseinTO
 

See a list of all the exhibitions here

Venue & Address: 
21 Don Roadway, East Harbour (Formerly Unilever Soap Factory)
Website: 
http://editdx.org/visitor-info/hours-directions
Mickey Mouse's House of the Future

Weavers Art Launch Party

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Weavers Art in collaboration with six students from the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD University) have designed a limited collection of rugs. 

To kick off this project, Weavers Art is hosting a launch party at their Designers Walk showroom to reveal these dynamic new designs.

See the work of Mariam Ben Belfadhel, Alexandra Gregory, Domenic Sgambelluri, Mohammed Mudassir, Hatley Walker, Rachel Babineau.

Join us for an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and mingle with the next generation of designers.
 

Venue & Address: 
Designers Walk Showroom, 162 Bedford Road, Toronto
Weavers Art Launch Party
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Eldon Garnet: Garden of Hell on Earth

Image of person drinking water from hands
Friday, September 29, 2017 - 10:00am to Friday, October 20, 2017 - 5:30pm

Eldon Garnet: ”Garden of Hell on Earth”

Opening Friday September 29th from 5-7pm

A dark and collapsed world of fallen souls in decay surrounds us as we enter Eldon Garnet's new large-scale photo exhibition ”Garden of Hell on Earth”. It is with great pleasure that we present our second solo show with the acclaimed Canadian multidisciplinary artist.

Back in 2009, we embarked on our first fateful expedition across the Atlantic in the first tentative stage towards an international exhibition profile. These initial maneuvers in the overall transformation led us directly into the hands of the skillful Garnet. His intense personified narratives and ambitious large-format photography have been exhibited in museums and art galleries all over Europe and North America, making him an evident candidate, both then and now, to conquer our exhibition room with his artistic tableau of staged human installations.

As the title explicitly indicates, Garnet has this time created a paradise devoured by rottenness, leaving man naked and crushed in an aesthetic wasteland of aseptic ashes. Their soiled struggle for survival is a symbolic death from which something new can be built. As a Phoenix arising from the ashes and ascending high in the sky, man's resilience is the single green sprout heralding a hope ahead.

The overwhelming dimensions of the large-scale formats absorb us and send us far deeper into the images than the frame physically allows. The almost invisible glass surface blurs the distance between us and the inhabitants of Garnet's “Garden of Hell on Earth”, who in their cramped positions create a discomfort within us, as we observe them with disturbing recognisability. The intense atmosphere of haunting desperation silently oozes out of the images and disseminates in the space as an anxious warning to all of us.

With a unique aesthetic language Eldon Garnet creates a poetic world, where time stands still for a moment in the aftermath of a brutal breakthrough. The inspiration from mythology and the metaphorical landscape of bible history is inevitable to note. As constructed marionettes, the inhabitants of the “Garden of Hell on Earth” become the faces of current social, political and economic issues. When modern age reaches its grand finale, and there is nothing left but soot and stone, man will inevitably begin to rebuild their world.

Prepare yourselves to reach through your entire registry of emotions when Eldon Garnet opens the door to the shadow side of Paradise and lets the darkness take over.

The exhibition shows ten large-scale iconic photographs. Eldon Garnet will be present at the opening and available for interviews. 

 

 

Venue & Address: 
Gallery Poulsen  Staldgade 32, Den Brune Kødby  1699 København V, Denmark
Website: 
www.gallerypoulsen.com
Email: 
info@gallerypoulsen.com
Phone: 
+45 3333 9396

Crafting the Future: A National Student Exhibition

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 4:45pm to Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 5:00pm

What is the future of craft? How do today’s emerging makers navigate the historical, political, cultural, and social context of craft? With over 100 works by students from nine Canadian post-secondary craft programs, Crafting the Future: A National Student Exhibition, will examine these questions through innovative and engaging works in ceramics, fibre, furniture, glass, jewellery, textiles, metalsmithing, video and mixed materials. Juried by Audrey Hudson, Dorie Millerson, and Robert Mitchell and curated by Dorie Millerson and Robert Mitchell with support from the Faculty of Design staff, students, alumni and technicians at OCAD University.

 

FEATURING STUDENT WORK FROM: ALBERTA COLLEGE OF ART + DESIGN / CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY / ÉCOLE DE JOAILLERIE DE MONTRÉAL / GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE / NEW BRUNSWICK COLLEGE OF CRAFT AND DESIGN / NSCAD UNIVERSITY / OCAD UNIVERSITY / SHERIDAN COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall. 2nd Floor, 100 McCaul Street.
Crafting The Future: A National Student Exhibition
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