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
+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.



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

Myles Calvert: Romancing the Toaster

Calvert Myles Ottomans
Friday, September 8, 2017 - 3:00pm

In this exhibit, Sessional Faculty Myles Calvert explores the relationships that develop between everyday objects and popular culture references. Following the ideals of Romanticism, emphasis is given to an individual experience of emotion. A moment of spontaneity allows for humour and a subtle twist to avoid overwhelming glorifications of the past through objects of the mundane. His influences are heavily drawn from contemporary and modern printmakers such as Richard Hamilton, René Magritte, and the self-promoting antics of the YBA (Young British Artist) culture.*

Reception: Sunday, October 15; 1-4 pm

*From Toronto Arts Online

Venue & Address: 
Cedar Ridge Creative Centre. 225 Confederation Drive, M1G1B2, Toronto, ON
Romancing The Toaster

Sessional Instructor Myles Calvert's work will be featured in Guelph

Myles Calvert, Toasters
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 11:00am to Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 5:00pm

Wall-based sculptural prints, using screenprint, wood, resin, and neon is part of the work of Sessional Instructor Myles Calvert that will be featured in "Chroma", an exhibition with a focus on colour. 

Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 7
5:00 - 7:00 pm

This show will run from August 31 to September 23 at Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art Gallery in Guelph, Ontario.

Venue & Address: 
Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art Gallery 5 Gordon Street, Guelph, Ontario
Myles Calvert fChroma Exhibition

Narrative Lines

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 5:00pm to Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 5:00pm
Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery, 285 Dundas Street West
416-977-6000 x 2321
Narrative Lines Poster

Low Hanging Fruit (The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 1:00pm to Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 6:00pm

September 5 - 30, 2017

Low Hanging Fruit (The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope) 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.

Featured Artists:
Courtney Gillatly
Emily Grace Harrison (artist website)
Owen Marshall
Cristine Yunyk (artist website)

"Low Hanging Fruit" runs September 5 - 30 at the new Ignite Gallery, located at 165 Augusta Avenue (in the heart of Kensignton Market).

Join us on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, from 7 - 11 p.m. for our launch and a reception for this inaugural show!

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
(416) 596-7538
Low Hanging Fruit

Open Call to Continuing Studies Students - Illustrators and Painters

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 5:00pm

Narrative Lines

Continuing Studies Gallery

285 Dundas Street West

September 28 – December 7, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 28, 5 – 7 pm

Submission deadline: Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5 pm

Email to: Lindsay Maynard, lmaynard@ocadu.ca

While submission fees are not required, regretfully artist fees can't be paid at this time. You must provide work(s) ready to be installed/hung. Work(s) do not require a frame, and there are no size requirements.

If you are interested in being part of this exhibition, please submit the following electronically in ONE EMAIL (text in one attached word document – no PDF’s please):

1. Image(s) – low-res of work(s)

2. Statement of work – max 300 words

3. Biography – max 100 words

4. Link to your website – optional

Please note: This call is open to all current and former OCAD U Continuing Studies students. Not all submissions will be chosen to participate, due to limited space and thematic coherence.

Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery, 285 Dundas Street West
Image of exhibition

20TH Century Toronto: Intersections and Interactions

Yonge and Dundas 1978
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 11:00am to Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 11:00am

URBAN GALLERY presents our August 2017 Solo Exhibition


Paintings by Ontario Artist Hanna Kostanski

Thursday August 3 from 5 PM to 8 PM
RSVP to urbangalleryart1@gmail.com

Exhibition runs from Thursday August 3
to Saturday August 26, 2017

Artist's Statement

For nearly a decade my work has been focused on the visible passage of time, experienced through the exploration and documentation of abandoned and decaying buildings in cities like Hamilton and Detroit. I have always been fascinated with historical architecture, specifically how we interact with our buildings and structures, and what happens when that interaction ceases to exist.

My current body of work continues to explore the connection between people and their environment, but with a focus on historical representations of that relationship. To that end, I have been working on a series of paintings based on photographs found at the City of Toronto Public Archives. These images span several decades and are nostalgic of the city as it used to be. They celebrate the many past incarnations of Toronto -the vibrant intersections of the city and interactions of its people.

Image Credit

Yonge and Dundas 1978
Acrylic on Wood 30" x 60"
Original Photograph by Harvey R. Naylor, City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526*, File 92, Item 49.
City of Toronto Archives Fonds 1526 consists of 8,405 original 35mm colour slides of Toronto created by local amateur photographer Harvey R. Naylor from 1954 to 1984. Naylor, a film and sound technician by trade, was keenly interested in the Toronto history, architecture, and local transit. He photographed many of Toronto's historic buildings and neighbourhoods, as well as demolition and construction sites throughout the city.


Venue & Address: 
Urban Gallery 400 Queen Street East, Toronto
Calvin Hambrook T: 647.460-1278
Yonge and Dundas 1978

Onsite Gallery Grand Opening & Street Party

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Onsite Gallery Grand Opening & Street Party
Saturday, September 16: noon to 6 p.m
Richmond St. W. between Duncan & Simcoe

On September 16, 2017 (noon to 6 p.m.), OCAD University will be holding a public Grand Opening of its newly expanded art gallery, Onsite Gallery. Onsite is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. To launch this new cultural space, we have a week of events culminating in a gallery grand opening and celebration on Richmond St. W. The street party will feature live performances and presentations by well-known Indigenous artists and remarks by political and community leaders (MP Adam Vaughan and Councilor Joe Cressy).

Acclaimed CBC host and arts reporter, Amanda Parris, will lead the afternoon’s events, which include onstage presentations and performances by:

  • DJ Classic Roots
  • Duke Redbird
  • Janet Rogers
  • Long Branch
  • Charlena Russell
  • Red Sky
  • Logan Staats

Save the date and join the celebration of the new Onsite Gallery


About Onsite Gallery
The new 8,000 square-foot location at 199 Richmond St. W. will house a state-of-the-art exhibition space and will reactivate the OCAD U collection. It will be a community hub serving the university and the general public, with the goal of fostering social and cultural transformations. Follow our photo blog to get a sneak peek of our progress!

Opening Exhibitions
We are excited to inaugurate the new Onsite Gallery with the following major exhibitions:

raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000 - 2015)
Curated by Ryan Rice, Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture, OCAD U

Featuring: Barry Ace, Sonny Assu, Carl Beam, Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Christian Chapman, Dana Claxton, Ruth Cuthand, Wally Dion, David Garneau, Tanya Harnett, Faye HeavyShield, Greg A. Hill, Mark Igloliorte, Jimmy Iqaluq, Elisapee Ishulutaq, Alex Janvier, Piona Keyuakjuk, Myra Kukiiyaut, Rachelle Lafond, Jim Logan, Kayley Mackay, Qavavau Manumie, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Lisa Myers, Nadia Myre, Marianne Nicolson, Lionel Peyachew, Tim Pitsiulak, Annie Pootoogook, Barry Pottle, Pitaloosie Saila and Tania Willard.

For This Land: Inside Elemental
Presented with community partner imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Featuring: 2Ro Media: Jackson 2bears and Janet Rogers


Onsite Gallery's Grand Opening & Street Party is produced with the support of Our Children's Medicine program and HigherMe.

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.


Photo of DJ Classic Roots by Ogichidaa Arts.

Venue & Address: 
199 Richmond St. W., Ground Floor
416-977-6000, Ext. 262
Photo of DJ Classic Roots by Ogichidaa Arts

ReBlink - extended to April 18, 2018!

Reblink: AGO Exhibition
Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 12:00pm

Visitors won’t believe their eyes (or they’ll at least do a double-take) this summer as the AGO offers a magical new way to experience art. From Toronto-based digital artist Alex Mayhew comes ReBlink, an innovative augmented reality experience that taps into the power of leading-edge technology to give visitors the chance to see works from the AGO’s Canadian and European Collections in a whole new way. 

Using a custom app for smartphones and tablets, visitors use their device’s camera to unlock Mayhew’s modern twists on historical works of art. Mayhew highlights how much we have — and haven’t — changed over time, inviting visitors to look at paintings such as Evisceration of a Roebuck with a Portrait of a Married Couple, Drawing Lots and Marchesa Casati through his unique 21st century lens. By looking at a selected work using a smartphone or tablet, visitors will see something unexpected – the painting’s subjects coming alive, reflecting a vision of our daily reality in the 21st century.

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1G4