Nicholas Pye

NICHOLAS PYE was born in Torquay, England in 1976. He lives and works in Toronto Canada. As a musician, Nicholas released and toured with four albums in the mid 90's. Moving from music to visual art, Nicholas completed his undergraduate degree at OCAD in 2002 followed by his MFA degree at Concordia University in Cinema production in 2005. In 2011, Nicholas began working on his doctoral degree in Visual Art at York University. He maintains an active art practice both independently and collaboratively.

Rosalind Nashashibi: Bachelor Machines

Bachelor Machines
Saturday, September 20, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 4:00am

The exhibition Rosalind Nashashibi: Bachelor Machines, curated by OCAD Curator Charles Reeve, tours to Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver.

"We expect movies to tell stories — these groundbreaking works both confirm and disrupt that expectation," said Reeve. "And the fact that they're on celluloid emphasizes the differences between digital and conventional technologies. Film, video and DVD are complements, not competitors."

Bachelor Machines Part I (2007) premiered at the Scottish pavilion in last year's Venice Biennale. The 16mm work was filmed on an Italian freighter sailing from Italy to the Baltic Sea. "Bachelor Machines I portrays the single-sex society of men aboard a cargo ship, and describes the machine that they serve as much as the men themselves," said Nashashibi, who calls the ship "a bachelor-maker, for the way of life it imposes."

Bachelor Machines Part II (2007) comprises two simultaneously screened projections. On the left appears artist Thomas Bayrle and his wife Helke, while on the right are interwoven altered scenes from Nashashibi's earlier works. The soundtrack plays Bayrle's voice describing his apocalyptic vision of our machine-dominated world. Nashashibi describes the term 'Bachelor Machines' as encompassing something sexual — simultaneously masculine and emasculating.

About Rosalind Nashashibi
Group interactions and social rituals are the starting points for Rosalind Nashashibi, who primarily uses 16mm film. She is concerned with portraying the psychological atmosphere of locations and detecting subconscious projections, beginning from scenes filmed of everyday life. Born in Croydon in 1973, Nashashibi studied at Sheffield University and Glasgow School of Art, where she completed her MFA in 2000. Based in London, she is represented by Harris Liebermann, New York and doggerfisher/Susanna Beaumont, Edinburgh.

Venue & Address: 
Presentation House Gallery 333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver, British Columbia

Rosalind Nashashibi: Bachelor Machines

Bachelor Machines
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 4:00am

Two films by internationally renowned artist Rosalind Nashashibi, Bachelor Machines Parts I and II, anchor the summer program of the OCAD Professional Gallery at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD). The show runs June 25 to September 7, 2008.

"We expect movies to tell stories — these groundbreaking works both confirm and disrupt that expectation," said curator Charles Reeve, who organized the exhibit. "And the fact that they're on celluloid emphasizes the differences between digital and conventional technologies. Film, video and DVD are complements, not competitors."

Never before seen in Canada, Bachelor Machines Part I (2007) premiered at the Scottish pavilion in last year's Venice Biennale. The 16mm work was filmed on an Italian freighter sailing from Italy to the Baltic Sea. "Bachelor Machines I portrays the single-sex society of men aboard a cargo ship, and describes the machine that they serve as much as the men themselves," said Nashashibi, who calls the ship "a bachelor-maker, for the way of life it imposes."

Bachelor Machines Part II (2007), presented here for the first time outside Europe, comprises two simultaneously screened projections. On the left appears artist Thomas Bayrle and his wife Helke, while on the right are interwoven altered scenes from Nashashibi's earlier works. The soundtrack plays Bayrle's voice describing his apocalyptic vision of our machine-dominated world. Nashashibi describes the term 'Bachelor Machines' as encompassing something sexual — simultaneously masculine and emasculating.

Rosalind Nashashibi: Bachelor Machines is presented in conjunction with Skip, Divided: The Films of Rosalind Nashashibi, organized by Pleasure Dome to take place Saturday, August 16 at 8 pm
at Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Ave., Toronto
(for details please visit pdome.org).

Summer Gallery hours: Tues. to Fri., 1 to 7 pm.

OCAD gratefully acknowledges the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

About Rosalind Nashashibi
Group interactions and social rituals are the starting points for Rosalind Nashashibi, who primarily uses 16mm film. She is concerned with portraying the psychological atmosphere of locations and detecting subconscious projections, beginning from scenes filmed of everyday life. Born in Croydon in 1973, Nashashibi studied at Sheffield University and Glasgow School of Art, where she completed her MFA in 2000. Based in London, she is represented by Harris Liebermann, New York and doggerfisher/Susanna Beaumont, Edinburgh.

About the OCAD Professional Gallery
OCAD’s Professional Gallery is devoted to facilitating connections between, and the contemplation of, contemporary art and design. Since its launch in April 2007, it has featured exhibitions by Rirkrit Tiravanija, Karim Rashid and Mark Adams.

The films of Rosalind Nashashibi are currently the subject of an article in Frieze magazine. To find out more, visit "Looking Out" by Martin Herbert in the May 2008 edition of Frieze.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD Professional Gallery 100 McCaul St., Level 2, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Nuit Blanche Toronto at OCAD University

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 11:00pm to Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 11:00am

MULTIPLEX

An all-night essay film marathon and viewing party occupying the classrooms, auditoriums and hallways of OCAD University. We will screen classic, emergent, speculative and mobile works by students, faculty, local and international artists and designers in a cornucopia of essay film and video exemplary of our post-internet age.

Curators:

The Modest Eyes is a collective comprising artists, designers, filmmakers and curators (mostly OCAD U alumni and faculty) who curate novel experiences with video, film and new media art in post-internet contexts.

Maggie Chan is a researcher, artist and designer based in Toronto. She holds a degree from OCAD U in 2D Design and Digital Media and has exhibited multimedia installation at the Gladstone Hotel, Gallery 1313, Art Spin and Ryerson University, Nuit Blanche 2015 and Whitby Station. Her work explores the interchange between technological developments, design and artistic practices.

Patricio Davila is an artist, designer and educator. He is currently an Assistant Professor at OCAD U in Design, Liberal Studies, Digital Futures and Graduate Studies. Patricio is also a member of the OCAD U Mobile Media Lab, Visual Analytics Lab and Zero Lab. He is currently completing his doctoral degree in Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson with a focus on Critical Approaches to Design and Information Visualization. He has exhibited nationally and internationally.

Onyeka Igwe is an artist filmmaker from London. She studied at Goldsmiths for a Master’s in non-fiction filmmaking and her work has been screened in festivals and galleries across the UK, Europe and North America such as the V&A, the London Film Festival and Planete+DOC. In 2015, Onyeka served as Festival Programmer for Toronto's Regent Park Film Festival. She has been involved in LimaZulu gallery and project space since 2011.

Preethi Jagadeesh is a Toronto-based artist and designer. She has a Bachelor of Design from OCAD U along with vast experience in experimental art and design, exploring combinations of traditional and digital media. Her works, which have been exhibited at The Gladstone Hotel and Gallery 1313, use moving images, experimental montage techniques and mixed media through a critically engaged lens.

Maiko Tanaka is a Toronto-based curator who has held positions at the Barnicke, InterAccess, and Casco. She holds a BFA from OCAD U and a Master’s of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. She is currently undertaking a curatorial residency at Trinity Square Video. Maiko was the curator of Nuit Blanche at OCAD University in 2015.

Participating Artists:

Alpha Girls (Alma Alloro and Jennifer Chan)
Mounira Al Sohl
Shirin Barghnavard, Firouzeh Khosrovani, Farahnaz Sharifi, Mina Keshavarz, Sepideh Abtahi, Sahar Salahshoor and Nahid Rezaei
Black Audio Film Collective
Jennifer Chan
soJin Chun
Dana Claxton
Lina El Shamy
Lindsay Fisher and Eliza Chandler
Richard Fung
Forensic Architecture (Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezza)
Onyeka Igwe
Soda Jerk
Kevin B. Lee
Chris Marker
Metahaven
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Sondra Perry
PVS
Hans Richter
Hito Steryl
Agnes Varda
Dziga Vertov
Anna Zett

THE MERGING

This work, commissioned by the City of Toronto as part of curator Paco Barrágan's Militant Nostalgia, will be a large narrative mural depicting multiple interconnected spaces inhabited by various figures in movement. The narration will be symbolic, but also related to two of Toronto's prominent figures: Marshall McLuhan and Harold Coxeter. The choice of the figures is based on their strong significance for the methodology employed in this work. A large painting created using a set of CGI programs is complemented by an app which will allow the viewer to investigate with their tablet or smartphone the three-dimensional spaces depicted in it. Another function of the app will allow figures and geometric shapes to pop out of the painting. The mural is intended as an entity between our physical space and the space of the representations,opening a door toward infinite explorations.

This complex multi-layered project will be unfolding on 3 levels: outdoor, indoor, and virtual space. Each can be experienced independently, but they are also interconnected and enrich one another.

Artist:

Specializing in fusing Americana, popular imagery, and traditional painting techniques, Nicola Verlato is best known for his highly refined allegorical surrealism that recalls the murals of Thomas Hart Benton and the heightened drama of 17th-century Italian baroque paintings. Featuring spectacular light effects, twisting nude figures, and dense compositions, Verlato’s work depicts a dark future that recalls a mythological past. In 2009, he represented Italy at the Venice Biennale with a series of sculptures and paintings, the latter recalling apocalyptic altarpiece panels.

Outdoor

A large banner copy of Verlato's painting will be installed on the exterior wall of OCAD U – highly visible to the Nuit Blanche publics and incorporated into the urban landscape. Gyroscope technology brings objects such as geometric polytopes and some figures out of the mural to the street, allowing them to float freely above those using iPads and smartphones. These polytopes can also be seen away from the mural view – whenever a person engages the app, adding these mysterious objects to his or her actual reality when viewed through the screen of their device. The app allows the painting to be brought out into the world.

Indoor

The original painting will be installed on the wall of The Great Hall at OCAD U. Here, visitors can experience both virtual and augmented reality (AR). The first allows viewers to enter into the painting using their mobile devices to actually see what traditionally only be imagined, such as the backs of the figures, obscured parts of space, etc. By contrast, augmented reality brings characters out of the painting into a three dimensional form. In addition to objects in the painting itself, pedestals located throughout The Great Hall will include AR markers. The pedestals appear empty, but when the marker is activated with the app, virtual sculptures of characters in the painting are created, transforming what was a 2D image in the painting into 3D sculpture. With their mobile devices, the public can add volume to the otherwise flat painting.

Virtual Space

By using the app, the audience can explore the space of painting — entering into the world within the frame beyond what is visible, going to additional rooms, as well as exploring what is under the floor and above the ceiling of the depicted room. The music will change depending on the location of the viewer within this virtual world.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Main Building 100 McCaul St.
Website: 
http://nbto.com/
http://themodesteyes.co/multiplex/program
Email: 
kyorke@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
Nuit Blance

Recast

Image of a small doll covered in beadwork
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 4:00am to Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 5:00am

 

Opening: October 24, 6 to 8 p.m.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: 

Recast suggests the changing of roles often associated with theatre or film, or the remaking of something. This exhibition presents Christian Chapman’s video collaboration and Bev Koski's photographic series to consider how meaning shifts with the recasting of narrative and objects. Chapman invites Sébastien Aubin’s and Caroline Monnet’s media art collective AM, filmmaker Marja Bål Nango, and artist Nathan Young to join him as each edits super eight footage of a self-taught Woodland painter living in the bush. This experiment of outcomes reveals multiple roles of an artist. Koski's photographs of tourist kitsch figurines peering out from under beaded covers creates new personas for caricature depictions of Indigenous North Americans. These larger than life portraits give new meaning to the objects they represent, performing new roles and declaring an unexpected presence.

Co-presenter and commissioning partner: imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: 

BEV KOSKI

Bev Koski is an Anishnabekwe artist who lives in Toronto. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and has a BFA from York University. Koski was involved with 7th Generation Image Makers, an art and mural programme for Indigenous youth run by Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. She currently teaches beading at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, among other places. She is a constant beader and occasional artist.

CHRISTIAN CHAPMAN

Christian Chapman is of Anishnaabeg heritage from Fort William First Nation. His interests include painting, printmaking and film. Chapman uses storytelling as a main theme in his practice to compose his images. The act of storytelling has been an important part of his life: it has informed him of his culture by shaping his identity and personal experiences.

Collaborators for Edmazinbiiget:

With a Bachelors of Fine Arts (major in Graphic Design) from the University of Québec, Sébastien Aubin has worked for Kolegram, one of the most prestigious graphic design studios in Québec, and has since shaped his professional career as a freelance graphic artist. Aubin has done publications for numerous artists, organizations and art galleries in Winnipeg, Montréal and Ottawa, including Plug In ICA Close Encounters, the next 500 years, Terrance Houle, KC Adams, Carleton University Art Gallery, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, and Art Gallery of South Western Manitoba. Aubin is one of the founding members of the ITWÉ collective that is dedicated to research, creation, production and education of Aboriginal digital culture. Currently based in Montréal, QC, Sébastien Aubin is a proud member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba.

Nathan Young is a multidisciplinary artist working in the mediums of film, documentary, animation, multi-media installation, and experimental and improvised music. Young’s filmmaking focuses primarily on health and social issues in American Indian communities and his films have screened in international film festivals as well as having been featured in the National Geographic All Roads Film Festival and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Film + Video Festival. He received his Bachelors degree in art history from the University of Oklahoma. Nathan is of Pawnee, Kiowa and Delaware decent.

Caroline Monnet (1985) is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist of Algonquin ancestry from Outaouais, Québec. Her work demonstrates a keen interest in communicating complex ideas around Indigenous identity and bicultural living through the examination of cultural histories. Monnet has exhibited in Canada and internationally in such venues as the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and Haus der Kulturen (Berlin) for the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Toronto International Film Festival, Aesthetica (UK), Cannes Film Festival (not short on talent) and Arsenal (Montréal). Monnet lives in Montréal and is also a founding member of the Aboriginal digital arts collective ITWÉ.

 Marja Bål Nango is an Sámi artist and filmmaker from Galgujávri in Norway. Nango attended Nordland College of Art, Film and Film & Television studies in Lillehammer University College and studied film producing at Sámi University College. During Riddu Riddu Indigenous Festival 2011, she was the young artist of the year, with a solo-exhibition of art and her own film program. In 2012, Her short film for children, Juletrollet (The Christmas Troll) was purchased by The Norwegian Film Institute and screened in children’s short film program at cinemas all over Norway. She is now working on two different film projects with a three year film grant, a documentary project and a longer film script.

CURATOR: 

LISA MYERS

Lisa Myers is of Anishnaabe ancestry from Beausoleil First Nation and the Georgian Bay region. She grew up in Milton, Ontario. Myers earned her Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University and continues her research as an independent curator. Myers has curated exhibitions at the MacLaren Art Centre and the York Quay Centre at Harbourfront in Toronto. She lives and works in Toronto and Port Severn, Ontario.

Venue & Address: 
Gallery 44 401 Richmond St. W. Suite #120
Website: 
http://gallery44.org/exhibitions/recast
Cost: 
Free

Jillian Mcdonald named 2012 Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 4:00am

(Toronto—March 21, 2012) Andy Fairgrieve, Curator of the Glenfiddich International Artist in Residence program and OCAD University announced today that internationally acclaimed video and performance artist, Jillian Mcdonald is the 2012 Canadian winner of the highly-respected Glenfiddich Artist in Residence award. Ms. McDonald's haunting video and performance art reflects her fascination with the American horror film genre and its use of fear as entertainment. Unlike horror films however, Mcdonald's images of ghosts, zombies and vampires avoid extreme gore and violence as part of her narrative.

Edmonton born Mcdonald divides her time between New York City and Canada, and is notably one of only eight artists from around the world to be awarded the art community's coveted prize to live and work at the distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. The three-month residency, valued at roughly $20,000 per artist, represents Glenfiddich's commitment to the arts and the communities it serves.

Upon learning of the award, Ms. Mcdonald shared that, "I have never been to Scotland and I am so excited to create masks and costumes inspired by the folklore and the romance of the gothic landscape which evoke all sorts of horror associations."

While in Dufftown the artists live in crofts at the distillery and are encouraged to find inspiration from their unique setting in the Scottish Highlands. One of the special benefits is the opportunity to work in an international artists' community, to share in a dialogue with one another and to foster cross-disciplinary ideas. The Artist in Residence program covers the cost of travel, living expenses and working materials while at the residency.

Mr. Fairgrieve underscores that, "The program's ethos is about encouraging people to take inspiration from their experience living at the distillery, whether that be the pioneering heritage of Glenfiddich, the surrounding environment, or the daily life of the distillery and local community, and to be as pioneering as possible — a mission our artists live and breathe during their three-month residency."

"We are very proud that the Artist in Residence program appeals to so many of Canada's leading and emerging artists," says Mr. Fairgrieve. "The range and scope of the submissions is a true reflection of the creative exploration going on in Canada today."

Over 100 artists from the far-reaching corners of Canada submitted proposals. Along with OCAD U Curator and Associate Professor Charles Reeve, the selection committee also included Lisa Deane Smith, OCAD University Assistant Curator; Vlad Spicanovic, Dean of the Faculty of Art at OCAD U; and Dave Dyment, 2008 Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence. Reeve points out that the "geography, age and interests provided a rich and broad range of entries as sweeping as the country and a collection of work that spans multiple genres, mediums and perspectives from the traditional to the avant garde."

The Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence program has sponsored more than 40 artists since its inception in 2002. Canadian artists have included Helen Cho (2011), Damian Moppett (2010), Arabella Campbell (2009), Dave Dyment (2008), Jonathon Kaiser (2007), Annie Pootoogook (2006) and Myfanwy Macleod (2005).

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada's "university of 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.

About Onsite [at] OCAD U
Formerly called "The Professional Gallery," Onsite [at] OCADU (www.ocadu.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 OCAD U's educational experience while helping to make this university an indispensable cultural resource for the region.

About William Grant & Sons
William Grant & Sons is an independent family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1886 and today still controlled by the fifth generation of his family.  The Company distils some of the world's leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world's favourite single malt Glenfiddich®, the handcrafted range of The Balvenie® single malts and one of the world's best loved blended Scotches, Grant's®, as well as selected other spirits, including Hendrick's® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Spiced Rum and, most recently, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey 

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