Otino Corsano: Banner Year

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 5:00am to Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 5:00am

OCAD U Continuing Studies intsructor Otino Corsano continues to reconstruct cinematic elements into new genres for his latest Banner Year solo exhibition presented by pm Gallery. These new paintings feature celluloid-like images of scrolling banners both with and sans mottos. Undulating forms relate to the analog essence of both cinema and painting in the digital era. Contemporary heraldry of corporate branding is also referenced. Corsanos recent work tracks new dialogues through a fusion of oscillating film structures and the highly archival medium of painting as a perpetually resurfacing discipline.

In early 2008, Corsano commissioned the creation of twelve wood panels to be constructed at three times the scale of the original 2007 iPhone. These solid wood forms were produced prior to any public knowledge of the development or release of the first iPad in 2010, although they are similar in dimensions. Featuring rounded edges and silver casing, the resulting series of wood-burned paintings document inspirational quotes from artists, collectors, dealers and other art world insiders culled from the artists memory.

Linked to the Los Angeles art community, Corsano's visual art practice consists of neo-conceptualist, new genre work. He explores areas of meaning production in a variety of media and established Ocean Course Films as an entity to consolidate his collaborative multimedia projects. Corsano has taught at the University of Toronto and is an Instructor at OCAD University. He completed his MFA at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles in 2000. Banner Year is Otino Corsanos fourth Toronto solo exhibition with pm Gallery. The artist personally thanks Pete Commanda for his wood burning expertise. Otino is grateful to Powell McDougall for a decade of professional representation of his work.

Opening Thursday, February 5, 6 to 9 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
p|m Gallery 1518 Dundas Street West


David Cronenberg. Photo courtesy TIFF.

OCAD U faculty and students have contributed to The Cronenberg Project, a large, multi-platform exhibition and celebration of filmmaker David Cronenberg’s work produced by the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The project, which encompasses a wide array of screenings, gallery shows and digital experiences, kicked off September 5 as part of the festival with the opening ofDavid Cronenberg: Transformation, a visual art exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA). 

The Cronenberg Project is the most ambitious exhibition to date to explore the work of the iconic Canadian filmmaker, and is the first major original, international touring exhibition curated and launched by TIFF. The digital components, including Body/Mind/Change and David Cronenberg: Virtual Exhibition will also be accessible around the world starting this fall.

OCAD U partnered with TIFF’s Higher Learning Digital Resource Hub, York University and Sheridan College to create David Cronenberg: Virtual Exhibition, an in-depth online academic resource companion to the touring show. Caroline Langill, OCAD U’s Associate Dean, Faculty of Art, contributed an illustrated essay about Cronenberg’s objects and props, and several OCAD U students were involved in developing interactive maps. The virtual exhibition, which will be launching this fall, also features rare behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Cronenberg’s collaborators.

Natalie Waldburger, Assistant Professor, Drawing & Painting worked with the TIFF team to bring resources from the TIFF collection of Cronenberg props to the classroom during the winter term, using high res 3D scans. Students had access and permission to use these scans in their work, and Waldberger later submitted their work to TIFF for consideration in David Cronenberg: Virtual Exhibition. A selecion of OCAD U student images, together with Waldburger's detailed lesson plan will be available in the Virtual Exhibition's Teacher Resource Centre.

For David Cronenberg: Transformation (September 5 to December 29 atMOCCA) OCAD U’s Nomadic Resident for 2013, Candice Breitz contributed "Treatment," a trio of redubbed key scenes from Cronenberg’s film The Brood. The work features Breitz, her therapist and her parents in an exploration of relationship disintegration and parental anxiety. David Cronenberg: Transformation also features work by Marcel Dzama, Jeremy Shaw, Laurel Woodcock, Jamie Shovlin and James Coupe. The artists examine shared inspirations in the Cronenberg style—biological horror, the human psyche and the merging of humans and media.

“As the international community turns its attention to Toronto for the Festival, we are thrilled to share a piece of our legacy with David Cronenberg, one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers and someone who represents Canadian cinema at its very best,” said Piers Handling, CEO and Director, TIFF as he announced the details of the project on September 5.

Learn more

The Cronenberg Project will also feature:

-David Cronenberg: Evolution: A comprehensive film exhibition and eBook

-From Within: The Films of David Cronenberg and Psychoplasmic Panic! Cronenberg and the Rise of Body film retrospectives and talks at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

-David Cronenberg: Through the Eye exhibition at MOCCA

-Body/Mind/Change transmedia experience

For complete details and schedule information visit http://tiff.net/cronenberg


David Cronenberg and Piers Handling. Photos courtesy TIFF.

“Everybody’s a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We’re all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.” David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg, the master of the macabre, creepy obsessions and weird fantasies is coming to OCAD University to talk about the relationship between technology, art, cinema, architecture, design and city landscapes. The iconic Toronto-based Canadian filmmaker will be interviewed by Piers Handling, Director and Chief Executive Officer of TIFF at OCAD U on Tuesday, January 21, as part of the President’s Speaker Series

"OCAD U is honoured to host one of the world’s most imaginative filmmakers in conversation with a one of the world’s best known curatorial and administrative leaders in film," said Dr. Sara Diamond, OCAD U's President. "This is a wonderful opportunity for the OCAD U community to learn about cinema, technology, design and the creative process from two film masters and we look forward to their unique industry perspectives, artistic ideologies and visions for the future."

During Cronenberg’s 40-year career as a filmmaker, his works have included independent, experimental, science fiction, horror, thriller and studio productions including Videodrome, The Fly, Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch, Crash, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, A Dangerous Method and Cosmopolis. Thought-provoking and transgressive to the point of being controversial, Cronenberg is also celebrated with significant international awards, including France’s prestigious Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres, a Special Jury Prize at Cannes, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Cronenberg was the subject of an ambitious, international touring exhibition curated and launched by TIFF in the fall, and as part of that initiative OCAD U partnered with TIFF’s Higher Learning Digital Resource Hub, York University and Sheridan College to create David Cronenberg: Virtual Exhibition. The Virtual Exhibition will make a vast collection of scholarly essays, footage and research materials available to an online international artist. Caroline Langill, Interim Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies at OCAD U, Natalie Waldburger, Assistant Professor, Drawing and Painting and a team of OCAD U students contributed essays, interactive maps, lesson plans and 3D images to the Virtual Exhibition. 

Piers Handling, who will join Cronenberg at the January 21 event, is responsible for leading both the operational and artistic growth of TIFF. Since 1994, under his direction, TIFF became an internationally renowned cultural institution and opened TIFF Bell Lightbox, a permanent home for all of TIFF’s year-round film, educational and exhibition programming. Handling is the former Deputy Director of the Canadian Film Institute (CFI), taught at Carleton and Queens universities and has published extensively on Canadian cinema. He holds an Honourary Doctorate of Fine Arts from OCAD U.

Famous Cronenberg quotes

“I think of horror films as art, as films of confrontations. Films that make you confront aspects of your own life that are difficult to face. Just because you’re making a horror film doesn’t mean you can’t make an artful film.”

“Since I see technology as being an extension of the human body, it’s inevitable that it should come home to roost.”

“As filmmaker, I ask questions but don’t have answers. Moviemaking is a philosophical exploration. I invite the audience to come on the journey and discover what they think and feel.”

Learn more:

Attend the talk

David Cronenberg exhibition at TIFF 

Toronto Life profile of David Cronenberg 

Piers Handling at TIFF