photo of glass bottles on a white shelf
exhibition postcard
Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 6:00pm

We live among the sponges and chemical soups. 
We are made of membranes and fluids. 
Transparency and smoothness reassure us. 
What do toxic substances have in common with substances that expel toxins? 

We are the permeability of our bodies. 
We detox and re-tox and we’ve all had chicken pox. 
We are complicated by invisible forces: 
contamination, disease, illness, the promise of health, 
and the environmental realities of industrial capitalism. 

FOR THE LIVER, SKIN, KIDNEYS, COUNTER-TOPS, GLASS, METAL, BLOOD, AND HARDWOOD FLOORS explores the surfaces, behaviours, aesthetics, and promises of ‘purity’- especially as it moves through the body. 

Quinn Buckler is a Toronto based multi-disciplinary artist. She is currently completing a BFA in Sculpture/Installation at OCAD U. This exhibition presents the body of work she has been building for her final thesis. 

Thursday March 7 – Saturday March 16, 2019 Opening Thursday March 7, 6 – 8 pm

Abbozzo Gallery (401 Richmond Street West, Suite 128)


OCAD University's Sculpture/Installation Program— in collaboration with Abbozzo Gallery, Beaver Hall Gallery, Gallery 1313 and Lonsdale Gallery— is pleased to announce the 2019 Sculpture/Installation Thesis Exhibitions series titled For External Use Only, taking place from February 28 to April 13, 2019. This series of seven exhibitions will feature the multi-media artworks of 4th-year students in professional Toronto galleries. It has been made possible by the generous support of the Nora Vaughan Bequest to the Sculpture/Installation Program and the Faculty of Art Innovation Fund.

Venue & Address: 
Abbozzo Gallery (401 Richmond Street West, Suite 128) Toronto, ON
For External Use Only poster

Mark Jaroszewicz

Mark Jaroszewicz’s passions in material arts span over twenty years, and he continues to cultivate an ever-fresh philosophy of “just getting started.”  He started early on the journey as an artist, having his own studio space at seventeen. Mark furthered his exploration of diversity of media and techniques at the Ontario College of Art, graduating with honours in glass. His travels as a high-end faux painter and muralist throughout Asia and North America challenged and redefined his cultural definitions, broadening his standards of being a Canadian. 

Mary Anne Barkhouse: Boreal Baroque

Boreal Baroque
Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 4:00am

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Kitchener presents work by OCAD alumna Mary Anne Barkhouse in the Keith & Winifred Shantz Gallery and the Donald & Pamela Bierstock Gallery. The exhibition includes exquisitely crafted representations of animals adorning baroque furniture; this juxtaposition provides a stark contrast reminiscent of the palace gardens at Versailles. Forest creatures lounge on side-tables. Glass bats hang carefully from a finely worked metal chandelier. The atmosphere of the entire exhibition is strange, unusual and wonderful. Boreal Baroque also presents an incredible level of workmanship in bronze, glass, and copper.

Venue & Address: 
Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery 25 Caroline Street North, Waterloo, Ontario
$10 for Adults, $5 for Students and Seniors under 12 free with adult accompaniment Tues. - Fri.: free admission 5 - 6 pm

Environmental Design Professor Stuart Reid's BELIEFS exhibition & more...

Hacking Time
Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 11:00am to Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 11:00am

April 2 to 30 -- Gallery Gevik will be exhibiting a new body of work by Stuart Reid during the month of April. This series, entitled ‘Beliefs’ are ‘glass canvases,’ and can be viewed as front-lit paintings or as backlit-illuminated images. Last summer, Reid’s world-class art installation ‘zones of immersion’, debuted at Union Station. This installation consists of a 150-metre screen of glass panels with multi-layered mural images, poetic writings and rich primary colors with black and white drawings.

March 28 - May 15 -- Durham Art Gallery will be exhibiting a trio of work called "Hacking Time" Adam Magyar, Stuart Reid, David Rokeby

April 23 to October 2017 -- a group exhibition of International Contemporary glass at Le Centre du Vitrail in Chartres, France Lumieres du Monde  which features 3 of Stuart Reid's glass works


Venue & Address: 
Gallery Gevik 12 Hazelton Avenue Durham Art Gallery 251 George St. E. Durhan
http://www.gevik.com www.durhamart.on.ca www.centre-vitrail.org
info@gevik.com contact@centre-vitrail.org


Heather Nicol, Three Butterflies, image provided by Heather Nicol
Heather Nicol at work. Image provided by Heather Nicol
Works from the Cordial exhibition. Image provided by Heather Nicol

“It’s about the fragility of what we think is important, especially when the objects break, or are broken. And in the digital era, there’s still a strong desire for the tactile.” Heather Nicol

Heather Nicol's MFA thesis exhibition, Cordial, held at the OCAD University Student Gallery during Grad Ex reflected on themes of social histories, familiar objects and domestic traditions.

A culmination of two years of study in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design (IAMD), Cordial rethinks familiar objects and their social relationship to people. A collection of glass stemware filled with colourful liquids toasts togetherness, collaboration and family. Wallpaper samples on plywood panels adorned with unique artifacts and heirlooms — everything from butterflies and old lace to china cups and picture frames — celebrate nostalgia and traditions, while at the same time positioning the objects on display as feminist reclaimations.

During her formal thesis defense on May 2, Nicol described her established career as an artist and curator, the 22 years she spent in New York City, and the shift in both her life and artistic practice that led her back to university to study again and approach her work in a new way. 

“The last ten years of my life have been intensely domestic,” Nicol said. “I moved back to Canada, I’ve been caregiving to children and other people in my life, and discovering the dozens and dozens of invisible gestures that create a home. It’s brought me closer to materials than before.”

Nicol, who experienced the Mad Men style domesticity of the 60s as a child, and later the women’s movement in the 70s as a teenager, observed there’s a sense of ambivalence and fragility in domestic objects. In the slow, labour intensive and passionate process of creating the works in Cordial, she realized this ambivalence remains, even though our gender roles have changed, as has our connection to the material as we move further into the digital realm.

“We want to create a sense of home, and we use objects for their stabilizing effect,” Nicol said. “If you think of the biography of a teacup though, it may be part of a set initially, but over time it’s separated as things get lost or broken. There’s a lifecycle of things and uncertainties involved, and I wanted to play with that.”

Nicol is a President’s Scholar at OCAD U and is well-known in the Toronto arts community for her sculpture and installation using tactile materials like fabric, fur, beads, glass and paper together with theatrical devices including sound and light. In addition to her grad studies at OCAD U, she also holds BFA in Visual Art from the School of Visual Arts and an MA in Arts Education from New York University.

Her goal with her work, including Cordial, is to have a conversation with people from different generations and backgrounds. Her work examines the patterns in our lives, and the social relationship of objects to people.

Learn more

View Cordial at the OCAD U Student Gallery 
52 McCaul Street, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. through May 6