"Smooshes, Slabs & Slices: Entanglements in Ceramic" by Pam Nelson

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 1:00pm to Monday, August 20, 2018 - 5:00pm

Smooshes, Slabs & Slices is a thesis exhibition of sculptural, ceramic-based assemblages that capture moments of transformation in progress. A raw material is made precious, a lump of solid clay is smooshed, a slab is in motion. Each object is fabricated in a bricolage manner of a collection of unlikely material actants, and transformed through digital and hand made processes. At a foundational level, these objects tell a story about physical forces exerted on materials, the results of which reference a range of geologically and culturally-entangled contexts around ideas of displacement, transformation, permanence and fragility. This practice-based research was created through a diffractive methodology which encourages method to emerge from meaning and vice versa.

 

Reception:

Thursday, August 16, 6-9PM

 

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W
pam nelson thesis exhibition

Thinking Through Making - Open Studio

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 10:30am to 2:00pm

Open Studio

Thinking Through Making Graduate Studies Summer Institute

OCADU Graduate Gallery and Experimental Media Space

205 Richmond Street, Toronto, ON

July 20, 2018 10:30 – 2:00 

 

OCAD University Graduate Students and Faculty are invited to the Open Studio for the inaugural Thinking Through Making graduate summer institute. Artists and designers of the Digital Futures, Criticism and Curatorial Practice and the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design programs will share their research/creation activities from the wood, metal, plastics, digital fabrication and textiles studios. Please drop by from 10:30 – 2:00 on Friday, July 20, 2018. 

 

Contact:

imen@faculty.ocadu.ca

jirizawa@faculty.ocadu.ca

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery and Experimental Media Space, 1st floor of 205 Richmond St. W
Thinking Through Making

Drawing as a weapon of mass creation

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 11:00am

"El dibujo como arma de creacion masiva" translates to "Drawing as a weapon of mass creation" in english and will be presented by Coco Guzman at the University Miguel Hernandez, in the Fine Arts Department in Spain on June 12th.

Venue & Address: 
University Miguel Hernandez, Fine Arts Department, Altea (Spain)
Drawing poster

SMASH: We Are More

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 8:00pm

Congratulations to IAMD Alumni Eli Schwanz (MFA 2017) and soon-to-be IAMD Alumni Dasha Valakhanovitch (MDes 2018) in their participation in the upcoming exhibition SMASH: We Are More.

 

An explosion of Canadian creativity awaits—a rally of contemporary painters, sculptors, digital innovators, and botanical artists from Toronto and Montreal will transform the Gardiner into sensory overload.

SMASH: We Are More tempts us out of our individual bubbles for a night of bold contemporary art, encounters with natural beauty, and mind-bending installations that reflect the power of connection in the digital age, capture our imagination, and create moments between strangers and friends.

For more information, please visit: https://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca/event/smash-we-are-more/

Poster: 
SMASH

Omar Badrin (MFA '15) wins a 2017 Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award

In My Skin, image courtesy of the artist
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Omar Badrin, alumnus from the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design and the 2015 IAMD GradEx Medal Winner was awarded one of three Melissa Levin Emerging Artist (MLEA) Award, administered by the Textile Museum of Canada. The MLEA Awards helps emerging artists conduct self-directed activities such as art production, apprenticeships, residencies or research. The award is in memory and honour of Melissa Levin (1958-2015), an artist, mentor and teacher whose career as a textile and costume designer was synonymous with exuberant love of colour and pattern.

Omar's first commercial solo-show, "Lul!", is on now at Birch Contemporary Gallery until April 21, 2018. For more details: http://birchcontemporary.com/exhibition/new-works-5

More about Omar: http://www.omarbadrin.com

 

Always Already

Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 12:00pm to Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 7:00pm

Always Already[1]

Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design First Year Exhibition

OCAD University Graduate Gallery

Reception: April 4, 2018- 5-8pm

 

The artists and designers of the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design Graduate Program at OCAD University have practices that span many forms of visual research and creative production. The Always Already exhibition captures the plurality and paradoxes of interdisciplinary practice. It showcases how their work intersects, resonates, and diverges thematically—always already in dialogue with the complexities of contemporary art and design.

 

Curatorial Statement

Always Already is a generative collision; a dynamic state of synchronous creation and destruction. It is temporality that is never closed and is always in flux. It is self-definition in a world of infinite possibilities.

We are the artists and designers of the post-disciplinary, post-internet age. We deal in hybridity and build worlds. We acknowledge that all identities are layered, fluid, and fragmented. We are experimental materialists. We are artistic omnivores. We know that rules are made to be broken.

 

Artists and Designers:

Tal Sofia, Sarah Carlson, Coco Guzman Martin, Vanessa Jackson, Shannon Kupfer, Elizabeth Lopez, Ellen Snowball, Adrienne Matheuszik, Kirstie McCallum, Alex Perlin, Kristi Poole-Adler, Randa Reda Mahmoud, Philip Sparks, Jeff Tallon, Dori Vanderheyden, Lingxiang Wu

 

 

[1] Always Already is a term we borrow from critical theory, a nod to the scholarly research component of our program. We use it here as playfully, as a point of entry into the complexity of our interdisciplinary work.

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/Always-Already-OCADU-447797575638958/
Email: 
alwaysalready@gmail.com
Always Already

Traces Retraced: Reconstructing Identity

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 5:00pm

A quite whisper between two old men in the corner of the room belies a word you’ve never heard before, but somehow it sounds familiar. The crows caw at the sounding of a bell and the smell of burning firewood fills the room, they trigger a memory that oddly, you can’t recall ever experiencing - so you retrace your steps.

 

Traces Retraced is an autoethnographic study comprising installations of burnt wood objects, wood prints, charcoal drawn projections and an Camera Obscura with its eye on the world. The works investigate notions of coming to know my Indigenous identity through the lens of my own journey from unconscious to consciously knowing who I am in relation to my Métis and Anishinaabe roots. The works ponder and comment on memories both real and imagined, evoking archetypes of my ancestry in an contemporary context. 

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W.
Traces Retraced

Ceramic 3D Printing and Up-Cycling: Imagining the Possibilities

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 5:00pm

 

“We are living in strange times indeed; evil clowns prowl the streets, lurk in dark alleys and lead our governments.  Yet, I’m convinced that we have an opportunity, right now, to make a change.  Combinations of 3D Printing, Hackerspaces, the Maker Movement and Upcycling provide the tools, locations, partnerships and motivation to create an alternative economy.  As we stand on the precipice of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we have an opportunity to move beyond simple (and sometimes deceptive) Sustainable Design, towards genuinely holistic Regenerative Development.      Together, we can do it.” 

 

Samantha Sherer is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Master of Design candidate at OCADU.  Her interdisciplinary career in arts-based psychotherapy, studio ceramics and development work with artisans has led Samantha to investigate the intersection between Design and Community health. Her practice led research includes assembling an open source Ceramic 3D printing system to serve as appropriate technology for the Maker Movement.  She is intent on sowing open source Additive Manufacturing technology in the Global North and fostering its transplantation to the Global South, so that it will seed community and stimulate Regenerative Development.

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery, 165 Augusta Ave
Ceramic 3D

Coenesthesia: Affect as an Aesthetic of Healing Through Hybrid Reality Art

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 10:00am to Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 6:00pm

Coenesthesia pairs, a virtual reality (seen through an HTC headset) in which the immersant explores an organic space of internal body parts, spatialized sound and proprioceptive aesthetics (the aesthetic of one’s sense of embodiment, motion and position), with an interactive environment of projection in which a meditation pod acts as a tool for channelling positive energy into the virtual world, creating a positive feedback loop of affect. Coenesthesia aims at forming a connection between a VR immersant, their internal organs and their internal sense of self while enabling another player to connect to the system and the immersant. By incorporating key elements from cognitive neuro prosthetic studies, which include touch synchronisation, paired with visual and auditory synchronisation and proprioceptive alignment, the work explores the aesthetics of the senses and the roles of synaesthesia and analogy, interpreted through affect, this work explores how hybrid multi modal media art can enable the exploration and affective engagement with one’s embodied interiority?  It aims at empowering people to feel a connection with their internal physiological and psychological being. 

Venue & Address: 
The Open Space Gallery, Black Box Lab, 49 McCaul St.
Coenesthesia

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