Square Foot 2007

AWOL Gallery presents Square Foot 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007 - 4:00pm to Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 4:00pm

It is truly incredible when you walk in to the installation for the first time. There are so many pieces representing so many artists, and it's amazing how differently each individual artist has used their allotted space. There are so many variations of medium, materials, application, concept, and subject matter, it is somewhat overwhelming. But the longer you look, the more you start to detect common elements, themes and ideas that run like threads throughout the installation as a whole. It is a true visual representation of the sheer volume of diverse creative energy that is present throughout our community, and our city as a whole. With the presence of so many international artists that idea is not only limited to our city, but is a true representation of diverse global creative coexistence that equates an extremely unique visual art experience.'
Paul Robert Turner, Co-Founder & Co-Director of AWOL Gallery

Venue & Address: 
AWOL Gallery 100A Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Wayhome installation is in progress!

Person installing panels of Cloud installation
People hoisting up a sculptural installation
Cloud installation being lifted into place with cranes
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University Industrial Design students and alumni are hard at work assembling The Cloud, their installation for this weekend’s Wayhome Music and Arts festival.

Alexander Young, Christopher Snell (Industrial Design, 2015), Jurģis Miķēns (Industrial Design 2015) and Sisley Hu designed the structure made of wood, plastic and LED lights. This is the second time OCAD University students have built an installation for Wayhome, an annual festival set in Burl’s Creek in Oro Medonte, Ontario.

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

WAYHOME Competition Deadline

poster for Wayhome competition with deadline
Friday, March 11, 2016 - 10:00pm

WAYHOME Competition Deadline!

Open to all students and first and second year alumni.  We're looking for teams of students to design and build an interactive installation/spectacle onsite at the WayHome Music & Arts festival.

1st place $5,000 + $18,000 fabrication budget + WayHome passes

2nd place $1,000 + WayHome passes

Teams of 3-6 people may apply

Send submissions to:  ocadu.contest@wayhome.com 


Venue & Address: 
Send submissions to: ocadu.contest@wayhome.com
poster for Wayhome competition with deadline

Astral Plane

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 4:00am

A collaborative installation project by Nicholas Robins and Christopher Benjamin Speck that explores the artists’ internal geography and shared personal symbology. Constructions, wall paintings and curated displays will transform the gallery into a personal, spiritual, interior landscape.

Opening Party:
September 13 (6-9pm)

Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery
Opening Thursday September 13th 7PM-9PM 52 McCaul St. OCAD U Student Gallery Sep 5 - Oct 6

Stuart Reid’s Union Station installation inspires awe

Glass panels from Zones of Immersion installation
Artist Stuart Reid at work
Glass panel from Zones of Immersion installation
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 4:00am

Seven feet tall and 500 feet long, Environmental Design professor Stuart Reid’s immense glass mural at Union Station is capturing the media spotlight. Titled Zones of Immersion, the work consists of 166 glass panels of large drawings and writing that convey the experiences of transit riders. In 2008, Reid won an international competition and was commissioned to create a permanent art installation for the new second subway platform at Union Station. The glass panels were hand painted, sandblasted and etched at a glass factory in Paderborn, Germany, and are now being installed.  

Large drawings and sketches that informed the final project are currently on display at Gallery Gevik, 12 Hazelton Avenue, until April 30. Reid will be in attendance at the opening reception on Saturday, April 11, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The monumental work is not yet completely installed and lit; nonetheless, it has been grabbing the attention of Toronto’s arts and urban affairs writers. You can read more in the National Post, Toronto Star and UrbanToronto.ca.



Engaging Ethnography: creative fieldwork in the everyday

Image of a roll of paper
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 4:00am to Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 4:00am

An OCAD U Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design Thesis Exhibition By: Miranda Whist

Opening Reception Thursday April 9th from 6 to 10 p.m.

Regular Gallery Hours: 2 to 8 p.m.

Engaging Ethnography attempts to address the everyday with a more fluid understanding of representation. By allowing the tacit and the intuitive to be components of anthropological research, my intent as artist-ethnographer is to communicate the affective and aesthetic nature of the everyday through more corporeal and visually explorative means.
This attempt to visualize the presence of the everyday has come in the form of audiovisual installations. Through projecting small-scale videos onto objects and spaces, Engaging Ethnography offers new (yet familiar) views of the everyday. I want to see how ethnographic consideration and artist engagement can craft a depiction of the everyday that speaks to its embodied, aesthetic and expressive qualities. Ultimately, these works are an attempt to convey a more experiential and perceptive form of communication; the goal being to highlight those understood or implied, yet not stated understandings that contribute to our awareness of the everyday.

Venue & Address: 
Artscape Youngplace, 110-180 Shaw St. Toronto, Ontario. Room 109
mirandawhist@gmail.com, mw13gm@student.ocadu.ca

WayHome Music and Arts Festival and OCAD U Competition

Black poster with white text and graphics
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 9:00pm

WayHome Music and Arts Festival and OCAD U have joined forces to create a Faculty of Art Competition.
1st place winners will receive a prize of $5,000 and a budget of $18,000 to design and build an interactive installation on site at the festival.

The Competition:
WayHome Music & Arts Festival, in partnership with OCADU, is pleased to announce a competition for the design and construction of an interactive/experiential, site-specific installation. We are looking for enthusiastic teams of students who will think outside the box to design (and eventually build) an installation, experience or spectacle, to be displayed at WayHome.

Competition Schedule and Submission Materials
Phase one: 1 page written concept and sketches (min. 3, max. 5) are due at 5:00pm, April 1, 2015. Late submissions will not be accepted. Confirmation of receipt by the OCAD project manager is required.

Please send digital proposals (In PDF form send digital sketches, or any other form of submission) to ocadu.contest@wayhome.com, along with the signed application form.

Each team must submit 2 contact email addresses and phone numbers.

5 finalist teams will be selected by April, 15, 2015.

Phase two: Budgets and 3D model from the 5 finalists will be due on May 1, 2015.

1st and 2nd place proposals will be selected on May 15, 2015. .

416-977-6000 x 330

Experiencing Perspectives: Art and Business Find Common Ground

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 5:30pm

(Mississauga—November 11, 2014) Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada today announced the 2014-2015 installation of its sixth annual Experiencing Perspectives art exhibition, featuring artwork from students, faculty and alumni of OCAD University. The installation is the company’s largest to date and represents a partnership between art, education and business that remains the only one of its kind with the largest and most comprehensive art, design and media institution in Canada. The exhibition was celebrated at the company’s community art reception in its national headquarters in Mississauga on Monday evening. Attendees included: Stefan Karrenbauer, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada; Natalie Waldburger, Chair of Contemporary Painting and Print Media, Faculty of Art, OCAD U; and Anda Kubis, Associate Dean, Outreach, OCAD U.

“Our unique partnership with OCAD U has enriched our work environment and enabled us to support emerging and established artists working and studying in our community for six years,” said Karrenbauer. “This is our largest exhibition to date, featuring nearly 100 pieces of contemporary art. As the program has grown, so has our ability to develop meaningful connections between business and the arts.”

In addition to the art exhibitions, the program offers employees interesting opportunities to engage in art tours, visual thinking discussions and community events. Art has also been used as a creative tool in the workplace, empowering employees to give visual meaning to key business themes and topics.

Another signature element of the company’s partnership with OCAD U is a $2,000 annual award given to a graduating student and a $1,000 annual scholarship awarded to a current student. The purpose of the awards is to recognize talented emerging artists working and studying in the greater Toronto area.

“These scholarships build confidence in students while providing much-needed financial support,” said Waldburger. “In addition, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services is giving graduating students opportunities to exhibit, see their work in publications and experience the momentum of a professional event as they transition into their own professional practices.”

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services’ Experiencing Perspectives program includes several creative partnerships that bring rotating exhibitions of artwork into Mercedes-Benz Financial Services facilities in the U.S. and Canada. The program began in 2001, when the company partnered with the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. In 2008, the program expanded to the company’s Fort Worth, Texas, Business Center through partnerships with the art schools of SMU and TCU. In 2009, it expanded to Mercedes-Benz Financial Services’ Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, through a partnership with OCAD U.

“Through our partnership with OCAD U, art has become a foundation that bridges community and workplace culture together,” added Karrenbauer. “Some may wonder if it adds value in a business environment. I would say it has absolutely played a valuable role in expanding perspectives, inspiring creative thought and cultivating innovative ideas.”




Judith Doyle at the opening of Pathfinding. Photo: Asma Khanani Caporaletti.
The Pathfinding installation

A new media art installation portraying the perceptual experience of memory loss by two artists with amnesia is now on view at Baycrest Health Sciences Centre. Called Pathfinding, the project was developed at OCAD U’s Social Media and Collaboration Lab (SMAClab) by Judith Doyle, chair of OCAD U’s Integrated Media program, and her assistant Emad Dabiri, an OCAD U student and VJ, who worked together with Robin Len and Kang Il-Kim.

Len and Il-Kim both have anterograde amnesia, which inhibits the ability to create new memories, even though their long-term memories remain intact. Doyle and Dabiri spent a year working with Len and Il-Kim to develop the installation, which features video animations created from composited layers of images from nature together with those of neural pathways. The images Il-Kim took of flowers, snow, trees and buddhas were layered together with images of the brain, such as that of dendrites, into montage video loops, which are displayed on 10 crowd-sourced old TV sets. 

“The old fashioned TVs are appealing to people, and each one has its own character and personality, whether its wood-grain or white and futuristic,” says Doyle. “The installation creates a living room-like environment, and the beautiful soundtrack created by high school student Paul Geldart brings it all together.”

The project came about after Len, a former colleague of Doyle’s was in a bike accident. Prior to the accident he was a highly regarded animator and compositing designer who worked on commercials and opening sequences for films, but the accident, which put him in a month-long coma, was severely disabling. Len, like Il-Kim, whose brain injury is a result of the multiple surgeries he had for a brain tumour, remembers things from the past, but because he has difficulty making new memories, he forgets what he’s doing in mid-task and will sometimes even black out. As Doyle describes, it becomes difficult for people like Len and Il-Kim to move through space, because they forget where they are.

Doyle began working as an artist in residence at Baycrest in 2011, where she became involved in the Memory Link Program, which trains individuals like Len and Il-Kim to enlist their procedural memory to form alternate neural pathways in order to accomplish things. The program also looks to find new ways to use mobile technologies to help with day-to-day tasks. Doyle initially began thePathfinding project in a small studio at Baycrest, and later moved it to the SMAClab once her residency was over. In the course of her research and project work, she was awarded OCAD U’s Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award (2012), and OCAD U also received Baycrest’s Proud Partners Award (2012).

The Pathfinding project itself received support from the Ontario Arts Council, Brain Injury Services of Hamilton and of course OCAD U’s Integrated Media Program.

What Doyle and her assistant Dabiri discovered by working with Len and Il-Kim is that they had knowledge in their hands. Len and Il-Kim could still use video software, and the more they did, the more they began to improve in other areas of their lives.

“The project re-invigorated and re-animated my interests and creative passions,” said Len. "I feel like I'm getting my hands wet again. I can smell the turpentine in the canvas of the video."

“It helped me to regain myself from my brain injury; it made me happier,” added Kang. He described the pleasure he felt taking photos of nature in a ravine near his home for the project. "The ravine path itself represents life. We all have a path that we're going through."

“The process was very productive, for both of them, and there were many unexpected outcomes of the project,” says Doyle, who plans to write a paper about their collaborative experience.

The installation is on view until March 1 at Baycrest Health Sciences Centre. It will also be part of the Inclusive Design Institute’s Disrupting Undoing: Constructs of Disability exhibition at OCAD U’s Open Gallery in April.