Lisa Myers: Artist Talk

raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000 - 2015)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
7 p.m.

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. W. (Ground Floor)


Lisa Myers, an exhibiting artist in Onsite Gallery's exhibition, raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015), will speak about her art practice.

Lisa Myers is an independent curator, artist and educator. Her recent work involves printmaking, stop-motion animation and performance. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD University. Since 2010 Myers has worked with anthocyanin pigment from blueberries in printmaking, and animation. Her participatory performances involve social gatherings where sharing berries and other food help reflect on place and displacement, and processes of straining and absorbing. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in venues including Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Art Gallery of Peterborough and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her writing has been published in exhibition publications in addition to the journal Senses and Society, C Magazine and FUSE Magazine. She is currently an Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Myers is a member of Beausoleil First Nation and she is based in Port Severn and Toronto, Ontario.


raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000 - 2015)
Curated by Ryan Rice, Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture, OCAD U

Barry Ace, Sonny Assu, Carl Beam, Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Christian Chapman, Dana Claxton, Ruth Cuthand, Wally Dion, David Garneau, Tanya Harnett, Faye HeavyShield, Greg A. Hill, Mark Igloliorte, Jimmy Iqaluq, Elisapee Ishulutaq, Alex Janvier, Piona Keyuakjuk, Myra Kukiiyaut, Rachelle Lafond, Jim Logan, Kayley Mackay, Qavavau Manumie, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Lisa Myers, Nadia Myre, Marianne Nicolson, Lionel Peyachew, Tim Pitsiulak, Annie Pootoogook, Barry Pottle, Pitaloosie Saila and Tania Willard.

raise a flag presents selected works from a national heritage collection representing First Nations, Inuit and Métis art. Housed in Ottawa, managed by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Indigenous Art Collection is one of the most important and comprehensive art collections of contemporary Indigenous art in Canada and beyond. In light of and in tandem with Canada’s 150 commemorations, raise a flag represents alternative discourses and uncovers missing narratives from the framework of a national identity. The works in raise a flag focus on recent acquisitions, obtained from 2000 to 2015, which chronicle recent significant national narratives reflecting upon Canadian heritage, diversity and collective memory.


Onsite Gallery
Onsite Gallery, located at 199 Richmond St. W., is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. On view at the gallery are two inaugural exhibitions in our new expanded space: raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015) and For This Land: Inside Elemental.


Image credit: Lisa Myers, Blueprint, 2012. Serigraph on paper, 55.9 x 76.2 cm. Collection of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
416-977-6000 x265
Lisa Myers, Blueprint, 2012. Serigraph on paper, 55.9 x 76.2 cm. Collection of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada


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.


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 



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 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.



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

Satisfy your appetite for art at OCAD U’s Night Kitchen Under the Tabletop

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 4:00am

A Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Independent Project

(Toronto—September 4, 2012) Hungry for great art? OCAD University invites you to pull up to the tabletop for Night Kitchen, part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche starting at 7:03 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2012, and continuing until sunrise.

Curated by OCAD U alumna Lisa Myers, Night Kitchen is inspired by the children's story written by the late Maurice Sendak, where a boy dreams of surreal, late-night experiences inside a bakery kitchen.

Night Kitchen welcomes the audience into OCAD University after dark, where artists Cheryl L'Hirondelle, Christina Zeidler and Sean Procyk create works that playfully feed the audience through the systems of the institution and its architecture. Using cooking and digestion as metaphors, Night Kitchen invites a reflection on institutional processes, hierarchy and identities.

"We're looking forward to challenging our visitors this year with these incredibly provocative and engaging works by our graduates and faculty," said Dr. Sara Diamond, President of OCAD University and Chair of the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Advisory Committee. "OCAD University has been a proud independent project partner since Scotiabank Nuit Blanche's inception. We invite Torontonians to come to Night Kitchen to broaden their palate for contemporary art."

L'Hirondelle presents her project, a work that explores treaty relations by re-examining the intent of the Canadian government's Certificate of Indian Status. With bureaucratic flare, L'Hirondelle's participatory work invites visitors to question classification and colonialism as they are processed and issued their own treatycard.

Zeidler reverses the roles of audience and performer by taking over OCAD U's auditorium seating with her video and live performance as American feminist writer Valerie Solanas. Filling the auditorium balcony, the Turd Choir joins in with lyrics inspired by Solanas' infamous SCUM Manifesto, suggesting we all create a little world of our own and question the status quo.

Responding to the unintentional soundscape of OCAD U's heating, ventilation and air conditioning infrastructure, Procyk creates an immersive installation with light, water and vibration, amplifying and making visible the ubiquitous hums often ignored in our built environment.

Plan your night:

Onsite at OCAD U will remain open until 11 p.m. with its current exhibition, Letter Rip! Art, Words and Toronto, featuring work by Andy Callahan, Hyang Cho, Michelle Gay, and Gary Taxali with an anchoring contribution from Monkey's Paw proprietor Stephen Fowler (230 Richmond Street West, ground floor).

OCAD U's Student Gallery will remain open until 2 a.m. with its exhibition Astral Plane, a collaborative installation project by Nicholas Robins and Christopher Benjamin Speck.

Visitors are also encouraged to check out Museum for the End of the World at Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall, commissioned by the City of Toronto and curated by Janine Marchessault and OCAD U Liberal Arts & Sciences Associate Professor Michael Prokopow.

For more Scotiabank Nuit Blanche events featuring OCAD U students, alumni and faculty, visit OCAD U's online events calendar.


An award-winning singer/songwriter, interdisciplinary artist and curator, Cheryl L'Hirondelle devotes her creative practice to investigating a Cree worldview (nêhiyawin) in contemporary time and space. She is also an active arts advisor, programmer, director/producer, cultural strategist and activist. Her performance works have been documented in Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women (2001, YYZ Books) and Making a Noise: Aboriginal Perspectives on Art, Art History, Critical Writing and Community (2006, Banff Centre Press). In 2004, L'Hirondelle was one of the first Canadian Aboriginal artists to be invited to present at the Dakar Biennale for Contemporary African Art (Senegal). L'Hirondelle has been recognized with awards such as the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (2006, 2007), the imagineNATIVE New Media Award (2005, 2006) and as a Webby Awards Official Honoree (2009). L'Hirondelle has contributed as an advisor to the Banff New Media Institute and the Canada Council. She is a past Smartlab Researcher, KIDS FROM KANATA On-line Aboriginal Liaison, and was a member of the Drum Beats to Drum Bytes Thinktank. She is a member of OCAD University's Aboriginal Education Council, and teaches in OCAD U's Integrated Media program.

In addition to being an independent curator, Lisa Myers is an artist, musician and chef. These disciplines inform her various practices. Myers cooked for many years satisfying hungry stomachs at Enaahtig Healing Lodge and Learning Centre. Her community work included co-ordinating and editing This Food is Good for You, the Enaahtig community cookbook, and designing and facilitating an art and food program for youth at the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre. Musical projects include bands Chicken Milk, Venus Cures All and Adaptor 45. Myers' recent research interests include Indigenous North American art practice, geography and food studies related to colonialism. Her MFA research in Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University investigated cultural agency and the encoding of food from diverse Indigenous perspectives, and resulted in the exhibition entitled Best Before. Myers has curated exhibitions at the MacLaren Art Centre, York Quay Centre and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her writing has been published in C Magazine, Fuse, and Senses and Society. She lives and works between Toronto and Port Severn, Ontario.

Sean Procyk holds a degree in Fine Arts from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University and a Master's of Fine Arts from OCAD University.  He is currently employed as the Sculpture Facilitator for The Banff Centre's Visual Arts Department, where he advises artists about fabrication processes, project planning and installation design.  Drawing inspiration from construction processes, audiovisual light shows, interactive electronics and computer intelligence, he creates immersive artworks that evoke a multisensory experience.

OCAD U alumna Christina Zeidler (Integrated Media, 1997) is a Toronto-based artist who creates short films, gallery installations and collaborative film projects. She is also President and Developer of The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, where her community-based approach to the redevelopment of the building and business, and the integration of artist-designed rooms has earned her a respected reputation within Toronto's cultural community. Zeidler is also a member of the euro-electronica-pop-diva sensation ina unt ina, and part of the newly formed band Mintz. She has been recognized as one of Toronto's 10 best filmmakers by Toronto International Film Festival Co-Director Cameron Bailey, and was awarded the Best Canadian Media Award at the 2004 Images Film Festival.


About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University 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.

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Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
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