Imago Mundi — Great and North opens at Onsite Gallery

Opening reception: Imago Mundi — Great and North. Photo: Henry Chan.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

More than 300 people attended the opening night of Onsite Gallery’s latest exhibition, Imago Mundi – Great and North. Presented for the first time in Canada, the exhibition includes more than 700 works by artists, writers, designers and architects from across Canada.

The public opening reception featured remarks by Elder Archer Pechawis. A performance artist, new media artist, filmmaker, writer, curator and educator and member of Mistawasis First Nation, Saskatchewan, Elder Pechawis thanked President Sara Diamond and OCAD University for its dedication to fostering the recognition of First Nations, Métis and Inuit histories, and their significance in contemporary art and culture.

Francesca Valente, Lead Curator of the exhibition, selected artists from Central and Eastern Canada working in several disciplines: painting, sculpture, architecture, design, cinema, music and literature. Jennifer Karch Verze curated contemporary Western Canadian, Inuit, and Indigenous artists from Canada and the United States. 

Among the featured artists are: Rebecca Belmore, Edward Burtynsky, Mary Pratt, Robert Houle, Douglas Cardinal, Jack Diamond, Moshe Safdie, Andrew Jones, Michael Snow and Margaret Atwood.

Presented with the support of the Luciano Benetton Collection and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Toronto, the free exhibition runs through to December 16, 2018.

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Thursday & Friday – Noon to 7 p.m.
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Opening reception: Imago Mundi — Great and North. Photo: Henry Chan.

How to Breathe Forever

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 7:00pm to Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 5:00pm

How to Breathe Forever
January 16 to April 14, 2019

Mary Anne Barkhouse
Maryanne Casasanta
DaveandJenn
Li Xinmo
Qavavau Manumie
Pejvak (Rouzbeh Akhbari + Felix Kalmenson)
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
Ningiukulu Teevee
Flora Weistche

Curated by Lisa Deanne Smith

 

How to Breathe Forever underlines the importance and interconnectedness of air, animals, coral, humans, insects, land, plants and water. The belief that everything in the universe has a place and deserves equal respect is the core of this exhibition and positions our relations with others — including the natural world — as active and reciprocal. The artwork invites you to consider a personhood that attentively collaborates and exchanges with all living things.

 

Mary Anne Barkhouse was born in Vancouver, BC but has strong ties to both coasts as her mother is from the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation of Alert Bay, BC and her father is of German and British descent from Nova Scotia. As a result of personal and family experience with land and water stewardship, Barkhouse’s work examines ecological concerns and intersections of culture through the use of animal imagery. Inspired by issues surrounding empire and survival, Barkhouse creates installations that evoke consideration of the self as a response to history and environment. She currently resides in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario.

Maryanne Casasanta is an artist educator working in photography, video, and performance. Central to her practice is the relationship between art and home, and art and life. Often documented through photo or video, performances of light gestures and subtle interventions propose ways of transforming a routine experience, promoting an active immersion in, and reconsideration of, small, ordinary events. Maryanne observes other areas of research such as, process-based learning and art making, co-creation, and movement, which she explores by working alongside artists across a number of fields. She has exhibited widely and her projects have been supported by the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. Maryanne earned a BFA from OCAD University (2005) and holds an MFA from the University of Guelph (2014). She is currently a Master of Education candidate in the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning program at the University of Toronto.

DaveandJenn (David Foy and Jennifer Saleik) have collaborated since 2004. Foy was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1982; Saleik in Velbert, Germany, in 1983. They graduated with distinction from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2006, making their first appearance as DaveandJenn in the graduating exhibition. Experimenting with form and materials is an important aspect of their work, which includes painting, sculpture, installation, animation and digital video. Over the years they have developed a method of painting dense, rich worlds in between multiple layers of resin, slowly building up their final image in a manner that is reminiscent of celluloid animation, collage and Victorian shadow boxes. They have been shortlisted for RBC’s Canadian Painting Competition (2006, 2009), awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Biennial Emerging Artist Award (2010) and longlisted for the Sobey Art Award (2011). Their work can be found in both private and public collections throughout North America, including the Royal Bank of Canada, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Calgary Municipal Collection and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

Li Xinmo received her master’s degree from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in 2008 and is based in Beijing, China.  Xinmo works in a variety of media, including performance, painting, video, photography and installation. Her works have been exhibited in the Toronto Photo Biennial (Canada), Prague Art Biennial (Czech Republic), National Museums of World Culture (Sweden) and Female Museum (Germany) along with many other art museums and galleries in France, Italy, United States of America, Canada and Columbia.

Qavavau Manumie is known for his intricate compositions in ink and colored pencil, as well as his printmaking. His thematic concerns include depictions of Inuit legends and mythology, Arctic wildlife and illustrations of some of the more contemporary aspects of Inuit life. He is a master printmaker with the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative specializing in lithography and stonecut. He enjoys the opportunity to demonstrate printmaking techniques to young artists and visitors to the studio. His work has been included in most Cape Dorset Print Collections from the mid-1990s onward. He traveled to Toronto in June of 2008 for his first solo exhibition of original drawings, and in 2009 to Vancouver for another exhibition featuring his contemporary work. He was invited to attend an opening of his work in Victoria in the fall of 2012. The artist lives with his wife and son in Cape Dorset.

Pejvak (Rouzbeh Akhbari & Felix Kalmenson) is the long-term collaboration between Felix Kalmenson and Rouzbeh Akhbari. Through their multivalent, intuitive approach to research and living, they find themselves in a convergence and entanglement with likeminded collaborators, histories, and various geographies. Rouzbeh Akhbari is an artist working in video installation and film. His practice is research-driven and usually exists at the intersections of political economy, critical architecture, and planning. Through a delicate examination of the violences and intimacies that occur at the boundaries of lived experience and constructed histories, Akhbari uncovers the minutiae of power that organize and regiment the world around us. Felix Kalmenson is an artist whose practice navigates installation, video, and performance. Kalmenson’s work variably narrates the liminal space of a researcher’s and artist’s encounter with landscape and archive. By bearing witness to everyday life, and hardening the more fragile vestiges of private and collective histories through their work, Kalmenson gives themselves away to the cadence of a poem, always in flux.

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa was born in Guatemala City in 1978. He received a BFA in Media Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, in 2006, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. He was also a postgraduate researcher at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands, in 2013. Working in drawing, performance, sculpture, and video, Ramírez-Figueroa explores the entanglement of history and form through the lens of his own displacement during and following Guatemala’s civil war of 1960–96. He has had solo exhibitions at Casa de América, Madrid (2011); Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2011); Gasworks, London (2015); and CAPC musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux (2017), The New Museum, New York (2018). He has participated in the group exhibitions A History of Interventions, Tate Modern, London; Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (both 2014); Lyon Biennial; The School of Nature and Principle, EFA Project Space, New York (both 2015); São Paulo Biennial; and the Venice Biennale (2017). Ramírez-Figueroa lives and works in Berlin and Guatemala City.

Born in Cape Dorset in 1963, Ningiukulu Teevee has become one of Kinngait Studios most celebrated artists and has established a reputation as one of the Canadian art world’s major figures. Ningiukulu is self-taught and works primarily with coloured pencils and ink. Her images are derived primarily from her comprehensive knowledge of Inuit folklore, which she combines with often humorous images of westernized contemporary life in Nunavut. Ningiukulu Teevee’s graphic drawings explore the relationship between abstraction and representation, particularly the interplay of patterns found in nature. Her work takes inspiration from traditional stories as well as the changes she sees around her in contemporary Cape Dorset. She was shortlisted for a Governor General's award for her book Alego in 2009. Her drawings are found in many major collections including the McMichael Collection of Canadian Art, National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Winnipeg Art Gallery and others.

After witnessing the devastating decline of woodland Caribou, the year Flora Weistche was born, her father decided to stop harvesting this relative. This decision would mark ways in which she would come to know interrelatedness throughout her life.  Of Cree heritage, Flora Weistche grew up on and with the Land of Waskaganish. Her family’s last harvested Caribou hide inspired the rebirth of Weistche’s beading practice — one she had begun at the young age of three and yet laid to rest for some twenty years. She was moved to threading glass coloured beads, to share the messages gifted to her through dreams by her late Uuhkim Helen. By way of beading, Flora Weistche braids relations crossing generations reaching toward plant, animal and human relatives alike. Currently, while finalizing her studies in Human Environment, Weistche lives and works in Tiohtiá:ke / Montréal.

 

Support
How to Breathe Forever is supported by the Ontario Arts Council and Nexus Investments.

Onsite Gallery acknowledges that the new gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes; with gallery furniture by Nienkämper. Onsite Gallery logo by Dean Martin Design.

 

 

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Image: Pejvak (Rouzbeh Akhbari + Felix Kalmenson), Weak Enough to Hear (still), 2018, video. Image courtesy of the artists.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x265
Cost: 
Free
Pejvak (Rouzbeh Akhbari + Felix Kalmenson), Weak Enough to Hear (still), 2018, video. Image courtesy of the artists.

The Verbal and the Visual

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 7:00pm

The Verbal and the Visual
Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. 

Moderators: Peggy Gale and Francesca Valente 
Bill Burns, Barry Callaghan, Gary Michael Dault, Francesca Vivenza

 

Free public event as part of Onsite Gallery's exhibition, Imago Mundi -- Great and Northfeaturing works by 760 artists from across Canada, including Inuit and Indigenous artists from Turtle Island. Exhibition runs October 24 to December 16, 2018.

 

 

About Onsite Gallery – www.ocadu.ca/onsite
Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events.

 

Image: Barry Callaghan, Off the Wall Horseman, 2015, mixed media, 10 x 12 cm. Courtesy of the Luciano Benetton Collection.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery, OCAD University
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Image: Barry Callaghan, Off the Wall Horseman, 2015, mixed media, 10 x 12 cm. Courtesy of the Luciano Benetton Collection.

Photography in the Third Millennium

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 7:00pm

Photography in the Third Millennium
Wednesday, November 28 at 7:00 p.m. 

Moderators: Marc Glassman and Francesca Valente
Ljubodrag Andric, Edward Burtynsky, Geneviève Caron, Suzy Lake, Vincenzo Pietropaolo

 

Free public event as part of Onsite Gallery's exhibition, Imago Mundi -- Great and Northfeaturing works by 760 artists from across Canada, including Inuit and Indigenous artists from Turtle Island. Exhibition runs October 24 to December 16, 2018.

 

 

About Onsite Gallery – www.ocadu.ca/onsite
Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events.

 

Image: Ljubodrag Andric, Italia 2014, 2016, photograph, 10 x 12 cm. Courtesy of the Luciano Benetton Collection.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery, OCAD University
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Image: Ljubodrag Andric, Italia 2014, 2016, photograph, 10 x 12 cm. Courtesy of the Luciano Benetton Collection.

Central and Eastern Canada: A Cultural Laboratory

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

Central and Eastern Canada: A Cultural Laboratory
Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. 

Moderators: Murray Whyte and Francesca Valente
Bonnie Devine, nichola feldman-kiss, Vera Frenkel, Jamelie Hassan, Graeme Patterson, Lisa Steele

 

Free public event as part of Onsite Gallery's exhibition, Imago Mundi -- Great and Northfeaturing works by 760 artists from across Canada, including Inuit and Indigenous artists from Turtle Island. Exhibition runs October 24 to December 16, 2018.

 

 

About Onsite Gallery – www.ocadu.ca/onsite
Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events.

 

Image: Bonnie Devine; Royal Proclamation; 2015; graphite, ink, cotton, thread and glass beads on paper; 10 x 12 cm. Courtesy of the Luciano Benetton Collection.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery, OCAD University
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Bonnie Devine; Royal Proclamation; 2015; graphite, ink, cotton, thread and glass beads on paper; 10 x 12 cm. Courtesy of the Luc

The Intergenerational Path

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 2:00pm

The Intergenerational Path
Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m. 

Moderators: Peggy Gale and Francesca Valente 
Informal talks by: Miles Gertler, Erin Loree, Brendon McNaughton, Henrjeta Mece, Andrew Owen

 

Free public event as part of Onsite Gallery's exhibition, Imago Mundi -- Great and Northfeaturing works by 760 artists from across Canada, including Inuit and Indigenous artists from Turtle Island. Exhibition runs October 24 to December 16, 2018.

 

 

About Onsite Gallery – www.ocadu.ca/onsite
Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events.

 

Image: Erin Loree, Passage, 2016, oil on canvas, 10 x 12 cm. Courtesy of the Luciano Benetton Collection.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery, OCAD University
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Erin Loree, Passage, 2016, oil on canvas, 10 x 12 cm. Courtesy of the Luciano Benetton Collection.

Onsite Gallery presents Imago Mundi — Great and North

Presented for the first time in Canada, Onsite Gallery will exhibit Imago Mundi – Great and North, a comprehensive exhibition that offers a snapshot of contemporary art across Canada today.

The exhibition (October 24 to December 16) features works by 760 artists from across Canada, including Inuit and Indigenous artists from North America. The installation is designed by architect Tobia Scarpa.

Exile Series = Rising Sadness: Performance and Artists' Talk by Ali Asgar

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
7 to 9 p.m.

Onsite Gallery, OCAD University
199 Richmond St. W.

Free

Presented by Art and Social Change, The President’s Office and Onsite Gallery
Co-sponsored by SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) and ASAAP (Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention)

 

Ali Asgar is a Bangladeshi transdisciplinary artist and cultural producer whose performances and visual narratives arise from growing up queer in a heteronormative class-based society. Their provocative street performances and gallery exhibitions exposed them to serious risk in Dhaka and, in 2016, they were awarded an Artist Protection Fund Fellowship at the University of Maine. They are currently working on an MFA in Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ali has exhibited at the Dhaka Arts Summit, the Kolkata International Performance Festival and the Asian Art Biennial. Their work has been produced in Boston, Chicago and New York City, where they were a featured artist at the PEN World Voice Festival.

 

About Onsite Gallery – www.ocadu.ca/onsite
Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events.

 

Photo by Amy Pears.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Ali Asgar photo by Amy Pears

Onsite Gallery is Hiring Student Monitors for the Fall

Onsite Gallery is hiring Student Monitors for their Fall exhibition. Deadline for applications is October 8, 2018.

Onsite Gallery is Hiring Student Monitors for the Fall

Onsite Gallery's raise a flag Exhibition
Monday, September 24, 2018 - 12:00pm

Onsite Gallery is OCAD University’s flagship public professional gallery and experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Fostering social and cultural transformations, Onsite serves the OCAD U community and the general public.

Onsite Gallery is currently recruiting a Student Monitor for their Fall exhibition (October 24 to December 16, 2018) to serve as front-line staff welcoming and informing visitors about exhibitions and public events, to supervise the gallery and engage with visitors. 

Reporting to the Programs Coordinator, Onsite Gallery, the Onsite Gallery Student Monitor will

  • Greet visitors as they enter the gallery and provide information on present and upcoming exhibitions, public events and general gallery and OCAD U information. 
  • Supervise the entrance and all areas of the exhibitions to enhance visitor experience, encourage conversation and engagement and enforce gallery rules and etiquette.
  • Research the exhibiting artists/designers and exhibition themes, prepare and lead thoughtful tours and maintain a comprehensive understanding of the artists/designers and themes in the exhibition to facilitate discussion and meaningful engagement with viewers. 
  • Track daily attendance and encourage the recording of email addresses for Onsite Gallery's e-newsletter database, so patrons are aware of upcoming exhibitions and events. 
  • Ensure all exhibition elements are in proper working order and front reception and gallery areas are clean/tidy. Examine the exhibitions daily to identify if maintenance is needed on artworks, perform corrective action (as appropriate) and notify other staff as needed. 
  • Perform administrative tasks including writing reports related to gallery attendance and audience response. Replenishes gallery material, such as exhibition brochures, at the front desk and other areas as needed. 
  • Perform opening and closing duties including: turning on and off the works in the exhibition, keeping front reception tidy and locking all doors. 
  • Provide staffing assistance for all public programs and events, such as the opening reception, where duties may include: setup and takedown of chairs and tables, serving food, selling drinks and taking photographs. 
  • Assist with installation and de-installation of exhibitions, as needed, which may include: light lifting and moving of objects, installing hanging material, moving plinths, patch/repair and paint walls and hanging wall labels. 
  • Attend Student Monitor orientation meeting prior to the opening of an exhibition, and any other meetings as called by the Programs Coordinator or Curator.  
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Programs Coordinator and senior management. 

Requirements

  • Available to work Wednesdays from 12:00-4:00 p.m. from October 24 to December 16
  • Currently enrolled as an OCAD University student 
  • Interest in contemporary art and design 
  • Comfortable in a public speaking role 
  • Strong verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to work under general direction and in a team environment 
  • Strong interpersonal skills; enjoy working with the public 
  • Must be able to work flexible hours for public event shifts 

Assets

  • Ability to operate audio/visual and office equipment 
  • Knowledge and comfort using social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to assist with Onsite Gallery's digital presence and promotion 
  • Smart Serve certified 

 
Duration: October 24 to December 16, 2018, with possibility of renewing for the following exhibition period 

Rate of pay: $15.68 per hour (which includes in lieu of vacation and benefits)

Schedule: one regular weekly 4-hour shift: Wednesdays from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Vacancies: 1

Please submit the following to Linda Columbus, Programs Coordinator, at lcolumbus@ocadu.ca:

  • confirmation that you are available to work Wednesdays 12:00-4:00 p.m. from October 24 to December 16
  • a cover letter
  • resume
  • notification of whether or not you are IWSP*-eligible (information on the IWSP program here)

 

*Institutional Work Study consists of part-time employment for students on or near campus while they are enrolled in a program of instruction, to supplement OSAP assistance received by students, or to assist other students with demonstrated financial need.

 

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., October 8, 2018.

As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

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