Proud objects: Cheryl Pope’s first Canadian exhibition + tips for collaborative art

I WANT TO BE PROUD

Cheryl Pope, I WANT TO BE PROUD, 2016. Text by Debora Puricelli. Nylon and tackle twill, 3 x 5 ft. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

In early 2016, renowned Chicago-based visual artist and designer Cheryl Pope collaborated with OCAD University students and local community members in her first Canadian exhibition, which formed a major part of Onsite Gallery and the university’s Pride 2016 programming (June 8 to July 4). This site-specific exhibition, Objects for Listening, included 10 colourful, varsity-style champion banners and multiple audio installations she calls “listening stations.”


All the pieces were developed in workshops, in which Pope led us through a variety of exercises, each one bringing us deeper into our private personal thoughts and perceptions. We answered questions. We sewed and chatted. We wrote while looking at ourselves in mirrors. And then we chatted some more.

 

I AM MYSELF

Cheryl Pope, I AM MYSELF, 2016. Text by OCAD U workshop participant. Nylon and tackle twill, 3 x 5 ft. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

I AM NOT AFRAID

Cheryl Pope, I AM NOT AFRAID, 2016. Nylon and tackle twill, 3 x 5 ft. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.


Queer diversity and community

Pope designed the artworks in Objects for Listening to carry individuals’ thoughts from the OCAD U community. Those individuals may or may not have very different viewpoints, but they all reveal deep reflection on diverse identities, gender expressions and sexual orientations. Today, at the 35th anniversary of the bathhouse raids and Toronto’s Pride Parade, it is impossible to find any overarching language that could define the OCAD U or queer communities.

As discussions at the intersections of gender, race, cultural background, ability, age, class, education, politics and values are expanded, the significance of community remains important. As a community, over the past 35 years many in Toronto have fought hard for diverse sexual and gender expressions and identities.

Now, as we investigate systemic oppression, community strength, support and brainstorming remain vital. Working collaboratively, in the manner Pope does, successfully navigates and supports individuals and their communities.

I DON'T SEE ME AS YOU SEE ME

Cheryl Pope, I DON”T SEE ME AS YOU SEE ME, 2016. Nylon and tackle twill, 3 x 5 ft. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

I AM UNSURE OF MY PLACE

Cheryl Pope, I AM UNSURE OF MY PLACE, 2016. Text by Lizz Khan. Nylon and tackle twill, 3 x 5 ft. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.


Cheryl Pope. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago. Photo credit: LaMont Hamilton.

Cheryl Pope. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago. Photo credit: LaMont Hamilton.

Pope’s 7 most important elements for designing collaborative art projects

  1. “Generating content with people through conversations, workshops, text submissions and free writes is rooted in the value of discovering together, of asking, looking, listening and finding.”
  2. Creating collaboratively “respects and celebrates the individual and highlights that individuals together make a community.”
  3. Pope’s works “offer the possibility to hear both the individual and the community.”
  4. “Working in this way, I find that it is possible to avoid assumptions and, instead, hear and better represent the voice of the people I am collaborating with.”
  5. “Research through conversations and workshops draws a foundation to the work that it is for the people, by the people and with the people. I see myself as a journalist; this is extremely important, as the work is understood as a voice of many.”
  6. “Being physically present with people and listening offers me the opportunity to hear the call and reactions, the community speak, the value and weight of the voice, of the body, the temperature in the room, the cadence and the progression, the silence, the comfort and discomfort. These aspects are most important in the research, the physicality of language.”
  7. “The workshops are focused opportunities for reflecting, sharing, questioning and listening. They offer the opportunity for members of the same community to hear one another, in a safe, respected and valued space. The awareness that their voices are being listened to as part of the research seems to call forward a heightened intention to the contribution and exchange.”

 

Lisa Deanne Smith is the curator of Onsite Gallery, OCAD University’s experimental curatorial platform and professional gallery of art, design and digital media.

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Nicole Beno Vinyl Mural

Nicole Beno Vinyl Mural
Nicole Beno Vinyl Mural
Friday, April 1, 2016 - 4:00am to Monday, May 1, 2017 - 4:00am

Onsite Gallery is pleased to present a public work by Toronto-based designer/artist Nicole Beno that celebrates Onsite Gallery’s upcoming move. View Beno’s larger-than-life vinyl mural on the window façade of 230 Richmond Street West which directly faces the gallery’s future location across the street at 199 Richmond Street West. From April 2016 to May 2017, viewable 24/7.

Curated by Linda Columbus.
 

Nicole Beno
Nicole Beno is a graphic designer and visual artist from Toronto, working with bold colours, layers and screen printed compositions. Her playful process combines hand drawings, materials, and textures with computer generated illustrations to form a unique graphic style.

Venue & Address: 
230 Richmond St. W.
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Cost: 
FREE
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Artist Mel Chin: From Melrose Place to toxic landfills

Image of artist Mel Chin speaking with students
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 5:00am

Houston-based artist Mel Chin opened his March 9 talk “You are Never Done” with a solo rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds.” After grabbing the attention of the capacity crowd – more than 300 people filled the auditorium – Chin launched into a lively presentation of some of his most spectacular creations: large-scale conceptual art with social impact.

Chin showed images from Revival Field, a landscape-art project that combines science, technology and art. He planted hyperaccumulator plants to naturally draw toxic heavy metal from the soil at a Minnesota landfill. Chin has worked with other scientists and artists to replicate the project in Palmerton, Pennsylvania, and Stuttgart, Germany.

For In the Name of the Place, Chin and his collaborators inserted art objects on the set of the prime-time TV series Melrose Place, placing fine art into popular culture. The pieces were later auctioned off to benefit educational charities.

Chin also screened the trailer for 9/11-9/11 (2006), an animated film based on his graphic novel of the same title. The fictional love story examines the human impact of covert political machinations.

During his visit to OCAD University, Chin also met with a group of students who are committed to social justice through their art or activities on campus.

"You are never done" is presented by the President's Speaker Series in association with Onsite Gallery’s ONSITE/EXCITE/INSPIRE program which investigates stimulating change through public platforms outside the gallery.

ONSITE/onward: Art/Design and Public Spaces Panel Talk

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 10:30pm to Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 12:00am

What role does public art and design play in our everyday urban experience? Join us for a conversation on art/design and public spaces, presented by Onsite Gallery in partnership with Design Exchange.

Featuring:

Nicole Beno (graphic designer and visual artist)
Karen Carter (Executive Director of the Myseum of Toronto)
Shawn Micallef (author and weekly columnist at the Toronto Star)
Ala Roushan (OCAD U Assistant Professor, Faculty of Design)
with Nina Boccia as moderator (Director of Programs at Design Exchange)

Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m.
100 McCaul St.
Auditorium, Room 190

Event is FREE, all are welcome
Space is wheelchair accessible

This talk formally launches a public work by Nicole Beno that celebrates Onsite Gallery’s upcoming move. View Beno’s larger-than-life vinyl mural on the window façade of 230 Richmond St. W., directly across from the gallery’s new location. From April 2016 to May 2017. Curated by Linda Columbus.

Nicole Beno
Nicole Beno is a graphic designer and visual artist from Toronto, working with bold colours, layers and screen printed compositions. Her playful process combines hand drawings, materials, and textures with computer generated illustrations to form a unique graphic style.

Onsite Gallery is pleased to present a public non-commercial graphic design vinyl work installed on the two-storey street-level exterior window surface of 230 Richmond St. W. – the former site of Onsite Gallery which directly faces the gallery’s future location across the street at 199 Richmond St. W.

Karen Carter
Karen Carter is the Executive Director of the Myseum of Toronto an innovative approach to the museum experience, and a new way to experience Toronto’s natural spaces, cultures, history, archaeology and architecture. She has over 20 years experience working and volunteering in a variety of cultural and educational settings in Toronto. She is the co-founder and Chair of Black Artists’ Networks Dialogue (BAND), an organization dedicated to the promotion of Black arts and culture in Canada and abroad. Karen is also the Program Coordinator and faculty member for the Culture and Heritage Site Management program at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre.

Shawn Micallef
Shawn Micallef is the author of The Trouble With Brunch: Work, Class, & the Pursuit of Leisure, Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto and Full Frontal TO (nominated for the 2013 Toronto Book Award), a weekly columnist at the Toronto Star, and a senior editor and co-owner of the independent, Jane Jacobs Prize–winning magazine Spacing.  Shawn teaches at the University of Toronto and was a 2011-2012 Canadian Journalism Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College. In 2002, while a resident at the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab, he co-founded [murmur], the location-based mobile phone documentary project that has spread to over 20 cities globally. Shawn is the Toronto Public Library’s urban-focused Writer in Residence until December 2013.

Ala Roushan
Ala Roushan is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University and a Ph.D. candidate at the European Graduate School focused on Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought of the Digital. She is engaged in speculative design research, writing, curatorial practice and teaching through which she explores the boundaries of design, art and architecture. She is the co-curator/co-director of flip project space, a curatorial project for contemporary art based in Napoli, Italy. Through exhibitions and printed publications flip addresses various aspects of contemporary artistic practice by reevaluating the intricate networks between object, content, concept, form and space.

Nina Boccia
Nina Boccia is the Director of Programs at Design Exchange, Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage. Nina was previously the Managing Editor at Designlines magazine, Toronto’s ultimate guide to design, and the Associate Editor of Azure magazine, where she wrote about design and architecture. She has interviewed some of contemporary design and architecture’s leading talents including Stefan Sagmeister, Philippe Starck, Rem Koolhaas, and Patrizia Moroso.

Onsite Gallery
www.ocadu.ca/onsite
Onsite Gallery, OCAD University’s public gallery and experimental curatorial platform for art, design and digital media, fosters social and cultural transformations. In preparation for the launch of Onsite Gallery’s new location in May 2017, our 2016 ONSITE/ programming imagines and creates what a public gallery can be.

Onsite Gallery’s education program is generously supported by Nexus Investment Management.

Design Exchange
www.dx.org
Design Exchange, a not-for-profit museum funded by its members and donors, is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage. At the crossroads of multiple disciplines, their programs are curated to reflect the popular zeitgeist and contemporary culture while demonstrating the relevance and importance of design to everyday life. DX is committed to delivering accessible design experiences and education and it aims to provide the tools necessary to connect design learning to the ordinary and extraordinary. 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University’s Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Room 190
Website: 
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Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Cost: 
FREE
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Onsite [at] OCAD U exhibition celebrates the 10th anniversary of Flash Forward

The Passing by Jinyoung Kim

The Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds exhibition on now at OCAD U’s Onsite [at] OCAD U gallery brings together works by a diverse group of past Flash Forward Festival winners from OCAD U, as the international photography festival celebrates its 10th anniversary. The show runs until December 20, 2014.

The collaborative exhibition could be considered a departure for Onsite, but Lisa Deanne Smith, the gallery's curator, was won over after talking with MaryAnn Camilleri, the director of the festival (and founder of the Magenta Foundation which hosts it) together with Barbara Astman from OCAD U’s photography faculty, and then reviewing the range of work.

“It was very inspiring to research each artist’s full body of work since they graduated from OCAD U,” Smith said. “The Photography department at OCAD U fosters experimental, critical, conceptual work and I was blown away by the depth conceptually as well as visually. The educational foundation these photographers received is evident in the successful manner in which they are evolving.”

What unifies the work of the 12 photographers in the show is how they build a complex conversation addressing the relationship of humans and the physical world. When you walk into the gallery and start looking around, you’ll see a wide range of images that you pull you into their worlds and tell engaging stories. In Jinyoung Kim’s video, “The Passing” a person stands against the backdrop of the ocean, slowly letting a fistful of sand blow into the wind. It could evoke a sense of release and letting go, or loss, depending on how you view it.

Danny Custodio’s series, taken in the St. Catherines suburbs, shows trees growing up around hydro poles and wires—nature accommodating built structures, and perhaps even thriving in spite of it.

In Meryl McMaster’s “Murmur #3” hundreds starlings swirl around a woman’s head, but the birds are made from paper, and she’s standing against a concrete backdrop.

The exhibition also showcases Sanaz Mazinani, Nathan Cyprys and Stacey Tyrell, described by Smith as having developed “challenging, rigorous, gorgeous work.”  She says she was drawn to the “formal qualities nearing perfection” of featured works by Geoffrey Pugen, Kotama Bouabane, Adrian Fish and Elise Victoria Louise Windsor, and notes Sebastián Benitez and Alex Kisilevich “employ humour and critique, always a difficult endeavor.”

Quoted:

“In its state of rapid change I find our world extremely exciting and often quite scary. Every day an article or conversation voices concern for our environment and the effect of humans on the earth. Every day there is someone, something or a moment that inspires and, I feel, makes our world a better place. The artists in Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds do just that.” Lisa Deanne Smith, Curator, Onsite [at] OCAD U

Find out more:

Upcoming events as part of Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds 

Flash Forward 10

Flash Forward 11 Call for Submissions 

BIOLOGICAL URBANISM EXHIBITION ON VIEW AT ONSITE

Bio City Map. Image courtesy Terreform ONE
Downtown Brooklyn 2110. Photo by Melissa Jean Clark, OCAD U Visual Resources

What do future cities look like? Something out of post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie, or something equally imaginative, but biologically sustainable and ecologically renewable? The Biological Urbanism exhibition on now until February 22 at the Onsite [at] OCAD University gallery blends architecture, landscape, urban design, biology, engineering and art to explore possible futures.

In planning the exhibition, the gallery’s curator Lisa Deanne Smith looked at the relationship of design to the topic of sustainability, and one organization kept coming up in her research. She got in touch with Terreform ONE [Open Network Ecology], a non profit architecture group for smart city design, ecological planning and public art based in New York City and began planning a design exhibition with the designers there.

“We feel privileged to be presenting this work in a gallery and to be merging design work with fine art,” said Nurhan Gokturk, Director of Innovation at Terreform ONE. “It’s important to bring these ideas into the public purview and widen the discussion.”

The ideas driving this exhibition are of the dramatic, overarching ilk — world population growth, megacities, climate change, renewable energy generation, healthy living. The intention of the research and works on display is to explore the consequences of radical changes to global cities, explore how the world is adapting to address these changes and imagine what could happen in the future.

In talking about the exhibition, Smith said the complexity of the ideas presented in the exhibition required a shift in her thinking, but when she talked to her 11-year-old daughter about it, her daughter immediately absorbed the concepts and became captivated by it. Whatever your views on globalization and the future, the 3-D works in the exhibition are designed to question, probe global concerns, posit solutions and provoke a reaction. Visit the exhibition and you’ll see:

-A large-scale “Bio City Map” that uses mathematical interpretations of the future together with petri dishes of bacteria and “bacteriography” (bacterial photography) to forecast the world population distribution in the next 100 years.

-A model of the 38,000 tons of waste New York City produces every day, with a vision for how cities can reuse and repurpose to radically shift the relationship of waste to supply.

-A large-scale model of Brooklyn in 2110, as a city of the future producing everything it needs to sustain itself within its physical borders.

Learn more:

Terreform ONE  

Visit the exhibition 

Attend lectures and events

OCADU welcomes Nomadic Resident Adel Abdessemed

Monday, November 15, 2010 - 5:00am

Artist creates new work for Onsite [at] OCADU Gallery, gives free public talk

(Toronto — November 15, 2010) OCAD University's Faculty of Art and Onsite [at] OCADU gallery welcome contemporary artist Adel Abdessemed as the fifth participant in the Nomadic Residents program, from November 22 to 26. As part of his residency, Abdessemed will conduct workshops and critiques with undergraduate and graduate students, install his exhibition, and present a free public lecture on Thursday, November 25 at 8 p.m.

The residency dovetails with the artist's first solo exhibition in Canada, featuring the world premiere of The Future of Décor, a video commissioned by Onsite [at] OCADU, as well as the North American premiere of his video Rio (2010), recent sculptural works, and a site-specific installation. The exhibition launches during Abdessemed’s residency and continues until February 2011.

Born in Constantine, Algeria, in 1971 and educated at l’École nationale des Beaux-Arts (Lyon) and Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), Adel Abdessemed exploded onto the international art scene in the mid-1990s as France’s most exciting artist in over a decade. His expansive practice incorporates drawing, video, ceramics, performance, installation and other media into a visual language that ranges from subtle and sentimental to bombastic and outrageous, often probing the awkward gap between what we believe to be good and what we know to be true. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions around the world, including at the 2007 and 2009 Venice Biennials, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Guangzhou Institute for Contemporary Art, P.S. 1, and MIT’s List Center for the Visual Arts. He is represented by David Zwirner and divides his time between New York, Paris, and Constantine.

“The Nomadic Residents program aims to enrich learning opportunities by supporting discussions around the interaction of art with ethics, social responsibility and freedom of expression,” explains Dr. Sara Diamond, President of OCAD University. “Abdessemed’s provocative works confront uncomfortable truths about ourselves that challenge us to think critically about humanity, diversity, culture and idealism, and his visit will offer a unique learning opportunity for our students.”

Nomadic Resident: Adel Abdessemed
Residency: November 22 to 26
Free public lecture: Thursday, November 25, 8 p.m.

OCAD University Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto

Exhibition (Onsite [at] OCADU): Adel Abdessemed: The Future of Décor
November 26 to February 13, 2011
Reception: Friday, November 26, 7 to 10 p.m.
Curator’s Tour with Charles Reeve: Thursday, December 2, 6:30 p.m.

Onsite [at] OCADU
Level 2, 100 McCaul Street
416-977-6000 Ext. 265 | www.ocad.ca/onsite
Gallery hours: Tuesdays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 6 p.m.

Nomadic Residents is generously supported by the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

Abdessemed’s exhibition is generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council, culturesfrance and the French Consulate in Toronto.

All are welcome and all events are free, however lecture seating is limited and guests are advised to arrive early.

About the Artist:
Adel Abdessemed was born in Constantine, Algeria, in 1971. Graduating from high school in 1993, he hoped to study art in Algeria. However, this became impossible in a climate of intolerance that led to the assassination of intellectuals, judges, journalists and artists — including the director of the school where Abdessemed planned to attend. He then moved to France, where he studied at the École nationale des beaux-arts de Lyon and Cité internationale des arts (Paris) before moving to New York in 2000. The artist has recently returned to practice in Paris. Abdessemed has shown in solo and group exhibitions around the world, including at the 2007 and 2009 Venice Biennials, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Guangzhou Institute for Contemporary Art, P.S. 1 in New York, and the List Center for the Visual Arts at MIT. This fall, he will be featured in the Aichi Triennale 2010: Art and Cities, Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, and his exhibition Silent Warriors will run at Parasol Unit in London (UK) from September 22 to November 14. He is represented by David Zwirner Gallery in New York (www.davidzwirner.com).

About Nomadic Residents – International Residencies at OCADU
Nomadic Residents aims to inspire and influence the OCAD University community and the public by featuring artists and thinkers from around the world whose work questions issues such as travel, mobility, displacement, dislocation, and homelessness, as well as the speed or instability of modern life. In bringing these innovative and diverse individuals to take up temporary residence at OCADU, Nomadic Residents joins here to there, the local to the global and the provisional and the permanent.

Nomadic Residents was launched with the generously support by Partners in Art in 2006 with Rirkrit Tiravanija. Other residents include Ann Hamilton (2007) and ORLAN (2008) and Hal Foster (2009). The series continues with the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

About Onsite [at] OCADU
Formerly called “The Professional Gallery,” Onsite [at] OCADU (www.ocad.ca/onsite) was launched in 2007 with Rirkrit’s first solo exhibit in Canada. Since then, it has hosted solo and group shows featuring dozens of nationally and internationally significant contemporary artists and designers, enriching OCADU’s educational experience while helping to make this university an indispensable cultural resource for the region.

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the 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
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

Insite Exhibition Tour: No Dull Affairs

Image: Karen Lofgren, Stabilizer #1, 2012
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 10:30pm

Presented by Onsite [at] OCAD U gallery

Curated by Lisa Deanne Smith

Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 19, 6 to 10 p.m.

Events:

Saturday, June 22, 1 p.m.
Artists panel with Karen Lofgren, Vanessa Maltese and Jillian McDonald

Wednesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m.
Insite Curator’s Tour with Lisa Deanne Smith

Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 p.m.
Insite Exhibition Tour with Lucas Soi, Director/Curator at Soi Fischer

Wednesday, September 25, 6:30 p.m.
Insite Exhibition Tour with Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean, OCAD University’s Faculty of Art

Balls out confidence is needed to make art work an aesthetic event. In saying “balls out,” Curator Lisa Deanne Smith isn’t referring to a macho practice, but to the origin of “balls out” which refers to running a steam engine train at maximum speed via a governor or a speed limiter — when going full out without crashing, the balls rise to the top. It is this kind of confidence and balance found in the work of artists Karen Lofgren, Vanessa Maltese and Jillian McDonald in No Dull Affairs. The relationships they create with their materials, site and audience are bold.

All of the work in No Dull Affairs references historical predecessors, seduces with craftsmanship and ultimately includes the viewer in its completion, creating a moment difficult to pin down with language without making it disappear — a balls out balancing act.

Karen Lofgren is a Toronto-born Los Angeles-based artist who received her MFA from CalArts and an AOCAD from OCAD University. Solo exhibitions include Machine Project, Pitzer Art Galleries, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, royale projects : contempoarary art and Armory Center for the Arts. Group exhibitions include Los Angeles County Museum of Art, High Desert Test Sites and Human Resources for Pacific Standard Time. Her work has been featured in Artforum critic’s picks, LA Weekly, and the LA Times, as well as books, catalogues, and album covers. Awards include Canada Council for the Arts and Durfee Foundation grants.

Vanessa Maltese lives and works in Toronto and holds a BFA from OCAD University. The National Winner in the 2012 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, she has presented two solo exhibitions at Toronto's Erin Stump Projects. Maltese will soon be exhibiting in a group show at Wil Aballe Art Projects in Vancouver.

Jillian McDonald is a Canadian artist living in New York. Her work was featured in a 2013 radio documentary by Paul Kennedy on CBC's Ideas, titled Valley of the Deer; has been reviewed in publications including The New York Times, Art Papers, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and Border Crossings; and appears in several books including Better Off Dead edited by Sarah Juliet Lauro. In 2012 she represented Canada at the Glenfiddich international residency in Dufftown, Scotland.

Lisa Deanne Smith is engaged in a cultural practice that moves between multiple mediums — art, events, curation, writing and arts administration — exploring issues of voice, experience and power. Recent curatorial projects at Onsite [at] OCAD University include Ads for People: Selling Ethics in the Digital Age and I Wonder by Marian Bantjes.

Presented with support from Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whiskey.

Acknowledgments:
Thanks to Andy Fairgrieve at Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence and Beth-Anne Thomas at William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd; Rick Royale at royale projects : contemporary art; Erin Stump at Erin Stump Projects; the Onsite Advisory Board chaired by Michael Haddad; Lucas Soi at Soi Fischer; Vladimir Spicanovic at OCAD U; Erin Smithies; Rouzbeh Akhbari and especially the artists: Karen Lofgren, Vanessa Maltese and Jillian McDonald.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

Admission to the gallery and all related events is free.

Image: Karen Lofgren, Stabilizer #1, 2012

 

416-977-6000 x265

 

www.ocadu.ca/onsite

onsite@ocadu.ca

 

Free

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD U 230 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario

No Dull Affairs: Karen Lofgren, Vanessa Maltese and Jillian McDonald

Image: Karen Lofgren, Stabilizer #1, 2012
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 4:00am

Presented by Onsite [at] OCAD U gallery

Curated by Lisa Deanne Smith

Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 19, 6 to 9 p.m.

Events:

Saturday, June 22, 1 p.m.
Artists panel with Karen Lofgren, Vanessa Maltese and Jillian McDonald

Wednesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m.
Insite Curator’s Tour with Lisa Deanne Smith

Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 p.m.
Insite Exhibition Tour with Lucas Soi, Director/Curator at Soi Fischer

Wednesday, September 25, 6:30 p.m.
Insite Exhibition Tour with Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean, OCAD University’s Faculty of Art

Balls out confidence is needed to make art work an aesthetic event. In saying “balls out,” Curator Lisa Deanne Smith isn’t referring to a macho practice, but to the origin of “balls out” which refers to running a steam engine train at maximum speed via a governor or a speed limiter — when going full out without crashing, the balls rise to the top. It is this kind of confidence and balance found in the work of artists Karen Lofgren, Vanessa Maltese and Jillian McDonald in No Dull Affairs. The relationships they create with their materials, site and audience are bold.

All of the work in No Dull Affairs references historical predecessors, seduces with craftsmanship and ultimately includes the viewer in its completion, creating a moment difficult to pin down with language without making it disappear — a balls out balancing act.

Karen Lofgren is a Toronto-born Los Angeles-based artist who received her MFA from CalArts and an AOCAD from OCAD University. Solo exhibitions include Machine Project, Pitzer Art Galleries, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, royale projects : contempoarary art and Armory Center for the Arts. Group exhibitions include Los Angeles County Museum of Art, High Desert Test Sites and Human Resources for Pacific Standard Time. Her work has been featured in Artforum critic’s picks, LA Weekly, and the LA Times, as well as books, catalogues, and album covers. Awards include Canada Council for the Arts and Durfee Foundation grants.

Vanessa Maltese lives and works in Toronto and holds a BFA from OCAD University. The National Winner in the 2012 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, she has presented two solo exhibitions at Toronto's Erin Stump Projects. Maltese will soon be exhibiting in a group show at Wil Aballe Art Projects in Vancouver.

Jillian McDonald is a Canadian artist living in New York. Her work was featured in a 2013 radio documentary by Paul Kennedy on CBC's Ideas, titled Valley of the Deer; has been reviewed in publications including The New York Times, Art Papers, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and Border Crossings; and appears in several books including Better Off Dead edited by Sarah Juliet Lauro. In 2012 she represented Canada at the Glenfiddich international residency in Dufftown, Scotland.

Lisa Deanne Smith is engaged in a cultural practice that moves between multiple mediums — art, events, curation, writing and arts administration — exploring issues of voice, experience and power. Recent curatorial projects at Onsite [at] OCAD University include Ads for People: Selling Ethics in the Digital Age and I Wonder by Marian Bantjes.

Presented with support from Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whiskey.

Acknowledgments:
Thanks to Andy Fairgrieve at Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence and Beth-Anne Thomas at William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd; Rick Royale at royale projects : contemporary art; Erin Stump at Erin Stump Projects; the Onsite Advisory Board chaired by Michael Haddad; Lucas Soi at Soi Fischer; Vladimir Spicanovic at OCAD U; Erin Smithies; Rouzbeh Akhbari and especially the artists: Karen Lofgren, Vanessa Maltese and Jillian McDonald.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

Admission to the gallery and all related events is free.

Image: Karen Lofgren, Stabilizer #1, 2012

 

416-977-6000 x265

 

www.ocadu.ca/onsite

onsite@ocadu.ca

 

Free

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD U 230 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario

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