Michelle Forsyth: Footnotes

Black and White Chair with Black and white background and coloured fabric
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 10:00am to Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 6:00pm

Michelle Forsyth:  Footnotes

June 15, 2018 – July 14, 2018


June 15, 2018 – 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Footnotes is the first solo exhibition of work by Michelle Forsyth in Toronto. Her work is both material and conceptual, and includes: sculpture, weaving, writing, painting, in addition to printmaking, which she uses to examine her changing relationship to the objects in her home. Recent screenprinted photographs of bundled objects and screenprinted text passages that have been folded and photographed against patterned backgrounds will be included in this exhibition.

Michelle Forsyth employs a diverse array of material processes to create a taxonomy of objects in her home. She is a proponent of decorative repetition, she champions the power of colour to stir emotions, and she swoons over the use of florid language that elicits forgotten moments or evokes scenes just barely remembered. Tales of companionship and narratives describing human vulnerability often accompany her works. Whether embedded within the structure of the work itself, or included as a footnote to a piece, she uses these stories to express her gratitude for those with whom she has shared her life. Forsyth thinks of these stories when she works in the studio, and her process is focused on keeping her hands busy so she can think, mourn, and commemorate her past.

Michelle Forsyth holds an MFA from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ); and a BFA from the University of Victoria (Victoria, BC). Her work has been included in exhibitions at venues such as: Mulherin + Pollard, (New York, NY); Zaum Projects (Lisbon, Portugal); The BRIC Arts Media House (Brooklyn, NY); Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (Doha, Qatar); Pentimenti Gallery (Philadelphia, PA); Auxiliary Projects (Brooklyn, NY); The Hunterdon Museum of Art (Clinton, NJ); The Luminary Center for the Arts (St. Louis, MO); The Charleston Heights Arts Center (Las Vegas, NV); Deluge Contemporary Art (Victoria, BC); and Mercer Union (Toronto, ON). She has received grants from the Canada Council (Ottawa, ON), Artist Trust (Seattle, WA), and was awarded the Larry Sommers Memorial Fellowship (Seattle Print Arts, WA). She has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre (Banff, AB), and The Frans Masereel Centrum (Kasterlee, Belgium). Michelle Forsyth currently teaches at OCAD University (Toronto, ON).

An essay by Jenn Law accompanies the exhibition. Please click here to download the brochure.

Image: Michelle Forsyth, Black & White Stack, 2018, Inkjet print on Hahnemüehle paper, paper size: 30 x 30 inches, edition 5/5, image size: 24 x 24″.

1A chartreuse satin sits nestled amongst a voluptuous cacophony of black-and-white woven patterns. I found the acid green a-line dress on a sale rack containing mostly dull browns and greys. The arrangement, I assume, was designed to catch my eye. 

Venue & Address: 
Open Studio 401 Richmond Street West Suite 104 Toronto, Ontario

Ilene Sova Curates International Feminist Art Residency and Exhibition

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Ilene Sova is facilitating the annual two-week Feminist Art Collective ( FAC ) International Residency on Toronto Island. On Sunday, May 20th from 6:00 -10:00 at Artscape Gibraltar Point, FAC invites the Toronto Community for a one night only Open Studio Exhibition. This community of 22 interdisciplinary feminist artists came from and wide, including Australia, Germany, England, Philippines, and across the USA and Canada.

Come out to the island on May 20th to view the art, meet the artists and discuss the social justice issues of our times. For full details click here.

Venue & Address: 
Artscape Gibraltar Point Toronto Island, Toronto
Feminist Art Collective International Residency poster

Drawing & Painting Advanced Studio is having an Open Studio!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 9:00pm to 11:00pm

Drawing & Painting Advanced Studio is having an Open Studio at 205 Richmond St. on Tuesday, December 6th from 4 to 6 pm.



Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 205 Richmond St. West Lower Level
Drawing & Painting Advanced Studio Open Studio poster.  Photo of paint cans with test ovelay

Florence Campus Open Studio Event!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 8:00pm to Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 1:00am

The Florence Campus students from OCAD University are a group of 24 young artists and designers from Canada studying in Florence from September 2016 to April 2017.

On December 7th, 2016, we will open our doors and invite the public to visit our Open Studio event. On display will be creative work we have made here in our shared studios. The work spans several disciplines and includes drawing, painting, printmaking, textile, sculpture, photography, video, and design. We look forward to meeting you.

The Artists:  Kelly Adams / Julia Balfour / Madsie Bouard / Gwen Brown / Ashley Carpentier / Jessie Eaton / Lisa Elaine Frost / Lauren Gotao / Madeleine Lucke / Peter Luo / James McDowell / Emily Michailidis / Chad Milne / Brian Oliveira / Mira Pedari / Mathilda Pich / Bridget Punch / Kriti Sharma / Sophie Stefanovitch / Kresen Thawani / Lucia Wallace / Nigel Westgate / Sarah Zanchetta / Kathy Zhou




Venue & Address: 
Via Bonifacio LUPI 14 2 Piano/ 2nd Floor Florence, Italy
pphillips@faculty.ocadu.ca: Director, Fall Semester: Paulette Phillips

Shannon Gerard: Playing Doctor

Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 4:00am

Open Studio in Toronto presents work by Printmaking Instructor Shannon Gerard, bringing together components of her multimedia project, Boobs & Dinks: Early Detection Kits.

Venue & Address: 
Open Studio 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104, Toronto, Ontario

Florence Open Studio

poster for florence open studio
Friday, December 11, 2015 - 11:00pm

OCAD University’s Florence Off-Campus Program interweaves
cultural experience and creative invention. The program features an
eclectic group of twenty-four emerging artists integrated as part of a
network within a communal studio. Art history of the Italian
Renaissance synthesizes with contemporary encounters to
materialize inspiration.
Contained in the framework of the studio, the artworks are in a
constant state of process that simultaneously reveals the identity of
the artist and an endless measure of possibility. The nature of the
studio functions as a living space where the emergence of creation is
unwavering. The artworks in this phase are personal extensions of
the individual and yet not divisible from their cultivation and

Venue & Address: 
Via Bonifacio Lupi 14
poster for florence open studio

OCADU will be printing in the streets in conjunction with Printopolis

Monday, October 4, 2010 - 4:00am

(Toronto — October 4, 2010) This October, OCAD University (OCADU) will present a series of events and exhibitions in conjunction with Printopolis, a 4-day international symposium on contemporary printmaking presented by Open Studio.

October 13 to November 6
Reception: Thursday, October 14 , 5 to 7 p.m.
The term hybrid is an idiom present in our culture defining fusion in everything from vehicles to a tea rose. Respectively, it has come to the fore in art production and is exemplified by the participating artists in this exhibit who are OCADU faculty, alumni, students, and mentors. Wood, crocheted sculptures and other media interact within the print based practices of Hannah Enkel, Doug Guildford, Libby Hague, Luke Painter and Lisa Visser. Curated by Christine Swiderski.

OCADU Student Gallery
285 Dundas Street West, Toronto
416-977-6000 Ext. 262 | cswiderski@ocad.ca
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 12 to 6 p.m.
Extended hours during Printopolis: Friday, October 22, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Aboveground Art Supplies is a proud supporter of the OCADU Student Gallery.


Mass Hypnosis
October 22 to 25
Reception: Friday, October 22, 6 to 10 p.m.
Part of the Printopolis Gallery Hop on October 22
Artists: Andrew Bailey, Michael Comeau, Morgan Criger, Jesjit Gill, Alicia Nauta, Jacob Horwood, Matt King, Jeff Garcia, Andrew Zukerman, Reid Jenkins and Alexandra Mackenzie. Curated by Philippe Blanchard.

Mass Hypnosis is an experiment in printmaking as a collective, immersive and
time-based medium. For the duration of the show, the participating artists (OCADU printmaking students and alumni) will cover as much of the gallery space as possible with their screen-printed patterns. Printopolis artist-in-residence Stefan Hoffmann will also participate, printing directly on the gallery windows. Pulsating, coloured lights will light the resulting collective mural, animating the coloured prints to music and live performances. An experiment in maximalism and neo-psychedelia, Mass Hypnosis hopes to create an audio-visual space where printmaking can be re-imagined.

OCADU Graduate Gallery
205 Richmond Street West (Duncan Street entrance), Toronto
Extended Printopolis hours: Friday, October 22, 6 to 10 p.m.
Hours: Thursday & Friday: 1 to 6 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11 to 5 p.m.
Contact: philippe@philippeblanchard.com


There will be Printing in the Streets
October 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Witness the delicate art of fine printing by steamroller! Special guests Drive-By Press will print images by steamroll-print images by Libby Hague, Christopher Hutsul, Alexei Vella, Cathy Daley, Jeannie Thib, Amanda Nedham, Lauren Nurse, Cybèle Young, Julie Voyce, artists from Sketch, an organization that provides programs for street-involved and homeless youth (www.sketch.ca), and more! Demonstrations, t-shirt printing, and small-scale printing stations invite public participation.

Generously sponsored by: Aboveground Art Supplies, Trodat Marking Canada, The Japanese Paper Place, Woolfitt’s Art Enterprises, Papeterie St-Armand, and OCAD University’s Student Enhancement Fund.

OCAD University’s Butterfield Park
100 McCaul Street, Toronto
Contact: printinginthestreets@gmail.com


Pecha Kucha Presentations
October 22, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Senior students of OCADU’s Printmaking program and the Department of Visual Studies of State University of New York Buffalo will present a Pecha Kucha format presentation.

Pecha Kucha, devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architecture in 2003, was conceived as a way for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. Each presenter is allowed 20 images — shown for 20 seconds — allowing for 6 minutes and 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter.

OCAD University
Room 284, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
Contact: wcain@faculty.ocad.ca


Artist Talk: Drive-By Press
October 22, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Drive-By Press (DBP) is a completely mobile printmaking studio built to promote the growth and democratization of art through printmaking. DBP has visited over 150 universities, colleges, and public schools, traveling over 200,000 miles; creating and collecting contemporary prints along the way.

OCAD University
Auditorium (Room 190), 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
Contact: printinginthestreets@gmail.com

All are welcome to attend all events, and admission is free.

About Printopolis (October 21 to 24)
Printopolis is a 4-day symposium with an international focus on contemporary printmaking being presented by Open Studio in Toronto, Canada. Printopolis will feature issue-based panel discussions/presentations, artist talks and printmaking demonstrations. This citywide event features exhibitions highlighting contemporary print media works on display throughout Toronto. For more information visit http://www.openstudio.on.ca/printopolis.html.

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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For more information, contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)