Stan Douglas: Stan Douglas

Photographic portrait of Stan Douglas
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Join Canadian artist-photographer Stan Douglas for a thought-provoking lecture. Internationally acclaimed, Douglas’s engaging work explores social histories played out through a complex, cinematic televisual language.


About Stan Douglas

Stan Douglas was born in 1960 in Vancouver, where he continues to live and work.

His interest in the social implementation of western ideas of progress, particularly utopian philosophies, is located in their often divisive political and economic effects. His interrogation of the structural possibilities of film and video, in concert with intricately developed narratives, has resulted in a number of groundbreaking contemporary art works.

In 2013, a major survey of his recent work, Stan Douglas: Photographs 2008–2013, was presented at Carré d’Art — Musée d’art contemporain in Nîmes, France. It traveled as Stan Douglas: Mise en scène through 2015 to Haus der Kunst, Munich, followed by Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

In 2014, Douglas created Helen Lawrence, a multimedia theatre work that merges theatre, visual art, live-action filming, and computer-generated imagery. Since its inaugural presentation at the Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver in March 2014, Helen Lawrence has been hosted by the Münchner Kammerspiele, Munich; Edinburgh International Festival; Canadian Stage, Toronto; Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; and deSingel, Antwerp.

Most recently, Douglas received the 2016 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. He is a recipient of other notable awards, including the third annual Scotiabank Photography Award (2013) and the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography, New York (2012).

Over the past decade, Douglas’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at prominent institutions worldwide, including the The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2014); Centre culturel canadien, Paris (2013); Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota (2012); The Power Plant, Toronto (2011); Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (2007); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2005); kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2004); and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2002).

Presented by the President's Speaker Series.

Artist's statement used with permission by Reid Shier.
From: Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Contemporary Art Gallery, Stan Douglas: Every Building on 100 West Hastings, 2002

Photo by Michael Courtney

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street - Auditorium - Room 190
416-977-6000 x300

Design Photo - The Speaker Series: Natasha Gerschon

Natasha Gerschon
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Natasha Gerschon is an Argentinian-born photographer, producer and director based in Toronto. She tries to idenify hidden qualities in her own charecter, to better understand her own reality, and express her interpretation of the world around her. 

Come join us for a talk about the commercial photography industry and Natasha's unique style.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street. Room 230
Natasha Gerschon
Natasha Gerson


black and white image of shadows crossing a street
Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 5:00am

This assignment is about "Light & Shadow".
These students used analogue cameras, developed their film and worked in wet labs to produce their prints.

The images are posted on FLICKR, see link below. 

Venue & Address: 

Laura Millard, Faculty of Art, Showing in the Group Show: Strange Geometries

Image of circular snowmobile tracks in the snow
Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 5:00am to Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 5:00am

A labyrinth of trees, empty spaces, fractured architectural forms… we try to find our bearings in a vast terrain.

From above, the land provides a larger surface to inscribe our presence. Google earth and drone technology have turned the earth into a giant can- vas. Leaving traces of our presence we sketch strange geometries onto the land.

The three artists in Strange Geometries, Sylvie Bouchard, Laura Millard and Ross Racine, invoke these ideas through painting, photography and video. Compelling an investigation of the landscape from different vantage points the works in this exhibition conjure the myriad ways we attempt to tame our environment and reshape the land to reflect our reasoning.

Venue & Address: 
BOXOTEL GALERIE 175B 175 rue Ontario Est Montréal, Québec

XChanging Cities

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 2:30pm to Friday, October 28, 2016 - 8:30pm

XCHANGING CITIES is a photography-based showcase meant to explore the cultural, environmental and architectural values of diverse cities from across the world. These are cities that students from the faculty of Design have resided and studied in for their fall and winter semesters during the 2015/2016 academic year, as participants in the Mobility Program. Join us to explore the spirit of these cities and become immersed in the memorable visual experiences captured through photography.

Venue & Address: 
Anniversary Gallery, 100 McCaul
XCHANGING CITIES poster with event info

Rosalie Favell’s FACING the CAMERA Exhibit Inspires

Photos on a wall, part of the exhibit Facing the Camera by Rosalie Favell
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 4:00am

The Indigenous Visual Culture program’s Nigig Artist-in-Residence Rosalie Favell presented a curated selection of images made during her residency at OCAD University’s Ada Slaight Gallery (Oct. 3-7, 2016). The new portraits, generously donated to OCAD U by Favell, feature Indigenous arts and culture professionals who participated in three OCAD U/Toronto FACING the CAMERA portrait sessions.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Favell is a photo-based artist who draws inspiration from her family history and Métis (Cree/English) heritage.  She uses a variety of sources, from family albums to popular culture to present a complex self-portrait of her experiences as a contemporary Aboriginal woman. While speaking at a reception that took place during the exhibition, Favell noted that she “insists on using positive images only,” for the series.  

FACING the CAMERA is an ever-growing national and international visual document of the Indigenous arts community.  Using the portrait session as a performance space, Favell encourages individuals to express personal experience and history with the context of tradition and communal values.

The Nigig Visiting Artist Residency is a program that provides an opportunity for an Indigenous artist to visit OCAD University for a four-week period to focus on a short-term project. The visiting artist engages with students and faculty through mentorship, critique, lecture and public workshops.

Surendra Lawoti, Faculty of Art, to participate in Scope: The Nepal Issue, a group show

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 4:00am to Monday, November 7, 2016 - 5:00am

Surendra Lawoti, Faculty of Art, to participate in a group show

Scope: The Nepal Issue - part of PIX: A Photography Quarterly

Venue & Address: 
Aragon Museum, Boudhanath Sadak, Inside Hyatt Regency 44600, Nepal
Poster for Scope: The Nepal Issue, group show

Benjamin Edwards

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 11:30pm

Painter Benjamin Edwards has spent the last several years exploring what he calls "the architecture of suburbia"---the structural and design forms found in strip malls, fast-food joints, gas stations, motels and other familiar citadels of consumerism. Accompanying the architecture is what Edwards refers to as "the iconography of the roadway"---those commercial signs, symbols, colors and artificial elements juxtaposed with the natural scene or environment.

In order to gather material for his work, Edwards has taken a number of cross-country automobile trips, searching out the "roadside life that almost exists in a separate channel." Along the way, he takes photos with his digital camera and keeps detailed logs and diaries containing "location notes," recording where he stops, where he stays, and what he buys.

The digital photos are loaded into his computer. He subsequently selects various elements in the photos, isolates them, and reduces them to the basic geometry found in the subject. Once he makes his selections, he projects the design elements onto a canvas, incorporating as many as three hundred separate photos into a single painting. The result is a conflated composition which becomes emblematic of what he refers to as the "American consumerist utopia."

Benjamin Edwards (b. 1970, Iowa City, Iowa) attended the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (MFA 1997); the San Francisco Art Institute's graduate painting program (1992); and the University of California, Los Angeles (BA, 1991). He is represented by Artemis Greenburg Van Doren Gallery, New York City (solo exhibitions - 2006, 2004, 2001). His recent solo exhibitions include Ether Studies, Galerie Jean-Luc et Takako (2007) and T)he Sorrows of Democracy, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2008). He participated in the Prague Biennale, in the Czech Republic (2003); and his work has been in numerous group exhibitions in venues such as The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany (2003); Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Gallerie Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark; and P.S.#I/MoMA Center for Contemporary Art, Long Island City, New York; Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (2008). Edwards lives and works in Washington, D.C.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario


Youth image
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 4:00am to Friday, September 26, 2008 - 4:00am

This show of paintings and photographs by Evin Collins, Nathan Cyprys, Cody Elliot Smith, Joshua Leema, Odran McAtamney, and Jarrod Wilson deals with the theme of youth as fit can be accessed by those immersed in the arts entering early adult life. The pieces in this show are highly personal yet universally accessible; they are items of refuge, reflection, recollection and reinvention.

Venue & Address: 
Transit Space 100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor (outside of Rm 230), Toronto, Ontario


Friday, June 27, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 4:00am

Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound proudly presents new photographs by OCAD Instructor, Vid Ingelevics.

Ingelevics is a photographer based in Toronto and Heathcote, near Owen Sound, who investigates human presence in, and cultural imposition on, the landscape. His large-scale photographs of rustic hunting platforms and common woodpiles, separate on-going projects, expose viewers to human-made structures that are so ubiquitous to our region of the province we rarely think about them. This exhibition draws our attention to what Ingelevics’ calls “two of humankind’s oldest survival strategies,” hunting and gathering. At the same time, most of us will have no clear idea of the exact location of any one of these platforms or piles, and this has the interesting effect of transforming both structures into aesthetic objects. An exhibition catalogue will be produced in collaboration with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.

Venue & Address: 
Tom Thomson Art Gallery 840 First Avenue West, Owen Sound, Ontario