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

Gallery 44 Centre of Contempary Photography presents: Proof on site residency talk

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 10:00pm to Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 1:00am

Join Gallery 44 Artists in Residence Keesic Douglas and Susan Blight in conversation with ImagineNATIVE's Artistic Director Danis Goulet and Drake Hotel Curator Mia Nielson.

Venue & Address: 
Gallery 44 401 Richmond St. W, suite 120, Toronto, Ontario

Double Double

Double Double
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 4:00am to Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 4:00am

The North York Central Library presents work by third-year photography student Joseph Cheung.

"'Double double' is a common phrase uttered in Canadian coffee shops. In life there are many doubles too, such as double rainbows, double trees, double crosses...

If there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, for two rainbows you can have two pots of gold. But how about one pot of happiness and one pot of good health?

You can see two distinct trees emerging from the ground. But are their roots in fact united as one?

The two crosses look like a spear and a shield. Symbolically they can represent for materialistic and spiritual, acting and thinking... Which one would you choose? Or choose both of them and put them to good uses?"

Venue & Address: 
North York Central Library, North York Civic Centre 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario

Subliminal Spaces

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, May 31, 2008 - 4:00am

Gallery 44 in Toronto presents new work by OCAD alumni Scott Chandler. Chandler' work is primarily documentary based, and examines the constructed environment and its effects on its inhabitants. He recently exhibited at the Edward Day Gallery and the Outdoor Art Exhibition, and in 2007 was one of the winners for Canada in the Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward emerging photographers' competition. Chandler resides in Toronto and will be attending graduate school in the fall to pursue a Master of Fine Arts.

Venue & Address: 
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography 401 Richmond Street West, Suite #120, Toronto, Ontario


April Hickox
Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 4:00am

This summer the MacLaren is featuring three consecutive exhibitions of artwork from its Permanent Collection. The first in this series highlights the work of senior Canadian photographer and OCAD Photography program Chair April Hickox, followed by artist David Bolduc, May 29 to June 22, and abstract painter William Ronald, June 26 through July 27.

April Hickox has lived much of her life on one of the Toronto Islands. She has moved off the island several times but continually returns. This series, Passing, documents the change of seasons on the islands, as well as a time when Hickox was returning to the islands after a period away. The photographs express new beginnings, yet reminisce about the comforts of home. The artist develops these visual stories from her own experiences and invites the viewer into a domestic space that is clearly lived in: an unmade bed; a tea cup left on the kitchen table; a house plant with a string of lights, perhaps acting as a Christmas tree. Hickox has carefully chosen which moments to portray and the sequence of these moments.

The blurred focus in some images expresses a sense of movement between moments, aiding the audience in a journey determined by Hickox. However, by picking and choosing these images, the artist reinvents this series of photographs as fiction, allowing the viewer to transport him or herself into these familiar scenes.

April Hickox lives and works in Toronto and is the Chair of Photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She continues an active schedule of solo and group exhibitions of photography, installation and film work. Her work is included in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, MacLarenArtCentre, Royal Bank of Canada, Winnipeg Art Gallery and others. Hickox is represented by Leo Kamen Gallery in Toronto.

The second artist in this series features a selection of paintings by Canadian artist David Bolduc (1945–) on view in the Molson Gallery May 29 through June 22. These vibrant watercolours contrast with Bolduc’s recent abstract and playful, collage-based work. The paintings appear, at first, to be documenting scenes from the artist’s extensive travels but a sense of seriousness and mystery unfolds as the viewer realizes these streets and landscapes are void of people. The opening reception takes place Thursday, June 12, 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the MacLaren.

The final exhibition in this series features the work of one of Canada’s most well-known abstract painters, William Ronald (1926–1998). On view in the Molson Gallery, June 26 to July 27. The small, energetic oil on canvas sketches made shortly before the artist’s death, are juxtaposed with earlier, large-scale abstract work. Ronald had a strong connection to Barrie, having spent his final years living and working in the old Bell building on Dunlop Street. The opening reception takes place Friday, June 27, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the MacLaren.

Venue & Address: 
MacLaren Art Centre 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario