Passing

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
Cost: 
Free

Memory Box (part of Contact 2008)

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

Toronto photographer Ron Wood explores the power of collected objects as
touchstones for memory and history. Each photograph in the exhibition invites the viewer to look inside a memory box, and into a deeply private area in the life of its owner.

The collected objects reverberate with meaning. Some are talismans of luck,
while others speak of rites of passage, people, places and events. They
transcend the obvious: They are signifiers of concepts such as love, possibility, growth and loss.

Since collecting objects is a shared universal experience, the exhibition asks viewers to consider the meaning of the objects that they also collect and
preserve.

The Photographer and Curator
Ron Wood and Angela Wood are the photographer and curator of Memory Box.
Both graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design and they have
collaborated on numerous projects throughout their careers. History and
memory are recurring themes in their creative work.

Ron is a Professor of Photography at the Ontario College of Art & Design as
well as the Founder & Principal Photographer of Heartline Pictures, his commercial photography studio. The company provides services to cultural clients including The Bata Shoe Museum and McMichael Canadian Art Collection. His commercial work has appeared worldwide and in many publications. Ron’s previous Contact exhibition entitled Globalization at the Altar received critical acclaim. Ron was interviewed by Andy Barrie on CBC’s Metro Morning. Andy said, ‘If pictures were ever worth a thousand words, yours certainly are!’ Angela is the founder and creative lead of Circle Media, a design firm that specializes in interactive media and graphic design for museums. She is also the
founder of Inventive Women and Inventive Kids, both of which provide online information about Canadian inventiveness. The Inventive Kids website was chosen as one of the top ten sites for 2006 by the American Library Association.

Angela curated and produced the heartfelt exhibition From Baba’s Hope Chest: Macedonian Treasures in Canada for the Textile Museum of Canada.

Venue & Address: 
The Roastery Cafe 401 Richmond St W, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Hotshots

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, May 31, 2008 - 4:00am

The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD),in conjunction with Steam Whistle Brewing, is proud to present “Hotshots” as part of Toronto's Annual Photography Festival - Contact 2008.

The show is comprised of 7 Third Year Photography students: Marino Imperio, Lee Kellough, Alex Kisilevich, Stella Mandrak-Pagani, Raffy Ochoa, Amanda Rataj & Kirk Wynter, whose work was selected through a juried committee. Grouped together based on artistic merit rather than overriding themes, these up-and-coming young artists offer unique insights into issues pertaining to the reinvention of the document, exploration of identity and historical vs. contemporary processes.

Venue & Address: 
Steam Whistle Brewing The Roundhouse 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
info@steamwhistle.ca
Cost: 
Free

EveryTING Irie - waves, braids & line-ups

Friday, May 2, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, May 31, 2008 - 4:00am

The National Film Board Mediatheque presents EveryTING Irie, including work by alumna Christina Lesile.

Leslie's photographic portraits mimic the jacket covers of Jamaican records and reggae and ska posters from the early 60s and 70s. Leslie's insertion of Jamaican text offers intimate reflections of migration and notions of settlement and a reimagined past. Waves, Braids and Line-ups uses documentary-style photography to explore the shared histories of those who visit the Black barbershops of Toronto.

Part of CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival.

Venue & Address: 
National Film Board of Canada Mediatheque Centre 150 John Street, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Danny Custodio: Azulejos (part of Contact 2008)

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Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 4:00am to Friday, May 30, 2008 - 4:00am

Almada Negreiros Gallery at the Portuguese Consulate in Toronto presents the photographs of OCAD alumnus Danny Custodio.
Custodio's Azulejos provides glimpses into the life of the labourer through Portuguese ceramic tile murals. In his photographs printed onto tiles, he assumes the roles of those who laboured – not only for survival, but for the love of tending a garden and the ensuing sense of pride. This work is a means for him to piece together the tales passed down by his ancestors, and in re-enacting these moments, he adopts and perpetuates that history.

Venue & Address: 
Almanda Negreiros Gallery Portuguese Consulate 438 University Ave, Suite 1400, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Revolutionizing Cultural Identity: Photography and the Changing Face of Immigration

Saturday, March 8, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 4:00am

The Oakland University Art Gallery presents a group exhibition including work by Professor Vid Ingelevics and alumni Danny Custodio and Christina Leslie.

Venue & Address: 
Oakland University Art Gallery 208 Wilson Hall, Rochester, Michigan

Public Presentation: Vid Ingelevics, Tenure Track Candidate, Photographic and Critical & Curatorial Practices

Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm

Vid Ingelevics, Tenure Track candidate for Assistant Professor, Photographic and Critical & Curatorial Practices gives a public presentation.

Venue & Address: 
Room 284 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Public Presentation: Jennifer Long, Tenure Track Candidate, Photographic and Critical & Curatorial Practices

Monday, April 7, 2008 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm

Jennifer Long, Tenure Track candidate for Assistant Professor, Photographic and Critical & Curatorial Practices gives a public presentation.

Venue & Address: 
Room 190 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Public Presentation: Glenn Davis, Tenure Track Candidate, Photographic and Critical & Curatorial Practices

Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm

Glenn Davis, Tenure Track candidate for Assistant Professor, Photographic and Critical & Curatorial Practices gives a public presentation.

Venue & Address: 
Room 284 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Public Presentation: Esther Choi, Tenure Track Candidate, Photographic and Critical & Curatorial Practices

Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm

Esther Choi, Tenure Track candidate for Assistant Professor, Photographic and Critical & Curatorial Practices gives a public presentation.

Venue & Address: 
Room 284 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

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