Flash Forward Book Launch

Details from ( l to r ): Ice Fishing Two - Finn O'Hara, Backyard - Jan Letocha/Rii Schroer, Beyond the Runway - Landon Nordeman
Monday, November 5, 2007 - 12:00am to Thursday, November 22, 2007 - 3:00am

Flash Forward is the Magenta Foundation's annual emerging photographers competition. Now in its third year, this compelling look at exciting new work from three countries brings to light the talent and promise of an exceptional group of photographers.

Flash Forward showcases the future of photography, focusing on emerging talent that jurors have identified as having great potential. This small volume is essential for curators, collectors, advertising professionals and artists who wish to stay fully informed about up-and-coming photographers.

Includes work by OCAD alumni Darren Cerkownyk, Scott Chandler, Adrian Fish, Jaret Belliveau, I.M. Martinez, Jenna Edwards and Alysha Rajkumar, and OCAD Instructor Jennifer Long.

Hardcover, 7" x 9", 192 pages
190+ photographs, full colour throughout
ISBN # 978-0-9739739-2-1
Price: $30.00

Venue & Address: 
Lennox Contemporary 12 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario


Monday, September 24, 2007 - 4:00am to Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 4:00am

A Selection of reproduced photographs from the Dorothy H. Hoover Library
Photographic Archives

Organized in collaboration with
Eric Schwab, Manager, AV & Imaging Services,
Simon Glass, Simone Jones, and Colette Lalibert', Faculty of Art

Venue & Address: 
Gallery/Critique Space (Level 4) 113 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Jennifer Long to participate in "TERRITORY//SPACE" exhibition at Odesa//Batumi Photo Days

Photographic portrait of a woman behind a desk
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 4:00am

TERRITORY//SPACE, a feature exhibition at Odesa//Batumi Photo days 2016:  A selection of 30 photographers from around the world, curated by Dr. Charles Merewether (Curator, Contemporary Art Gallery, Georgian National Museum) and Ana Riaboshenko (Director of Cultural Popularization Department at the Ministry of Culture and Monument  Protection of Georgia)


The subject of TERRITORY//SPACE is a broad topic that involves several dimensions: private, social or political. Every territory has its own borders, either conventional or clearly marked on the global political map. However, are these borders the same for everyone, or do they represent taboo or the forbidden to be crossed? …

The TERRITORY//SPACE — is one the strongest instincts of the human race. We create our own spaces, fight for them and protect them.


Jennifer Long is an artist and educator holding a BAA from Ryerson University and a MFA from York University. Long’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally and been published in numerous Canadian and European books and magazines. Long has been the recipient of grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and The Canada Council for The Arts and is currently working at OCAD University as an Assistant Professor and the Associate Chair of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices.



Venue & Address: 
TBC Bank Gallery, Batumi, Georgia

Why Meryl McMaster loves photography

Photo of Meryl McMaster
Photography by Meryl McMaster
Photography by Meryl McMaster

Artist Meryl McMaster graduated from OCAD U in photography in 2010 and hasn’t looked back. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across North America and was long-listed for the 2016 Sobey Art Award honouring Canadian artists under the age of 40.


When did you first know you wanted to be an artist?

I don’t have an exact memory of when I decided that I wanted to be an artist, but I just knew from a young age that I wanted to be in the arts. Both of my parents were very creative people and had a passion for the arts, and I think that definitely rubbed off on me. Being born with dyslexia made my academic life very challenging, so art was always something that I really enjoyed. Being creative came naturally to me, and during my formative years it became clearer that art was the path I really wanted to follow. I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.

Meryl 1 digital chromogenic print 36″ x 36″

How does your Indigenous identity affect your art?

My Plains Cree heritage no doubt influences my creative ideas, as my cultural heritage is a major part of who I am. I am influenced consciously and subconsciously by my heritage, and this can be seen through the ideas I work with as well through the materials I use and the aesthetic my work evolves into.

 Why do you love photography?

I fell in love with photography when I was quite young. I remember early on having a small toy camera and going around “taking” photographs. I always thought it was a real camera until I was a teenager when I asked my mom what happened to all the photos I took with that camera. She had a good chuckle!

I also remember that I was fascinated with the process and look of the early 1900s large-format view cameras that had you ducking under a cloth to take the picture. I got to experiment with this type of camera in school — the experience of throwing this fabric over myself appealed to me, allowing me to escape the world and focus in a way you wouldn’t normally do.

There is also the element of surprise: you are never quite sure what you are going to get until you get your film back, or until you see the image appear on your digital camera screen. I love taking my time to set up a photo. Peering through the lens transports me into another world, creating an image that holds meaning out of a quiet moment.

Sentience digital chromogenic print 24" x 24"

Congratulations again on being long-listed for the Sobey Art Award! How has that affected your career?

Thank you! It was such an honour just to have been nominated, and to get far enough to be long listed is such an encouraging position to be in as an emerging artist. Right off the bat I was given quite a bit of exposure with an interview on CBC Radio. I try not to focus on how this opportunity has affected my career, as those thoughts trigger my creative anxieties. I just try to concentrate on my work and ideas.

 Do you have any advice for young artists just starting out?

Nothing can really prepare you for making your way through the art world. Create your routine and find opportunities to show your work. Apply to galleries and artist residencies, and compete for awards. Don't be afraid of rejection. You may get more no’s than yes’s, but getting your art out there gets your name out there, and you never know who is going notice your work. 




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Admissions Segment: 

Illustrator Profile: Gary Taxali

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 4:45pm


Illustration Professor Gary Taxali has been featured on the American Illustration/American Photography website. 

Read more about his life, workspace, creative process, challenges and advice for students on his AI-AP's Illustrator Profile.

Nick Sweetman: Digital Adaptations 

blue and red artwork
installation view of artwork Object Pop1
Friday, January 10, 2014 - 5:00am to Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 5:00am

Nick Sweetman's Digital Adapatations

January 2014

What are the qualities of a successful representation and how does it lead the viewer to interpret the image as plausible? The work in "Digital Adaptations" can be seen as an attempt to picture this process - as a pictorial metaphor for the role of individual visualization in seeing, interpreting and making representative images.


Each artwork in Digital Adaptations begins from an image - a photograph taken of the surface of a found object. Through various material translations, the picture is continued onto a new surface and extended beyond the boundaries of the photo into an imagined larger composition that incorporates the image seamlessly. How is plausibility achieved in representing beyond the limited field of the image?


One side of the gallery was arranged to display the objects I found, collected, examined, photographed, and elaborated upon during my thesis work. They were presented with didactic panels describing the object, as well as when, where and how each was found. Directly across from each object, on the opposite wall, was hung the mixed media artwork that it inspired, each one containing a photographic sample of the corresponding object’s surface.


The work drew on my interdisciplinary research completed in the IAMD program, which merged my painting practice and new material explorations with text-based research into aesthetic philosophy, art history, theories on cognition and the neurobiology of vision.

blue and red sculptural object

Photo tour of Morocco

In April 2014, I had the privilege to go in a photo tour around Morocco. I travelled with my grandmother, who is also a photographer, and a friend of ours. Throughout the three weeks long road trip, we visited numerous cities and villages. I was mesmerized by the landscapes, the vibrant colours, the architecture and of course, the people.

Although I did my best to record with my camera every single thing that I found interesting, without a doubt, the shots that I enjoyed the most were the portraits. Even if it was only through hand signs and some mispronounced French words, I got to meet very interesting people from all ages and different occupations. I met a local tour guide, a fruiterer, a tailor, a shepherd, some nomads and more. Having the opportunity to record a bit of the Moroccan culture with my camera has been one of the most enriching and rewarding experiences. 


Berber from Sahara Desert

Nomad brothers

The greengrocer (Best Portrait Award at Festival Imaginario de las Artes)

Sahara sunset II

Real Palace of Fes

Check out more photos by first-year OCAD U art student Ana Luisa Bernardez on her website.

Ana Luisa Bernardez
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Tatau: Samoan Tattooing and Global Culture

Sample Samoan Tattoos
Friday, February 15, 2008 - 11:00pm to Sunday, May 18, 2008 - 10:00pm

The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) Professional Gallery is pleased to present Tatau: Samoan Tattooing and Global Culture: Photographs by Mark Adams from Feb. 15 to May 18, 2008. The exhibition launches with an evening of conversation between Mark Adams and curator Peter Brunt, on Fri., Feb. 15, 6:30 pm.

Making its North American debut at OCAD’s Professional Gallery, Tatau: Samoan Tattooing and Global Culture: Photographs by Mark Adams originated at Wellington’s Adam Art Gallery before touring New Zealand and Australia. This exhibit explores 'tatau', the Samoan tattooing tradition, as an example of cross-cultural collaboration and cultural diversity. Based on a twenty-five year association with the tufuga tatatau (tattoo artists), particularly Adams’ friendship with Samoan tattooing master Sulu’ape Paulo II, these photographs show a global community transplanting, adopting and appropriating the tatau. Adams’ images also consider the man behind the camera and the viewer before the prints by exploring colonial photography’s legacy and the search for alternative representations of our relationships with others.

"These beguiling pictures describe distant cultures while raising issues relevant here," says Professional Gallery curator Charles Reeve. "The negotiation between traditional tattooing and mainstream appropriation occurs in numerous contexts around the globe."

Mark Adams is one of New Zealand’s foremost documentary photographers. His work on Samoan tattooing, Maori-Pakeha interactions around Rotorua, and New Zealand’s historic sites have been shown extensively in New Zealand, Europe, Australia, South Africa, and Brazil. His books include Land of Memories and Cook’s Sites. Adams lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

Peter Brunt teaches Pacific art, Postcolonial art and theory, and Primitivism in the Art History program at Wellington’s Victoria University. His research addresses Pacific art, art and cross-cultural encounter in the Pacific, and postcolonial art and theory.

Tatau at the Premiere Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Ticket holders to the Premiere Dance Theatre can see additional images from Tatau in the Premiere Dance Theatre gallery at Harbourfront Centre. The images are presented in conjunction with the presentation of Black Grace, which runs April 30 to May 3, as part of World Stage 08. New Zealand's leading contemporary dance company, Black Grace is an all-male troupe combining Pacific Island traditions with contemporary dance. Parts of their repertoire use movement to explore Samoan tatau.

Tatau: Samoan Tattooing and Global Culture: Photographs by Mark Adams
February 15 to May 18, 2008
Exhibition Preview: Friday, February 15, 4 to 9 pm
An Evening of Conversation: Peter Brunt & Mark Adams: Friday, February 15, 6:30 pm
Limited seating available. Guests are advised to arrive early.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery: 100 McCaul, Level 2
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Sample Samoan Tattoos

Insite Exhibition Tour with Peter Sramek

Peter Sramek's photography
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:30pm to Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 1:30am

As part of Onsite Gallery's Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds exhibition.

Sramek studied photography at MIT and has taught at OCAD U since 1976. He is Chair of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices. Represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, his works are in many collections, notably the Musée Carnavalet (Paris), Toronto Archives, Art Gallery of Hamilton, National Library of Canada, the Allan Chasanoff Collection (NY) and MOMA (NY).

Onsite [at] OCAD University
230 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, Ont.

Presented by Onsite [at] OCAD U and OCAD University Alumni Relations in partnership with TD Bank Group and The Magenta Foundation.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery: 230 Richmond St. W.
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Peter Sramek's photography


Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 4:00am to Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 5:00am

Anonymia features five emerging photographers with an interest in anonymity. Jaime Alvarez, Rebecca Cairns, David Boyson Cooper, Brendan George Ko and Anthony Gerace all experiment with the figure and the traditionsof portraiture, but also with the effect on our experience of these themes when the subject’s identity is obscured or removed.

Opening Reception: October 18 (6-8 PM)

Image credit: Ablution (2011), by Brendan George Ko

Curated by Matt Moreland

Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery
Photo of woman emerging from water