Works by Carson Campbell and Kristina Hicks on display at Relative Space

Logo Floor by Carson Campbell, installed at Relative Space.
Step Lightly by Kristina Hicks, installed at Relative Space.
Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 2:15pm

Fourth-year Drawing & Painting students Carson Campbell and Kristina Hicks are this year’s winners of the Relative Space Toronto’s Upscale Concept Retail Showroom Competition. The competition has invited students to submit proposals for the storefront gallery of Relative Space since 2008, through a partnership between Relative Space Artistic Director Fraser Greenberg and the fourth-year course “Painting in the Expanded Field” (DRPT 4C08), delivered by Professor Colette Laliberté.

Relative Space is an upscale design store with a storefront gallery located at the corner of King and Parliament Streets in the heart of the Toronto’s inspiring design and development core. Formerly located at 360 Dupont Street, Relative Space’s new location offers OCAD U students multiple possibilities to mount site-specific works in a non-traditional gallery setting.

This year’s competition was juried by Dr. Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean of OCAD U’s Faculty of Art, Luke Painter, OCAD U Assistant Professor and Fraser Greenberg. Campbell and Hicks’ works are now installed and remain on display until the end of October.

Logo Floor by Carson Campbell
Thirteen digital paintings are derived directly from the Relative Space logo, a painting representing each letter. The logo was abstracted by extruding the letters to give them depth and then rotating them to reveal their underside or floor. The space between the paintings varies in direct relation to the kerning of the letters in the logo.

Step Lightly by Kristina Hicks
“Upon entering the Relative Space Floorworks Store, I was initially struck by the architecture of the interior. In particular, how the natural light highlighted the space. I was then drawn to the area beneath the second flight of stairs, which is seemingly hidden and has a minimal light source. The light that is present within this area filters through the breaks between the steps creating cast shadows and streams of light on the two walls. This intimate area offers many possibilities of showcasing the cast shadows without overwhelming the space and emphasizes the structured architecture of the store’s interior and light patterns that already exist under the staircase.

Step Lightly occupies both walls under the staircase. A series of 5 painted vertical lines on each wall run down from each step above. A second set of transparent lines trace the light cast onto the wall from the fixed light source, which emanates from the platform above. The artwork creates a framing effect within the space. Painted in latex paint ranging from very pale pink to vibrant red as well as the addition of a high-gloss medium to enhance the second set of lines energize this unused area.”

LAND|SLIDE Possible Futures

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 4:00am to Monday, October 14, 2013 - 4:00am

With OCAD U faculty Julie Nagam and alumna Lisa Myers

Land|Slide Possible Futures is a groundbreaking large-scale public art exhibition which responds to a world in transition where the past, present and future collide. The landscape of Markham will be transformed by the work of 30+ national and international artists to explore themes of multiculturalism, sustainability, and community. The site-specific artist projects are housed at the 25-acre, open-air Markham Museum from September 21 to October 14, 2013. Working with everything from digitized diaries, 3D projections and augmented reality, the artists will propose new histories and new futures for the use of land on this planet.

Possible Futures Panel Series

Programmed by Chloë Brushwood Rose, Jennifer Foster and Lisa Hosale
Location: Transportation Hall

The panel series brings together community stakeholders, local experts, and Land|Slide artists to debate and discuss the core themes of the exhibition and of possible futures in Markham. Each panel asks a small group of people to respond to a provocative question that is central to imagining a sustainable future.

Panel 1: September 22, 5-7pm
Identity, Culture, and Heritage in Rapidly Evolving Cities: Why does heritage matter in just and sustainable future?
Faisal Moola,
Director General (Ontario and Northern Canada) for the Suzuki Foundation and adjunct professor in the University of Toronto's Faculty of Forestry.

Lola Sheppard, Partner at Lateral Office, an experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism, and Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo.

Julie Nagam, Land/Slide artist and Assistant Professor at OCAD, who explores a (re)mapping of the colonial state through creative interventions within concepts of native space.

Panel 2: September 29, 5-7pm
Possible Futures and Equitable Access to Food: How is hunger a sustainability issue?
Brenda Hsueh,
Owner and Operator of Black Sheep Farm, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) vegetable farmer, and runs a local food procurement project for the City of Thunder Bay.

Valerie Tarasuk, professor at the University of Toronto in Nutritional Sciences, and Principal Investigator of PROOF, researching food insecurity and policy options.

Joan Stonehocker, Executive Director at York Region Food Network, which promotes food security through community gardens, kitchens, support programs for organizations and shelters, and many more programs in Markham and across the York Region.

Evelyn Encalada, Teacher, researcher, and founding member of Justicia/Justice for Migrant Workers, which works with seasonal agricultural migrant workers in Canada.

Panel 3: October 6, 5-7pm
Emerging Approaches to Sustainability in Art: What is the role of public art in sustainability?
Janine Marchessault,
Curator of Land|Slide: Possible Futures Exhibition and Professor of Film and Media Studies, York University

Paola Poletto, Artist and Curator, Oh Dear: Public Art That Unhinges North York's Sense of Modesty (2013).

Srimoyee Mitra, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Windsor

Catherine Sicot, Co-Curator, MAC/SAN (Museo de arte contemporáneo de San Agustin), La Lisa, Havana, Cuba and Director, Elegoa Cultural productions





Venue & Address: 
Markham Museum 9350 Markham Road Markham, Ontario


Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 5:00am to Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 4:00am

Curators Talk on December 4, 7-9 PM

Inaugural exhibitions for the Hallway Galleries at Artscape Youngplace curated by IAMD Graduate Heather Nicol

Debbie Adams, Melissa Fisher, Seth Scriver
November 19, 2013 – March 2, 2014

Announcing a new era of creative intervention at 180 Shaw Street, the North, South, and West stairwells have been transformed into site-specific installations. Often-overlooked architectural zones, the liminal, in-between and connective qualities of these spaces are expanded upon by artists with wide-ranging practices spanning animation, design, sculpture, book and film making. Using Vinyl as their medium, these “stairmasters” playfully explore the material’s associations with signage, temporality, and mutability, inviting you on an experiential ascent or descent as you travel through Artscape Younplace’s inaugural season.


416-392-1038 x 25



Venue & Address: 
Artscape Youngplace 180 Shaw Street Toronto, Ontario