"Smooshes, Slabs & Slices: Entanglements in Ceramic" by Pam Nelson

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 1:00pm to Monday, August 20, 2018 - 5:00pm

Smooshes, Slabs & Slices is a thesis exhibition of sculptural, ceramic-based assemblages that capture moments of transformation in progress. A raw material is made precious, a lump of solid clay is smooshed, a slab is in motion. Each object is fabricated in a bricolage manner of a collection of unlikely material actants, and transformed through digital and hand made processes. At a foundational level, these objects tell a story about physical forces exerted on materials, the results of which reference a range of geologically and culturally-entangled contexts around ideas of displacement, transformation, permanence and fragility. This practice-based research was created through a diffractive methodology which encourages method to emerge from meaning and vice versa.



Thursday, August 16, 6-9PM


Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W
pam nelson thesis exhibition

Embodied Identity

Image: screen capture VR

Virtual Reality Project: Unreal Engine software

Embodied Identity is a virtual reality research-creation project that explores artistic interactions with digital modes of production, examining the interaction between spatial platforms that stimulate and challenge artists' perceptions and relationships to space, time, and materiality. 

Researchers Dr. Claire Brunet and Digital Futures Graduate Thoreau Bakker experiment with VR and 3D scanning technology to convey meaning inside a VR spatial context using digital sculptural referents. Sculpture/Installation undergrad Sam McGuire assisted with scan data post-processing through OCAD U Experiential Learning.

"Using body digitizing I aim to capture a person's inner strength and personality, to explore a sensory knowledge that brings life to the artwork inside a VR environment."

- Dr. Claire Brunet

Through an exploratory approach to VR the research team presents a repositioning of the ways artistic knowledge is transmitted. Most interestingly and importantly, in sculpture-installation art practice, artists' interactions with mediums and digital modes of production go beyond technical and technological characteristics to bring light to a sensory knowledge with limitless creative boundaries in view to open up to new intellectural territories and an artistic vision inspired by mutable spatial-temporal platforms.

Embodied Identity was featured as part of OCAD U's inaugural Gallery Crawl on May 10, 2018.

This project was also presented at VRTO 2018 by Dr. Claire Brunet, as a conference titled "3D Scanning to VR: Embodied Identity".
The Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference and Expo is a unique, international exhibition, professional conference and solutions-focused symposium exploring arts, culture, society, humanities, ethics and sciences through immersive technologies.

Image from VR screen capture: white humanoid figures surround a kneeling individual
Photograph of audience attending Claire Brunet's presentation on her VR research.
Screen shot of Dr. Claire Brunet's profile on the VRTO website.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 3:45pm
Lab Member: 
Claire Brunet

OCAD University mourns the passing of Frances Gage

Photo of smiling elderly woman Frances Gage
Monday, December 4, 2017

Prolific sculptor, WWII veteran and OCA alumna Frances Marie Gage passed away on Sunday, November 26, in her 94th year.

Born in 1924 in Windsor, Ontario, Gage lived a remarkable life, serving in the intelligence service of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (Wrens) during World War II before studying sculpture at OCA, the Art Students League of New York and L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. For two years she worked in what was once Tom Thomson’s “shack,” a toolshed in Toronto’s Rosedale Valley ravine.

Gage’s life story is told in the biography, Unlikely Paradise - The Life of Frances Gage by Alan D. Butcher.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. with tributes and remembrances at 1:30 p.m. in the MacCoubrey Funeral Home Reception Centre, Cobourg.

IAMD Alumna Esmaa Mohamoud featured as top 10 artist at ArtToronto via, BlogTO

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 9:45am

Mohamoud's incredible sculptures (and photos that depict them) challenge conventional conceptions of gender through the lens of professional sports, namely the NBA. You can find her work at ltd los angeles.

Mohamoud's work was also shown at the AGO as part of the gallery's exhibition, Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood, which features work from emerging and established artists across Canada. It is an impressive collection of sculptures, paintings, photography, soundscapes, dioramas and textile works that attempt to grapple with the questions of Canada's past, present and future possibilities. On to December 10, it opened on the eve of the contentious 150-year celebrations.

For the full Blog TO article visit: http://www.blogto.com/arts/2017/10/art-toronto-2017/


Congrats to our IAMD MFA Alumni; Omar Badrin, Jason Deary, Esma Mohamoud, and current student; Brad Phillips, for exhibiting their work in this prestigious exhibition.

For more information on the Art Toronto Exhibiton visit: https://www.artsy.net/art-toronto-2017/browse/artists

Mohamoud's incredible sculptures

Dorie Millerson, Profiled in the new book Artistry in Fiber, Volume 2: Sculpture

 Artistry in Fiber, Volume 2: Sculpture edited by Anne Lee and E. Ashley Rooney. Published by Schiffer.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 9:30am

Dorie Millerson (Assistant Professor and Chair, Material Art & Design) has been profiled as one of 76 international artists in the new book Artistry in Fiber, Volume 2: Sculpture edited by Anne Lee and E. Ashley Rooney. The book is published by Schiffer.


About the book:

Nearly 500 photos of artwork with personal insights from 76 of today’s most noteworthy artists show the tremendously broad range of possibilities that working in three dimensions can offer. In conjunction with the other two books in this acclaimed series, it invites readers to re-examine fiber art through a multifaceted contemporary lens. Both established artists and emerging artists whose work is attracting notice are gathered here. Carol Milne’s knitted glass and Peter Gentenaar’s technique of vacuum forming and air-drying paper fibers are but a few examples of artists using new materials with traditional methods.

Paulette Phillips

Paulette Phillips works in Europe and Canada in film for installation and also with audio, performance, electro-magnetism, digital photography, video, light and mechanics. During her career she has established an international reputation for her tense, humorous and uncanny explorations of the complexity of social and physical energy and contradictions that play out in our construction of stability.

Ginette Legaré

A mixed media artist, Ginette Legaré has been teaching in OCAD University's Faculty of Art (mostly in the Sculpture/Installation program) since 1990, and in its Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media & Design graduate program. Her work has been shown in many group and solo exhibitions throughout Canada, in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, the U.S. and in Tokyo, Japan. She has also taught at the University of Toronto/Sheridan College's Art and Art History Program, and at York University.