Faculty of Art professor named artist in residence at Tanenbaum Centre

Simon Glass
From the suite "Isaiah 24:1-12," verse 5 (Giclee collage, 22"x44") (2015)
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 3:45pm

Faculty of Art professor and visual artist Simon Glass has been named the 2015/2016 artist in residence at University of Toronto’s Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies. His work is on view through to the end of April 2016 (Room 318, 170 St. George St., Toronto).

The exhibition includes nine pieces from 1996 to 2015. They include archival and original photographic imagery, combined with biblical, prophetic and liturgical Hebrew. “The pieces in my exhibition address Jewish history of the 20th century, as well as loss and translation,” explains Glass. “I am delighted to be the artist in residence, and I look forward to the opportunity to share my work in an exchange with the Jewish academic community in Toronto.”

Glass will deliver an artist’s talk at the Tanenbaum Centre on November 12 at 12 p.m. All are welcome to attend and admission is free.

Simon Glass presents: The Ten Commandments/ Prohibited Weapons

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:00am to Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 5:00pm

"The Ten Commandments/Prohibited Weapons"

An exhibition of Simon Glass’s photo-hybrid series The Ten Commandments/Prohibited Weapons recently donated to the McMaster Museum of Art (a 2016 gift) and his series, The Thirteen Attributes of God, from the Art Gallery of Hamilton collection.

August 17 thru December 2, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, September 14, 6-8 pm 

ARTIST TALK by Simon Glass:  Thursday September 28, 12:30 – 1:20 pm 

Established in 1967, McMaster Museum of Art (MMA) is a public, non-profit, university-affiliated gallery situated in the heart of McMaster University campus. The MMA, which houses the University’s internationally recognized collection of approximately 6000 art objects and antiquities, presents exhibitions and provides public programs through scholarly research and interpretation.

McMaster University recognizes and acknowledges that it is located on the traditional territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations, and within the lands protected by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum agreement.

Simon Glass is an artist and educator based in Toronto. In his artistic practice, archival and original photographic imagery is combined with mystical, biblical and liturgical Hebrew.  He trained as a photographer and visual artist at the Ontario College of Art and graduated in 1983. He completed an M.A. in Media and Communications at the European Graduate School, Saas Fee, Switzerland in 2005. His work combines photographic imagery, both archival and original, and found objects with biblical, liturgical and mystical Hebrew. It has been exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions throughout Canada and internationally. He also translates biblical Hebrew into English. He has received numerous awards from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Simon Glass is and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Art, he served as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Art for six years.

Further information: https://museum.mcmaster.ca/about/news/simon-glass-exhibition/

Venue & Address: 
McMaster Museum of Art, Alvin A. Lee Building 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON
Website: 
http://www.simonglass.ca/
https://museum.mcmaster.ca/about/news/simon-glass-exhibition/
Phone: 
905.525.9140 x23241
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photo of photographs on gallery wall

Simon Glass presents Jeremiah: ha'aretz

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 12:45pm to Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 8:00pm

June 7 thru October, 2017

"Jeremiah: ha'aretz" Photos by Simon Glass

Opening reception June 7, 7-9pm

24/7

I saw the land and it was unformed and void; and to the skies and they had no light. I saw the mountains and they were quaking and all the hills shook. I saw and there was not a man and all the birds of the sky fled. I saw, and the grove was a desert. And all its cities were demolished in the face of the Lord, in the face of his anger. For so says the Lord: All the land shall be desolate but I will not make an end.

Jeremiah 4:23–27

Four gilt Hebrew letters on four blackened airplane doors spell out the word “ha’aretz” meaning “the land.” The word and the installation relate to the artist’s ongoing interest in a particular passage from the biblical book Jeremiah in which the doomsayer prophet echoes language from the book of creation: Breishit. In Genesis there is light, but Jeremiah sees darkness. Instead of vegetation and fruit trees, Jeremiah sees a desert. Where Genesis describes the creation of people, living creatures and birds flying over the land, Jeremiah sees a barren landscape on the brink of destruction.

Throughout his portfolio on this biblical text, Simon Glass considers the way in which Jeremiah’s mirroring of Breishit is refracted in contemporary reality. Degradation of the land, extinction of animals and needless loss of life are caused by comparable manmade devastation that fuels the prophet’s preaching. Yet in transcribing “ha’aretz” onto the salvaged scrap yard doors of a civilian aircraft, Glass suggests taking a bird’s-eye view of the scarred land. Seeing ha-aretz from above, defects become distant and borders blur, offering the potential for healing that Jeremiah longed for.

Simon Glass is an artist and educator based in Toronto. In his artistic practice, archival and original photographic imagery is combined with mystical, biblical and liturgical Hebrew. Recently, his work has gravitated toward installation and examines prophecy in the context of the possibilities and impossibilities of translation, the philosophy of language and the conflation of future and past. Glass graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1983 where he trained as a photographer and visual artist. He completed an M.A. in Media and Communication at the European Graduate School in 2005. Glass’ work has been exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions throughout Canada and internationally. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Glass is an Associate Professor at OCAD University where he teaches photography and cross-disciplinary art. His project “The Ten Commandments/Prohibited Weapons” will be on view at the McMaster Museum of Art in Hamilton from August 17 to December 2 with an opening reception on September 14. 

 

Venue & Address: 
At Fentster, 402 College Street, Toronto, ON
Website: 
http://www.simonglass.ca/
http://fentster.org/#/jeremiah-haaretz/
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Public Presentation: Simon Glass,Tenure Track Candidate, Assistant Dean, Faculty of Art

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

Simon Glass, OCAD Instructor gives a public presentation as a Tenure Track Candidate for Assistant Dean, Faculty of Art.

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

Histories

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
Cost: 
Free

SABBATICAL PRESENTATIONS: SIMON GLASS

abstract image with hebrew text
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

SABBATICAL PRESENTATIONS:  SIMON GLASS, DIANE PUGEN, SARAH NIND & SYLVIA WHITTON

SIMON GLASS

Professor Simon Glass’ Administrative Leave presentation consists of a review of some reading and research as well as landscape photographs from a trip to Iceland. He presents his studio work, a suite of twelve giclee collages. These collages comprise concrete poetry based on the book of Isaiah chapter 24, verses 1-12, restoring some of the poetry to the text – poetry that translation most often overlooks. Professor Glass also addresses some of the ambiguities of tense in the Hebrew biblical verb through an annotated translation of the text into English.

 

Venue & Address: 
OCADU 100 McCaul St Room 667

Artist’s Talk: Simon Glass, Associate Professor, Faculty of Art

contemporary artwork by Simon Glass
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 5:00pm

Simon Glass, Associate Professor, Faculty of Art, has been named Artist-in-Residence at the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. Simon’s work is on view in their space at 170 St. George Street, room 218 for the academic year 2015/16.
Simon will be giving an artist’s talk on November 12 at noon, also at 170 St. George Street, room 318.
All are welcome.

Venue & Address: 
Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies University of Toronto 170 St. George Street, room 318 Toronto
Website: 
http://www.simonglass.ca