Natasha V. Talks Photography

Natasha V photograph with purple and pastel hues
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 10:30pm

Natasha V.’s photographic style reflects her spirit, sense of adventure and joie de vivre. The Sarajevo-born, Toronto-based still life photographer is renowned for conceiving conceptual still-life and her love for storytelling, which come alive in her vibrant images. 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Auditorium, Room 190 100 McCaul St.

Interference: New paintings by Robin Kingsburgh and David Griffin

Artwork by David Griffin and Robin Kingsburgh
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 4:00am

Opening Reception: Thursday September 3, 7 to 10 p.m.

Artist Talk: Saturday September 12, 1 p.m.

In this exhibition, Robin Kingsburgh and David Griffin approach painting as an art of colour, but from very different perspectives. Kingsburgh’s work embodies experiments in nature. Process driven, unconscious gestures respond to the random drip of flowing paint or the grain on a slab of wood, andbecome the starting points for meditations on rhythm, form, tone and colour. The paintings explore the boundaries between order and chaos, mirroring the condition of the human psyche, and the Universe as a whole.

While Kingsburgh seeks to distill complexity through restrained colour and shape, Griffin draws cadenced human, animal, and liquid topographies, to hold light, giving voice to complex metaphors. The paintings emerge as syncopations of sinew, drapery, and dream, but also growth, and reflection.

In addition, Kingsburgh and Griffin offer two collaborative paintings, passed back and forth over several months, as experiments in slow, visual conversations. These paintings occupy an odd middle ground between the two painters own working methods, where Griffin attempts to bend Kingsburgh’s rationality through an atmospheric lens, while Kingsburgh offers Griffin some quiet.

Artist Talk/Interview:

Saturday September 12, 1pm – Kingsburgh & Griffin will be interviewed by Jane Adams.

About the artists:

Robin teaches science to artists and designers at OCAD University, and in the Division of Natural Science at York University. She has a PhD in Astronomy (1992, University College London), and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Mexico from 1993-1996. Her artistic education comes from studies at University of Toronto, and continuing education at The Slade School, London UK, which paralleled her scientific development. Kingsburgh has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows over the past decade, and inspired by the ideas and methodologies of science, she has curated exhibitions in the Toronto area, including Nuit Blanche Independent Projects, and at the Ontario Science Centre. 

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, David works with painting, performance, notation systems, and writing in dynamic relationship with these studio practices. Currently a lecturer in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University in Toronto, David holds an MFA (Painting) from The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and a PhD from the Glasgow School of Art, where he designed and implemented a series of graphical music notation systems, including a positive notation for vocal silence. 

Venue & Address: 
@Propeller 30 Abell St, Toronto ON, M6J 0A9 Wednesday-Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Phone: 
416 504 7142
Keywords: 

ORGS Faculty Talk: Ryan Whyte

Oil painting of two women in profile wearing dresses
Photograph of Ryan White
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

RYAN WHYTE
Recipient of the 2013-2014 OCAD University Award for Excellence in Early Stage Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity
"Art History for Women: Art, Fashion, and Subversion in Napoleonic France"

During the First French Empire (1804¬-14/15) women encountered art inside objects of fashion. Specifically, women’s pocket-sized literary almanacs included reproductions of and commentary on canonical artworks. Fashionably bound and worn on the person, they transformed the space of fashion into a zone of spectatorship within which women operated as equivalent to their male counterparts as authors, subjects of art, critics, and audiences. In a period when state policy and ideology divided art from fashion and women from art, women’s almanacs were subversive because their scale changed the space of reception, and their use appropriated female fashion as an arena for the display of and commentary on art.

Bio:
Dr. Whyte's research reveals legacies of eighteenth-century art and culture that are commonplace in and relevant to the early twenty-first century. He is currently writing a book on the role of printed matter in the Salon du Louvre exhibitions of the Ancien Régime; a second research project explores the visual culture of gastronomy in 18th- and 19th-century France. His other recent work addresses fashion, materiality, and cross-cultural exchange in eighteenth-century print culture. He has also written art criticism and essays for journals that include Artext, Artichoke, Border Crossings, C Magazine, Lola, New Observations, and Parachute.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 187
Email: 
vly@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 ext. 474
Cost: 
Free

Myron Zabol Talks Photography

Black and white photograph of a woman dressed in a Chanel suit
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:30pm

 

Toronto based photographer Myron Zabol has had a career in commercial and fine art photography for over 30 years. He has been honored with numerous awards for his work, from the Toronto, Montreal and New York City Art Directors Clubs; the National Magazine Awards, The New York Film Festival and The Canadian Society of Magazine Photographers. The majority of Myron's work featured people and places as editorial content, conceptual fashion and advertising. In 1992 he was given a United Nations Environment Marketing Awareness Award for his participation with the Kenya Wildlife Fund.

Zabol is also the author of People Of The Dancing Sky, an innovative photographic book that shows the Iroquois people as they live today, through the filter of their resilient traditions. With his expertly captured images of faith-keepers, jingle dancers, chiefs, clan mothers, children, lacrosse champions, potters and teachers, Myron offers a unique view of the "People Of The Longhouse" and their time-honored way of expressing spirituality through dress and decoration.

Myron Zabol’s photography has been featured in both group and individual exhibitions. Selected works are in collections in Europe, Asia, USA and Canada. The center of his creativity is an ability to communicate through personal encounter, visual experience and spiritual conflict.

Image: Chanel, Paril, 1988

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Room 630, 6th Floor 100 McCaul Street
Website: 
http://myronzabol.com/
Cost: 
Free

Material in the Extreme Talk

Image of poster with red, blue and purple boxes
Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Instructor Richard Garvin will be holding a talk in Room 530 the Material Innovation Centre.

His talk will focus on Material in the Extreme, emerging use of materials and new smart textiles.

Richard Garvin is an industrial designer and retail subject matter expert. He is an instructor within the Industrial Design department at OCAD U. He has designed for retailers around the globe and has a specialized interest in product innovation, commercial technologies and emerging trends.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St. Room 530 -- Material Innovation Centre
Cost: 
Free

Artist’s Talk with Meryl McMaster

Meryl with work
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 4:30pm

Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds speaker series with Meryl McMaster

Artist’s Talk with Meryl McMaster
Friday, October 31, 12:30 p.m.

McMaster will discuss her career since graduating from OCAD U. Her work explores questions of identity, representation, perception, myth, memory and the environment. Her recent exhibitions include In-Between Worlds at the Art Gallery of Hamilton Design Annex, the 2014 CONTACT Photography Festival at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) in Toronto, and RED: Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis

Friday, October 31, 12:30 p.m.
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 [at] OCAD 230 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/exhibitions/onsite.htm
Cost: 
Free

Developing Focus with Stacey Tyrell

covered driveway and garden
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 10:30pm

Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds speaker series with Stacey Tyrell

Developing Focus with Stacey Tyrell
Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 p.m.

Tyrell will speak about developing her career, exploring her practice, current projects and the challenges a contemporary artist can face in the career market. Tyrell was one of the Magenta Foundation’s 2012 top emerging Canadian photographers as well as Toronto Life and NOW Magazine’s “must see” pick for the 2014 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

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 [at] OCAD 230 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/exhibitions/onsite.htm
Cost: 
Free

Material over Matter

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 4:00pm

OCADU Instructor: Mark Tholen will give a professional talk

Mark Tholen is a Toronto architect, industrial designer and assistant professor at OCAD U. He has designed buildings in Germany, the US and Canada. In his industrial design found objects and the beauty of natural materials as well as the process of making play a major role in his work.

Venue & Address: 
Room 530 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

If Walls Could Talk

Event Poster
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 5:00am to Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 4:00am

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 6, 7 to 10 p.m.

A juried exhibition of experiential illustration featuring a creative assembly of OCAD U Illustration faculty and alumni

The Gladstone Hotel and curator Leila Courey are pleased to announce If Walls Could Talk (IWCT). A juried exhibition of experiential illustration, featuring work by emerging and established artists.

Discover how artists and designers use illustration and related art forms to transform the hotel’s 2nd Floor Gallery and public spaces in dramatic, conceptual and experimental ways.

IWCT will be on public display at the Gladstone Hotel from March 6 to 30, 2014.

2014 Participating Artists:
Beata Kruszynski | Betty Zhang | Jen Spinner & Hazel Eckert | Jennifer Ilett | Kat Gomboc & Rebecca Ladds | Kerry Zentner | Mike Ellis | Min Gyo (Daniel) Chung | Nat Janin | P.K. (Adam Hilborn) | Sawhorse Design with Adrian Forrow & Tyler John | Selena Wong

2014 Jurists:
Ari Elkouby, creative director, Zulu Alpha Kilo
Diti Katona, partner, creative director, Concrete Design
Gary Taxali, fine artist, illustrator
Jason Logan, creative director, Rogers Publishing
Mikey Richardson, partner, creative director, Jacknife Design
Paul Dallas, chair of Illustration, OCAD University
Virginia Johnson, illustrator, textile designer, and founder, Virginia Johnson Lifestyle

Exhibition hours are noon to 5 p.m. daily

Venue & Address: 
Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen St. W. Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.gladstonehotel.com/spaces/iwct
Cost: 
Free

Conversations About Indigenous Visual Culture Wampum: Language and Symbol

Event Poster - Red with white text and images
Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Saturday February 8th, 2014

12 noon to 5 pm
OCAD University
100 McCaul Street
Room 230, 2nd Floor
FREE

Presented by the Indigenous Visual Culture Program.

Considering the visual language, materials and agreements encoded in wampum, this talk brings together historians, curators and artists for a discussion of treaties between Indigenous nations.

Alan Ojiig Corbiere is an Ojibwe Anishnaabe from the M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. He earned his Masters of Environmental Studies at York University where he focused on Anishnaabe narratives and their role in Anishnaabe language revitalization. He served five years as the Executive Director of the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation which included roles as the Curator, Historian and Cultural programmer. During his time at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, he extensively researched the Anishinaabe material culture, history and art. Alan has recorded numerous elders and has conducted archival research in his efforts to synthesis an Anishnaabe cultural history. He is currently the Program Coordinator for the Anishinaabemowin Revitalization Program at Lakeview Elementary School in M'Chigeeng.

Rick Hill (Tuscarora) is an artist, writer and curator who lives at the Six Nations Community of the Grand River Territory in Ontario, Canada. Over the years, Rick has served as the Manager of the Indian Art Centre, Ottawa, Ontario; Director of the Indian Museum at the Institute of American Arts in Santa Fe, NM; and the Assistant Director for Public Programs at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution; and Manager of the Haudenosaunee Resource Center. Currently he is the Coordinator for the Joint Stewardship Board at Six Nations to develop an environmental interpretation centre and is the manager of the Six Nations Virtual Archives Project.

Bonnie Devine, a member of the Serpent River First Nation of Ontario (Ojibwa) is an installation artist, curator, writer and educator. History and narrative have been and remain a compelling focus of her work. They inform her art practice, teaching career, and her work as an independent curator. Her art is about the stories of the Anishinaabek- the voices that tell them, the bodies that carry them and the land that birthed them. Devine’s drawings, videos, sculptures, and installations have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the US, and Europe. She is an Associate Professor and the Founding Chair of the Indigenous Visual Culture program at OCAD University. She lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

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