RAGGA NYC exhibit at Mercer Union features the work of OCAD U alumni

 

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

OCAD U alumni Oreka James ('16), Aaron Jones ('18), and Camille Turner ('93) are included alongside the work of other artists in the new exhibition RAGGA NYC, opening at Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art in Toronto on June 21, 2018 ay 7 PM

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RAGGA NYC

Michèle Pearson Clarke, Martine Gutierrez, Oreka James, Aaron Jones, Tau Lewis, Sondra Perry, Diamond Stingily, Camille Turner, Christopher Udemezue, Syrus Marcus Ware

22 June – 11 August 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday 21 June 2018, 7 PM

RAGGA NYC is a growing collective of Queer Caribbean artists and allies. Founded by Christopher Udemezue (Neon Christina), the group was created to make space for and nurture ties amongst a group of artists who feel a deep commitment to their ancestral and diasporic histories.
 
Working across various disciplines, ranging from visual art and poetry to performance and fashion, RAGGA NYC interweaves art-making, cultural practice and community building. The collective has at its base a longing for an authentic and extended network that could support one another through ideas and activity centered around solidarity, visibility and expression. As a growing contingent of many artists – each quite distinct in the form, style and concerns of their practice – RAGGA materializes the impact of collective assembly in practices of social emancipation and celebration.
 
For Mercer Union’s summer season, the gallery has shared resources with the collective as they make space for and incite new collaborations, friendships and expanded networks of support. RAGGA NYC is expanding its network of cultural producers with artists based in Toronto. To this end, the exhibition and coinciding public programming engages specifically with the practices of Michèle Pearson Clarke, Martine Gutierrez, Oreka James, Aaron Jones, Tau Lewis, Sondra Perry, Diamond Stingily, Camille Turner, Christopher Udemezue and Syrus Marcus Ware.

Ignite Gallery
Ignite Gallery represents the current creative voice of OCAD University students and recent graduates through exhibitions, events and community programs.  Ignite Gallery (formerly the OCAD U Student Gallery) continues its 40+ year history of support for the exciting work of emerging artists, designers and curators from OCAD University.   Located in Kensington Market, Ignite Gallery is currently recruiting IWSP-eligible Student Monitors for the Fall/Winter term to serve as front-line staff welcoming and informing visitors about exhibitions and public events, to supervise the gallery, and help with install and de-install of shows.  
Mary Pratt
Acclaimed artist Mary Pratt passed away at the age of 83 in St. John’s Newfoundland. Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1935, Pratt was one of Canada's most important and popular realist painters, known for her luminous canvases that captured people and objects from everyday life.
​​​​​​​Evelyn Quach and Karen Joyce Li Ignite, 2018, Masonite, latex paint, led lights on wall 
For the second year in a row, OCAD University students enrolled in the course Painting in the Expanded Field were given a unique opportunity to develop a Wallwork design for the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Mississauga-based office. 
OCAD University mourns the loss of Maxime Voisard Ducharme, who passed away at the age of 87 on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Ducharme was born in Sudbury in 1931 and moved to Toronto to pursue his love of design. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1958, earning an Eaton design scholarship. 
Intersection at Queen and McCaul with jaywalkers
Toronto City Council approved the installation of traffic control signals at the intersection of Queen and McCaul Streets, which will represent a huge improvement of safe pedestrian crossing between the north and south campuses for the OCAD U community. 
Karalyn Reuben - holds up a small square beaded thunderbird panel
On Thursday, July 26, the ROM and OCAD U presented their joint web-based project Uncover/Recover. This collaboration began last year, when students in the Indigenous Visual Culture program (INVC), led by Professor Bonnie Devine, received an opportunity to interact with, and respond to, Indigenous artifacts from the ROM’s archives. 
Josi Smit, airy bright top floor APT by christie pits
Josi Smit, a recent graduate of the Sculpture/Installation program, was named the Ontario winner of BMO’s 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition. She is among 12 regional winners and one national winner selected from 267 entries.
Illustration of tiny things floating
Some two-dozen students have made it to the semis of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA)! OCAD U is always well represented in this international competition for creative students of all disciplines. Categories include illustration, photography, package design and 11 more.
RAGGA NYC
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

OCAD U alumni Oreka James ('16), Aaron Jones ('18), and Camille Turner ('93) are included alongside the work of other artists in the new exhibition RAGGA NYC, opening at Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art in Toronto on June 21, 2018 ay 7 PM

.........................................

RAGGA NYC

Michèle Pearson Clarke, Martine Gutierrez, Oreka James, Aaron Jones, Tau Lewis, Sondra Perry, Diamond Stingily, Camille Turner, Christopher Udemezue, Syrus Marcus Ware

22 June – 11 August 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday 21 June 2018, 7 PM

RAGGA NYC is a growing collective of Queer Caribbean artists and allies. Founded by Christopher Udemezue (Neon Christina), the group was created to make space for and nurture ties amongst a group of artists who feel a deep commitment to their ancestral and diasporic histories.
 
Working across various disciplines, ranging from visual art and poetry to performance and fashion, RAGGA NYC interweaves art-making, cultural practice and community building. The collective has at its base a longing for an authentic and extended network that could support one another through ideas and activity centered around solidarity, visibility and expression. As a growing contingent of many artists – each quite distinct in the form, style and concerns of their practice – RAGGA materializes the impact of collective assembly in practices of social emancipation and celebration.
 
For Mercer Union’s summer season, the gallery has shared resources with the collective as they make space for and incite new collaborations, friendships and expanded networks of support. RAGGA NYC is expanding its network of cultural producers with artists based in Toronto. To this end, the exhibition and coinciding public programming engages specifically with the practices of Michèle Pearson Clarke, Martine Gutierrez, Oreka James, Aaron Jones, Tau Lewis, Sondra Perry, Diamond Stingily, Camille Turner, Christopher Udemezue and Syrus Marcus Ware.