When I Was A Kid, I Would Lay in My Twin Sized Bed and Wonder Where My Brother Was


Andrew Atkin, Ahmed Drebika, Jiaqi Yuan

Opening reception: October 10, 5-8

 
DateThursday, October 10, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Phone

4169776000

Cost

Free

Email

ignitegallery@ocadu.ca

Website

https://www.facebook.com/events/427593191217972/

Location

165 Augusta Ave

Andrew Atkin, Ahmed Drebika, Jiaqi Yuan

Opening reception: October 10, 5-8pm

October 11- November 3

Regular hours:

Wed - Sun:1 - 5pm

All three artists are interested in highlighting the duality of contemporary issues and explore the relationship of humanity to the highly industrialized society we find ourselves within. 

Through combining two forms of contrasting nostalgia, Ahmed Drebinka manages to produce creations that are earnest and sublime. Ahmed employees video game and CGI visual language that he grew up with to recreate the Libya that no longer exists after almost a decade of civil war. While the digital environments he creates harken back stylistically games of his youth, they contain symbols of the violence which has wreaked devastation and havoc on his homeland. Since Ahmed left Libya in 2013, the changes he notices when visiting have had a profound impact on him, and in his work, he uses technology to lament the upheaval of his birthplace while also trying to piece through what it has become today. 

 

The performative nature of Jiaqi Yuan’s agnostic automations embody representations of developmental learning. Her sculptures are cautionary observations reflecting on technology’s increasingly pervasive role in child-rearing. In her work Future Toy, for instance, Jiaqi reaches to the past for a traditional Chinese folk drum, which has been modernized through automation in order to consider the increasing dependence on technology children are devolving and warns of it becoming an emotional pacifier with dehumanizing effects. While Jiaqi laments the cotemporary phenomenon of mechanization and her observations are cautionary, through their repetitive kinetic motions the resulting objects become meditative to behold.  

 

Andrew Atkin creates interconnected systems based on organic and electronic components, in which he explores the history and impact of our material usage while offering a hopeful alternative. Andrew investigates the abilities of material science and food infrastructure to shape people into communities, ultimately speculating how the future can be shaped cooperatively through thoughtful making. By gestures such as replicating a Styrofoam cup out of stoneware, Andrew’s work suggests that an optimistic outcome can be achieved by embracing the technological trauma rather than wiping it from memory. 

 



Ahmed Drebika
DateThursday, October 10, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Phone

4169776000

Cost

Free

Email

ignitegallery@ocadu.ca

Website

https://www.facebook.com/events/427593191217972/

Location

165 Augusta Ave

Open life drawing session offered by the OCAD U Alumni Association
Look Inside Canada’s largest university of art and design. Bring your friends, family and supporters and take a studio tour, watch students as they work, or talk with faculty and staff. OCAD University will provide a glimpse of emerging trends, and where art and design practice is making new connections.
Visit the lobby of 100 McCaul from October 21 to 25 to browse hundreds of gently-used art and design books and more! All proceeds support the library.
OCAD University’s Faculty of Art is hosting a group exhibition focusing on climate justice, opening October 21, and culminating in a panel titled “Creative action during climate crisis,” on November 1. The submission-based exhibition, co-curated by Michelle Beck and Dana Snow, focuses on the idea of a multispecies interconnectivity that makes every organism necessary to one another in their surrounding environs. Messmates are companions – in Latin “cum panis” – who share bread and rely on each other for survival. 
A workshop rooted in oral history and community collaboration, Talking Treaties artfully shares local Indigenous history and awareness.
feelSpace is seeking artworks for our inaugural online exhibition that deals with connections and relationships in digital spaces. Submissions are due on October 21st!
Interested in applying for CGS-M (SSHRC, NSERC) and/or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)? This session will provide students with further information about competitions, timelines and best practices. These are prestigious awards, and all full-time graduate students are encouraged to apply.
Join us in the Learning Zone for grOCAD Plant Propagation Workshop
OCAD U Professor Robert Lear and Illustrator Doug Martin are putting on a show featuring their work that is being shown from October 23 - November 3, 2019.  Wed-Fri : 12 - 4:30 pm Sat-Sun: 12- 4:00 pm   
Alumni social at OCAD U's Onsite Gallery
Exhibition Poster
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Andrew Atkin, Ahmed Drebika, Jiaqi Yuan

Opening reception: October 10, 5-8pm

October 11- November 3

Regular hours:

Wed - Sun:1 - 5pm

All three artists are interested in highlighting the duality of contemporary issues and explore the relationship of humanity to the highly industrialized society we find ourselves within. 

Through combining two forms of contrasting nostalgia, Ahmed Drebinka manages to produce creations that are earnest and sublime. Ahmed employees video game and CGI visual language that he grew up with to recreate the Libya that no longer exists after almost a decade of civil war. While the digital environments he creates harken back stylistically games of his youth, they contain symbols of the violence which has wreaked devastation and havoc on his homeland. Since Ahmed left Libya in 2013, the changes he notices when visiting have had a profound impact on him, and in his work, he uses technology to lament the upheaval of his birthplace while also trying to piece through what it has become today. 

 

The performative nature of Jiaqi Yuan’s agnostic automations embody representations of developmental learning. Her sculptures are cautionary observations reflecting on technology’s increasingly pervasive role in child-rearing. In her work Future Toy, for instance, Jiaqi reaches to the past for a traditional Chinese folk drum, which has been modernized through automation in order to consider the increasing dependence on technology children are devolving and warns of it becoming an emotional pacifier with dehumanizing effects. While Jiaqi laments the cotemporary phenomenon of mechanization and her observations are cautionary, through their repetitive kinetic motions the resulting objects become meditative to behold.  

 

Andrew Atkin creates interconnected systems based on organic and electronic components, in which he explores the history and impact of our material usage while offering a hopeful alternative. Andrew investigates the abilities of material science and food infrastructure to shape people into communities, ultimately speculating how the future can be shaped cooperatively through thoughtful making. By gestures such as replicating a Styrofoam cup out of stoneware, Andrew’s work suggests that an optimistic outcome can be achieved by embracing the technological trauma rather than wiping it from memory. 

 

Venue & Address: 
165 Augusta Ave
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/427593191217972/
Email: 
ignitegallery@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
4169776000
Cost: 
Free
Ahmed Drebika
Keywords: 
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