Extra Baggage - new exhibition of work by IAMD Alumnus Omar Badrin

Omar Badrin, See Me, approx. 34x15.5x11.5", 2016
Friday, January 6, 2017 - 7:00pm to Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Artspace presents:

Omar Badrin
Extra Baggage
January 6 – February 23, 2017
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Please join Artspace on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 7:00 - 9:00pm for the opening of Extra Baggage, an exhibition of new work by Omar Badrin.

Then, on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:00pm please join us for an artist talk and closing reception with Omar Badrin.

Through his textile and sculptural work Omar Badrin creates an autobiographical exploration of race and cultural identity. Throughout his childhood and adolescence as a transracial adoptee in Newfoundland, Badrin was perceived as an outsider by many of the people around him. As a child and young man, Badrin longed to fit in to his adopted culture. However, Badrin was frequently teased by others for his Asian physical traits, and constantly reminded that he was a racial minority in a mostly white, homogenous province. The complex desire to belong and the frustration of not being able to are brought forward in Extra Baggage. Badrin’s brightly coloured, monster-like crocheted masks and figures represent the warped self-perception that resulted from Badrin’s experiences as a youth coming of age in Newfoundland. The body of new work in Extra Baggage is a manifestation of Badrin’s perception of his race and cultural identity, and the ways in which these feelings become internalized and embodied.

Omar Badrin is an interdisciplinary artist born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His work stems from his upbringing in Newfoundland and focuses on cultural identity, as well as its construction and representation through the use of visual metaphors. Badrin received his MFA at OCAD University in 2015, where he was awarded a graduate medal for his work in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art Media and Design program. Since graduating, he has also received project and travel grants from the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Badrin currently lives in Toronto.

If you have any questions please contact:

Jon Lockyer (MFA 2014, Criticism and Curatorial Practice)

More on the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/art-media-design-masters.htm

Venue & Address: 
Artspace, 378 Aylmer Street North, Peterborough, Ontario
Jon Lockyer, Director, jon@artspace-arc.org

An illustrator explores the Internet of Things

Internet of Things by Meghan Dearlove

INSTUDIO asked 2016 Illustration grad Meg Dearlove for her take on the Internet of Things. View more of Meg’s work online.

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Criticism & Curatorial Practice Grad Students open new gallery: Bunker 2

Image of entrance to Bunker 2 space
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 10:00pm

Bunker 2 is a new gallery space that "exists to push curatorial and artistic boundaries while maintaining a critical dialogue between our exhibiting artists and our local community."  It is founded by Criticism & Curatorial Practice graduate alumnus Matthew Kyba with two current CCP gradauate students on staff - Veronika Ivanova is a Curtorial Associate and Jesse Wardell is in charge of Outreach and Communication for the space. Bunker 2's inaugural exhibition, Casual Encounters, opens this Thursday, November 3 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The space is located at 450 Dufferin Street.

Exhibiting artists include Daniel Griffin Hunt, Connor Olthuis (BFA, OCAD U), Ryan Pechnick (MFA 2016, OCAD U), Jenna Robineau, Claire Scherzinger (BFA, OCAD U), and Shanie Tomassini

More on Casual Encounters:

"What is the role of intimacy within the art gallery? How do specific practices use closeness as a means for communication? The exhibiting works engage in a conceptual tenderness that elevates foreign objects into sites for personal exchange.

Bunker 2 is a new project space that responds and is responsive to contemporary cultural, artistic, and local milieu. As the hyper-commodification of real estate in Toronto continues to mount, alternative venues must evolve in order to continue creating unrestricted exhibition areas for artists and cultural producers. Although this may seem like a basic tenant of curatorial practice, Bunker 2 was born out of this emphasis on the lack of said spaces.

Casual Encounters questions viewing rituals and invites each artist to display works that responded to both the space (or the lack there of) and other artists. This resulted in both a literal and figurative “closeness” that ties together each unique practice and the multiplitude of themes."

Bunker 2 website: www.bunker2.ca


More on the CCP Program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/criticism-and-curatorial-practice.htm

More on the IAMD Program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/interdisciplinary-masters-in-art-media-and-design.htm

Logs at Y+Contemporary - exhibition curated by alumnus Tak Pham

exhibition poster - aerial image of roadway and monument
Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 12:00pm

EXHIBITION ON VIEW: October 29 – November 19, 2016

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 29 from 2:00pm - 5:00pm

"The curatorial framework of Logs consists of exhibiting a selection of video and digital works that tackle the differences between an expatriate and [im]migrant, the contradictions between seemingly “beneficial” treaties and their material outcomes, and question terms such as “efficiency”, “nation”, and “speed”. The four artists exhibited; Rouzbeh Akhbari, Benny Hunter, Mariam Magsi and Ash Moniz are committed to these themes. Their artistic practices demonstrate a politically rigorous ambivalence towards finding solutions to these complex local, national, and global issues. This diverse group of makers utilizes first person experience working and living outside and inside their original homes as an integral framework for their work. While some focus on their perception of time as foreigners, others shine light on the struggles of navigating spaces that are programmed to suppress them. By bringing their work together, Logs hopes to present the audience with a multifaceted perspective on the historical and contemporary realities of movement." - Tak Pham, Curator - Architectural Historian - Creative Strategist

EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Rouzbeh Akhbari, Benny Hunter, Mariam Magsi and Ash Moniz

CURATOR’S TOURS: Saturday, November 5 and Saturday, November 19

Exhibition website: http://ypluscontemporary.com/logs/

More on the CCP program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/criticism-and-curatorial-practice.htm

More on the IAMD program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/interdisciplinary-masters-in-art-media-and-design.htm

Digital Futures (DF) & CFC Media Lab Present: A Very VR Afternoon w/ Hector Garcia & Michael Naimark

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Digital Futures (DF), Graduate Studies (GS) in Partnership with CFC Media Lab Present… A Very VR Afternoon

Wednesday, October 12th

1:00PM – 4:00PM VA Lab,

Room 720, 205 Richmond St. W.

OCAD University

1:00PM – 2:30PM

Hector Centeno Garcia

Digital Futures graduate and researcher

"Sitting Under a Highway” VR Presentation and Demonstration

Sitting under a highway is a research-creation project by Hector Centeno Garcia and presented as an interactive audiovisual virtual and presential space. By wearing a head-mounted display (VR), a hand tracking device, headphones and an electroencephalography band, the audience experiences photorealistic 3D visuals and spatial audio that are the product of an artistic practice centred on the attentive aesthetic exploration of a physical place. - See more at: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/digital-futures.htm#sthash.Lq3htrWZ.J47zaAV7.dpuf

The virtual reality space that the user inhabits is activated through the combined measurement of concentration and relaxation through an EEG reader. A hand tracker allows the user to also physically interact in space. Through mindfulness we engage with the environment, in the hope that art created with such processes can contribute to a better understanding of the disconnect that exists between post-modern society and our inhabited places. Awarded Best Creative Work and Best Thesis Document, Digital Futures Graduate Program, OCAD University.


2:30PM – 3:00PM Break: social discussion and refreshments

3:00PM – 4:00PM

Michael Naimark 

Guest artist, inventor, scholar, and coach in emergent media and immersive experiences

Presentation and discussion on VR Cinematography

Michael Naimark is a media artist and researcher who often explores "place representation" and its impact on culture, and is actively engaged in understanding the dynamics between art and technology, with an uncanny track record of art projects presaging widespread adoption, often by decades. He is noted in the histories of Google Street ViewProjection Mapping, and Virtual Reality (and, some claim, the Facebook Like Button); and in ongoing work with cinematic crowdsourcinglive global video, and cultural heritage. Michael has directed projects with support from Apple, Disney, Atari, Panavision, Lucasfilm, Interval, and Google; and from National Geographic, UNESCO, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Exploratorium, the Banff Centre, Ars Electronica, the ZKM, and the Paris Metro. He occasionally serves as faculty at USC Cinema's Interactive Media Division, NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, and the MIT Media Lab.


Venue & Address: 
Wednesday, October 12th 1:00PM – 4:00PM VA Lab, Room 720, 205 Richmond St. W. OCAD University
416 977 6000 x423
VR Poster

Garnet Willis exhibits at Gladstone for Nuit Blanche

Gaia's Banjo installation, wooden platform with child walking on it
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 4:00am

The Gladstone Hotel has chosen an installation by OCAD U alumnus Garnet Willis (MFA, IAMD, 2016) as its “signature installation” in the Fly By Night show on Nuit Blanche.

Willis explains Gaia’s Banjo in the Gladstone’s blog:

“In the second floor lobby is a large circular platform. Attached to this via tensioned cables are clusters of sound-producing objects, strung together on springs tensioned in space. The public can interact with the installation at any time, by standing on the platform, which tips it under the distribution of weight and changes the diverse plucking sounds that it produces. This vibrant cascade of sound is intended to sonically map the internal architecture and bodies within the space.”

Other artists in the exhibition include Valerie Carew (MFA, IAMD, 2016), Naomi Dodds, Julie Gemuend, Anna Kovler, Sean Lewis & Galen Milne-Hines, Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Apollonia Vanova.

Simple Functionalism

Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 5:00am

For the seminal Walter Phillips Gallery exhibition Vocation/Vacation staged in 1981, OCAD alumnus Garry Neill Kennedy developed a site specific work for which the Gallery attendant desk was altered to comply with the "Statement of Design Guidelines" prepared by The Banff Centre Aesthetic Committee. Positioned inside the gallery, the desk lends transparency to institutional practices. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of The Banff Centre, Kennedy has been invited to recreate this significant installation, providing visitors with the rare opportunity to experience the work.

Free public tours of the exhibition are offered every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Entrance to the Walter Phillips Gallery is free.

Wednesday through Sunday, 12:30 - 5 p.m.
Thursday, 12:30 - 9 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre Glyde Hall, St. Julien Way, Banff, Alberta

Hard Twist

Hard Twist
Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 5:00am

The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto presents its 3rd Annual Juried Textile Arts Exhibition including work by OCAD alumnus Gareth Bate, Amlie Brisson-Darveau, Nadia Li Chai, Laura Endacott, Caitlin Erskine-Smith, Ann Marie Hadcock, Peter Harris, Susan Harris, Tricia Johnson, Lisa Keophila, Vanessa Li, Lesley Loksi Chan, Emily Martin, Amanda McCavour, Bev McNaughton, Gordana Olujic Dosic, Tammy Osler, Ingrid Paulson, Meghan Price, Laura Smith, Ilona Staples, Casey Ann Wasniewski and Bonnie Whitehall. Curators: Helena Frei and Chris Mitchell.

Venue & Address: 
The Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen St W Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

Ground Frame Released

Ground Frame Released
Friday, November 21, 2008 - 5:00am to Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 5:00am

Switch Contemporary in Toronto presents a group exhibition including work by alumni Alex McLeod.

Venue & Address: 
Switch Contemporary 2217 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Frank Newfeld Design Exhibit + Book signing of Drawing on Type

cover image of book, Drawing On Type
Friday, November 28, 2008 - 11:00pm to Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 2:00am

Please join the Communication Designers of Toronto as they honour design pioneer Frank Newfeld.


Saturday, November 29 – Saturday, December 6
Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

As a continuation of the Cdot’s Design Pioneers Exhibit, Communication Designers of Toronto (Cdot) honours OCAD alumnus Frank Newfeld, his historic design work and new book Drawing on Type at Swipe Books on Advertising and Design. Drawing on Type is the fascinating life-story of one of Canada’s most accomplished book publishing figures: Frank Newfeld, designer/illustrator/educator (retired) and author.

A true pioneer of Toronto’s early design scene, Newfeld has designed over 650 books and won over 167 international awards. From a humble studio on Spadina Avenue in 1954, he rose to become Vice-President of Publishing at McClelland & Stewart, head of the illustration program at Sheridan College and Co-founder/President of the Society of Typographic Designers of Canada (now the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada - GDC).

Space for the opening is limited!
Please RSVP by by Tuesday, November 25 to: info@communicationdesigners.org

Venue & Address: 
Swipe Books on Advertising and Design 401 Richmond Street West, Suite #121, Toronto, Ontario