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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 4:00am

Saturday, May 14, 2 to 4 PM
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom – 1214 Queen St. W

To keep (something) in position: props in contemporary photography
Gabrielle Moser in Conversation with Sameer Farooq, Bojana Stancic and Kotama Bouabane

What role do props play in contemporary photographic practice? Neither costuming nor part of a set, the prop is an inanimate but moveable object that must be activated by a human agent: a “thing” that gains meaning through the context of its use. By bringing together artists, curators, historians and performance studies scholars to consider the use of props in photographs (both historical and contemporary), this panel discussion examines the ways objects help us to write and rewrite histories.

About the Exhibition: 

We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow is a new body of work by Kotama Bouabane that explores how images are constructed, deconstructed and materialized through an experimental ethnographic approach. The exhibition builds from an image of artfully arranged coconuts from a 1970’s Kodak manual on colour correcting, which suggestively pictures the coconuts cracked open as drinking vessels. For Bouabane the dramatic presentation of the image within the banal technical manual demonstrates photography’s complacency in the exoticisation and commodification of its subject, with the coconut becoming shorthand for exotic travel locals, leisure and luxury. 

Taking its title from the Beach Boys song “Kokomo”, another shorthand for tropical destinations and a common misinterpretation of the artist’s first name, the series obsessively takes coconuts as form, medium and content. Images created from a pinhole camera made out of a coconut were processed with coconut water in the chemistry, while a cast coconut formed from coconut oil is presented atop a mound of black sand. It is in this slip between object and image that Bouabane humorously and self-reflexively attempts to recon the object within its field of representation and reengages the image as a mutable site for contemplation.

Supported in part by the Post-Residency Award presented by Visual + Digital Arts at The Banff Centre, presented in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Artist Biography: 

Kotama Bouabane

Kotama Bouabane has an MFA in Studio Arts, Photography from Concordia University, Montreal and a AOCAD from OCAD. His work has been exhibited in many galleries including Centre A (Vancouver), Parisian Laundry (Montreal), Gallery 44 (Toronto). He has received many awards and grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council & the Canada Council for the Arts. He lives and works in Toronto and is represented by Erin Stump Projects.



Venue & Address: 
Gallery 44 401 Richmond Street West Suite #120 Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3A8

Earth Day 2016!

For INSTUDIO’s April illustration feature, 2015 grad Lynden Joudrey celebrates the goodwill and diversity of our planet. View more of Lynden’s work online.

Earth Day 2016!, Lynden Joudrey
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Derek Sullivan to exhibit in Showroom, a group exhibition including OCADu faculty and alumni

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Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 5:00am to Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 5:00am

A survey exhibition of Toronto works that have emerged within a period of rapid urban development and concomitant transformations in representation of the city.

Opening reception: Thursday, January 21, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Curated by Sarah Robayo Sheridan.

Works by Abbas Akhavan, Nadia Belerique, Jeff Bierk, Adrian Blackwell, Bill Burns, James Carl, Miles Collyer, Georgia Dickie, Ryan Ferko, Eric Glavin, Maggie Groat, Jesse Harris, Oliver Husain, Lili Huston-Herterich, Kelly Jazvac, Will Kwan, Life of a Craphead, Jimmy Limit, Corwyn Lund, Annie MacDonell, Vanessa Maltese, Kelly Mark, John Massey, Niall McClelland, Olia Mishchenko, Nick Ostoff, Roula Partheniou, Sandy Plotnikoff, Jade Rude, Jon Sasaki, Liana Schmidt, Jennifer Rose Sciarrino, Derek Sullivan, Margaux Williamson, Laurel Woodcock, VSVSVS.

Showroom is an exhibition that considers how artists have responded to the ubiquity of lifestyle marketing as a determining feature of the cityscape. A showroom is an aspirational space, not quite plausible except as image, devoid of the texture and details necessary to render a full life, but delivering something life-like. Where real estate sales rhetoric has appropriated the artist as a benign element in the landscape, Showroom reverses the figure/ground relationship in order to identify particular nodes of production amongst artists working here. This exhibition and related public programs sustain our engagement with developing Toronto art histories. Showroom constitutes the largest survey of Toronto artists within the combined history of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and University of Toronto Art Centre.

Venue & Address: 
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and University of Toronto Art Centre

Propeller Gallery Exhibition

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 5:00pm to Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 10:00pm

Jan 20-24, 12-6 W-Sat, 12-5 Sunday

Opening reception, January 24, 3-5pm

‘In Series’ is an exhibition that explores the material consequences of repetition. Looking beyond traditional notions of what is unique and mass-produced, it aims to show a range of scales, sizes, mediums, and techniques; the possibilities of repetition affecting change (e.g. transformation, variations, new results); and the subtlety of repetition that can produce something that appears to be the same. It asks what can result from a repeated action, pattern, or process.

‘In Series’ features the work of Victoria Chin, Nina Cho, Dear Human, Zero-Craft Corp. (Mark Dineen and Michael Neville) and Ebitenyefa Baralaye, COUPLE D’IDÉES (Diane Parenteau),Meghan Price (OCADU Fiber faculty member), Watson Soule, Martha Sparrow, James Swain, Cathy Terepocki, Tara Lee Towers (OCADU Fibre graduate), and Jill Usher.

Venue & Address: 
Propeller Gallery, 30 Abell Street

Artport Gallery Exhibition

Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 5:00pm to Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 4:30pm

Several OCADU Fibre graduates and faculty member, Meghan Price will have work in the next Artport Gallery, Harbourfront exhibition titled "Non-Objective":

Opening Reception: Friday, January 29, 2016, from 6-10pm

Exhibition Dates: Saturday, January 23, 2016 to Sunday, June 19, 2016

Participating Artists: Marissa Alexander, Alexia Bilyk, Anouk Desloges, Helen Liene Dreifelds, Azza El Siddique, Marie Eve G.Castonguay, Andrea Kott, Meghan Price, Grant McRuer, Linda Sormin, and Alice Yan.

Curators: Melanie Egan and Patrick Macaulay

Venue & Address: 

ArtWorks2016: The Bi-Annual Alumni Exhibition

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Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 10:00pm to Friday, April 22, 2016 - 1:00am

The Bi-Annual Alumni Exhibition: ArtWorks2016, will be featuring work from a variety of disciplines from OCAD Alumni! The exhibition will run from April 21 to April 23, 2016 at the Women’s Art Association of Canada.

Featuring work by:
John Inglis (AOCA, Fine Arts/ Drawing & Painting, 1952)
Sandra Altwerger (AOCA, Fine Arts/ Drawing & Painting, 1963)
Ozzie Ciliberti (AOCA, Drawing & Painting, 1972)
Margot Miller (AOCA, Textile Design, 1972)
Barry Coombs (Fine Arts/ Drawing & Painting,1977)
Donna Blanco (AOCA, Photo/Electric Arts,1983)
Robin Hesse (AOCA, Fine Arts/ Drawing & Painting, 1983)
Justine Jenkins (AOCA, Environmental Design, 1988)
Deborah Livingston-Lowe (AOCA, Textile Design, 1989)
Iwona Kmiec (AOCA, Environmental Design, 1990)
Marta Baricsa (AOCA, Experimental Arts,1991)
Christine Germano (AOCA, General Studies,1994)
Angela Pierro (AOCA, Communication & Design,1996)
Ljuba Adanja (AOCAD, Drawing & Painting,1998)
Jowenne Carpo Herrera (AOCA, Graphic Design, 2000)
Yulia Shtern (BFA, Fine Arts, 2001)
Adi Zur (AOCAD, Drawing & Painting, 2002)
Lee Richmond (BFA, Drawing & Painting, 2006)
Igor Sinitar (BFA, Drawing & Painting, 2010)
Abbas Rizvi (BFA, Drawing & Painting, 2011)
Kelly McNeil (BDES, Illustration, 2012)
Savina Ioannou (BFA, Drawing & Painting, 2013)
Singithi Kandage (BFA, Drawing & Painting, 2013)
Romena Mohammadi (BFA, Drawing & Painting, 2013)
Angela Plesa (BFA, Drawing & Painting, 2013)
Dallas Conte (BDES, Illustration, 2014)
Paul Guzman (BFA, Drawing & Painting, 2014)
Heidi Sutton (BFA, Drawing & Painting, 2015)
Carly Whitmore (BFA, Photography, 2015)

Venue & Address: 
Dingam Gallery | Women’s Art Association of Canada | 23 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto.
416-977-6000 Ext.4880
Complimentary. Sponsored by OCAD U Alumni Association, OCAD U Alumni Relations, TD Insurance.

Digital Futures Alum Profiled by the Torontoist

Yifat Shaik
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 4:00am

OCAD U Digital Future’s alum, Yifat Skaik (MDes ’14), is already making waves within the city’s digital landscape. She was recently interviewed by the Torontoist for their I Want Your Job Series, as the current Toronto Public Library Innovator in Residence. Through her classes and lectures, Yifat is bringing intimidating practices, like 3D Modelling, to a general audience, helping Torontonians without any previous technical abilities create finished 3D models.

To learn more about Yifat’s work, and the Toronto Public Library Innovator in Residence position, check out her full profile on the Torontoist.

Congratulations Yifat!

The Torontoist:

Digital Futures Graduate Program:

Image courtesy of Yifat Shaik.

Society of Publication Designers

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 11:30pm to Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 2:00am

OCAD Illustration alumni Anita Kunz and Barry Blitt, headlining a special talk by the Society of Publication Designers in New York on their portraiture of President Obama. It’s a testament to Canadian’s unique perspective and influence on the US politics and our program’s global contribution to the profession.

Venue & Address: 
The Helen Mills Theatre - NEW YORK 137 W26th Street New York City
$10 for members $20 non-members
Illustration of Barack Obama with a beard and hat imitating Abraham Lincoln

OCAD U Alumni: Tribute Exhibition, Yellow House Gallery

Yellow House Gallery
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 10:30pm to Friday, October 16, 2015 - 1:30am

All are welcome!

Please join us on October 15 for the opening reception at Yellow House! The 'Tribute Show' is hosted annually by Yellow House to present you with a very select group of graduates of OCAD University.

The artists' individual styles, diverse cultural and generational backgrounds join forces to provide a must-see art show.

This exhibition features work by the following OCAD U alumni: Maggie Broda (AOCA, 1972), Ozzie Ciliberti (AOCA, 1972), Dawn Dougall (AOCA,1955), Sandra Henderson (AOCA, 1966), John N. Inglis (AOCA, 1952), and Virginia Trieloff (BFA, DRPT, 2005).

Image Credit: John Inglis, 'Sun and Wind'.

Venue & Address: 
Yellow House: gallery and framing 921 Kingston Road Toronto, Ontario M4E 1S6
This complimentary event was made possible by the OCAD U Alumni Association and Christina Kostoff (BFA, SCIN, 2009), owner and director, Yellow House.

2015 Royal Winter Fair poster illustrated by OCAD U alumna

Poster for 2015 Royal Winter Fair
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 4:00am

Is the cow photobombing the picture, or taking a selfie? The playful painting We are the Champions by alumna Janice Ykema (BDes Illustration, 2005) has been chosen to represent this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

In 2014 Ykema had a commercial booth at the Fair so her work was known to organizers. This year she was one of three artists who was asked to submit a proposal for the 2015 poster.

Ykema enrolled at OCAD U (then OCA) when she was 17 but left her studies to raise a family. Twenty years later she returned to finish her degree. Many of her works feature animals and nature and are done primarily in acrylics.

When asked for words of advice for current students, Ykema responded:

“You are there to learn, so don't be satisfied with a B+, learn more. Practice, take risks, make your mistakes work for you and recycle the rejects!”