New Exhibitions at Gallery 1313

 New Exhibitions at Gallery 1313
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 6:45pm

Thursday, August 22, 7-10 p.m.

A series of exhibitions featuring recent OCAD U graduates

Main Gallery & Process Gallery : REPOSITION

A group exhibition from the graduates of the graphic design program at OCADU

Artists / Designers:
Preethi Jagadeesh
Emily Soo
Susan Wang
Andrew Tsan
Robert Tu
Sayeda Akbary
Tim Bettridge
Jocelyn Cheung
Maggie Chan
Ayeshah Ijaz

REPOSITION is a curated collection of ten graphic design thesis projects from recent graduates of OCAD University. After participating in OCAD U’s successful 2013 Gradex, our group has decided to initiate another exhibition outside of the institution in order to reach out to new audiences.
As a group, we strive to create beyond graphic design’s limitations and challenge the status quo. Our projects are attempts at redefining and revolutionizing the discipline of graphic design in the eyes of the public and our own, through the marriage of critical theory and design experimentation. Each piece in this collection questions tacit social norms and recodes conventions of design through different media. The projects come together as an array of critical inquiries into both personal and public experiences. Together, the exhibition is an assemblage of poignant investigations into differing aspects of our society through design.

Cell Gallery: CANVAS TAR PAPER & CEDAR an exploration of meaningful materials by Jo Anne Maikawa

Window Box Gallery: SOMEHOW CONNECTED Installation by Shannon Lea Doyle
Conceptual material processes allow Shannon Lea Doyle to create sculptures that express her interest in physical and psychological connections between people. Her work is often motivated by images found in news media that are then merged with images from her personal life during the process of creation.
Doyle’s work is concerned with suspensions of truth between the multiplicities of time and space. Somehow Connected has strong ties to contemporary narratives of disaster as well as August Strindberg’s A Dream Play. For Doyle, the process of beading with black is simultaneously an attempt at erasure and a meditative process of embellishment. The beads in Somehow Connected form shadows of figures that seem to be ascending or descending.

Shannon Lea Doyle is an artist from Toronto working in sculpture and performance. She holds a BFA from OCAD University and won the Sculpture and Installation Medal in 2013. Shannon is a member of Soulpepper Theatre Company’s Academy where she works as a designer.

Window Box Exhibit curated by Tara Bursey.

Gallery Hours Wed - Sun 1-6 p.m.

 

416-536-6778

 

www.g1313.org

 

Free

Venue & Address: 
Gallery 1313 1313 Queen St. West Toronto, Ontario

Career Planning for Artists

 Career Planning for Artists
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 8:30pm

Learn about developing your professional practice!

Developed for Faculty of Art students and recent alumni, this practical session will offer you ways to start thinking about how you can help your art practice thrive beyond school.

Delivered by the Career Development office, this is part of a comprehensive series of FREE workshops intended to support student success.

 

416-977-6000 x3843

 

www.ocadu.ca/careerdevelopment

zfarber@ocadu.ca

Free

Venue & Address: 
Room 240 100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor Toronto, Ontario

Career Planning for Artists

Career Planning for Artists
Friday, October 4, 2013 - 7:00pm

Learn about developing your professional practice!

Developed for Faculty of Art students and recent alumni, this practical session will offer you ways to start thinking about how you can help your art practice thrive beyond school. This is a repeat offering of our October 2 session.

Delivered by the Career Development office, this is part of a comprehensive series of FREE workshops intended to support student success.

 

416-977-6000 x3843

 

www.ocadu.ca/careerdevelopment

zfarber@ocadu.ca

Free

Venue & Address: 
Room 1516 113 McCaul St., 5th Floor Toronto, Ontario

Art Objects (Ma Babies) batch 3

Art Objects (Ma Babies) batch 3, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 10:30pm to Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 11:00am

A Scotiabank Nuit Blanche independent project with alumna Paulina Wiszowata

Challenging the precious notions of painting and sculpture, I infiltrate the art community by selecting detritus from other artist's work, only to transform it into art-objects and then distribute to the viewer. This ephemerality in my work establishes a dematerializing value system determined by the inter-personal relationships between artist, object, and viewer. Replacing the object with a photograph of this gesture I transform the object into a concept or idea.

By generating an effortless appearance with calculated gestures, I critique the very idea of myself as an artist through self-reflexivity. I see myself as both in and outside of the art community. Through the exchange of objects and ideas I turn individuals into performers and they become my material alongside the objects and ideas.

Paulina is a recent graduate of OCAD U.

Art Objects (Ma Babies) batch 3, 2013

 

www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/project.html?project_id=1361

 

 

Free

Venue & Address: 
bulthaup Toronto, 280 King Street East Toronto, Ontario

John Gould (1929 - 2010)

Image: John Gould, QUIXOTE ONE 22.75 x 17 Inches, Conté
Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 4:00am

Opening Sale and Reception
Saturday, September 21st at 10:00 a.m.
i Gould will be present at the opening reception from
11:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

A celebration for an extraordinary artist

A retrospecitve exhibition of former OCAD U faculty member and almnus, John Gould.

Image: John Gould, QUIXOTE ONE
22.75 x 17 Inches, Conté

 

416-924-8731

 

www.robertsgallery.net/

requests@robertsgallery.net

 

Free

Venue & Address: 
Roberts Gallery 641 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario

Career Planning for Designers

Career Planning for Designers
Friday, October 25, 2013 - 7:00pm

With special guest Yousuf Afridi!

Developed for Faculty of Design students and recent alumni, this practical session will help you to start thinking about how you can leverage your design skills beyond school.

Joining us to share his insights will be OCAD U design alumni Yousuf Afridi, who is currently an Account Manager at TAXI 2 and was recently named one of Marketing Magazine's "30 Under 30".

 

416-977-6000 x3843

 

www.ocadu.ca/careerdevelopment

zfarber@ocadu.ca

 

Free

Venue & Address: 
Room 1516 113 McCaul St., 5th Floor Toronto, Ontario

Career Planning for Designers

Career Planning for Designers
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 7:00pm

A practical look at professionalism in the field

Developed for Faculty of Design students and recent alumni, this practical session will help you to start thinking about how you can leverage your design skills beyond school.

This is a repeat offering from Oct. 25. We will share specific insights from OCAD U design alumni Yousuf Afridi, who is currently an Account Manager at TAXI 2 and was recently named one of Marketing Magazine's "30 Under 30".

 

416-977-6000 x3843

 

www.ocadu.ca/careerdevelopment

zfarber@ocadu.ca

 

Free

Venue & Address: 
Room 240 100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor Toronto, Ontario

e-Leo exhibit Symposium

e-Leo exhibit Symposium
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 3:00pm

Main doors (and door to 4905) Open to the Public between 9:00AM to 4:30PM

An interactive gallery showcase of OCAD U student, alumni and faculty work alongside some of the world's top designers

An academic symposium of invited guests from academic institutions in Canada and the United States. The symposium will be hosted by President Dr. Sara Diamond and Tom Barker and will include a workshop, panel discussion and keynote addresses by Steve Mann, Edward Gajdel, Tom Barker and Sara Diamond.

OCAD University's, e-Leo exhibit is an interactive gallery showcase of student, alumni and faculty work alongside some of the world's top designers. OCAD University’s influential and world class Digital Futures undergraduate program combines art, design, technology and enterprise along with core skills. Graduates have a multidisciplinary toolkit to work from that helps them innovate and sets them apart from other designers.

The e-Leo exhibit includes pieces previously exhibited in MOMA and the Smithsonian but seen for the first time in Canada in this exhibit.

Student and Faculty exhibit:
On display:
New and experimental smart products, Augmented reality games, wearable technology, digital and hybrid games, cities of the future, video and sound installations.

A collaborative project between OCAD University’s DFI program and artist Marina Abramović.

Featured works by world renowned design thinkers:
Steve Mann
Edward Gajdel
Tom Barker
Nathan Phillips
Jason Mrdeza
Maryam Nabavi

As part of Project e-Leo the exhibit includes a modern-day recreation of Leonardo da Vinci created by some of Canada’s top design thinkers.

Project e-Leo Academic Research:
Project e-Leo is an academic research study that aims to answer two questions:

• Are the best design universities in the world accepting the most talented multi-disciplinary candidates or is the application process getting in the way?

• Would truly genius multi-disciplinary candidates be accepted to design programs in the world's top universities if they didn’t fit the usual mold?

The study is based around the theory that an ever changing digital world full of social enterprises will require designers with a multi-disciplinary skill set, that a traditional design education does not address. This study is also a challenge to the theory of the ‘T-shaped Designer’ put forth by the IDEO consultancy at the turn of this century which stated that to compete designers would need a core competency (the stem of the ‘T’# and to branch out #the top of the ‘T’) into other areas to be more able to adapt and deliver useful design solutions in a world with a rapid pace of change and technological advancement.

The world's top universities have developed design programs that target this problem of creating multi-disciplinary designers, but has the recruitment process changed along with their curriculum and goals?

For the purpose of this study we determined that a truly multi-disciplinary candidate would have a mix of skills in the areas of science, technology, art and enterprise with a core competency in design. We call this an ‘X-shaped Designer’. The four points of the ‘x’ being art, science, enterprise and technology while the centre of the ‘x’ is a core design competency. We further decided to create a composite character with a portfolio comprising the talents of some of the worlds top design thinkers based on one of the greatest multi-disciplinary design thinkers of all time, Leonardo da Vinci. Hence the project name ‘e-Leo’.

In order to challenge the recruitment process of the design programs we applied to, our modern day Leonardo, like Leonardo da Vinci himself, did not have a formal education. Because the portfolio was comprised of the work of such influential and recognised design thinkers, there should have been no question of talent when applying for these programs. We incorporated Leonardo da Vinci’s own thoughts on design, as well as his own words into the application letters and statements of purpose.

The results of the study were varyingly encouraging and disappointing. Some universities clearly are doing what they say they are and looking for future design innovators, while others are held back by their own application process and protocols.

We will be releasing the exciting results of our study and revealing the design talent included in the e-Leo portfolio in an exhibit hosted by OCAD University in Toronto on November 29th running until December 5th, 2013. The exhibit will also include an academic symposium and industry conference on the subject. The symposium and industry conference are by invitation only, but the exhibit will be open to the public on select days including the launch on November 29th, 2013.

Please Contact:
Sabrina Lindo
Assistant, Digital Futures Initiative
T 416.977.6000 x4581
E slindo@ocadu.ca

 

Free

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 49 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

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