Captive Visions: Contemporary Canadian Art

Cathy Daley at Eli Klien Fine Art, NY
Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 5:00am to Saturday, March 8, 2008 - 5:00am

Eli Klein Fine Art presents a major gallery exhibition of important contemporary Canadian art. This show includes a selection of some of the most prominent Canadian artists such as Cathy Daley, Marcel Dzama, Tony Scherman and Max Streicher--several of whom will be showing in New York for the first Time--in addition to the work of emerging artists who are beginning to gain recognition such as Talia Shipman, Elena Willis and Christopher Ross. Reflecting Canada itself, the artists present a multiplicity of aesthetics and
perspectives and present painting, sculpture, photography and drawing. This exhibition is titled Captive Visions. Captive is defined as held in bondage, enslaved and also as enraptured, as by beauty; captivated. Ideas are unleashed from captivity, and beauty is revealed; Canadian art is discovered.

Venue & Address: 
Eli Klein Fine Art 462 West Broadway, New York, New York
Email: 
Info@EKFineArt.com
Cost: 
Free

CAFKA.07: Haptic

CAFKA: Haptic
Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 5:00am to Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 5:00am

CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum | Kitchener & Area) promised you a Bigger, Better, Biennial visual arts forum and we plan to deliver! For eleven days in September we will once again transform the Waterloo Region into a world-class venue for contemporary art.
Kent Anderson
Jennifer Angus
Artinverse
Diane Borsato (Cambridge Galleries)
Doug Buis
Judy Chicago (Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery)
Mark Cypher
Christine Marie Davis
Max Dean (Waterloo Regional Children's Museum)
Wim Delvoye (Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery)
Nicolas Dumit Estevez & Maria Alos
Wyn Geleynse
Ann Hamilton (Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery & Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics)
Marcia Huyer
In-Sun Kim
Jems Robert Koko-Bi
Kristiina Lahde & Adam Brown
Edmund Law
Kelly Mark
Jens J. Meyer
Michael Pinsky
David Rokeby (OCAD alumnus)
David Spriggs
Nicholas Stedman & Kerry Segal
Stelarc
S.U.R.G.E.
Ehryn Torrell
Plus a video programme curated by Laurel Woodcock.
And there's even more to come! Make sure you visit www.cafka.org and sign up for our e-newsletter so that you can see exclusive Artist Previews and receive updates as details are confirmed.

Venue & Address: 
Contemporary Art Forum | Kitchener and Area 141 Whitney Place, Kitchener, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Beyond vision: Sensing neglected senses in contemporary art

Failing to nurture our senses not only detracts from our appreciation of the subtleties and beauties of everyday experience, but also strips away layers of meaning from our lives.

— Roman Krznaric, The Wonder Box


When one thinks of an art gallery, visual aesthetics are — typically — forefront in the mind. Visual arts such as painting, photography, sculpture and drawing are standard gallery fare, which goes hand in hand with the ancient and ongoing privileging of sight in Western aesthetics.

Yet, at a time when visual culture has exploded to the point of near-inescapability, some artists and audiences are seeking to engage with our other senses. Within OCAD University’s artist ranks, several have been pushing creative boundaries by presenting work that involves not only sight, but also scent, sound, touch and taste.

In this article, I offer glimpses of work by three such artists who are creating experiences that rattle visitors’ expectations by integrating senses typically neglected in the gallery space. The results can be at once challenging, refreshing and exciting. In addition, encounters with their bold, multi-sensory work encourages us to question how we define galleries, art and aesthetics.

 



Reincarnate , 2016, Amanda Robertson-Hébert
Amanda Robertson-Hébert
Reincarnate, 2016

Reincarnate , 2016, Amanda Robertson-Hébert
Amanda Robertson-Hébert
Reincarnate, 2016



Scentsual art

The visual is not the most effective means of displaying a subject. Some have even argued that scent can be as powerful — if not more so — than sight. One explanation for this arises from the fact that scent and memory are intrinsically tied.  That’s because the olfactory bulb has direct connections to two brain areas that are strongly implicated in emotion and memory. Meanwhile, a study of scents in the gallery space found that scent increased visitors’ focus and memory.

Drawing on the power of scent to galvanize attention, stir memories and encourage engagement, Amanda Robertson-Hébert’s recent work Reincarnate (2016), while visually stunning, also has a major olfactory element. The sculpture was created using moss, soil and otter fur, and Robertson-Hébert encourages audiences to smell the work so that the earthy, musty scent of these materials can be integrated into their experience of the piece.  

 



Chocolate Sculptures. He Loves me If?, Kaia’tanoron Bush, 2016
Kaia’tanoron Bush
He Loves me If?, 2016

Chocolate Sculptures. He Loves me If?, Kaia’tanoron Bush, 2016
Kaia’tanoron Bush
He Loves me If?, 2016



Hands and tongues

Kaia’tanoron Bush has incorporated both taste and touch experiences into her piece He Loves Me If? (2016). Bush’s sculpture consists of carefully crafted biomorphic forms carved from chocolate — presented much like Easter eggs in a basket. The gallery didactics encourage visitors to have a taste.

There is also a tactile aspect to the piece because a visitor must handle the sculptures and use a large kitchen knife to carve off a slab of the edible sculpture. With every slice of the knife, every bite taken, the sculpture changes, making the visitor integral to the work’s development.

 



SOFTDATA, 2016, Jill Price
Jill Price
SOFTDATA, 2016

SOFTDATA, 2016, Jill Price
Jill Price
SOFTDATA, 2016



Ambient pillows

Jill Price’s SOFT DATA (2016) sculpture integrates visitors’ bodies through sound. This series of soft cloth sculptures was equipped with a variety of speakers installed to amplify the ambient noises echoing in the dramatic shadows cast by the pillowy forms. SOFT DATA’s sonic element heightens visitors’ awareness of the gallery’s sounds, which receive much less attention than the visual aesthetics of the experience.

 

(Roberston-Hébert's and Bush's work is currently on display until May 7, 2016, as part of the Primitive show at the Indigenous Visual Cultural Centre.)

 

Emily Cluett is an emerging curator enrolled in OCAD University’s Criticism & Curatorial Practice MFA program.

 

Author: 
Emily Cluett

OCAD University's Florence Program Visiting Artist + Speaker Series welcomes FABRIZIO AFFRONTI

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University's Florence Program Visiting Artist + Speaker Series II brings eight international artists, academics and gallerists from Berlin, Florence, Glasgow, London and Milan to OCAD University’s Florence campus studio to engage in artist talks, lectures, workshops, individual studio visits and critiques over the winter semester. This unique opportunity offers students insight into how a successful international practice is developed as well receiving constructive feedback on their process and in-progress and final outcome independent studio work. 

Fabrizio Affronti is the gallery director and owner, of Brand New Gallery in Milan, Italy. The Gallery is a space devoted to Contemporary Art, suspended halfway between a gallery and a center for cultural promotion, a platform where artists, curators, and collectors can meet and exchange ideas. Brand New Gallery is the brainchild of two art historians, Chiara Badinella and Fabrizio Affronti, whose aim is to promote the work of foreign artists known internationally, but as yet unseen in Italy. Availing themselves of the collaboration of important American and European Contemporary Art galleries, Brand New Gallery commissions individual artists to do site-specific projects. The gallery features five to six exhibitions per year, in addition to lectures and seminars on Contemporary Art. www.brandnew-gallery.com

Organized by Linda Martinello, Assistant Professor / CLTA, Faculty of Art, OCAD University

 

 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Florence Campus
Website: 
http://www.brandnew-gallery.com
Email: 
lmartinello@faculty.ocadu.ca
Florence Visiting Artist Series Part II poster, text with details of speakers
grey artworks on white gallery wall

OCAD University's Florence Program Visiting Artist + Speaker Series welcomes FABRIZIO AFFRONTI

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University's Florence Program is hosting a Visiting Artist + Speaker Series which brings six international artists, critics and gallerists to our international campus to engage in artist talks, critiques and individual studio visits. This unique opportunity offers students insight into how a successful international practice is developed as well receiving critical feedback on their independent studio work. 

MARCH 16  FABRIZIO AFFRONTI 

Fabrizio Affronti is the gallery director and owner, of Brand New Gallery in Milan, Italy. The Gallery is a space devoted to Contemporary Art, suspended halfway between a gallery and a center for cultural promotion, a platform where artists, curators, and collectors can meet and exchange ideas. Brand New Gallery is the brainchild of two art historians, Chiara Badinella and Fabrizio Affronti, whose aim is to promote the work of foreign artists known internationally, but as yet unseen in Italy. Availing themselves of the collaboration of important American and European Contemporary Art galleries, Brand New Gallery commissions individual artists to do site-specific projects. The gallery features five to six exhibitions per year, in addition to lectures and seminars on Contemporary Art. www.brandnew-gallery.com

Organized by Linda Martinello, Assistant Professor / CLTA, Faculty of Art, OCAD University

 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Florence Campus
Poster for the 2016 Florence speakers series

Distilling Nature: New Work by Chinkok Tan

contemporary landscape painting
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 5:00am to Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 5:00am

Opening reception:
Saturday, November 14, 2-4:30 pm Artist present

Over the past 40 years, Chinkok Tan has become one of Canada’s most prolific painters. Possessing an innate knowledge of how to capture the essence of light and colour on canvas, Tan’s large scale pieces evoke the quiet, serene beauty of landscapes. What makes his paintings unique is that they are as emotionally powerful at a distance as they are close up; inviting the viewer to experience the meditative feeling of being in the natural world.

WED - FRI NOON - 4:00 SAT - SUN NOON - 4:30 FREE PARKING
CONTACT: www.chinkoktan.com chin@chinkoktan.com 416-698-9687

Venue & Address: 
TODMORDEN MILLS GALLERY 67 POTTERY ROAD TORONTO, CANADA
Website: 
http://todmorden@toronto.ca
Phone: 
416-396-2819

New Contemporary Art Exhibition

Illustration of a wolf chopped into pieces and floating among trees in a forest
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 4:00am to Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 4:00am

An exhibition of OCAD University alumni celebrating the best of Canadian New Contemporary art with an emphasis on surrealism.

Artists:
Tara Krebs 
Steven Chmilar 
Nicholas Di Genova 
Sarah Joncas 
Troy Coulterman 
Jamiyla Lowe

Opening Reception: Fri, June 5. 7 to 10 p.m.
**IMPORTANT NOTE** Because of special event laws, you MUST RSVP to this invite as "going", or to one of the artists directly to be admitted to the opening.

We will also be having an Artist Meet n' Greet event on Saturday, June 13 from noon to 4 p.m.The idea of this event is to de-mistify the art world, and make it much more accessible to people who love art. Some of the artists from the show will be present with works-in-progress set up, so members of the community and followers of our work can come and see our process and ask us any questions about our practice and/or our lives as artists in general. This event is meant to be pretty casual (it's not a sit-down talk where you have to be there at a certain time). So come on by with your friends/kids/highschoolers interested in pursuing an art career/little purse doggies, etc, and come say hello. We're looking forward to meeting you!

Image: 'The Woods'. Acrylic paint on masonite board. 12 x 16

Venue & Address: 
TAC Art/Work Gallery. 568 Richmond St. West Exhibition Dates/Hours: June 3-14, 12:00-6:00pm every day.
Website: 
http://www.facebook.com/events/412522325597949/ 

Festival of the Body marks official launch of Life Studies specialization

Image of blurred face wearing what appears to be a sheepskin hat
Friday, January 16, 2015 - 5:00am

 

On view since January 15 at OCAD U is the much-anticipated Festival of the Body. This month-long event and exhibition series for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games highlights works by students that explore new and cross-disciplinary approaches to the body in contemporary art. The Festival also marks the official launch of Life Studies, a new Faculty of Art specialization that investigates the figure and the body in studio practice and scientific methodology.

 

The Life Studies specialization is a natural for OCAD University. The institution’s students and faculty have been considering issues of the body for 138 years. Today, drawing from the figure as a way of understanding the body and building empathy around the human condition is at the core of every student’s education.  

 

Festival of the Body panel discussions will be scheduled throughout the academic year, as a lead-in to 2015 PanAm/Parapan Am Games. They’ll feature a diverse group of experts from within and outside the university. Among this group will be a PanAm/Parapan Am athlete, faculty members, and student artists and designers, who will together discuss bodies, discipline, and the connection between sports and the arts. The Festival will culminate in a final exhibition of work by OCAD U art and design students staged during the PanAm/Parapan Am Games. 

 

 

Festival of the Body

 

Thursday, January 29, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Great Hall and Central Hall (Room 230)

Exhibition Opening — Festival of the Body Part II: Speculative Bodies

Performance and video event

 

Thursday, February 5, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Great Hall

Panel — Life Studies: Art and Science

This panel will investigate the threshold between art and science, which is increasingly generative for the new specialization in Life Studies. Moderated by Dr. Caroline Langill

To include: Nina Leo, assistant professor at OCAD U; Suzanne Anker from Bio Art Lab, NY; and Francis LeBouthillier, assistant professor at OCAD U

 

Organized by Wrik Mead and Natalie Waldburger. Sponsored by: Ontario Ignite program – PanAm Parapan Am Games 2015; The Faculty of Art Innovation Fund - Office of the President; Office of the VPA; Faculty and Curriculum Development Centre; Health & Wellness Centre; Admissions and Recruitment

 

 

Nuit Rose: A Queer Contemporary Art Event Celebrating World Pride 2014 Toronto

Text reading: Nuit Rose. A queer contemporary art event celebrating WordPride 2014 Toronto
Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 11:00pm to Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 8:00am

Featuring Walls Becoming Windows, a video installation created by Evan Tapper in collaboration with Scott Sørli

About
Nuit Rose is a queer focused contemporary art event in celebration of World Pride 2014 in Toronto. This late night event will be held on Saturday, June 21st, 2014 from 7pm until 4am in two areas: Queen Street West and Church Wellesley Village.

Events include:
art installations
artist exhibitions
art marketplace
performance, theatre and music
film, video and digital art
audience participation

Featured Artists
Jessica Valme – SIKA
Elizabeth Sweeney – UNLIMITED EDITION
Roxanne Luchak – PULSE
John Simone – LEGENDS & N.Y. NITELIFE & EXPLODING PINK INEVITABLE
Roy Mitchell – ROYNATION & NEIGHBOURLY ADVICE
Natalie Wood – BANANA/BAKERGRAM
Michael Venus – ICONS & DEMI-GODS
Adam Moco – TRYST PIC
Ariel Len of Zoey’s Projects – TRIBUTES TO MARYLIN MUNROE & ELLEN DEGENERES
Seamus Butterly – RAINBOW EXPERIENCE
Evan Tapper – WALLS BECOMING WINDOWS
Pearl Van Geest – KISS UP
Humboldt Magnussen – EXPERT ART NAILZ
Joe Bruni – COCOONS (LIGHT PARADE)

Special Feature Performance by the Counterpoint Orchestra

Independent Artists
Michael Thompson (ft. Roxxie Terrain) – THE FRUIT MACHINE
Link Tong – LA NUIT EN ROSE
HΩLY JÅCKÅL (Holly Timpener and Jack Bride) – CO-FUSION
Anna Malkin (AKA Lulu Laru) – EXCERPTS FROM A QUEER STORY ARCHIVE
Phenomenon Theatrix – THE COMMON GROUND: A MUSICAL DISSERTATION
Nigel Nolan – FED, JOEL, OMAR & SEB
Robert Donnelly – RACK & PINION, & LIGHTS, CAMERA
Shawn Dall – ILLUMINALITY
Lishai & David Brame – TRANSLATION TESSALATION
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay – Videos
Tanya Read – VS
Rachelle Lee Smith – SPEAKING OUT: QUEER YOUTH IN FOCUS
The Reading Salon – PULP LOUNGE
Ruben Llanillos – SILENCE OF THE FEMMES
Sly Maria – BALLOON ROOM
Sarah Hunter – ALL ABOUT QUEER FILM & QUEER PORTRAITS
Morris Fox and Brian Schirk – RAINBOW 1.3 KILOMETERS
Sue Lloyd – FIERCE
Sonny Bean – OTHER
Israel Vazquez & Eliud Cruz – PAINTED VOICES
Matt Hovey – I FUCK FAT HAIRY DUDES BECAUSE I LIKE FURRY ROUND THINGS
Christos Pantieras – I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO BE GOING WHERE I’M TREADING WITH YOU
Adam Quang – # 1000 ACTS OF KINDNESS
Beau Coleman – LET ME TELL YOU THAT I LOVE YOU
Anthea Black and Mikiki – PASS

Confirmed partners (to date): The Gladstone Hotel (Nuit Rose hub), MOCCA, Artscape Youngplace, CAMH, The Drake Hotel, The Theatre Centre, The 519 Church Street Community Centre, City of Toronto, Ontario Arts Council.

About Throbbing Rose Collective:
Nuit Rose is organized by the Throbbing Rose Collective, a Toronto-based non-profit group of independent LGBTI artists, curators and arts producers who want to create opportunities for local and international queer artists to reach the large audience expected for WorldPride.

Founding members are:
Francisco Alvarez
John Rubino
James Fowler
Syrus Marcus Ware
Javier Espino
Kaleb Robertson
Christina Zeidler
Britt Welter-Nolan
Michael Thompson
Rune Madsen

Website: 
http://nuitrose.ca/artists
Cost: 
Free

Dot Tuer receives OCAD U Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity

Dot Tuer. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Friday, June 7, 2013 - 3:00pm

OCAD University recognized Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies Professor Dr. Dot Tuer with its 2013 Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity at the university’s convocation ceremony on Thursday, June 6.

The Award is conferred on the basis of a strong portfolio of research, scholarship and creative activity, and the impact that activity has had on the broad spectrum of art and design research and practice internationally. The award also recognizes contributions toward undergraduate and graduate research and scholarly training.

Dr. Tuer’s contribution of a critical voice to contemporary Canadian art that embraces historical and cultural breadth distinguishes her accomplishments as a scholar and teacher. As exemplified by her collection of essays, Mining the Media Archive (2005), her writings explore the artistic practices of new media, photography and performance in the larger context of the Americas, and the relationship of cultural expression to issues of colonialism, technology and social memory. In the past year, her curation of the highly regarded Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting represents a significant milestone of creative and scholarly achievement. This laudable exhibition followed the completion of her PhD in Latin American history.

Dr. Tuer’s colleagues regard her as a leader in her fields of study at both national and international levels. “Dot maintains both a tremendous diversity and a tremendous depth in her scholarly practice,” wrote Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences associate deans Dr. Robin Kingsburgh and Eric Nay in their nomination letter. “Her scholarly work has created value within the OCAD U community, the artistic and cultural communities of Toronto and, globally, for a number of years.”

The importance of Dr. Tuer’s scholarship in addressing Canadian and Latin American post-colonial perspectives is recognized through numerous Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council awards and SSHRC research grants. As a member of the Toronto Photography Seminar, which has been funded by SSHRC since 2007, she has pursued her research interest in photography and new media art as socially engaged practices. As co-applicant on the Canadian Consortium of Performance and Politics in the Americas — a SSHRC Partnership Grant led by Peter Kulchyski at the University of Manitoba and affiliated with the Hemispheric Institute in New York City that has just been awarded $2.5-million in funding over seven years — Dr. Tuer will play a significant role as chair of the curatorial committee and board member.

This SSHRC Partnership Grant includes OCAD U as an institutional collaborator and will offer substantial research and travel opportunities for the university’s students. This summer two OCAD U graduate students are funded through the grant to attend a course hosted by the Hemispheric Institute in Chiapas, Mexico and Dr. Tuer will join them for a capstone celebration of performance and activism. In addition, the grant will support Dr. Tuer’s participation in the Hemispheric Institute’s Encuentro hosted by Concordia University in Montreal in 2014, as well as her individual research initiatives.

For more than two decades, Dr. Tuer’s commitment to a research practice that is academically rigorous and community-based has resulted in a lengthy publication list of books, chapters in books, and essays in contemporary art magazines and refereed journals; service on public gallery boards, juries, and editorial boards; participation in research groups, public conferences, symposia, panels, and workshops; and the realization of diverse curatorial projects.  With the completion of the AGO exhibition Frida and Diego marking a watershed moment in a long and distinguished career, Dr. Tuer is at work on two new book projects, the first exploring the thematic of historical memory in Canadian art and the second the relationship of witnessing to testimony in Latin American photography.

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