Atlas of an Ambiguous Utopia: Explorations in Place, Machines and Waste

Atlas of an Ambiguous Utopia: Explorations in Place, Machines and Waste
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 12:00pm

In collaboration with OCAD U’s Social Body Lab and Autodesk’s Pier 9 Technology Centre, artist and researcher Hillary Predko completed a four month residency in San Francisco focused on global systems of infrastructure, craftsmanship, and computer numeric controlled (CNC) machines. This work explores themes around globalization, waste and cartography through meticulously finished sculptures. Form and structure served as motifs for investigating the material possibilities of advanced manufacturing machines in an artistic context. Using the globalized movement of scrap materials and the impact of China's trash ban from the starting point of the the San Francisco Bay, Predko looks past techno-utopian narratives into a complex network of interconnected factors that shape our daily lives.

A zine collecting images and writing about this work can be found here: 

Gallery Hours - Saturday, September 15th & Sunday, September 16th, 12PM-6PM
Artist Talk -  Sunday, September 16th at 6PM

Location: OCADU Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond Street West, Ground floor


Hillary Predko is a Canadian designer, researcher and maker who creates beautiful products and experiences. Her practice is informed by human centred design, strategic design, and hands on prototyping. She holds a degree in material art and design from OCAD University, with a focus on textiles. 

Predko worked as a Studio Y fellow at the MaRS Discovery District, tackling systems level problems with design, with Intel + Intel innovators and launched Vega Edge, a wearable cycling light on Kickstarter. Hillary is currently an active leader in the Toronto maker community. She has worked as studio manager at Guild Eyewear and as an instructor specializing in wearable electronics at OCAD University.

Predko’s work with OCAD's Social Body Lab has exhibited at the Stanford D School for TEI 15, and Eyebeam Gallery and she has served as installation director for Way Station (Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, 2010) and as artistic lead for James Street Circus (Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, 2011). As cofounder of Little Dada, Hillary has produced events with Intel and Design Exchange, and exhibited work in North America, Europe and Asia. Her work has been recognized by Vice, CBC, Fast Company and Toronto Life. She is interested in the interplay between industrial production, sustainability and entrepreneurship.

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W., Ground Floor
416-977-6000 Ext. 423

Call for Submissions - Career Launcher: Come up To My Room 2019

The Gladstone Hotel and OCAD U Career Development are excited to announce the Come Up To My Room Career Launcher. Successful applicant(s) will transform a hotel room into a complete immersive, “otherworldly” environment art installation. In addition to the exhibition opportunity, the Career Launcher recipient will also receive a production grant from the CEAD.

Call for Submissions - Career Launcher: Come up To My Room 2019

Call for Submission Career Launcher Come Up to My Room 2019
Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 2:30pm to Monday, September 10, 2018 - 11:45pm

The Gladstone Hotel and the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers are excited to announce the Come Up To My Room Career Launcher taking place between January 17 and January 20, 2019 at the Gladstone Hotel.  

Come Up To My Room (#CUTMR) invites OCADU graduates to propose a site-specific, immersive installation that stimulate the imagination and encourage discussion and dialogue between contributors and visitors alike. Successful applicant(s) will transform a hotel room into a complete immersive, “otherworldly” environment art installation. In addition to the exhibition opportunity, the Career Launcher recipient will also receive a production grant from the CEAD.

Framed within the backdrop of the historic 130-year-old Gladstone Hotel, CUTMR is an alternative design exhibition that provides a platform for experimentation outside the norms of art and design, at the edges between intention and interpretation. Freed from the constraints of traditional practice, CUTMR encourages spatial exploration that engages our senses, our memories and our perceptions of reality. 

OCAD U and The Gladstone Hotel are committed to promoting substantive equality for equity-seeking groups that are under-represented in the creative sector. We encourage applications from OCAD U art and design graduates of equity-seeking communities including racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/ expressions. Applicants are encouraged to review the following definitions for more info:


Must have graduated from OCAD U in 2017 or 2018



Monday, September 10, 2018




January 17 - January 20, 2019



  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email) and current CV.
  • Online portfolio links or a corresponding image list PDF and images (ArtistName_Image.jpg) of 2-5 previous projects. 
  • One page expression of interest specific to CUTMR 2019.
  • A 150-word description of the proposed project. 



Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF with separate image attachments to the attention of Tak Pham,

Venue & Address: 
1214 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6
(416) 977-6000 x 361

Artist Talk by Ed Pien

Friday, November 30, 2007

Instructor Luke Painter invites all students to join his class "Professional Practice for Printmakers" on November 29 at 7 pm for an artist tak by Ed Pien.
Known for his drawings and large-scale installations, Ed Pien's work arises from the spaces between mythology and fairy-tales, fiction and fact. Though no specific references are being made, his work alludes to both contemporary and historical events in various cultures. The strange and hybridized figures that appear in his work metaphorically represent sites of difference and resistance. Through his art Pien explores and confronts our collective fears and vulnerabilities.
Ed Pien received his BFA from UWO and MFA from York University. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in venues that include The Drawing Centre, New York; The New Paradise, Taipei; La Biennale de Montreal; W139, Amsterdam; The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; The Canadian Culture Centre, Paris; Middlesbrough Art Gallery, UK; Parkhaus, Berlin; Quartair, The Hague; and Canada House, London. His most recent installation is presently being presented at the Bellevue Arts Museum, in Bellevue, Washington.
Pien teaches part-time at University of Toronto and OCAD.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Faculty member Gary Taxali launches The Brain Project

Image of Gary Taxali standing next to a model of a brain
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 4:00am

At an event at City Hall on April 25th, Toronto mayor John Tory unveiled a striking work of art: a brain-shaped sculpture customized by the unmistakable art of illustrator, artist and associate professor Gary Taxali. Taxali is one of 100 artists, designers, architects and celebrities who have been recruited to turn models of brains into unique works of art.

The Brain Project is juried by a team of curators who will choose the designs to be exhibited publicly this summer. The works will be installed at key outdoor spots in the city such as Nathan Phillips Square, MaRS Discovery District and OCAD University.

The public will have the opportunity to vote on the top five works, and at the end of the exhibition, the customized sculptures will be auctioned off with proceeds going to support care and research into Alzheimer’s and age-related dementia at Baycrest Health Sciences.

Confirmed participants include Harold Feist, Jill Greenberg, Robert Marchessault, Karim Rashid and Janna Watson, with more to be announced in the weeks to come. Matthew Bellamy of Muse, Kim Kardashian West and daughter North West are among the celebrities also taking part in the creative fundraising campaign.







Au revoir: An Installation by Nadine Bariteau

photograph of an art installation
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 5:00am to Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 5:00am

Nadine Bariteau’s Au revoir is an immersive installation that invites the viewer to enter a large, wood cylinder resembling a lighthouse. Once inside, a light pulses and permits the viewer to experience two different sides of the work; one that is lit up and the other that appears in darkness. Lighthouses illuminate dangerous points along a coastline, serving as an important navigational aid for sailors entering harbours. This exhibition marks the end of a long period of introspection following a car accident in which the artist lost her mother. Au revoir is a visual metaphor that illustrates a farewell to a loved one and the process of letting go.

Venue & Address: 
Open Studio 401 Richmond, Room 104 Noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday