Refiguring Worlds

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 5:00pm

Refiguring Worlds

Sarah Davidson, Brendan George Ko (OCAD U Photography alum), Ginette Legaré (OCAD U Professor), Maryse Larivière, Ed Pien

Curated by Rebecca Travis  

July 19 – August 25, 2018

Opening reception: Thursday, July 19 from 6 to 8 pm

BIRCH CONTEMPORARY, 129 Tecumseth Street, Toronto. 416.365.3003

BIRCHCONTEMPORARY.COM

 

While ‘knowing’ suggests a fixed, established set of facts, ‘curiosity’ alludes to a perceptive and evolving inquiry. It is an open curiosity about the world, our connection to it and to each other that feeds the works in this exhibition. The works in Refiguring Worlds are anchored with references to traditional systems for knowledge and understanding –taxonomies, categorisation, documentation – but use these points of familiarity as a means to venture to more surreal, freely unchartered realms. In the process, we are invited to undo what we think we know about objects and representations of the natural world, allowing for new material and ecological narratives to emerge.

Venue & Address: 
Birch Contemporary
Website: 
http://birchcontemporary.com/exhibition/refiguring-worlds-sarah-davidson-brendan-george-ko-ginette-legare-maryse-lariviere-ed-pien
Image of Sarah Davidson, the secret life of plants (detail), 2017.

World Cup Match Poster Exhibition

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 7:00pm to Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 5:00pm

32 Days, 32 Nations, 64 Games, 12 Venues, Only 1 Winner! 
48 Posters by Designers from 18 Countries, 16 Posters by Local Toronto Designers.

Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery - 285 Dundas Street West
Website: 
https://continuingstudies.ocad.ca
exhibition poster

Community

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 5:00pm to Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 5:00pm

Nino Ardizzi, Lori Beckstead, Myra Burney, Kevin Cherry, Gerardo Correa, Prerana Das, Sylvia Galbraith, Anne Hanrahan, Megan Irwin, Caroline Scott-Charles, John Severino, Ann Marie Stasiuk, Karin Tang, Stephanie Thompson, Aina Tilups, Bahar Toussi

Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery 285 Dundas Street West
Website: 
https://continuingstudies.ocad.ca
Email: 
continuingstudies@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x 2321
Poster - Community Exhibition

Traces Retraced: Reconstructing Identity

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 5:00pm

A quite whisper between two old men in the corner of the room belies a word you’ve never heard before, but somehow it sounds familiar. The crows caw at the sounding of a bell and the smell of burning firewood fills the room, they trigger a memory that oddly, you can’t recall ever experiencing - so you retrace your steps.

 

Traces Retraced is an autoethnographic study comprising installations of burnt wood objects, wood prints, charcoal drawn projections and an Camera Obscura with its eye on the world. The works investigate notions of coming to know my Indigenous identity through the lens of my own journey from unconscious to consciously knowing who I am in relation to my Métis and Anishinaabe roots. The works ponder and comment on memories both real and imagined, evoking archetypes of my ancestry in an contemporary context. 

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W.
Traces Retraced

Ceramic 3D Printing and Up-Cycling: Imagining the Possibilities

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 5:00pm

 

“We are living in strange times indeed; evil clowns prowl the streets, lurk in dark alleys and lead our governments.  Yet, I’m convinced that we have an opportunity, right now, to make a change.  Combinations of 3D Printing, Hackerspaces, the Maker Movement and Upcycling provide the tools, locations, partnerships and motivation to create an alternative economy.  As we stand on the precipice of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we have an opportunity to move beyond simple (and sometimes deceptive) Sustainable Design, towards genuinely holistic Regenerative Development.      Together, we can do it.” 

 

Samantha Sherer is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Master of Design candidate at OCADU.  Her interdisciplinary career in arts-based psychotherapy, studio ceramics and development work with artisans has led Samantha to investigate the intersection between Design and Community health. Her practice led research includes assembling an open source Ceramic 3D printing system to serve as appropriate technology for the Maker Movement.  She is intent on sowing open source Additive Manufacturing technology in the Global North and fostering its transplantation to the Global South, so that it will seed community and stimulate Regenerative Development.

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery, 165 Augusta Ave
Ceramic 3D

Coenesthesia: Affect as an Aesthetic of Healing Through Hybrid Reality Art

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 10:00am to Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 6:00pm

Coenesthesia pairs, a virtual reality (seen through an HTC headset) in which the immersant explores an organic space of internal body parts, spatialized sound and proprioceptive aesthetics (the aesthetic of one’s sense of embodiment, motion and position), with an interactive environment of projection in which a meditation pod acts as a tool for channelling positive energy into the virtual world, creating a positive feedback loop of affect. Coenesthesia aims at forming a connection between a VR immersant, their internal organs and their internal sense of self while enabling another player to connect to the system and the immersant. By incorporating key elements from cognitive neuro prosthetic studies, which include touch synchronisation, paired with visual and auditory synchronisation and proprioceptive alignment, the work explores the aesthetics of the senses and the roles of synaesthesia and analogy, interpreted through affect, this work explores how hybrid multi modal media art can enable the exploration and affective engagement with one’s embodied interiority?  It aims at empowering people to feel a connection with their internal physiological and psychological being. 

Venue & Address: 
The Open Space Gallery, Black Box Lab, 49 McCaul St.
Coenesthesia

In Visible Lines

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 1:00pm to Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 6:00pm

Dasha Valakhanovitch has an agile practice that ranges between painting, drawing and sculpture. Her work stems from manufactured landscapes and material exploration. In her thesis exhibition, In Visible Lines, she addresses the complexity found within the familiar realm of the line. In her work, line, in the form of gesture and form, represented by traces of paint and clay sculptures are woven together in a visual display. Her research explores how lines govern our landscape and questions its limitations. Drawing connections between land and human interaction with the abstract nature of lines, Valakhanovitch, invites the viewer to reflect and engage with her interpretation of line. Valakhanovitch earned her B.F.A in painting and drawing from Concordia University. She has exhibited in Toronto, Montreal, France and Belgium. Her work can be found in the Art Gallery of Ontario's Art Rental & Sales Gallery, Lonsdale Gallery and AIMIA  corporate art collection.

 

 

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery, 165 Augusta Ave
In Visible Line

"You’ll Distract the Boys!"

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 1:00pm to Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 6:00pm

You're invited to immerse yourself in the culminating thesis exhibition and book launch of Toronto artist and MFA candidate Tara Krebs. "You’ll Distract the Boys!" is a non-linear storybook in which you assume the lives of various women and girls, and respond to common experiences they face. After every scenario presented, you are tasked with choosing how to proceed from a pair of possible responses. Each selection will affect the outcomes and potential consequences of these choices, and determine the direction of your narrative path.
During the exhibition, pages from the book will be displayed throughout the gallery so that guests can physically navigate the story. By confronting the narrative in public space, visitors' choices will be visible to others, and open to critique and judgement - resembling more closely what the characters might experience themselves.

"You’ll Distract the Boys!" addresses the deeply-imbedded influence of patriarchy on the discourse around women, and how it dictates the impossible standards of how they should look, speak, and behave. The goal of this project is to examine how literary role-play can be used as a pedagogic tool, and inspire compassion toward the lives of others. It also aims to provide a sense of solidarity to North American women and girls by acknowledging their diverse realms of experience.
Opening reception is Thursday, April 26, from 6:00pm-10pm, with an interactive live reading at 7:00pm. The exhibition runs from April 21-29. Visiting hours are 1:00pm-6:00pm, Wednesday to Sunday. The narrative will also be available for sale in book-format throughout the run of the show.
As this book/exhibition deals with topics such as body censorship, gender construct, and sexual violence, some readers/visitors may be sensitive to the content. Off-hour viewings can be arranged for women who require a safe space to view the work alone. If you would like to request a private viewing, or have any other questions, please contact the artist directly at hello@tarakrebs.com.
 

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery, 165 Augusta Ave
You'll Distract the Boys!

"very fine people on both sides"

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 12:00pm to Monday, April 16, 2018 - 5:00pm

In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released 94 Calls to Action following a national inquiry into residential schools. Of these 94 Calls, five actioned for the creation of monuments intended to commemorate and honor residential school sites, survivors and the children who were lost. What began as an exploration into what these proposed monuments could look like from an Anishinaabe perspective, soon turned into an investigation of how monuments function within the discourse of reconciliation and decolonization. How they operate as tools of Indigenous erasure and how they can be coopted as tools to assert Indigenous presence. And finally, how monuments physically manifest online discourse and ideologies in the push for (de)colonization/(re)conciliation and the push back against it. This is an exploration of the monument as apparatus used by “very fine people on both sides.”

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W.
very fine people on both sides

New Generation Photography Award Exhibition

New Generation Photography Award
Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 5:00pm

New Generation Photography Award Exhibition
Elisa Julia Gilmour, Meryl McMaster and Deanna Pizzitelli

May 5 to June 17, 2018

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. W.

Onsite Gallery is pleased to partner with the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada and the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival to present an exhibition of works by the inaugural winners of the New Generation Photography Award.

New Generation Photography Award Exhibition

New Generation Photography Award Panel Talk
Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m.

Join us for a panel talk with the three inaugural recipients of the New Generation Photography Award: Elisa Julia Gilmour, Meryl McMaster and Deanna Pizzitelli.

About the Prize
The inaugural New Generation Photography Award prize was awarded by Scotiabank in partnership with the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada. The prize, designed to support the careers of young artists and to help them reach their infinite potential, recognizes three young Canadians working in lens-based art: Elisa Julia Gilmour (Toronto), Meryl McMaster (Ottawa), and Deanna Pizzitelli (Ottawa).

Each winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and be featured in a group exhibition at the Canadian Photography Institute PhotoLab, located at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, from April 13 to August 19, 2018. A second exhibition will follow, at OCAD University's Onsite Gallery, during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, from May 5 to June 17, 2018.

Award recipients will also be included in education programming and present artist talks on May 5, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the National Gallery of Canada. In 2015, Scotiabank became the Founding Partner of the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada with a $10 million gift, the largest in the Bank's history. The New Generation Photography Award is part of the gift's continued legacy.

For more information about the New Generation Photography Award, presented by the Canadian Photography Institute and Scotiabank, please visit: http://www.scotiabank.com/arts.

 

2018 New Generation Photography Award Recipient Bios:

Elisa Julia Gilmour is an emerging Canadian artist producing still and moving images. Her work engages with the notion of ephemerality through gestural storytelling. Her most recent project, Éperdument (Madly) (2016), which included a three-channel video installation and a publication of short stories, investigates how a Corsican mythological figure has enlivened a contemporary sense of identity. She has exhibited at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Ryerson Image Centre and the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

Meryl McMaster is a Canadian-based artist and photography graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design. She was born and raised in Ottawa and is of Plains Cree/European decent. Her work explores questions of identity, representation, perception, myth, memory and the environment. Her distinct approach to photographic self-portraiture has been influenced by her experiences working in and exploring remote Canadian landscapes, as well as by contemplations over the complexities of her family heritage. Her solo exhibition Confluence (Curated by Heather Anderson and originating at Carleton University Art Gallery) is travelling to four more venues across Canada.

Deanna Pizzitelli is a Canadian photo-based artist and educator. She completed her BFA in Photography at Ryerson University, and her MFA at the University of Arizona. With an emphasis on the emotional landscape, Pizzitelli uses analogue processes to explore themes of fantasy, desire, longing and loss. Her practice is motivated by the act of travel, the visual residue of her many intersections with landscape, wildlife and culture. Pizzitelli's work was recently exhibited at AIPAD: The Photography Show, New York, and Paris Photo, 2017. She has attended residencies in Canada, Iceland and Portugal. She is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto.

 

About Scotiabank:
At Scotiabank, we aim to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential. Young people are our future leaders and Scotiabank's goal is to help ensure that they have the necessary skills and resources they need to support their success. Together with our employees, the Bank supports causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2017, Scotiabank contributed more than $80 million to help our communities around the world.

Scotiabank is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 24 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 89,000 employees and assets of over $923 billion (as at January 31, 2018), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @Scotiabank.

 

About the Canadian Photography Institute:
The Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) of the National Gallery of Canada is a creative and innovative centre dedicated to sharing, collecting, and questioning photography in all its forms. It brings people and communities together at the museum, online, and around publications to see, appreciate, and study photography.

The Canadian Photography Institute was established in 2015 and officially launched in October 2016. Its collections build upon the National Gallery's Photographs Collection. The Institute benefits from the unprecedented support of CPI's Founding Partner Scotiabank, the Archive of Modern Conflict - the Gallery's partner, and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. For more information, visit: gallery.ca/cpi and follow CPI @canadianphotoinstitute.

 

About the National Gallery of Canada:
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada's premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit gallery.ca and follow us on Twitter @NatGalleryCan.

 

About Onsite Gallery:
Onsite Gallery, the flagship professional gallery of OCAD University, offers powerful, thought-provoking exhibitions of art, design and digital media to stimulate conversations on critical issues facing Toronto and the world.

 

Image (left to right): Elisa Julia Gilmour (photo: Mark Peckmezian), Meryl McMaster (photo: Neeko Paluzzi) and Deanna Pizzitelli (photo: Deanna Pizzitelli).

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond St. W.
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
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