Semblance: Even Better Than The Real Thing

Semblance: Even Better Than The Real Thing
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 4:00am to Monday, August 12, 2013 - 4:00am

Opeining Night: Thursday, Aug.1, 6 to 9 p.m.

Presented by Woman King Collective with OCAD U students and alumni

This multi-disciplinary exhibition looks at what hides beneath the surface & the stories that are told when a hidden truth is revealed.

Featured Artists:
Stella Cade
Marta Chudolinska
Betti Cott
Bev Hisey
Marianne Jette
Josie MacLachlan
Erin Mccutcheon
Elija Montgomery
Lauren Reed
Suharu Ogawa


Woman King Collective
Megan A. Skyvington
Ange-line Tetrault
Tara Lee Towers

Gallery Hours:
Weekday Hours: 5:30pm-9:00pm
Weekend Hours: 10:00am - 7:00pm




Venue & Address: 
Bev Hisey Studio 1066 Dundas Street West Toronto, Ontario

LAND|SLIDE Possible Futures

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 4:00am to Monday, October 14, 2013 - 4:00am

With OCAD U faculty Julie Nagam and alumna Lisa Myers

Land|Slide Possible Futures is a groundbreaking large-scale public art exhibition which responds to a world in transition where the past, present and future collide. The landscape of Markham will be transformed by the work of 30+ national and international artists to explore themes of multiculturalism, sustainability, and community. The site-specific artist projects are housed at the 25-acre, open-air Markham Museum from September 21 to October 14, 2013. Working with everything from digitized diaries, 3D projections and augmented reality, the artists will propose new histories and new futures for the use of land on this planet.

Possible Futures Panel Series

Programmed by Chloë Brushwood Rose, Jennifer Foster and Lisa Hosale
Location: Transportation Hall

The panel series brings together community stakeholders, local experts, and Land|Slide artists to debate and discuss the core themes of the exhibition and of possible futures in Markham. Each panel asks a small group of people to respond to a provocative question that is central to imagining a sustainable future.

Panel 1: September 22, 5-7pm
Identity, Culture, and Heritage in Rapidly Evolving Cities: Why does heritage matter in just and sustainable future?
Faisal Moola,
Director General (Ontario and Northern Canada) for the Suzuki Foundation and adjunct professor in the University of Toronto's Faculty of Forestry.

Lola Sheppard, Partner at Lateral Office, an experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism, and Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo.

Julie Nagam, Land/Slide artist and Assistant Professor at OCAD, who explores a (re)mapping of the colonial state through creative interventions within concepts of native space.

Panel 2: September 29, 5-7pm
Possible Futures and Equitable Access to Food: How is hunger a sustainability issue?
Brenda Hsueh,
Owner and Operator of Black Sheep Farm, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) vegetable farmer, and runs a local food procurement project for the City of Thunder Bay.

Valerie Tarasuk, professor at the University of Toronto in Nutritional Sciences, and Principal Investigator of PROOF, researching food insecurity and policy options.

Joan Stonehocker, Executive Director at York Region Food Network, which promotes food security through community gardens, kitchens, support programs for organizations and shelters, and many more programs in Markham and across the York Region.

Evelyn Encalada, Teacher, researcher, and founding member of Justicia/Justice for Migrant Workers, which works with seasonal agricultural migrant workers in Canada.

Panel 3: October 6, 5-7pm
Emerging Approaches to Sustainability in Art: What is the role of public art in sustainability?
Janine Marchessault,
Curator of Land|Slide: Possible Futures Exhibition and Professor of Film and Media Studies, York University

Paola Poletto, Artist and Curator, Oh Dear: Public Art That Unhinges North York's Sense of Modesty (2013).

Srimoyee Mitra, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Windsor

Catherine Sicot, Co-Curator, MAC/SAN (Museo de arte contemporáneo de San Agustin), La Lisa, Havana, Cuba and Director, Elegoa Cultural productions





Venue & Address: 
Markham Museum 9350 Markham Road Markham, Ontario

Something Old, Something New

Chung-Im Kim, baekya detail
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 4:00am

Cheongju International Craft Biennale
Associate Professor Chung-Im Kim
Professor Chung-Im Kim is participating in the exhibition Something Old, Something New at Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Korea from Sept 11 to Oct 20, 2013. Her piece 'baekya' won the bronze award.

Venue & Address: 
Cheongju International Craft Biennale 314, Sangdang-ro Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do

A Dream Within a Dream

Poster design by: Afsaneh Safari
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 4:00am

Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 16, 6 to 9 p.m.

Exhibition with works by Illustration instructor, Anson Liaw

Questioning the reality has been constantly the prominent issue of thinkers. Where do we draw the line between illusion and reality? What was collectively agreed or codified as the truth or reality might be fictive today. In fact, we see only pieces of what is considered to be the real matter. We still need more light to illuminate the ambiguities. There is a dialectical relation between reality and illusion, but illusion can be the unseen upcoming reality. In other words, reality may be merely an illusion as Albert Einstein said. Art can cast the light on reality through what counts as dreams or illusions. The meaning of art now is far beyond the “Mimesis” and artists have doubted the unquestionable bare truth that bears no interpretations. In a pluralistic world as we live in, an absolute truth is sceptical. Artists apply metaphor, allegory, and irony as a strong means of criticizing the defined, agreed, or even imposed reality and truth. As a matter of fact, they re-create the reality in a selective hermeneutical way and there is no such ultimate stable sense of reality in the world of art. In the current exhibition, the notion of reality which in a broad sense can be more of a fabrication in our world today is challenged and criticized by artists.

By Banafsheh Erfanian

Featured Artists:
Anson Liaw
Shoora Majedian
Afsaneh Safari
Firoozeh Tangestanian
Flavia López
Banafsheh Erfanian
Mehdi Dana
Navid Fard
Mahtab Abdollahi

Poster design by: Afsaneh Safari




Venue & Address: 
Gallery 50 (INDEXG gallery) 50 Gladstone Avenue Toronto, Ontario

Judith Spanyi at the Toronto Public Library

Image: Liza Minnelli Montage from Cabaret
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 4:00am

Alumna, OCA 1976

Exhibition and sale of colourful portraits and paintings by OCA alumna, Judith Spanyi.

Image: Liza Minnelli Montage from Cabaret




Venue & Address: 
Woodside Library, Woodside Square 1571 Sandhurst Cirle Toronto, Ontario

Drawing at First Sight

 Drawing at First Sight
Monday, November 4, 2013 - 5:00am to Friday, November 22, 2013 - 5:00am

Reception: Wednesday, November 6, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Light Refreshments

Annual Exhibition for First Year Art & Design

First Year Art & Design at OCAD U welcomes you to highlights of a wide range of drawings produced by students developing both their technical and conceptual skills over the two-dimensional plane.




Venue & Address: 
Transit Space 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario


Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 5:00am to Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 4:00am

Curators Talk on December 4, 7-9 PM

Inaugural exhibitions for the Hallway Galleries at Artscape Youngplace curated by IAMD Graduate Heather Nicol

Debbie Adams, Melissa Fisher, Seth Scriver
November 19, 2013 – March 2, 2014

Announcing a new era of creative intervention at 180 Shaw Street, the North, South, and West stairwells have been transformed into site-specific installations. Often-overlooked architectural zones, the liminal, in-between and connective qualities of these spaces are expanded upon by artists with wide-ranging practices spanning animation, design, sculpture, book and film making. Using Vinyl as their medium, these “stairmasters” playfully explore the material’s associations with signage, temporality, and mutability, inviting you on an experiential ascent or descent as you travel through Artscape Younplace’s inaugural season.


416-392-1038 x 25



Venue & Address: 
Artscape Youngplace 180 Shaw Street Toronto, Ontario