OCAD University at the Yorkville Village Arts Festival, November 4 – November 9
OCAD U is excited to announce its participation in the Yorkville Village Arts Festival where they will be showcasing work by students, alumni and faculty at the newly renovated Yorkville Village shopping mall (formerly known as Hazelton Lanes). Art will be displayed on both levels of the central, light-filled atrium, Oval Square. The upper level will feature an exhibition of recent OCAD U students, while the lower level will include an exhibition of works by winners of the prestigious First Capital Realty Public Sculpture Competition and Imagination Zone Competition. OCAD U will also host a Pop Up shop that will be filled to the brim with exciting merchandise made by students, alumni and faculty.
Some of the highlights of the week include:
OCAD U Pop Up Shop, Friday November 4 – Saturday November 12
As part of the Yorkville Village Arts Festival, OCAD U will be celebrating the stunning creativity of its students, faculty and alumni through a retail Pop Up Shop at Yorkville Village from November 4 - 12, 2016. The OCAD U community is diverse and inventive, playing an active roll in change-making design and art production, both locally and around the world. The OCAD U Pop Up shop will showcase a small selection of this creative force. With art and objects from more than 50 artists and designers, this shop will offer a multitude of reasons to support local artisans. Come to the store to buy the popular Tkaronto vs. Akwe:kon t-shirts (Mohawk language for “Toronto vs. Everybody”) designed by Kaia’tanoron Bush for the Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD University. Also on display, a diversity of pieces including finely crafted jewellery, hand-made books, limited edition scarves, stickers, toques, ceramics, bow-ties, prints, paintings, photography, quilts and more. Ninety per cent of the sales proceeds will be given to the creators and ten per cent will be donated back to OCAD U to support the administration of this exciting initiative.
Digital Painting Workshop, Saturday November 5 (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Dahae Song invites the public to join her in this interactive digital workshop where participants are encouraged to turn selfies into self-expression through digital painting. She will have the participants consider how human existence and contemporary experience are increasingly mediated by technology. This digital painting workshop acknowledges this contemporary reality as it engages in both the physical (self-portraits) and the digital through the creation of a hybrid form of art. This workshop will enable the public to participate in this process and to turn a photograph of their face into a contemporary, digital masterpiece.
Meet the artists, Saturday November 5 (2 – 5 p.m.)
Artists who have work in the exhibition will be in attendance on Saturday to meet with anyone interested in finding out more about their art practice and the processes utilized in creating the artworks on display.
Live Painting, Saturday November 5 (2 – 5 p.m.)
Dahae Song is a Toronto based interdisciplinary artist who is currently completing her thesis year at OCAD University. Song invites the public to observe her painting process as she works on a new work that forms part of her ongoing, how to fill a void series. The live painting will occur during the opening night (invitation only) and on Saturday from 2 – 5 p.m. Her work is concerned with the digitization of human existence and expresses the intersections between physical and virtual worlds. Song does not see the digital and the virtual as oppositional and uses the medium of painting to bring these disparate forms together. Amorphous, hybrid forms of painting are created to communicate ways in which the abstract and the representational, the digital and the tangible, cease to be seen as contradictions.
Yorkville Village Arts Festival, November 4 - 9
55 Avenue Road