Lindsay Gibb’s National Treasure: Nicolas Cage listed as a top book of 2015

Photo of Lindsday Gibb
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 5:00am

OCAD U E-Reserves and Learning Zone Technician Lindsay Gibb’s first book has been listed by the National Post as one of the 99 best books of 2015. Gibb calls National Treasure: Nicolas Cage a critique/celebration of Cage’s style of acting and the range of roles he has chosen over his career.

Gibb is a journalist who has been at OCAD U since 2013, having worked in the library for the previous two years as a reference intern. She is in the early stages of writing her next book.

Interviewed by Metro Toronto, Gibb admits that her fondness for the actor turned into “a bit of an obsession” while researching the book.

The book is part of the ECW (entertainment culture writing) Press Pop Classics series and is widely available in bookstores and online.

“I didn’t know I wanted to understand Nicolas Cage until I read Lindsay Gibb’s book. Now I’m sure of it.” — Jesse Wente, director of film programmes, TIFF Bell Lightbox.

We did everything adults would do. What went wrong? Johanna Householder and Frances Leeming

black and white photo of a young girl
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 5:00am to Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 5:00am

Opening Reception November 13th 6 - 8 PM
Curator Taryn Sirove
Panel Discussion Saturday Dec 12th 3-5pm
With Ian Carr-Harris and Dr. Hannah Dyer, moderated by Taryn Sirove

Titled after a misquote commonly attributed to William Golding’s 1954 novel Lord of the Flies, the exhibition, We did everything adults would do. What went wrong? can be understood as a single, collaborative installation by Frances Leeming and Johanna Householder. In a large-scale video projection at the center of the exhibition, the artists consider adult representations of children in conflict in two twentieth century films: Wee Willie Winkie (1937) and Lord of the Flies (1963). Reworking footage from these allegories for expansionist promotions of “civilization,” the artists put the two iconic protagonists—Winkie (Shirley Temple) and Piggy (Hugh Edwards)—into dialogue. Householder and Leeming tease out a pattern of similarities across shifting articulations of the original literature, isolating narrative constructions that betray the way we as adults symbolically project our own anxieties and ambitions onto figures of children, in these stories, using Western colonial vocabularies around conflict and war.

Johanna Householder has been working at the intersection of popular and unpopular culture in performance, dance, video and intermedia art since the late 1970s. Shaping plundered source material in order to talk back to mass forms, Householder practices her own brand of cultural detournement, often in collaboration with other artists. She recently performed at Performancear o Morir in Chihuahua, at undisclosed territory in Java, and at M:ST in Calgary, AB. She is one of the founders of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art and with Tanya Mars she edited Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women (YYZ Books, 2005) - and they are currently at work on Volume Two.

Frances Leeming's performance, film and installation projects exploring the relationships between gender, technology and consumerism have been presented in Canada, Quebec, the U.S., Britain, Poland and Italy. Her feminist satire film animations The Orientation Express (1987) and Genetic Admiration (2005) have been showcased via film festivals and television broadcasts. Genetic Admiration is featured in Jackie Stacey's book The Cinematic Life of The Gene (2010). Leeming's performance history includes collaborations with Johanna Householder and Clive Robertson and kinetic installation works include Endeavour (2010) commissioned by the Media Gallery, Concordia University. Frances currently teaches Film and Media Studies at Queen's University, Kingston.

Taryn Sirove is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa. Her writing on the Ontario Censor Wars can be found in Explosion in the Movie Machine: Histories of Toronto Moving Image Culture (Images Festival, LIFT and YYZ Books, 2013). Sirove has completed curatorial projects for such institutions as A Space Gallery and Vtape Distribution Centre, in Toronto, Ontario, and written about media art for such publications as Fuse Magazine and (with Erin Morton) Postscript.

Venue & Address: 
A Space Gallery 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 110 Toronto, ON, M5V 3A8

Oneirism: New Work from Bogdan Luca

contemporary painting of a male figure
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:00am to Friday, November 20, 2015 - 5:00am

Opening reception: November 7, 6-10pm
Visiting hours Tue-Fri 3-7pm Sat, Sun 12-6pm

Oneirism (onei•rism \ō-ˈnī-ˌriz-əm\) is a state of consciousness in which dreamlike, often disturbing illusions are experienced while awake. This group of paintings depicts moments or characters that belong to a liminal order of reality: where the boundaries between consciousness, dreams and imagination are permeable and not easily discerned. How do we digest the images we are surrounded by? How do we think about this process by way of painting and photography?

Bogdan Luca is a Toronto based artist interested in how external images inform the cinema of our minds and how fear/desire shapes the world that becomes subjectively visible to our eyes. Bogdan teaches drawing and painting at OCAD University and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Venue & Address: 
192 Spadina Ave. 5th floor

OCAD U Perspectives Exhibition

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 1:00pm to Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:00pm

Presented by the Faculty of Design and the Faculty of Art
Dedicated to art and design education, OCAD University offers a wide range of disciplines and diverse programs that bridge the fields of contemporary art, digital media and design, sustainability, health and wellness, cultural diversity and indigenous cultures. Explore the work of faculty and their students at OCAD U's Perspectives Exhibition and discover new areas of art, design and visual culture.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul The Great Hall
Perspective poster

Sara Sniderhan

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 4:00pm to Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 12:00am

Illustration Faculty Sara Sniderhan's show "A Room of Her Own" runs October 15-31, 2015
Opening Celebration with the Artist is Thursday, October 15th at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Venue & Address: 
Ingram Gallery 24 Hazelton Avenue Toronto, ON 416-929-2220
Image of a woman sitting on the ground

Mercedes Benz Financial Services – Experiencing Perspectives

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 9:00pm

Art is the spirit of the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services workplace.
Please join us as we celebrate our seventh installation of the Experiencing Perspectives Art Exhibition, featuring creations from the students, alumni and professors from the Drawing & Painting Department of OCAD University, the largest and most comprehensive art, design and media institution in Canada. Meet the artists. Tour the exhibition in our office space. Enjoy cuisine and conversation.

OCAD University is grateful for the generous support of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services which includes The MBFS Direct Entry (to Drawing and Painting) Scholarship, The DRPT Medal winner award, and funding the DRPT graduate catalogue for the last 7 years!

Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 14

Venue & Address: 
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services 2680 Matheson Blvd. East Mississauga, Ontario L4W 0A5
Experiencing Perspectives Art Exhibition poster with event info, Mercedes-Benz logo and landscape painting by David Young

Stuart Reid’s Union Station installation inspires awe

Glass panels from Zones of Immersion installation
Artist Stuart Reid at work
Glass panel from Zones of Immersion installation
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 4:00am

Seven feet tall and 500 feet long, Environmental Design professor Stuart Reid’s immense glass mural at Union Station is capturing the media spotlight. Titled Zones of Immersion, the work consists of 166 glass panels of large drawings and writing that convey the experiences of transit riders. In 2008, Reid won an international competition and was commissioned to create a permanent art installation for the new second subway platform at Union Station. The glass panels were hand painted, sandblasted and etched at a glass factory in Paderborn, Germany, and are now being installed.  

Large drawings and sketches that informed the final project are currently on display at Gallery Gevik, 12 Hazelton Avenue, until April 30. Reid will be in attendance at the opening reception on Saturday, April 11, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The monumental work is not yet completely installed and lit; nonetheless, it has been grabbing the attention of Toronto’s arts and urban affairs writers. You can read more in the National Post, Toronto Star and



Fibre Studios Exhibition - Opening Reception

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 11:00pm to Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 2:00am

Artefacts carry the unique power of being repositories of sensory experience. Rather than just perceived visually, they engage a range of sensations, and invite intimate and affective interaction. As such, material objects broaden the aesthetic encounter, and open the door to investigations of sensuality, material, process, interactivity, and culture (Owen, 2011).

Sensory experience is a potent counterpoint to rampant hyperconsumption that characterizes present-day material culture. Sensorial objects request an attentive involvement from an audience, and encourage a reflective encounter. They shake us from the habitual impulse of insatiable consumption, and offer an experience of the world that is felt with the whole of the body (Pallasmaa, 2005). By experiencing an object through its tactile, olfactory, auditory, and/or visual properties, the work of the maker stands apart from that which is hastily produced, consumed and abandoned. Positioned as such, these objects draw attention to a renewed role for making, and hold clues to future pathways for human relationships with material culture.

Sensorial Objects is an exhibition of work by Faculty from the OCAD University Fibre Studios:


Sensorial Objects is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council

Venue & Address: 
Craft Ontario Gallery 990 Queen Street West Toronto, ON Hours: Monday to Saturday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sheila Sampath designs her activist life

Image of Sheila Sampath, OCAD U instructor and social activist
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 5:00am

An International Women's Day special

Sheila Sampath lives a well-designed life.

The OCAD U Faculty of Design instructor says she’s always been involved in social activism, collaborating on public events for social justice causes and working the front lines in grassroots organizations focused on anti-oppression issues. When she designed a poster for the 2003 Take Back the Night rally and march, she experienced how design and activism could be combined. She says, “That’s how I got into design. I’d get angry about a particular issue, then I’d make something for it. I really enjoyed making something for people that could draw them in and make them feel a part of something bigger.”

In 2008, Sampath started an activist-based design studio, The Public, using design as a tactic for engaging in activism. Putting personal politics into practice, Sampath and her colleagues (who share an activist background) focus on client-based and self-initiated projects around issues of anti-oppression, sustainability and social growth. “We do research, writing and everything from planning things to making things,” explains Sampath.

Clients of The Public include a large university, a health network, and smaller, grassroots organizations. For activist-design services, The Public charges fair market prices and tries not to turn anyone anyway. The business is self-reliant (they don’t rely on grants and don’t take on corporate or commercial clients) right down to the studio furniture they make themselves. Says Sampath, “What we do is driven by our communities. We work to democratize our skill sets for our various communities. We offer skillshares, in-house residencies and internships, and produce how-to zines. We work so that we don't have to do this work anymore, and for a world in which this work is no longer needed. We design only when needed. A logo or a poster isn't always going to change the world.” 

Sampath is also the editorial and art director of Shameless, an award-winning Canadian feminist magazine for girls and trans* youth.  In November 2014, the volunteer-run magazine celebrated its tenth anniversary. A mirror of the work she does with her design studio, Shameless is a grassroots publication that focuses on social justice issues, particularly those at the intersections of race, class, ability, immigration status, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Sampath is working on a personal art project that explores the links between colonialism and design. In her teaching at OCAD U and in her work at The Public, she challenges concepts of design, as well as considering them tactics for engaging in activism. Says Sampath, “Activism always comes first.”




Otino Corsano: Banner Year

Image of a banner
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 5:00am to Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 5:00am

OCAD U Continuing Studies intsructor Otino Corsano continues to reconstruct cinematic elements into new genres for his latest Banner Year solo exhibition presented by pm Gallery. These new paintings feature celluloid-like images of scrolling banners both with and sans mottos. Undulating forms relate to the analog essence of both cinema and painting in the digital era. Contemporary heraldry of corporate branding is also referenced. Corsanos recent work tracks new dialogues through a fusion of oscillating film structures and the highly archival medium of painting as a perpetually resurfacing discipline.

In early 2008, Corsano commissioned the creation of twelve wood panels to be constructed at three times the scale of the original 2007 iPhone. These solid wood forms were produced prior to any public knowledge of the development or release of the first iPad in 2010, although they are similar in dimensions. Featuring rounded edges and silver casing, the resulting series of wood-burned paintings document inspirational quotes from artists, collectors, dealers and other art world insiders culled from the artists memory.

Linked to the Los Angeles art community, Corsano's visual art practice consists of neo-conceptualist, new genre work. He explores areas of meaning production in a variety of media and established Ocean Course Films as an entity to consolidate his collaborative multimedia projects. Corsano has taught at the University of Toronto and is an Instructor at OCAD University. He completed his MFA at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles in 2000. Banner Year is Otino Corsanos fourth Toronto solo exhibition with pm Gallery. The artist personally thanks Pete Commanda for his wood burning expertise. Otino is grateful to Powell McDougall for a decade of professional representation of his work.

Opening Thursday, February 5, 6 to 9 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
p|m Gallery 1518 Dundas Street West