Bonnie Devine’s Battle for the Woodlands on view at the AGO

Bonnie Devine with her installation. Image courtesy AGO.
Bonnie Devine's Battle for the Woodlands in the gallery. Image courtesy AGO.

Bonnie Devine, an associate professor and the founding chair of OCAD U’s Indigenous Visual Culture program, spent part of her summer installing a new work, Battle for the Woodlands, at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The installation expands an early 19th century map of Upper and Lower Canada to reflect an Anishinaabe world view. 

Battle for the Woodlands will be on view at the AGO for a year, and is an extension of the AGO’s major temporary summer exhibition, Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes, which features work by leading modern and contemporary artists, including Norval Morrisseau, Michael Belmore, Daphne Odjig, OCAD U instructor Robert Houle, and others. Before and After the Horizon opened on July 30 and runs until November 25.

Before and After the Horizon is co-organized by the AGO and the National Museum of the American Indian. It’s a celebration of visual expressions of the spiritual and social dimensions of our relations with the earth, and at the same time challenges certain accepted accounts of history. 

Devine, whose work “Letter to William,” is part of the temporary exhibition, was talking with Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s curator for Canadian Art, about a historic map of upper and lower Canada and what it meant one day earlier this year when she came up with the idea to overlay an Anishinaabe vision over the map to show the four great lakes represented as spirit animals, as well as the important sites of conflict and contact between European and Anishinaabe people. 

Hunter saw the idea as an opportunity to both respond to and extend the ideas of the temporary exhibition through the rest of the gallery and spark conversations. As part of the installation process, Devine worked in the gallery during viewing hours so she could engage with viewers and answer questions. 

“Devine’s installation has accomplished a great deal, and at the same time resulted in endless intense and meaningful conversations with the public, guests and officials in the gallery,” said Hunter. “The goal for us with projects like this to create a deep engagement, not only between the AGO and OCAD U, but also with this place and the land — the deep human history and our part of our community. It challenges the institution to learn, change and grow.”


Learn more

Before and After the Horizon 

Bonnie Devine image timeline 

Bonnie Devine faculty biography 


OCAD University presents Future Forward at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 4:00am

Exhibition part of university’s 135th anniversary celebration(Toronto—September 12, 2011) OCAD University presents Future Forward as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on Saturday, October 1, celebrating the university's 135th anniversary by looking backward into the future.

Poised to nurture creative thinkers with a forward-thinking outlook, OCAD U commemorates that visionary spirit by reflecting on what was and what could be. The installations in Future Forward reclaim an imaginative realm once reserved for fantasy as they negotiate technology's integration into the fabric of society. These sci-fi and cinematic propositions of an imagined future investigate the permeable boundaries between nature and technology, myth and tool, history and potential. What will tomorrow bring: techno lust or future shock? Future Forward provides a timely contemplation in keeping with OCAD University's 135th anniversary. What might the future be in the year 2146?

Future Forward features works by Philippe Blanchard (Canada), H2.0 Collective (OCAD U students Loretta Faveri, Christopher Holborn, Joanne Jin, and Michael Vaughn); Louise Noguchi (Canada); and Kelly Richardson (United Kingdom), on Saturday, October 1, 6:59 p.m. to sunrise. Future Forward is curated by OCAD U's 2011 Curatorial Practice medal winning graduate Farah Yusuf.

"For 135 years OCAD U students, alumni and faculty have helped to weave the fabric of Toronto's world class visual arts, galleries, media art, community arts, design, digital culture and cultural tourism, contributing to the annual $9 billion of cultural GDP in Toronto. Future Forward makes a playful contribution to our understanding of the future through the lens of art and design," said OCAD University President, Dr. Sara Diamond. "We're thrilled to once again be a partner in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, an event that in its own right makes a tremendous contribution to the cultural and economic health of the city of Toronto."

About the work:

Philippe Blanchard, Cave Rave (2010)
Cave Rave creates a scene where lo-tech high-tech interface in a mythic time.  A mural features cavemen standing together in a circle to conjure a magical flame. Projected between them is the psychedelic glow of Apple's "Flurry" screensaver. Through this playful juxtaposition, Blanchard poses the question: Are technologies magic as it was envisioned in the past?

Louise Noguchi, Shanghai Dragon (2008)
Enter a space where pink Styrofoam towers act as set pieces to our collective memory of popular culture. Here, Noguchi explores the artifice of the heroic landscape in Hollywood films with forms suggestive of Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine or the stalagmites of Superman's Fortress of Solitude. Evoking an imaginary land somewhere between the metropolis and an alien frontier, Shanghai Dragon asks us to consider the need to manifest the reality of the film in life.

Kelly Richardson, The Erudition (2010)
Holographic trees malfunction and flicker in the desolate lunar landscape of The Erudition.  In this haunting speculative scene, Richardson asks us to consider the technological landscape and our increasingly mediated relationship with nature.

H2.0 Collective, Human 1.0 vs. Human 2.0 (2011)
Through wearable technology, H2.0 Collective explores how technologies have become extensions of the social creature. In Human 1.0 vs. Human 2.0 the collective anthropomorphosizes garments to embody distinct personalities: bashful, lustful, anti-social and joyful.  By encoding socio/biological cues into technologically enabled costumes, they propose an artificial evolution of the human toward its next generation model.

Future Forward is presented as part of a year-long celebration of 135 years of imagination at OCAD University. For more events and information, visit

Artist biographies:

Philippe Blanchard
Philippe Blanchard is a Toronto-based artist, animator, teacher and curator.  His diverse academic background (film production, digital visual effects, studio arts) has culminated in recent years in an interdisciplinary art practice combining animation, installation, live performance, drawing, painting and printmaking.  He also works as a commercial animation director, principally for Toronto-based studio Head Gear Animation.  His recent curatorial projects include Shape Shifters, an animation screening on the theme of morph and morphing in contemporary culture, and Mass Hypnosis, a collaborative installation event combining printmaking and animation.

Philippe Blanchard's animation work has been shown at Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal), Pop Montreal Festival, Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh), The Kitchen (New York), RISD (Providence RI), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington DC), National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington DC), LACMA (Los Angeles), San Francisco Art Institute, Cal Arts (Valencia, CA), Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), Impakt Festival (Utrecht NL), Center for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), the Ottawa Art Gallery, InterAccess and the AGYU.  Blanchard recently completed his MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design at OCAD University.

H2.0 Collective
H2.0 Collective is composed of OCAD University Industrial Design and Material Art & Design students Loretta Faveri, Christopher Holborn, Joanne Jin, and Michael Vaughn.  The collective was established in early 2011. They seek to inspire the viewer to think critically about technology and its affect on us as social human beings through wearable garments.

Louise Noguchi
Louise Noguchi challenges her audience with themes that pose psychological questions. Using photography, sculpture, video and other media, Noguchi's concepts confront the spectator's notions of identity, perception and reality.  Her work includes exhibitions at the Power Plant, Toronto, Neuer Berliner Kuntsverein, Berlin and the Deutsches Museum, Munich, as well as exhibitions across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Born in Toronto, Canada, she received her MFA from the University of Windsor, Canada and AOCA from OCAD University in Toronto.  She is a professor in Art and Art History, a collaborative program jointly offered by Sheridan Institute and the University of Toronto Mississauga, where she also teaches photography and performance-based art. Louise Noguchi is represented by Birch Libralato Gallery in Toronto, Canada.

Kelly Richardson
Canadian artist Kelly Richardson studied fine art at OCAD University (AOCAD with honours), media studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (MFA studies) and Newcastle University (MFA with distinction).

She represented Canada at the first Beijing 798 Biennale (2009), Busan Biennale (2008), Gwangju Biennale (2004) and her work was included in the Sundance Film Festival (2009 and again in 2011 as her work was selected to represent 5 years of New Frontiers at a special event opening the year's festival) and Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal (2008). She has exhibited internationally at various important museums and public institutions, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in an exhibition entitled The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Centre Georges Pompidou.

Her work is represented in the public collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, USA), Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (Montréal, Canada), Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington DC, USA).

Richardson had the honour of being the featured artist at the Americans for the Arts National Arts Awards 2009. The fall 2009 issue of Canadian Art magazine included Kelly Richardson as one of "10 artists setting the pace of contemporary art" and Elle Canada listed Richardson in their Hot 100 for 2011. During its 16-year history, Richardson was the first (and only) Canadian artist invited to participate in the International Artist-in-Residence program at Artpace San Antonio 11.1 (January-March, 2011).

Richardson lives and works in the United Kingdom.



OCAD University (OCAD U): 135 Years of Imagination
OCAD University ( is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Bonnie Devine: The Tecumseh Papers

Image: Bonnie Devine; Treaty Robe, for Tecumseh (2013); mixed-media installation; Collection of the artist
Friday, September 27, 2013 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 4:00am

Opening Reception September 27, 7 – 10 p.m.

The Art Gallery of Windsor welcomes Bonnie Devine to the AGW studio

The Art Gallery of Windsor is proud to present new works in a solo exhibition by installation artist Bonnie Devine.
In response to historical works from the AGW's collection Devine examines the legacy of Chief Tecumseh, whose death at the Battle of the Thames on October 5 1813 marked the end of First Nations' resistance in the region.

An exhibition catalogue with essays by Alan Corbiere, Wanda Nanibush and Leanne Simpson is forthcoming.

September 27, 7 – 10 pm:
Opening Reception featuring live music, cash bar and studio activities. Admission: $7, free for AGW members and children 12 years and under.

September 28, 2 – 4 pm:
Unsettlements, a discussion on unlearning dominant paradigms of history and place through indigenous and feminist art practices with historian Alan Corbiere, artist Bonnie Devine, curator Cheyanne Turions, AGW Director Catharine Mastin and moderated by Director of Women’s Studies, University of Windsor, Anne Forrest. FREE admission.

October 6:
Sundays in the Studio, The Tecumseh Papers

Image: Bonnie Devine; Treaty Robe, for Tecumseh (2013); mixed-media installation; Collection of the artist


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Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Windsor 401 Riverside Drive West Toronto, Ontario

Howl, 2013

Howl, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 10:30pm to Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 11:00am

A Scotiabank Nuit Blanche commissioned work by OCAD U alumnus Robert Hengeveld

In Howl, a back alley is transformed into the site of a hunt which is both theatrical and comedic. Central to the installation is a coyote-on-rabbit chase that loops continuously along the rails of a steel roller coaster. Mechanical birds and decoy deer form a flamboyant chorus, dancing along to an operatic soundtrack. A curious blend of clumsy choreography and sights commonly found in the world of the amusement park, Howl offers an absurdist take on how we represent the natural world.

Robert Hengeveld is an installation artist who is engaged in an exploration of objects which are manufactured to represent and replace what is real. Often elaborate and immersive by nature, his installations function as fantasy tableaux, filled with mass-produced decoys and artificial flora. The purpose of a decoy is multi-faceted: it is both a lure and a distraction. Though the artificial world of the decoys falls well short of achieving a convincing substitute for the living world, Howl proposes a campy vision for wildness in the city.

Robert Hengeveld completed his MFA at the University of Victoria (2005) and studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at the University of Guelph in the School of Environmental Science. His work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally with past and upcoming exhibitions at The Power Plant (Toronto), Hallwalls Contemporary (Buffalo), and Mercer Union (Toronto).

Howl, 2013




Venue & Address: 
Bay and Richmond Bay Street & Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario


lightbridge at the Puente de Luz (rendering), 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 10:30pm to Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 11:00am

A Scotiabank Nuit Blanche independent project with alumna Sarah Keenlyside

Nathan Whitford - Toronto, Canada
Konstantinos Mavromichalis - London, UK
John Farah - Toronto, Canada
Sarah Keenlyside - Toronto, Canada

We see that space and time are intertwined. We cannot look out into space without looking back into time – Carl Sagan, Astronomer

lightbridge is a light and sound installation inspired by the notion that light is a bridge connecting the earth and the stars, through space, and in time.

Through an expansive enclosure of LED lights and a hypnotic musical score, lightbridge transforms a 250 ft pedestrian bridge into a kind of hyperspace tunnel.

As the viewer travels across the bridge, the lights shift and change as one loop of music harmoniously blends into the next. The only way for the viewer to fully experience the installation is to move through it.

Light artists Urban Visuals team up with art/film producer Sarah Keenlyside and composer John Kameel Farah in this light and sound collaboration.

lightbridge at the Puente de Luz (rendering), 2013



Venue & Address: 
Puente de Luz Front Street West & Portland Street Toronto, Ontario

Convergence - South

William Lyon Mackenzie at Yonge and Dundas, animation still, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 10:30pm to Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 11:00am

A Scotiabank Nuit Blanche independent project with work by faculty member, Rae Johnson

Art Science Collective Canada

Elizabeth Greisman - Toronto, Canada
Rae Johnson - Toronto, Canada
Lynn Connell - Toronto, Canada

Art, science and history of Toronto converge with the interpretation, synergy and light of multidisciplinary artists. Architectural details, the printed word, personal histories of the inhabitants of Mackenzie Museum and Bond Street create a stunning convergence for audiences who walk the modern day and historic paths of intensely urbane, alive yet hidden Bond Street.

This project is paired with Convergence North at Spadina House Museum.

Convergence South will concentrate their thematic historical interpretations of Mackenzie House and of Bond Street, the architecture and lives within.

William Lyon Mackenzie at Yonge and Dundas, animation still, 2013
Photo: Rae Johnson




Venue & Address: 
Mackenzie House Museum 82 Bond Street Toronto, Ontario