OCAD University presents the first annual TOOLBOX event

Monday, October 18, 2010 - 4:00am

(Toronto — October 18, 2010) This October, the Studio Management Department at OCAD University (OCADU) presents its first annual TOOLBOX event, designed to promote and celebrate studio-based education, and highlight OCADU’s shops and studios. This year, TOOLBOX includes a lecture panel featuring prominent Canadian artists and designers: Marla Hlady, Andrew Jones, Reinhard Reitzenstein and Tim Whiten; and a tradeshow of vendors, suppliers and friends of the shops and studios promoting their products and services.

TOOLBOX: Materials, Methods, Making
October 27, 7 to 9 p.m.
TOOLBOX: Materials, Methods, Making, moderated by Julian Goss, Chair, Industrial Design, and Simone Jones, Chair, Integrated Media, initiates a dialogue on the intellectual aspect of making with Canadian artists and designers Marla Hlady, Andrew Jones, Reinhard Reitzenstein and Tim Whiten. The discussion emphasizes fabrication and engagement with materials as primary to art and design practice.

All are welcome. Admission is free.
Generously sponsored by Henry's Photo Video Digital.

OCAD University
Auditorium, 100 McCaul St., Toronto


TOOLBOX: Tradeshow
October 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

TOOLBOX: Tradeshow is a day-long event organized in the style of an industry tradeshow. It will take place in the Lobby and Great Hall at OCAD University, and admission is free! The Studio Management Department at OCADU has invited vendors, suppliers, and friends of the shops and studios to participate by setting up booths to promote their products and services. In addition to the booths, there will be on-going demonstrations throughout the day in the Auditorium by software companies such as Adobe, Rhino, Apple, and Autodesk. This is a valuable opportunity to check out new products and technologies, exchange information and pick-up some free stuff!

All are welcome to attend all events, and admission is free.

OCAD University
Great Hall and Lobby, 100 McCaul St., Toronto

For more information about TOOLBOX, visit http://www.ocad.ca/about_ocad/shops_studios/toolbox.htm.

TOOLBOX: Materials, Methods, Making: About the Speakers:

Marla Hlady draws, makes sculpture, works with sites and sounds and sometimes makes video. Hlady's kinetic sculptures and sound pieces often consist of common objects (such as teapots, cocktail mixers, jars) that are expanded and animated to reveal unexpected sonic and poetic properties often using a system-based approach to composition. She has shown widely in solo and group shows. Hlady is represented by Jessica Bradley ART + PROJECTS.

Andrew Jones designs furniture and lighting products and residential and commercial interiors. His clients include manufacturers, architects, and government agencies in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Jones received a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Toronto in 1991, and a Master of Arts (Furniture) degree at the Royal College of Art, London, in 1997. He teaches at the University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, and has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, OCAD University, and Sheridan Institute College of Crafts and Design. His company, Andrew Jones Design, engages in a wide variety of design for production and architectural design projects, for which he has won numerous national and international awards and inclusion in major exhibitions and public collections. Jones sees his work as part of a design tradition, beginning every project by studying precedents to see where improvements can be made and how a design can be more pleasurable for the user. He looks for direct solutions that achieve more with an economy of material and process, while fulfilling the expressive potential of design. Scale, position, lighting, ease of movement, and elegance of fabrication are fundamental to his approach.

Reinhard Reitzenstein studied at OCAD University, Toronto, 1968-71. From 1971 to 1991, he was represented by the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto. Since 1993, he has been represented by the Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, and since 2000 also by Lutz Teutloff Media Projects in Germany. Reitzenstein’s work has consistently taken him into processes exploring ways to interconnect nature, culture, science and technology. His work crosses several disciplines: indoor installation and sculpture using cast, spun and welded metals, wood, glass, photography, digitally processed images; large scale drawings; outdoor tree-based installations and sound art. Reitzenstein has held over one hundred solo exhibitions and participated in some 300 group exhibitions in North America and abroad. He has completed more than a dozen public art commissions along with numerous private commissions. His work is represented in over 40 public and corporate collections internationally, among those are, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Toronto, Teutloff Collection, Bielefeldt, Germany, CONAC, Caracas, Venezuela, City of Pirkkala, Finland, Fidelity investments, Boston, Mass., Trilogy, Austin, Texas, Tridel Corp.Toronto. Reitzenstein has been an instructor in sculpture and interdisciplinary studies at the University of Guelph, from 1980-1998, Brock University 1991-94, Queens University 1997, Toronto School of Art 1998-2000 and Sheridan College 2000. Since fall of 2000, the Director of the Sculpture Program, SUNY Buffalo.

Tim Whiten is a highly prolific senior-career Canadian artist who has been active in the visual arts community for over 40 years. At present, he divides his time between his home base in Toronto, Canada and his new source of inspiration, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tim is highly respected by his peers and he has been instrumental in influencing generations of aspiring artists, as Professor of Fine Art at York University since 1968. In addition, Tim actively participates in solo, group and/or ritual-based exhibitions on an annual basis, and his work has been featured in numerous International venues of merit, including exhibitions in Mexico, Brazil, Germany, United States of America, and the Republic of China. His artistic pursuits have long been rooted in the exploration of the transcendental- spiritually, physically and mentally, often incorporating a variety of non-traditional materials from his daily experience, including glass, gum, hair, mud, blood, coffee grinds, juice containers, mirror, etc., in his quest to ‘conceal’ and/or ‘reveal’ our place in the physical world.

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) 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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For more information, contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)