OCAD University students design wallwork for Mercedes Benz Financial Services

​​​​​​​Evelyn Quach and Karen Joyce Li Ignite, 2018, Masonite, latex paint, led lights on wall 
Monday, August 13, 2018

For the second year in a row, OCAD University students enrolled in the course Painting in the Expanded Field were given a unique opportunity to develop a Wallwork design for the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Mississauga-based office.

Students were invited to propose an installation for the wall space outside the company’s Human Resources offices, while considering the particulars of the site including the physical and social qualities of the office space. They were also asked to consider the cultural and social nature of the space and the surrounding area. On April 16, 2018, the six shortlisted students presented their proposals to the company’s Mississauga-based employees. Through a voting system, the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services community selected Ignite a collaborative piece by Evelyn Quach & Karen J. Li, among 13 entries.

Ignite is a wall work that examines the Mercedes-Benz’s engines from past and present. Evelyn and Karen saw a relationship between an engine and the financial office community both as a hidden heart of a vehicle and Daimler AG. Taking design elements from the Wankel engine and the current generation OM654 engine, the artists restyled selected parts of the motor into abstract forms. Each of the shapes made of Masonite boards are backlit with LED lights that can be remotely controlled to change colours. Evelyn and Karen used the OCAD U Rapid Prototyping Centre CNC Mill to cut the shapes for their piece Ignite

The artists are thankful for the advice received from DRPT technician John Deal, and Integrated Media (INTM) technician George Docherty, Tru Chim, William Jiang and Sammy Tsang.

A true advocate of the arts, the generosity of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has benefited our current students and helped shape the success of our graduates. 

The piece will be installed until April 2019.

Image Credit: 
Evelyn Quach and Karen Joyce Li
Ignite, 2018, Masonite, latex paint, led lights on wall 
1.29 m X 15.17 m

 

 

OCAD U Exhibition Opens at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Corridor of office, with art works on walls
Monday, November 6, 2017

The ninth annual Experiencing Perspectives art exhibit opened on October 17 at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, featuring works by students, alumni and professors from the Drawing & Painting Program of OCAD University. The exhibit, featuring more than 70 works by 43artists, opened with a reception at the company’s Mississauga offices. Guests at the reception enjoyed an opportunity to meet with the artists. Special guests included Thomas Beck and Yvonne Denz from the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Judy Leroux, long-standing community partner from Youth without Shelter.

Stefan Karrenbauer, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada, hosted the reception, with Katie Cauzillo, Art Program Specialist and curator of the exhibition, as well as Leila Matta, Art Program Manager who oversees the company’s art exhibitions in Canada and the United States. Guests from OCAD U included Laura Millard, Interim Chair, Drawing and Painting, Anda Kubis, Associate Professor, Faculty of Art and Gillian Flanagan, Senior Development Officer.

This year, the company purchased its fifth art piece for its permanent collection—artist Amanda Clyne’s painting, With Restraint. Clyne participated in the very first exhibition held at their offices in 2009.

At Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, immense value is placed on the influence that art has in the workplace. Thanks to a special partnership with OCAD University, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services enhances its work environment with cutting-edge art from their students, graduates and faculty.

The exhibition can be viewed online at http://mbfs-art.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poster: 
Group of four people talking
Artist Arruniva Mohendran standing next to her art hung on a red wall
Artist Daniel Wu standing next to his abstract painting with pinks and yellows
Painting of a man who looks like Napoleon and a girl dressed as a fair on a camel

OCAD U student designs wallwork for Mercedes Benz Financial Services

Mural of a bridge on lower half of office wall
Thursday, May 11, 2017

For more than eight years, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (MBFS) has been partnering with OCAD University through philanthropic and sponsorship opportunities.  Recently, OCAD University students were given a unique opportunity to develop a wallwork design for their Mississauga-based office.

Students were invited to propose an installation for the wall space outside the Human Resources offices at MBFS, while considering the particulars of the site, including the physical and social qualities of the office space. They were also asked to consider the cultural and social nature of the space and the surrounding area. MBFS compensated all students who submitted proposals for materials, in addition to artist fees for the winner and runner-up.

Syl Teszeri’s submission, Ambassadors, was selected among 14 entries. A Drawing & Painting student in his final year, Syl describes his work as “a wallwork of the Ambassador Bridge as a metaphor for the people and culture of MBFS, celebrating diversity in harmony with common ideas and ideals.”

The runner-up was Chaewon Kim, with her proposed Secret Aquarium: “A site-specific collage installation that explores through colour, the aesthetic value of plant and cultural diversity at MBFS in Canada.”

A true advocate of the arts, the generosity of MBFS has benefited our current students and helped shape the success of our graduates. 

OCAD U’s Drawing & Painting students benefit from the generous support of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services throughout their graduating year. Each fall, MBFS organizes the ‘Experiencing Perspectives Art Exhibition’ at their offices and publishes the annual year-end publication showcasing the work of the Drawing & Painting graduates. A presenting sponsor at OCAD U’s annual Graduate Exhibition, MBFS also sponsors the OCAD U medal winner in Drawing & Painting.

 

 

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