OCAD U’s Luke Parnell participates in Mexico's Festival Internacional Cervantino

Artist Luke Parnell working at rooftop studio, Guanajuato, Mexico
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 2:30pm

Luke Parnell, Assistant Professor at OCAD University’s Faculty of Art is taking part as a resident artist at the 2019 Festival Internacional Cervantino  ̶  one of the largest arts festivals in the world. As this year's guest country at the festival, Canada will feature its vibrant and diverse arts sector on the stages and streets of Guanajuato, Mexico. As a resident artist, Parnell is working in a rooftop studio, with the backdrop of Guanajuato, October 13 to 19, 2019  His residency at Casa Canada will culminate in an artist talk open to the public:

Artist talk- Luke Parnell: Storyteller

Casa Canada, Guanajuato, Mexico

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1 p.m.

Luke Parnell is Wilp Laxgiik Nisga’a (House of Eagles) from Gingolx on his mother’s side and Haida from Massett on his father’s side.  His artistic training is both traditional and classical - he apprenticed with a Master Northwest Coast Indigenous carver and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from OCAD University and a Masters of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. His medium is predominantly wood, however his materiality is determined on a project by project basis. Northwest coast Indigenous art is the basis of his practice and praxis, centering on narrative, specifically transformation narratives.

The Casa Canada/Canada House venue, presented by the Canadian Embassy in Mexico, features three weeks of immersive visual, literary, and performing arts programming that will deepen audiences’ experiences of Canadian arts and culture.

OCAD University would like to acknowledge the support and collaboration of the team at Global Affairs Canada and the Embassy of Canada in Mexico for helping to make this residency possible.

GOOD Edition series: Jesus Mora

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 5:00am

The Galleries at INDEXG would like to invite you to the following exhibition:
GOOD Edition series: Jesus Mora.
Jesus Mora is an alumnus of OCAD.
He is a Mexican-Canadian artist, born in 1971 in a suburb near Mexico City. He comes from a family of craftsmen, carpenters, blacksmiths and artists. In 1995 he studied drawing and painting in 'Casa de la Cultura de Chapultepec' and Unidad Cuahutemoc, Mexico. During a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico he got involve with Antonio Mandarin who taught him the technique to make 'alebrijes' wood sculpture. Two years later he moved to Toronto, Canada and started his studies in Toronto School of Art and Ontario College of Art and Design. In 2002 he experienced 8 months in Florence, Italy where he did extend his knowledge in sculpture an art history. For the past few years he has participated in several art projects, festivals exhibitions and workshops. Currently he participates in a Latino Canadian Cultural Association (LCCA) and Red Pepper Spectacle Arts as part of the team work. His work is expressed through painting, photograph, video, sculpture and performance and has been exhibited in Canada, Mexico, Italy and Germany.
Carnations, watercolours by Malgorzata Wolak Dault.

Venue & Address: 
Galleries at INDEXG 50 Gladstone Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Learning from Latin American (Sub)Urbanism

Aerial photograph of two pickup trucks with men lying flat in the back
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 10:00pm to Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 12:00am

A lecture by Alejandro Cartagena in conversation with Shawn Micallef

For the past decade, Alejandro Cartagena has been investigating the relationship between Mexico’s urban centres and the suburbs built around them, examining the ways in which explosive growth has altered the landscape and affected the lives of residents.

In this talk, Cartagena will discuss the development of his photographic projects including Suburbia Mexicana, Landscape as Bureaucracy, Carpoolers, Roma-Roma and his latest work, Outgrowing

The Learning from Latin American (Sub)Urbanism lecture is co-presented by CONTACT, LACAP, the Faculty of Art at COAD University (through the photography department) and Circuit Gallery. It is presented in conjunction with Contacting Toronto: Expanding Cities, a CONTACT Public Installation and Warden subway station. Curated by Sharon Switzer. Co-produced by PATTISON Onestop and Art for Commuters. 

Image: Alejandro Cartagena, Carpooiera, 2011-2012, Courtesy of the artist and Circuit Gallery

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., Room 230, 2nd Floor
Free and open to the public

Pedro Reyes: Humour as Agent

Image of a metal stringed instrument
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Faculty of Art of OCAD U is pleased to present a public talk by artist Pedro Reyes, the university’s 2014 Nomadic Resident.

In 2008, Reyes initiated the ongoing Palas por Pistolas where 1,527 guns were collected in Mexico through a voluntary donation campaign to produce the same number of shovels to plant 1,527 trees. This led to Disarm (2012), where 6,700 weapons were transformed into a series of musical instruments. In 2011, Reyes initiated Sanatorium, a transient clinic that provides short unexpected treatments mixing art and psychology. Originally commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Sanatorium has been in operation at Documenta 13, Kassel (2012); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); and The Power Plant, Toronto (2014). Reyes lives and works in Mexico City.

About Nomadic Residents – International Residencies at OCAD University

Nomadic Residents aims to inspire and influence the OCAD University community and the public by featuring artists and thinkers from around the world whose work questions issues such as travel, mobility, displacement, dislocation, and homelessness, as well as the speed or instability of modern life. In bringing these innovative and diverse individuals to take up temporary residence at OCAD U, Nomadic Residents joins here to there, the local to the global and the provisional and the permanent.

Image: Disarm (Violin), 2013, Metal, Approx dimensions: 67 x 23 x 13 cm, Courtesy of Lisson Gallery, London

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Auditorium, Room 190 100 McCaul Street