Red Millennial Apple: The Rough and The Smooth Lingxiang Wu MFA Thesis Exhibition

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Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 2:00pm to Monday, March 18, 2019 - 8:00pm

Red Millennial Apple: The Rough and The Smooth Image is an exhibition consisting of artworks that experiment with both smooth and rough aesthetics, using the medium of collage, sculpture, animation, and installation. Wu’s thesis questions if the ingenuity of image-making submits to default automation under the framework of capitalist production. The digital image becomes the smooth image with pleasing visuals, but the lack of context. Using Google Alert with keywords such as “red,” “millennial,” and “apple,” Wu collects an abundance of digital images as his primary material. These images are further modified in post-production software to create unstable compositions by intervening the algorithmic selections. As the smooth image gradually loses its clarity with each rendition, it gains the resistance and roughness necessary to turn the superficial experience into one that invites the viewer to linger, contemplating what they see.
 

Lingxiang Wu is a visual artist currently living and working in Toronto. He studied Photography and Film/ Video Production at SUNY - Buffalo where he received his Bachelor degree in Arts. He is now pursuing an MFA in the Interdisciplinary Master’s of Art, Media, and Design Program at OCAD University. Wu is interested in topics such as post-production, the aesthetics of rough/smooth, and boredom.

Venue & Address: 
165 Augusta Ave
Email: 
Ignitegallery@ocadu.ca
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In Visible Lines

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 1:00pm to Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 6:00pm

Dasha Valakhanovitch has an agile practice that ranges between painting, drawing and sculpture. Her work stems from manufactured landscapes and material exploration. In her thesis exhibition, In Visible Lines, she addresses the complexity found within the familiar realm of the line. In her work, line, in the form of gesture and form, represented by traces of paint and clay sculptures are woven together in a visual display. Her research explores how lines govern our landscape and questions its limitations. Drawing connections between land and human interaction with the abstract nature of lines, Valakhanovitch, invites the viewer to reflect and engage with her interpretation of line. Valakhanovitch earned her B.F.A in painting and drawing from Concordia University. She has exhibited in Toronto, Montreal, France and Belgium. Her work can be found in the Art Gallery of Ontario's Art Rental & Sales Gallery, Lonsdale Gallery and AIMIA  corporate art collection.

 

 

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery, 165 Augusta Ave
In Visible Line

Memory and Fiction in Gothic Spaces

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 5:00pm

Memory and Fiction in Gothic Spaces is a thesis exhibition by MFA candidate Brianne Service, examining how we look at and experience Gothic interior space. Informed by an interdisciplinary methodology, Service's art practice explores the themes of the sublime and the uncanny, conveying natural phenomenon entering the interiors, and ultimately asks the viewer to question and reflect on the real and the unreal.
 

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W
Memory and Fiction

Buildings I feel like

Buidings I feel like
Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am to Friday, March 30, 2018 - 6:00pm

Investigating the correlation of sobriety and artistic output, Dawe's current practice illustrates parallels between recovery and the act of re-covering. What if we could step into ourself like we do our front door or favourite sweater? Or read oneself like we do a book? Buildings, dresses, and other vessels figuratively stand-in for the self, alluding to how slow transformations can be reflected in layers of mistinted paint, swatches of mended fabric, or patches of drywall. These manifestations of repair are poetic indicators of effort: the more layers, the further the journey. 

Buildings I Feel Like depicts something in-progress without the implication that it is somehow incomplete or undone. Some people are sturdy Victorian homes or cozy basement apartments. Others are new condos, perpetually under construction. The house presents various rich metaphors of; interior and exterior, covered and exposed, private and public. The weightless compositions of Dawe's 'dress portraits' - both intimate and surreal - offer a place for poetic speculation. Culled from her experiences, the drawings - revealing, bold and approached with an unresting vigour - stake an unashamed tone. Devoid of wearer, the clothing becomes animate, declaring itself a subject free for interpretation. 

Dawe's paintings, drawings, and installations celebrate the adaptive, sometimes messy, and meandering paths taken in search of self-actualization. By presenting a journey at its midpoint, her installations reveal that these finite markers - that of beginnings and ends - are fictitious when talking about self-betterment. Reminders that the pursuit of balance and happiness is inherently, and perpetually underway - valuing progression rather than perfection.

Venue & Address: 
Division Gallery, 45 Ernest Ave., Toronto

Tool-things : The Making of an Apprentice

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 1:00pm to Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6:00pm

Tool-things represents the beginning of an apprentice’s toolkit, one that can be read as evolving in parallel to the knowledge gained through its making. This work taps into the human connection to tools by focusing on some of the most familiar ones: the hammer, screwdriver, clamp, and handsaw. Most of these Tool-things have been meticulously crafted to be almost indistinguishable from the everyday objects they sit alongside, and both are seen in an unexpected light. Paused during a process of metamorphosis, somewhere between the familiar and alien, they encourage us to question what comes first: the knowledge, or the tool? Potentially sparking frustration in their apparent uselessness, Tool-things ask us to look a little longer–it could just be that we don't yet recognize their use.

“We shape our tools thereafter our tools shape us.” John M. Culkin

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery, 165 Augusta Ave, Toronto
Website: 
http://www.michaelmsimon.com/
Tool-things

Buildings I Feel Like

buildings i feel
buildings i feel
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 11:30am

Investigating the correlation of sobriety and artistic output, Dawe’s current practice illustrates parallels between recovery and the act of re-covering. What if we could step into ourself like we do our front door or favourite sweater? Or read oneself like we do a book? Buildings, dresses, and other vessels figuratively stand-in for the self, alluding to how slow transformations can be reflected in layers of mistinted paint, swatches of mended fabric, or patches of drywall. These manifestations of repair are poetic indicators of effort: the more layers, the further the journey. 

Buildings I Feel Like depicts something in-progress without the implication that it is somehow incomplete or undone. Some people are sturdy Victorian homes or cozy basement apartments. Others are new condos, perpetually under construction. The house presents various rich metaphors of; interior and exterior, covered and exposed, private and public. The weightless compositions of Dawe’s ‘dress portraits’ — both intimate and surreal — offer a place for poetic speculation. Culled from her experiences, the drawings — revealing, bold and approached with an unresting vigour — stake an unashamed tone. Devoid of wearer, the clothing becomes animate, declaring itself a subject free for interpretation. 

Dawe’s paintings, drawings, and installations celebrate the adaptive, sometimes messy, and meandering paths taken in search of self-actualization. By presenting a journey at its midpoint, her installations reveal that these finite markers — that of beginnings and ends — are fictitious when talking about self-betterment. Reminders that the pursuit of balance and happiness is inherently, and perpetually underway — valuing progression rather than perfection.

Venue & Address: 
Division Gallery, 45 Ernest Ave

The I in Optics

The I in Optics
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 12:00pm

The I in Optics is an opportunity to come in and try your filmmaking skills out by producing easy-to-create 1-minute shorts using a library of randomly assembled footage and film segments. These completed works will also be screened via projector in the graduate gallery as they are created. Join us from 12-5PM on Thursday March 1st and Friday March 2nd as we explore and discover our inner filmmakers!

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St W
The I in Optics

Treasured Memories: Thinking with Things

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 12:00pm to Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6:00pm

From OCAD U’s Criticism and Curatorial Practice program, MFA candidate Elizaveta Zhurkovskaya is pleased to announce her thesis exhibition Treasured Memories: Thinking with Things. This group exhibition features the work of Jasmine Cardenas, Renee Hayward, Sara Angelucci, Sarah Malekzadeh, and Vanessa Hussey.

Treasured possessions are always part of our everyday existence. As we grow older and our lives unfold, they become markers of our identity. Personal objects help us understand ourselves because they hold our memories, ideas, and aspirations. Treasured Memories: Thinking with Things reveals how personal and family possessions play a critical role in an artist’s self-representation, and how they shape an understanding of who they are.

 

Opening Reception: 

Saturday March 24th, 2018 - 6 pm - 9 pm

Exhibition will be open from March 24 to 29, 2018

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1404257973029664/permalink/1431285976993530/
Email: 
elizaveta.zhurkovskaya@gmail.com
Treasured Memories: Thinking with Things

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