IAMD Faculty Highlight: Philippe Blanchard

Dream House, Expanded animation installation: Metal frame, machine-knit textiles, strobe lights – loop (20:00), 2016
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 2:30pm

Philippe Blanchard, Graduate Faculty in the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design program and Chair of Media and Installation in the Faculty of Art, has work in The Frame is the Keyframe: Frame Anomalies, an exhibition that runs until December 16 at the Toronto Animated Image Society. This exhibition includes "new experimental and installative works exploring frame anomalies as a new frontier within animated art making."

Blachard's work on display is Dream House, an expanded animation installation. "Inspired by the informal architecture of Mexico City market stalls, Dream House consists of machine-knit and tufted hand dyed cotton yarn, stretched on metal structures. Blanchard reiterates his use of computer-controlled light and pigment to generate the illusion of movement in expanded animation installations. Playing with the chromatic building blocks of computer graphics—red, green and blue—this piece uses MIDI data to establish the “in-betweens” interpolating between these primary colour “keyframes”, the cycle generating a sense of motion in depth as layers of coloured yarn are hidden and revealed in turn." More information about the exhibition can be found on the TAIS website: http://tais.ca/anomalies-philippe

To hear more about Blanchard's work, and his experience as a former student in the IAMD program (MFA 2010), check out this video online: https://vimeo.com/157302635


For more informatio on the IAMD Program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/art-media-design-masters.htm

OCAD U Students among the finalists for The Kentwood Design Challenge

The Kentwood Design Challenge
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 4:00pm

Metropolitan Hardwood Floors (Metro) has announced the finalists in the 2017 Kentwood IDS Design Challenge. 

Metro is the exclusive manufacturer of the Kentwood line of premium hardwood floors and is a longtime exhibitor at the Interior Design Show (IDS), Canada’s leading exhibition of design innovation and inspiration, held in January at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  

At IDS 2016, Metro introduced the Kentwood IDS Design Challenge. Rather than a traditional trade show booth, the company proposed to showcase the talent and creativity of students from some of Canada’s leading design institutions. 

Students were challenged to create a unique design utilizing Kentwood hardwood flooring, and five finalists were selected to ‘build out’ their visions at IDS, where their work was judged by a panel of industry experts and viewed by the over 50,000 visitors to the show.  The event was a resounding success, and the 2017 edition promises to be bigger and better, says Metro Vice-President of Sales & Marketing Brady Page. 

“This is the second year of the competition and as such we had a higher level of awareness and interest from the students. The quality of the submissions was really impressive and we’re looking forward to seeing them brought to life at IDS.” 

Three teams from OCAD University are among the six finalists that have been selected from the submitted designs:

  • Annie Zheng, Avis Ho, Iris Ho and Sony Chen of OCAD University for Immersion
  • Nazanin Minoei and Raha Rouhollahi of OCAD University for Embrace
  • Parker Galbraith-Nolan and Dylan Roworth of OCAD University for Plaster

All six finalists will now be challenged to bring their visions to life in the Kentwood booth at IDS, which runs January 19-22. Judging will be done during the Gala Opening on Thursday Jan 19 and the winners will be announced from the show floor on Friday Jan 20. The installations will remain on view throughout the weekend, and visitors will be invited to vote on a ‘People’s Choice’ award. 

About Metro: Metropolitan Hardwood Floors is a manufacturer and distributor of premium quality hardwood, laminate and luxury vinyl flooring. Founded as a hardwood flooring retailer in 1992, the company has grown to become a leading manufacturer and distributor of specialty flooring products, with sales and distribution centers throughout Canada and the US.  For more visit www.metrofloors.com.

About Kentwood: Kentwood is Metropolitan’s flagship product line, launched in 2003. This unique collection of premium quality genuine hardwood floors offers a wealth of ideas for the contemporary home, all bearing the Kentwood hallmarks of superior quality, inspired design, and outstanding value. Unique custom-designed colors, hand-worked artisan surface treatments and innovative finishes are just some of the high value features that have made Kentwood an international success story. For more visit www.kentwoodfloors.com.

About IDS: IDS is Canada’s leading showcase of interior design. Begun in 1999, Canada’s design fair celebrates leading brands, innovative speakers and rising local talents as well as internationally known designers and manufacturers. The Interior Design Show has established itself as the breeding ground for design creativity, innovation and inspiration, bringing together hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors each year. For the complete list of finalists and more information visit www.interiordesignshow.com.

Fourth Year Illustration student Wenting Li's work published in The New York Times

Illustratin of young woman and hands
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 6:45pm

This work was commissioned by Jim Datz, Art Director at The New York Times.

In a brief interview Wenting shared a little bit of what this experience was like:

"I had twenty minutes to accept the job and then about seven hours to do sketches, make revisions, and deliver the final piece. It was a super quick turn-around, which I've heard is often the case with the Op-Ed"




You can see her work here



Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - 4:00am to Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - 4:00am

The Spoke Club in Toronto hosts an exhibition of recent OCAD graduate work addressing certain concepts embedded in the metaphysics of time.

This group show features a collection of work in a variety of media from OCAD's graduating class of 2008.

Coinciding with the official launch of OCAD Open Access, BLINK will examine relationships between the past, present and future, as well as overlooked or in-between moments captured by memory.

Presenting recent work from Hugo Arias, Alex D'Arcy, Janet Gasparotto, Cathy Keum, Brooke Manning, Amanda Nedham, Joe Pascal, Ben Prus, Niloufar Salimi, Erin Siegel and Kirsten White.

BLINK will exist on the evening of Wednesday, June 11th and the show will run virtually for 2 months at www.ocadopenaccess.ca.

Venue & Address: 
The Spoke Club 600 King Street West, 4th floor, Toronto, Ontario

Mostly Cloudy With a Chance of Rain

Mostly Cloudy
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 4:00am to Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 4:00am

Artist Michele Pred organizes and curates an exhibition spotlighting a group of ten students from the California College of the Arts. Through a variety of mediums these emerging artists explore the seemingly non-sequitur nature of their work, embracing the connections and connotations that develop when diverse practices and personalities are bound into alliance. The show will take place in the back gallery at Johansson Projects.

Participating Artists: Whitney Austin, Talia Cervetti, Daniel Cutler, Micaela McGurk, Bianca Mondragon, Anika Murray, OCAD mobility exchange student Neda Omidvar, Christopher Picon, Andrea Reina and Zephyr Yokoyama Roos.

Venue & Address: 
Johansson Projects Gallery 2300 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, California

RBC Canadian Painting Competition 2007

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 4:00am to Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 4:00am

The ninth annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition launches its nationally touring exhibition of work by competition finalists and winners at the Ontario College of Art & Design. In July,
three members of the OCAD community were named semi-finalists, their works selected from more than 1400 works submitted by 690 artists from across Canada. Anders Oinonen (Drawing & Painting, 2000) of Toronto and former faculty member Kim Dorland were chosen as semi-finalists representing Central Canada, while alumna Aleksandra Rdest of Pouch Cove, Newfoundland & Labrador (Drawing & Painting, 2002) was selected as an Eastern Canada semi-finalist.

The competition, supported by the Canadian Art Foundation, will announce a national winner and two honourable mentions, selected from the semi-finalists, at the Ontario College of Art & Design.
Tour Dates:
October 3 to 12, 2007:
Galerie d'art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, Universit' de Moncton
Pavillon Clement-Cormier
Moncton, New Brunswick

October 17 to 24, 2007:
MacLaren Art Centre
37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario
October 31 to November 11, 2007:
Winnipeg Art Gallery
300 Memorial Blvd, Winnipeg, Manitoba
November 24 to December 1, 2007:
Emily Carr Institute Art + Design
1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Sukkahville 2016 - Reimagining Afoordable Housing

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 11:00pm

See the work of the team from OCAD University that will be part of the 3 Sukkahs designed for this edition of Sukkahville!

The Sukkahville 2016 Awards Ceremony 
Jury: Shauna Levy of the Design Exchange, Paul Rowan, Umbra & John Bentley-Mays, Architectural Critic 

A panel discussion in partnership with UJA’s Genesis
Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner, City of Toronto
Adam Vaughan, MP
Ken Greenberg, Urban Designer, Greenberg Consultants 
Steve Diamond, President & CEO, Diamondcorp 
Moderated by Senator Linda Frum 

Early Bird Ticket price: $36; includes refreshments at the reception following the panel discussion. 

Ticket prices go up to $54 after September 12th. 

Sukkahs will be on display in the Design Exchange Lobby from Thursday September 22nd at 6:00pm to Sunday September 25th at 4:30pm.

Talks & Tours to be scheduled on the weekend. 

For more information please visit www.sukkahville.com or call 416 932 1212.

via eventbrite

Venue & Address: 
Design Exchange. 234 Bay Street. Toronto

New Public Artwork by IAMD Graduate Student David Constantino Salazar to be Unveiled

poster of public unveiling of One & All
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 4:00am

Second year IAMD graduate student David Constantino Salazar will have his new public art commission, One & All, unveiled on Thursday, September 22 at 10:00am. This work was commissioned by First Capital Realty in Collaboration with Julie M. Gallery and OCAD University and is installed in Halton Hills Village (361-375 Mountainview Road South) in Georgetown, Ontario.

For more information on David’s work please visit: http://www.projectsalazar.com/

More about the IAMD program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/interdisciplinary-masters-in-art-media-and-design.htm

OCAD University grad wins regional prize at BMO 1st Art! Competition

Wooden column installation at the Grange
Artist Rouzbeh Akhbari installing his work at the Grange
Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 4:00am

Rouzbeh Akhbari (Sculpture/Installation, 2016) is taking home a $5,000 award for his installation Institutional Stabilizer. Akhbari was one of 248 emerging artists to enter BMO’s 14th annual Invitational Student Art Competition.

From the artist’s statement:

“The Institutional Stabilizer series is the result of a yearlong investigative project on the genealogy of the Greco-Roman column as an imperial signifier of political will and social power on two local sites including the Canadian Heritage site, the Grange, and the art deco façade of the Bank of Nova Scotia’s former headquarters in Toronto’s financial district.”

Akhbari is also the recipient of the 2016 OCAD University Medal for his program.

Presented annually, the BMO 1st Art! Competition recognizes visual arts excellence in post-secondary institutions from across Canada.

Deans and instructors of undergraduate arts programs from colleges and universities across the country were invited to select three outstanding graduating students from each of their studio specialties to make submissions to the competition.

All of the BMO 1st Art! winning works will be displayed at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto, from November 17 to December 17, 2016.

2016 BMO 1st Art! winners

National Winner ($10,000 prize)

  • Nathan Levasseur, University of Alberta

Regional Winners ($5,000 prizes)

  • Alberta: Joel Warkentin, Alberta College of Art & Design
  • British Columbia: Elizabeth Villalva Granda, University of British Columbia
  • Manitoba: Zahra Baseri, University of Manitoba
  • New Brunswick: Jennifer McInnis-Wharton, New Brunswick College of Craft & Design
  • Newfoundland & Labrador: Lucas Morneau, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Nova Scotia: Jordan Blackburn, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University
  • Nunavut: Alookie Alikatuktuk, Nunavut Arctic College
  • Ontario: Rouzbeh Akhbari, OCAD University
  • Prince Edward Island: Dylan McQuaid, Holland College
  • Quebec: Alexandre Ménard, Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Saskatchewan: Kristen Auger, First Nations University of Canada
  • Yukon: Tyler Anderson, Yukon School of Visual Arts

See BMO Financial Group's website to view the winning works.

Graduate Maria Gabrieleva is finalist in the 13th National Jewellery Student Competition

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 2:00pm

Recent MAAD graduate Maria Gabrieleva (Jewellery '16) is one of five finalists in the 13th National Jewellery Student Competition at L.A.Pai Gallery in Ottawa!

About Maria Gabrieleva:

Maria (Masha) Gabrieleva is a Toronto based jewellery designer and maker. She completed her Bachelor of Design at OCAD with a focus on Material Art and Design, majoring in jewellery. Her interest lies in exploring multiple innovative woodworking techniques and wood’s rich properties as a material. She seeks to attain harmony by combining simple, yet dynamic and precise shapes with attention to meticulous textures and craftsmanship.