Pleasure Dome presents: Wrik Mead, Local Hero

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 7:30pm

Friday February 24, 7:30 Doors/ 8 pm Screening

@ OCADU, 100 McCaul Street, Room 190

Co-presentation with OCAD University

Part of Winter 2017


Pleasure Dome presents: Wrik Mead, Local Hero

With a moving-image practice spanning 30 years, and a stalwart, ongoing dedication to the molding of young artist minds at OCAD University, Toronto-based media artist Wrik Mead is truly a local hero. His distinct short-form works combine an animator’s patience with the reflexivity of the DIY psychodrama, producing brilliant first-person narratives of desire, difference and accommodation. Mead’s intelligent, sensitive parables are an intoxicating, visceral mix of painstaking pixilation, fairy-tale allegory and queer-identity. This special retrospective will be held at OCAD University—Mead’s alma mater and place of work for over 20 years.

Venue & Address: 
OCADU 100 McCaul Street, Room 190
a number of photographic images of people

Nobuo Kuboto: Hokusai Revisited

Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 6:00am

Faculty of Art Associate Professor Diane Pugen has curated a retrospective of work by former OCAD faculty Nobuo Kubota.

Venue & Address: 
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery 72 Queen StreetCivic Centre, Oshawa, Ontario

Barbara Klunder: A Retrospective Exhibition

Barbara Klunder Mural
Monday, November 3, 2008 - 5:00am to Friday, January 9, 2009 - 5:00am

FCP Events proudly presents the first-ever retrospective exhibition showcasing works OCAD alumna Barbara Klunder.

Whether designing her own fonts or handmade sweaters and carpets, illustrating children’s books or Jazz Festival posters, creating an embroidered book for the Dalai Lama or a Rolling Stones T-shirt, Barbara Klunder has explored and mastered many artistic categories with ease.

Presented in association with David Kaye Gallery.

The FCP Gallery is located on the street level in the retail area of the First Canadian Place Complex.
FCP Gallery viewing hours are 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Venue & Address: 
FCP Gallery 100 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Rising to the Occasion

Rebecca Belmore
Saturday, June 7, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 4:00am

Through powerful images that implicate the body, performances that address history and memory, and gestures that evoke a sense of place, OCAD alumna Rebecca Belmore is known for creating multi-disciplinary works that reveal a long-standing commitment to the politics of identity and representation.

Rebecca Belmore comprises a selection of work that spans the course of her significant career, drawing out connections between early performances and later sculptures, photographs and videos through recurring metaphors that are as provocative as they are poignant. In Belmore’s work, the classical reclining figure, for example, is bound in cloth, suspended or scarred, disrupting an otherwise passive gaze and asking viewers to reflect on their relationship to the practice of looking.

Born in Upsala, Ontario and currently living in Vancouver, Belmore has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, including two solo touring exhibitions, The Named and the Unnamed, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2002 and 33 Pieces, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto at Mississauga, 2001. She was Canada's official representative at the Venice Biennale in 2005 and has participated in the Sydney Biennial and the Havana Biennial.

Rebecca Belmore is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, chief curator/associate director and Kathleen Ritter, assistant curator.

Venue & Address: 
Vancouver Art Gallery 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

Selected Works: Five Decades

Ron Shuebrook
Friday, April 11, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, May 18, 2008 - 4:00am

This exhibition offers unique insight into the loops and knots, searching lines, and spatial planes that comprise the work of former OCAD President, Ron Shuebrook. Anchored by several recent, large-scale oil paintings, the exhibition traces back his concerns and achievements, sampling five decades of creative insights. From ink drawings made as a student, through charcoal works that are marked as much by erasure as by charcoal, to luminous exploratory watercolours, the exhibition traces his commitment to a rigorous abstract language.

Shuebrook’s work builds upon the insights of abstract modernist painters to develop material structures that reflect our current times. He has long aspired to integrate formal, pictorial, and material structures into evocative objects of contemplation that attest to human continuity and contemporary experience.

Shuebrook exhibits his work nationally and internationally. More than 50 public galleries, museums, and corporations have acquired his paintings, drawings, prints, and wall constructions. He holds a B.Sc. in art education (1965) and a M.Ed. in art education (1969) from Kutztown University, PA., as well as an MFA from Kent State University, Ohio (1972). His work as an artist, professor, and academic administrator have had great influence on Canadian visual culture.

Venue & Address: 
Minarovich Gallery, Elora Center for the Arts 75 Melville St., Elora, Ontario

2008 Year End Student Retrospective

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, April 20, 2008 - 4:00am

The OCAD Student Union is proud to invite you to their annual Year End Student Retrospective. This curated selection of work showcases a diverse array of contemporary issues, as well as lighthearted elements of wit and whimsy, and all things in between.

Featuring nearly 100 artists and designers from all years and departments, this exhibition aims to provide a glimpse into some of the amazing work being done at OCAD. The Student Union wishes to use this opportunity to extend their congratulations and recognition to the entire student body.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Poster: 2008 Retro Show April 15-21

Will Alsop in Conversation with Christopher Hume: The Sharp Centre for Design & Beyond

Photograph of Will Alsop
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:00am to 1:30am

Live: Will Alsop in Conversation

Join us for this public lecture celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sharp Centre for Design!

It's been called "audacious and delightfully strange." 10 years later, the iconic Sharp Centre for Design continues to make a bold statement.

Famed British architect Will Alsop addresses his experience of designing and building the Sharp Centre for Design at OCAD U, and how this has informed his work over the last ten years. Moderated by Christopher Hume, Toronto Star architecture critic.

Seating is limited. Please register today to reserve your spot!

Check-in opens at 6:00 p.m.
Please arrive by 6:45 p.m. or your seat will be released.

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

Retrospective Show 2014: Call For Submissions

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 4:00am to Monday, March 31, 2014 - 4:00am

An annual end of year exhibition sponsored by the Student Union

The Retrospective has been successfully mounted at OCAD University for the past 6 years. The show is entirely produced, curated, juried, and installed by students, featuring works from all years and disciplines. The Retrospective is an exciting opportunity to showcase and juxtapose art and design practice at OCAD U.

(Limit 4 pieces per person created within the past year)

Submission Form

Important Dates

Submissions Accepted: Thursday, March 13 to Monday, March 31

Jury Period: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Confirmation Email: Wednesday, April 2

Collection of Work: Accepted work will be handed in on Monday, April 7 in Room 287 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hanging will take place Tuesday April 8 in the Great Hall. All students with entries are encouraged to help hang and prepare the exhibit.

Show Dates: Wednesday, April 9 to Thursday, April 18, 2014

Opening Reception: Wednesday April 9

Remove Work: Work must be removed on the final day of the show, Thursday April 18. Any work not picked up will be brought to the Student Union Office. Any work not removed from the office within the following week will be disposed of.

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David Cronenberg. Photo courtesy TIFF.

OCAD U faculty and students have contributed to The Cronenberg Project, a large, multi-platform exhibition and celebration of filmmaker David Cronenberg’s work produced by the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The project, which encompasses a wide array of screenings, gallery shows and digital experiences, kicked off September 5 as part of the festival with the opening ofDavid Cronenberg: Transformation, a visual art exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA). 

The Cronenberg Project is the most ambitious exhibition to date to explore the work of the iconic Canadian filmmaker, and is the first major original, international touring exhibition curated and launched by TIFF. The digital components, including Body/Mind/Change and David Cronenberg: Virtual Exhibition will also be accessible around the world starting this fall.

OCAD U partnered with TIFF’s Higher Learning Digital Resource Hub, York University and Sheridan College to create David Cronenberg: Virtual Exhibition, an in-depth online academic resource companion to the touring show. Caroline Langill, OCAD U’s Associate Dean, Faculty of Art, contributed an illustrated essay about Cronenberg’s objects and props, and several OCAD U students were involved in developing interactive maps. The virtual exhibition, which will be launching this fall, also features rare behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Cronenberg’s collaborators.

Natalie Waldburger, Assistant Professor, Drawing & Painting worked with the TIFF team to bring resources from the TIFF collection of Cronenberg props to the classroom during the winter term, using high res 3D scans. Students had access and permission to use these scans in their work, and Waldberger later submitted their work to TIFF for consideration in David Cronenberg: Virtual Exhibition. A selecion of OCAD U student images, together with Waldburger's detailed lesson plan will be available in the Virtual Exhibition's Teacher Resource Centre.

For David Cronenberg: Transformation (September 5 to December 29 atMOCCA) OCAD U’s Nomadic Resident for 2013, Candice Breitz contributed "Treatment," a trio of redubbed key scenes from Cronenberg’s film The Brood. The work features Breitz, her therapist and her parents in an exploration of relationship disintegration and parental anxiety. David Cronenberg: Transformation also features work by Marcel Dzama, Jeremy Shaw, Laurel Woodcock, Jamie Shovlin and James Coupe. The artists examine shared inspirations in the Cronenberg style—biological horror, the human psyche and the merging of humans and media.

“As the international community turns its attention to Toronto for the Festival, we are thrilled to share a piece of our legacy with David Cronenberg, one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers and someone who represents Canadian cinema at its very best,” said Piers Handling, CEO and Director, TIFF as he announced the details of the project on September 5.

Learn more

The Cronenberg Project will also feature:

-David Cronenberg: Evolution: A comprehensive film exhibition and eBook

-From Within: The Films of David Cronenberg and Psychoplasmic Panic! Cronenberg and the Rise of Body film retrospectives and talks at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

-David Cronenberg: Through the Eye exhibition at MOCCA

-Body/Mind/Change transmedia experience

For complete details and schedule information visit

ReOrientations: A Retrospective on the Works of Richard Fung

ReOrientations: A Retrospective on the Works of Richard Fung
Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 4:00am to Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 4:00am

Richard Fung is Associate Professor in OCAD U's Faculty of Art

The Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, and its co-sponsors are thrilled to present a retrospective on the work of Richard Fung, the renowned Toronto-based video artist, writer, cultural theorist, activist, and educator.

Fung’s videos have been screened and archived throughout the world and he has been widely recognized with awards such as the Bell Canada Award for Lifetime Achievement in Video and the Toronto Arts Award for Media Art. In addition to his artistic work and writing, Fung teaches at OCAD University.

Beginning in 1985 with Orientations – his pioneering video on queer sexuality and its intersections with race and class – Fung’s creative and often highly experimental works have questioned normative understandings of history and memory, temporality, sexuality, identity, colonialism, empires, racism, classism, labour, authenticity, diasporic communities, the body, illness, trauma, food, writing, and so much more. Tracing diasporic movements and communities as well as the complex and constantly changing identities of Asians and others in places across the globe – most especially North America and the Caribbean – Fung’s works inspire us to “reorient” ourselves toward both the future and the past.

ReOrientations: A Retrospective on the Works of Richard Fung
At Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Avenue

Please register for individual program events at the links below:

Friday, October 25:

4 to 6:30 p.m.:
- Screenings: Orientations (1985, 56 Min.) and School Fag (1998, 17 Min.)
- In Conversation with Richard Fung; Chair: Nayan B. Shah (Professor and Chair of American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California)

7:30 to 8:50 p.m.:- Screenings: My Mother’s Place (1990, 49 Min.), Sea in the Blood (2000, 49 Min.), and Islands (2002, 9 Min.)

Saturday, October 26:

2:15 to 5:30 p.m.:
- Screenings: Dirty Laundry (1996, 30 Min.) and Rex vs. Singh (2008, 30 Min.)
- Roundtable: Chair: Rinaldo Walcott (Associate Professor, Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education, OISE, University of Toronto). Panelists: Kass Banning (Lecturer, Cinema Studies Institute, University of Toronto), Roland Sintos Coloma (Associate Professor of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, OISE, University of Toronto), Ramabai Espinet (Sessional Lecturer of Caribbean Studies, University of Toronto; Writer and Critic), Lisa Lowe (Professor of English and American Studies, Tufts University), Monika Kin Gagnon (Professor and Interim Chair of Communications Studies, Concordia University).

7 to 9 p.m. at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema:
- Screening: Dal Puri Diaspora (2012, 80 Min.)
- Q&A with Richard Fung
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ReOrientations Projections at OCAD University
October 24 to 29:

Jehad in Motion, 2007
Landscapes, 2008
Screening at 49 McCaul Street, Toronto

Venue & Address: 
49 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario