Extra Baggage - new exhibition of work by IAMD Alumnus Omar Badrin

Omar Badrin, See Me, approx. 34x15.5x11.5", 2016
Friday, January 6, 2017 - 7:00pm to Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Artspace presents:

Omar Badrin
Extra Baggage
January 6 – February 23, 2017
Gallery 1

Please join Artspace on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 7:00 - 9:00pm for the opening of Extra Baggage, an exhibition of new work by Omar Badrin.

Then, on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:00pm please join us for an artist talk and closing reception with Omar Badrin.

Through his textile and sculptural work Omar Badrin creates an autobiographical exploration of race and cultural identity. Throughout his childhood and adolescence as a transracial adoptee in Newfoundland, Badrin was perceived as an outsider by many of the people around him. As a child and young man, Badrin longed to fit in to his adopted culture. However, Badrin was frequently teased by others for his Asian physical traits, and constantly reminded that he was a racial minority in a mostly white, homogenous province. The complex desire to belong and the frustration of not being able to are brought forward in Extra Baggage. Badrin’s brightly coloured, monster-like crocheted masks and figures represent the warped self-perception that resulted from Badrin’s experiences as a youth coming of age in Newfoundland. The body of new work in Extra Baggage is a manifestation of Badrin’s perception of his race and cultural identity, and the ways in which these feelings become internalized and embodied.

Omar Badrin is an interdisciplinary artist born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His work stems from his upbringing in Newfoundland and focuses on cultural identity, as well as its construction and representation through the use of visual metaphors. Badrin received his MFA at OCAD University in 2015, where he was awarded a graduate medal for his work in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art Media and Design program. Since graduating, he has also received project and travel grants from the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Badrin currently lives in Toronto.

If you have any questions please contact:

Jon Lockyer (MFA 2014, Criticism and Curatorial Practice)

More on the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/art-media-design-masters.htm

Venue & Address: 
Artspace, 378 Aylmer Street North, Peterborough, Ontario
Jon Lockyer, Director, jon@artspace-arc.org

IAMD Alumna Esmaa Mohamoud - One of 14 Emerging Women Artists to Watch

Portrait of Esmaa Mohamoud
Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 5:00am

OCAD U Graduate Studies extends congratularions to recent Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design program alumna Esmaa Mohamoud (MFA, 2016), who is listed as one of 14 Emerging Women Artists to Watch in 2017 by artnert news. Read the full list online here: news.artnet.com/art-world/emerging-female-artists-2017

The article highlights Esmaa's thesis exhibition at YYZ Artists' Outlet "#000000 Violence" - an exhibition that investigated the Black male body in contemporary culture and the (in)tangibility of Blackness through the exploration of athletics—specifically, the sport of basketball. For more information on her thesis exhibition visit the artist's website: esmaamohamoud.com

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


Launch of the 2017 First Capital Realty Public Sculpture Competition!

Photo of Sculpture Maquette, silver poles with birds
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 5:00pm to Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 9:00pm

2017 First Capital Realty Public Sculpture Competition. First Capital Realty, Canada’s leading owner, developer and operator of supermarket and drugstore anchored neighbourhood and community shopping centres, has made a substantial commitment to sponsoring a public sculpture competition available to all OCAD U students currently enrolled in 3rd and 4th year, Graduate Studies students, as well as recent graduates. Through this competition, in its 6th year running, First Capital Realty is offering the career defining opportunity of producing a sculptural work that will be prominently displayed on an exterior site of one of their shopping centres. 


The winner receives a $5000 prize, plus fabrication budget

Finalists each receive $350 materials budget



FCR Public Sculpture competition launch poster text and photo of sculpture maquette, silver poles with birds

IAMD Florence Residency - David Constantino Salazar

In-progress bird sculpture by David Constantino Salazar
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 4:00am

Current Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design student David Constantino Salazar shares his expereince studying in Florence this past summer as part of the OCAD U Florence Off-Campus Study Program:

"My Independent Study in Florence, Italy, began in the spring of 2016, with my research and studio production overseen by Professor Dr. Martha Ladly.

The Independent Studio was a focus on how in both painting and sculpture, narratives and allegory come together through form and matter in the work of the Renaissance masters, such as Michelangelo, Donatello and Lorenzo Ghiberti.  The visual study in Florence was fundamental to my studio practice as a sculptor, where I use a traditional hand modeling technique of clay and wax that are directly linked to the studio practice of many of the Italian Renaissance artists.

In Florence, with the help of art resident historian Dr. Katharina Giraldi. I studied the anatomical techniques and compositional approaches used by artists in the representation of both human and animal.  I gained an understanding of the symbolic imagery used to communicate cultural ideologies.  My proposal was to digest the research through a series of miniature plasticine clay studies. The choice to model on a small scale gave me the ability to fluidly work through ideas both structurally and conceptually.  My research in the IAMD program explores allegorical narrative through anthropomorphic animal sculptures. I am interested in how the physicality of matter through form and gestures bring characters to life.

In Florence, I developed a series of bird sculptures at the moment of impact of having crashed into a wall. The work is ignited by the viewer’s imagination when my offerings of forms and gestures become characters, narratives, metaphors and allegories in the mind of the viewer.

My research also involved traveling to, Pietrasanta, in order to visit contemporary artist Fernando Botero’s frescos (Heaven – Hell). 

I left Italy with an enormous amount of gratitude for having the privileged experience to further my research with the assistance of Professor Dr. Martha Ladly."

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

More about David Constantino Salazar's work: http://www.projectsalazar.com/

Series of small sculptures sitting on a workbench in a sunny room with an open window overlooking a rooftop

Boreal Baroque

Boreal Baroque
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, August 30, 2008 - 4:00am

A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA), OCAD alumna Mary Anne Barkhouse is a recognized Canadian artist who lives in Haliburton County. This installation is a stunning display of Barkhouse's belief and understanding of nature juxtaposed into our domestic surroundings. She describes the work as follows: I will be doing sculptural works that combine the ideas of both baroque and boreal to look at issues of survival and sovereignty in a northern climate...so I am using animals that have developed specific survival strategies for living in this delightful climate that we have and then putting them in a baroque living room setting...
A partnered exhibition with the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa; Art Gallery of Sudbury; Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo; Thames Art Gallery, Chatham. Sponsored by the Ontario Arts Council

Venue & Address: 
Agnes Jamieson Gallery 176 Bobcaygeon Road, Minden, Ontario

Katy Schimert

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 5:30pm

Katy Schimert lives and works in New York. She has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions at the The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago and The Matrix Gallery at the University of California Berkley Art Museum (1999). Schimert has participated in numerous group exhibitions including: The Sao Paolo Biennial (1996), The Whitney Biennial (1997), Cosmos: Romanticism to the Avant-guard at the Montreal Museum of Art 1999, Abracadabra at the Tate Gallery (1999) and an upcoming exhibition of Sculptors Drawings at The Aspen Art Museum. She has a permanent outdoor sculpture at the Wanas Foundation in Sweden (1997) and a catalogue from the Renaissance Society. Schimert has received a PS1 Studio Grant (1994), a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (1998) and a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant (2001). She has shown with David Zwirner since 1997.

Presented by the Canadian Art Foundation, Anne Lind International Program.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Colloque international - Faire Œuvre : transparence et opacité

Monday, May 19, 2008 - 4:00am to Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 4:00am

OCAD Faculty member Claire Brunet will present her talk "The context of sculpture generated by digital technology"

The application of a digital language in art will contribute to the development of a broader creative approach and will allow artists to experience a fusion, a spontaneous relationship with their medium of creation, expanding traditional hands-on approach to form, through an innovative use of 3D computer technologies and other relevant digital modeling system technologies.

My sculpture/installation art projects will question and layout the context of sculpture generated by digital technology. My sculpture/installation projects will develop around contemporary environmental issues and will aim to create an interaction with the viewer.

How can nature and science—the message and the medium—demonstrate unlimited creative possibilities?

Venue & Address: 
Université Laval Université Laval, Quebec, Quebec

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

State of Grace: Recent Sculpture

Susan Low-Beer at David Kaye Gallery
Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 5:00am

David Kaye Gallery in Toronto presents new sculpture works by former OCAD faculty member Susan Low-Beer.

Venue & Address: 
David Kaye Gallery 1092 Queen Street W., Toronto, Ontario

Liminal Spaces

Erin Ruttan, White Walls and Cheap Hotels, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 5:00am to Saturday, December 15, 2007 - 5:00am

In Liminal Spaces Jane Derby, Christina Kostoff, Agnes Niewiadomski, Kayli Rogers, Erin Ruttan, and Jackie Timpener present painting, photographic, and sculptural installations examining the nooks and crannies of structures, spaces, and psyches. From the 'bricked' entrance to the gallery, to lathe infused paintings, to a miniature library, the concept of the interior is illustrated through these artists' works.

Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery 285 Dundas Street West, 1st Floor, Toronto, Ontario
cswiderski@ocad.ca, ldsmith@ocad.ca