IAMD Grad Student JP King at Nuit Blanche

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 4:00am

Jp King (IAMD MFA '16) and Sean Martindale (IAMD alum, MFA '10) will be presenting There is no Away, a sculpture and site-specific video installation as a "Special Project" in this year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. The collaborative project examines our consumer habits and waste systems, and is sponsored by Solid Waste Management Toronto.

Jp King is a transdisciplinary media artist and scholar, whose practice-led research examines material culture, social engagement, contemporary mythology, masculinity and speculative futures. Currently, he is completing his MA at OCAD U in Toronto, operates the experimental publishing lab Paper Pusher, is a designer and editor at Papirmass, sits on the Board of Directors at Art Metropole, and most recently was the guest director of Spark Box Studio Artists’ Residency. His social practice projects have been installed at the Art Gallery of York University, Whippersnapper Gallery, and the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture, amongst others. His collage, design and writing has been featured in publications such as Uppercase, Fast Company, Carousel, Penguin UK, and Chronicle Books. He lives in Toronto with his wife and collaborator, Kirsten McCrea.

Sean Martindale is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary artist and designer currently based in Toronto, Canada. His interventions activate public and semi-public spaces to encourage engagement, often focused on ecological and social issues. His playful works question and suggest alternate possibilities for existing spaces, infrastructures and materials found in urban environments. Frequently, Martindale uses salvaged goods and live plants in unexpected ways that prompt conversations and interaction.

There is no Away will be on view at Nathan Phillips Square on October 3, 2015, from sunset to sunrise.

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Indigenous Visual Culture Nigig Visiting Artist Residency - Michael Belmore

Earthy object
Monday, November 2, 2015 - 5:00am to Friday, November 20, 2015 - 5:00am

Indigenous Visual Culture hosts artist Michael Belmore for its inaugural Nigig Visiting Artist Residency @ OCAD U Student Gallery from November 2 -20.

The Nigig Visiting Artist Residency, hosted by the Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCAD University, is a new program that provides an opportunity for an Indigenous artist to visit OCAD University for a 3-week period to focus on a short-term project and explore, in a collaborative environment, issues impacting their work. The visiting artist will engage and interact with students and faculty in the capacity of mentorship, critique, lecture and a public workshop / demonstration. The Nigig Visiting Artist Residency supports the dynamism located in Indigenous contemporary art practice and is a tremendous educational opportunity for the artist and students.

Michael Belmore is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and graduated with an A.O.C.A. in sculpture/ installation from Ontario College of Art & Design in 1994. Belmore's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in the permanent collections of various institutions and numerous private collections. His most recent exhibitions include Land, Art, Horizons, North American Native Museum, Zurich, Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art at the Peabody Essex in Salem, MA, Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, an international exhibition of contemporary indigenous art in Winnipeg, MB and HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor at the National Museum of the American Indian – George Gustav Heye Centre in New York.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Student Gallery 52 McCaul Street Toronto ON M5T 2W7
INVC's Nigig Visiting Artist Residency Michael Belmore poster with event info

Canadian Fine Art Gallery (CFA Gallery)

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 10:00pm to Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:00am

Associate Professor Jean-Christian Knaff (Illustration Program) has an exhibit with Claude Miceli, sculpture, opening October 1 at the Canadian Fine Art Gallery (CFA GALLERY), 108 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto.

Venue & Address: 
Canadian Fine Art Gallery 108 Yorkville Avenue Toronto, ON
http://canadianfinearts.com/contemporary-artists/jean-christian-knaff/ canadianfinearts.com/contemporary-artists/claude-miceli/

MAAD Speakers Series: Anne Wilson

Photgraph of a woman standing at the far end of a gallery with a yellow band stretching the length of the room
Monday, March 30, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Presented by the Material Art & Design (MAAD) program in the Faculty of Design

Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist who creates sculpture, drawings, performances and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, private and social rituals. Her artwork embraces conceptual strategies and handwork using everyday materials -- table linen, bed sheets, human hair, lace, thread, glass, and wire. 

Wilson's numerous exhibitions include "Thread Lines" at The Drawing Center, NYC 2014; "Fiber Sculpture 1960-Present" at the ICA Boston and touring, 2014; "Dispersions" at the Rhonda Hoffman Gallery, Chicago 2013; the "Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber" at the Zhejiang Art Musuem, China 201; "Global Threads" at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, UK 2012; "Local Industry" at the Knoxville Museum of Art, 2012; "Out of the Ordinary" at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2007-08. She was included in the "2002 Biennial" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Wilson's art is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; among others. Wilson is the recipient of grants from the Driehaus Foundation, Artadia, the Tiffany Foundation, the National Endowment for the Art, and the Illinois Arts Council. She is a Professor of Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Central Hall, Room 230
Open to the public | Free admission

Karyn Olivier: Eye Around Matter

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 2:00am

Eye Around Matter is a public talk by Karyn Olivier, presented by the Master's Program in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories & Third Space Art Project Curatorial Collective.

Karyn Olivier, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, received her M.F.A. at Cranbrook Academy of Art and her B.A at Dartmouth College. Philadelphia-based artist Karyn’s practice has interrogated the ways in which we engage with public space. The artist presents viewers with different scenarios that lead us to reflect on the ways in which we move our bodies through environments and respond to different locations.

Through discrete placement, rearrangement, embellishment, and replication of everyday objects in various sites, Olivier tries to shift our experience of the familiar. She explains, “This manipulation reveals the malleable and unfixed nature of objects and spaces — forcing us to reconcile memory(ies) with the present moment, collapsing the past with the present. The hope is to create a sleight of eye, a slit into something else — a conflation suggesting a visual accord that’s not necessarily there.”

Her public talk will include a discussion of her current installation, FREE LIBRARY, a social sculpture project exploring the site of the community grocery store in Toronto as a site of cerebral space engaging cultural identity, nostalgia, Caribbean intellectualism and pedagogy.

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond Street West, room 514

David Altmejd Public Talk

Sculpture Work
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 10:30pm

Public Talk

Tuesday, March 25
6:30 p.m.

An opportunity to hear a prolific contemporary artist speak about his work

David Altmejd (b. 1974 in Montreal) is a sculptor fascinated with the extraordinary potential power of the object, and convinced that the act of making can generate meaning.

David has shown internationally, such as the Whitney Biennial, Gallery Met at The Metropolitan Opera House, the Istanbul Biennial, MOCA Cleveland, and in 2007 he was chosen to represent Canada in the 52nd Venice Bienale. His work is in public collections including: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; MOCA Los Angeles; The National Gallery of Canada; The AGO, Toronto. David lives and works in New York.

This event is sponsored by the Faculty of Art Innovation Fund

Detail of: The Flux and The Puddle, 2014, Photograph by James Ewing , © David Altmejd, Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

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


Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 4:00am to Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 4:00am

Exhibition Reception & Sculpture Unveiling: Thursday, September 25th at 7:00 pm

Artists Talk: Tuesday, October 7th at 12:00 pm

Featuring new and recent work by Toronto sculptor Gord Peteran

This exhibition includes objects made from brass, wood, and found objects as well as graphite drawings on paper. Through his art, Peteran strives to reveal furniture’s role as a multi-faceted body prosthetic, both physically and conceptually. Peteran’s latest works are driven by the notion that “objects of the home reveal our deepest struggles.”

Peteran’s largest and most recent sculpture in brass, Artifact of Invention, is the 38th outdoor installation in the sculpture park, commissioned by MSAC with support from the Florence Partridge Fund and from the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program.

Venue & Address: 
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre 358 Gordon Street Guelph, Ontario

Be Mysterious

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 4:00am

Opening Reception Friday, August 1, 5:00 p.m.

Exhibition including work by MFA Alum Rebecca Baird

Be Mysterious is a survey of recent sculpture by Canadian and international artists, who invert the practicality of commonplace things. Accentuating the sensual and physical qualities above their use, these artworks go beyond appearances and allow for the development of alternate relationships with and among objects.

The exhibition includes work by: Mark Clintberg, Rebecca Baird, Patrick Jackson, Daniel Jacoby, Joo Choon Lin, Alex Morrison and Brent Wadden

Exhibition Hours: Wednesday through Sunday,
12:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 12:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
The Banff Centre, Walter Phillips Gallery 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive Banff, Alberta


Jack's Got Your Back unveiled by local dignitaries. Photo by Martin Iskandar.
David Pellettier at the sculpture unveiling. Photo by Martin Iskandar.

David Pellettier, a professor in OCAD U’s Faculty of Art, and the former chair of the Sculpture/Installation program, created a long-lasting bronze sculpture memorial honouring the legacy of beloved Toronto politician and federal New Democrat Party leader, Jack Layton.

Jack’s Got Your Back. Stronger Together: The Layton Memorial, was unveiled in a special tribute ceremony on August 22, 2013, two years from the day Layton passed away on in 2011. It’s located at the newly named Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, 9 Queens Quay West, at the foot of Bay Street.

The life-sized sculpture depicts Layton on the back of the tandem bicycle he often rode with his wife, Olivia Chow. It’s a fitting memorial to things Layton loved and championed in this city, including cycling, the waterfront, the Toronto Islands and working together. The installation also includes a flower bed, donor wall and Layton’s final message to Canadians: “So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”

Chow, the NDP MP for Trinity-Spadina, the riding OCAD U is located in, is a trained sculptor herself. She studied at OCA during her university years and worked professionally as an artist for years, prior to becoming a politician. After Layton’s death she made her own memorial sculpture of him for his gravesite.

Chow credits Toronto Island residents for the initial idea for the public ferry terminal sculpture. She took the idea and approached MST Bronze Ltd., a well-known foundry in Etobicoke, and worked closely with Pellettier in the process of its creation. 

Pellettier, who balances his studio teaching at OCAD U with his own work at his studio in Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts on Toronto Island, says he appreciated Chow’s input in capturing his expression, and getting his smile right.

“Right from the beginning she’s been a big part of this,” said Pellettier. “She has far more intimate knowledge of Jack as far as getting his presence fully there.”

The sculpture was funded by the Ontario Federation of Labour and the City of Toronto donated the land for it. It’s estimated that two million people will walk by and interact with the sculpture every year—it’s designed so that you can have a seat on the bicycle and have your photo taken.

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Jack Layton Memorial comes to life 

ULTIMA: Nicholas Di Genova

Image: Boreas, Guardian God of the Northern Tundra, ink and watercolour on paper, 24"x34", 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 4:00am

An exhibition by OCAD U alumnus Nicholas Di Genova

LE Gallery is pleased to announce the return of Toronto based artist Nicholas Di Genova. On the heels of exhibitions in New York City and Paris, Di Genova returns with ULTIMA, a new focus, and the addition of sculptural elements to his exploration of the chimera. Ultima will feature the first three dimensional manifestation of one of Di Genova’s city states. At 1:87 scale, Di Genova turns his unique brand of splicing and mutation from his drawings and paintings, to form a capsule of life in a day of his grotesque menagerie. The sculpture will be accompanied by the inclusion of his signature, ultra detailed manga meets Nat Geo drawings, detailing the taxonomies of species included. The urban area is large enough to include separate ethnic regions, such as the Homo-Avian Quarter, wherein the landscape, architecture, and local businesses have evolved to accommodate a type of resident who possesses both human and bird-like anatomy and habits.

In the early 2000's Di Genova shot to prominence as one of Canada's first artists working at a time when the influence of illustration, comic arts and graffiti were beginning to find their way into contemporary art practice. His unique ability to draw a menagerie of evolved creatures with unique skill and ability helped capture the attention of not only comic nerds and Japanese toy freaks but also devotees to Bosch and the study of Biology. ULTIMA brings together a long term dream to build out a province from his menagerie, utilizing many techniques learned through artists and experts, but also informed by childhood model making and Warhammer strategy.

Nicholas Di Genova has garnered many levels of press, featuring reviews in Artforum, Canadian Art Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and The National Post. Nicholas Di Genova is represented in Toronto by LE Gallery, in New York by Fredericks +Freiser Gallery, and Galerie Dukan in Paris. Di Genova is included in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Works by Di Genova have been and included in exhibitions and reviewed in New York, Singapore, London and Berlin.

Venue & Address: 
LE Gallery 1183 Dundas St. W. Toronto, Ontario 416-532-8467
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