Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise
Friday, May 9, 2008 - 4:00am to Friday, August 15, 2008 - 4:00am

OCAD is proud of its collaboration with Relative Space, an up-scale floor works and furniture store located on Dupont Street. Mr. Fraser Greenberg, Artistic Director of Relative Space has graciously proffered his storefront gallery wall space to the students enrolled in the 4th year course Painting in the Expanded Field.
Under the direction of Associate Professors George Boileau and Colette Laliberté students enrolled in the course were invited, as part of their final term project, to submit a proposal for the storefront gallery of Relative Space. Two of the 17 submitted proposals will be produced within the next 4 months.

Alexa Ponomareff and Daniela Pettinato collaborated to create a stunning wall painting. The artists based their
intervention Birds of Paradise on “the plant diagonal form and its natural embodiment of the brilliant red, orange blue and green colours echoing the vivid colours of the furniture and the environmental awareness shown by Relative Space in their choice of and variety of eco-friendly wool carpeting”.
OCAD is grateful to Relative Space for their generous support.

Venue & Address: 
Relative Space storefront gallery 365 Dupont Street, Toronto, Ontario

Eco Booth

FY Great Hall Event
Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

The Great Hall showcases the accomplishments of this year’s first-year students with a week-long exhibition and series of exciting events. Take this opportunity to recognize the fabulous imaginations and acuity of this year’s first-year students and their works. Events highlight environmentally friendly art, wearable art, performance and new media. Be sure to check it all out!

Eco Booth:
Students of Nature & Culture sell small works made with recycled materials in support of environmental charities. Organized by faculty member Shirley Yanover.

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


Monday, March 3, 2008 - 5:00am to Friday, March 7, 2008 - 5:00am


models and environmental design

in environmental design we design environments. we make spaces that frame the experiences of daily life –

we start with concepts and move to diagrams, we develop these three dimensionally and then, gradually we develop the shape of space and

imagine its material aspects. every decision either layers the

central idea with complexity and harmony or incrementally diminishes the power and clarity of that idea. every decision carries with it the baggage of agenda – what are the political, ethical, social, ecological concerns we as designers bring with us and how are they challenged within the structure and perceived limitations of any program?

these models (from a variety of second and third year environmental design studios) represent only one aspect of the work within environmental design – that of three-dimensional model making. they are the tip of the iceberg. we are not seeing the research or the sketches, plans, sections, elevations and perspectives let alone the virtual computer modeling of the building.

the range, scale and complexity of our programs and our imagined worlds are vast but models give us something material and measurable.

they represent the physical manifestation of creative thought and creative process in the shaping of our built environments.

stuart m. reid curator
february 2008

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

Annual Drawing Marathon

Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 5:00am

The Faculty of Art is hosting The Annual Drawing Marathon on Saturday March 1 from 9 am ' 6 pm and Sunday March 2 12 -12. This event is being held on the 4th floor 100 McCaul St. Rooms 487 & 488.

In one room models while be doing gestures, the other room is for sustained poses.

Students, alumni, faculty and friends are welcome. The cost is only $20 for a full day. Challenge yourself, bring a lunch ask family and friends to sponsor you. Pledge sheets are available on the bulletin board just outside the Faculty of Art office room 401.

The money raised is being used to create a calendar to showcase student's work in the drawing/painting show.

Venue & Address: 
Rms 487 & 488 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
$20 pledge fee

Artificial Synesthesia

AS invite
Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 5:00am to Friday, January 18, 2008 - 5:00am

Synesthesia is the experience of one sense evoking another. Here it refers to the unification of aural and visual senses. The presented works are the reflection of the individual's unique explorations in the objectification of sounds and music into two dimensional surface.

Artificial Synesthesia features the work of Saba Bushnaq, Trang Dang, Margaret Nieradka and Sara Shadkami.

Venue & Address: 
Transit Space 100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario

Amount Overdue: $12.10

flyer for site-specific ocad library exhibition
Monday, December 10, 2007 - 5:00am to Monday, January 14, 2008 - 5:00am

This exhibition is comprised of site-specific student work from Vid Ingelevics' fall 2007 Search/Research/Resolution (PHOT 4B03) class. The exhibition transforms the Dorothy H. Hoover library into a public art space. Each piece attempts to explore the ideas of search/research/resolution/archiving.

Venue & Address: 
Dorothy H. Hoover Library 113 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Aboriginal Students Association Meeting & Potluck

Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 9:00pm

The Aboriginal Student Association (ASA) brings together Aboriginal, Native, Indigenous, Metis and Inuit students at OCAD to network and support an Aboriginal community on campus. All students welcome.

The next ASA meeting will be a potluck.
Please bring a home cooked dish to share.

Faculty Tannis Nielsen is going to screen a 20 minute DVD of her recent panel presentation at A space. Plus we are going to look at a few more pieces by Native Artists.
Feel free to bring your own work or ideas to present to the group.

Venue & Address: 
Room 627, Level 6 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario

Concept to Commodity

Monday, September 24, 2007 - 4:00am to Friday, October 5, 2007 - 4:00am

This Material Art & Design exhibit will focus on the process of design from initial conception through to the creation of the finished object highlighting the work of 3rd and 4th year Ceramics, Fiber, and Jewellery students.

Venue & Address: 
Transit Space (Level 2) 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Grad Studies @ Nuit Blanche

Image of 'Human Heart' by Floria Sigismondi, 2016
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 4:00am

Among the hundreds of artists exhibiting throughout the streets for Nuit Blanche Toronto on October 1, 2016 from 7pm to 7am, are a collection of current and recent graduates of the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design program.

Valerie Carew, Anna Kovler, and Garnet Willis (alumni) have work included in the Fly By Night exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St.). This exhibition “will showcase temporary installations with a particular focus on adaptive and ephemeral performance and installation.”

Current IAMD student Julian Majewski’s #TeeterTotter will be installed on the front lawn at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw St). Majewski’s “main interest in this project is how the #teetertotter encourages interaction while spreading a subtle yet powerful message towards celebrating DIY culture and aesthetic realization through recycling, repurposing, and scavenging.”

In addition, Michael Prokopow, Interim Dean, Graduate Studies is co-curator alongside Janine Marchessault of OBLIVION, one of the four city-produced exhibitions. Located in Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall there are three featured projects by Philip Beesley, Director X, and Floria Sigismondi (also an OCAD U alumni).

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Residency Reflection: IAMD Student Annette Mangaard's 2 Rooms Artist Residency

Vista looking out at Spiller's Cove
The Iceberg: the 'artifact' that presented itself to the artist in Duntara Bay
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 4:00am

“2 Rooms Artist Residency is an opportunity for artists to live and work in a small outport community on the east coast of Newfoundland. The diversity of art practices and the exchange between artists, residents and the local art and culture community is an enriching experience for all who participate. Creativity seems to thrive in the rich cultural and natural environment.” - Catherine Beaudette

I was recently lucky enough to attend the 2 Rooms Artist’s Residency in Duntara, Newfoundland for a two-week period in July 2016. Before leaving for Duntara I researched both the location and my area of investigation, however the actual experience reached far beyond my expectations. A three-hour drive from St John’s, the 2 Rooms Artist’s Residency, run by artist and OCADU faculty member Catherine Beaudette, is situated in a tiny town of about 40 houses on the north side of the Bonavista Penninsula.

As a media artist, I was not sure exactly what my creative material might be. I was hoping to film medicinal botanicals however, the day I arrived an enormous glacier floated into the small bay and stayed. Perfect! I had an awesome subject and so set about recording its every shake, rattle and roll. And roll it did! Also melt, move, break and shudder. Because it was so close at hand, I was able to observe, film and photograph the iceberg in a variety of weather and lighting situations. My other area of investigation, medicinal botanicals, also proved to be rich in raw material. While I had brought books as research material, the proximity of so many natural medicinal plants inspired me to film, photograph and draw. As a bonus, with a drive to Gros Morne Park on the East Coast of the Island, I was also able to connect with a Mi'kmaq elder who took me on a fabulous, educational walking tour of medical plants in the region.

My experience at the residency was vastly enhanced by the support offered by Beaudette. She assisted with both practical and theoretical challenges. A warm and welcoming powerhouse of a personality, Beaudette offered a welcoming dinner of freshly caught fish, took us for hikes, introduced us to locals, and generally advised on all manner of issues ranging from where to see whales, caribou and foxes to which plants were best suited to my research needs. The locals were super friendly and welcomed us into their little community. I took advantage of this by hiring a fisherman to take me out in a boat to film.

The area abounds with the sights and sounds of nature, spectacular vistas, and an abundance of local talents in the form of small town bakeries, home made jams and preserves, and lovingly knitted crafts.

More information about 2 ROOMS CONTEMPORARY ART PROJECTS and the residency program can be found online:

- Written by IAMD student Annette Mangaard


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