Buildings I Feel Like

buildings i feel
buildings i feel
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 11:30am

Investigating the correlation of sobriety and artistic output, Dawe’s current practice illustrates parallels between recovery and the act of re-covering. What if we could step into ourself like we do our front door or favourite sweater? Or read oneself like we do a book? Buildings, dresses, and other vessels figuratively stand-in for the self, alluding to how slow transformations can be reflected in layers of mistinted paint, swatches of mended fabric, or patches of drywall. These manifestations of repair are poetic indicators of effort: the more layers, the further the journey. 

Buildings I Feel Like depicts something in-progress without the implication that it is somehow incomplete or undone. Some people are sturdy Victorian homes or cozy basement apartments. Others are new condos, perpetually under construction. The house presents various rich metaphors of; interior and exterior, covered and exposed, private and public. The weightless compositions of Dawe’s ‘dress portraits’ — both intimate and surreal — offer a place for poetic speculation. Culled from her experiences, the drawings — revealing, bold and approached with an unresting vigour — stake an unashamed tone. Devoid of wearer, the clothing becomes animate, declaring itself a subject free for interpretation. 

Dawe’s paintings, drawings, and installations celebrate the adaptive, sometimes messy, and meandering paths taken in search of self-actualization. By presenting a journey at its midpoint, her installations reveal that these finite markers — that of beginnings and ends — are fictitious when talking about self-betterment. Reminders that the pursuit of balance and happiness is inherently, and perpetually underway — valuing progression rather than perfection.

Venue & Address: 
Division Gallery, 45 Ernest Ave

Performing the Text: Be the Storyteller of Your Research Workshop

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Workshop facilitator Julia Course teaches strategies to relax and prepare your mind and body for a presentation, connect your voice with gestures, hook your audience with a compelling ‘opener’ and rehearse techniques to minimize performance anxiety. As a professional actor with a background in academia, Julia is passionate about the “storytelling” of research — how students can borrow from the toolbox of an actor to captivate an audience.

This dynamic session is suitable for graduate students wanting to enhance presentation skills or participating in any knowledge translation communication challenge (the 3MT® competition).

Julia Course holds an honours B.A. from the Department of Dramatic Arts and a minor in English Language and Literature from Brock University. Awarded a SSHRC grant in 2006, she continued her studies at The School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. Under the supervision of playwright Judith Thompson she completed her M.A. in dramatic literature and theory. Julia is also a graduate of the acting program at the National Theatre School of Canada, and has been an ensemble member of the acting company at the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake since 2010.

Free. All grad students welcome. REGISTRATION required.  Limited space. RSVP to

Venue & Address: 
Room 322 @ 230 Richmond St. W.
Performing the Text Learn strategies to relax and prepare your mind and body for a presentation, connect your voice with gesture

Treasured Memories: Thinking with Things

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 12:00pm to Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6:00pm

From OCAD U’s Criticism and Curatorial Practice program, MFA candidate Elizaveta Zhurkovskaya is pleased to announce her thesis exhibition Treasured Memories: Thinking with Things. This group exhibition features the work of Jasmine Cardenas, Renee Hayward, Sara Angelucci, Sarah Malekzadeh, and Vanessa Hussey.

Treasured possessions are always part of our everyday existence. As we grow older and our lives unfold, they become markers of our identity. Personal objects help us understand ourselves because they hold our memories, ideas, and aspirations. Treasured Memories: Thinking with Things reveals how personal and family possessions play a critical role in an artist’s self-representation, and how they shape an understanding of who they are.


Opening Reception: 

Saturday March 24th, 2018 - 6 pm - 9 pm

Exhibition will be open from March 24 to 29, 2018

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W
Treasured Memories: Thinking with Things

Thesis Café Writing Workshop

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 12:00pm

Thesis Café

Writing Workshop



Are you working on writing for your thesis / workshop / final 4th year project?


Would you like a place to workshop your writing, get helpful tips and share your work with other students?


The Thesis Café is Open to students in all programs working on their thesis projects.


Please join us for two workshops by the Writing Across the Curiculum Initiative, to kick start your writing for the final 4th year project: 

March 9: Strategies for Completing the Final Draft

March 16: Editing your Final Draft


The workshops will be followed by lunch and time to workshop your ideas with peers. Faculty members from FoLASSIS and FoA, and a writing consultant will also be available for consultations.


In room 512, 113 McCaul, at 12-2pm.


Please RSVP:

Venue & Address: 
Writing & Learning Centre Room 512, 113 McCaul
Thesis Cafe March 9th and 16th at 12-2pm

Liminal Forms - MFA Thesis Project by Graduate CCP student Karina Iskandarsjah

Liminal Forms
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 11:00am to Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 6:00pm

Liminal Forms explores inter-cultural and cross-medium translations in contemporary art to develop an understanding of aesthetically and materially hybrid manifestations. By engaging with art practices that are informed by interdisciplinary methods and the artists’ identity as an indigenous, third-culture, or immigrant individual, Liminal Forms ultimately examines tactics in communicating culturally and geographically specific issues.

Reception: Thursday, March 15, 2018 (in collaboration with Common Room)

Daily Gallery hours: March 16-20, 11AM-6PM

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St W.

The Joy of Laser Cutting

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

Laser cutters are powerful and versatile tools that can introduce significant untapped potential to artists. However, currently available learning materials for working with these machines are not designed with artists’ needs or interests in mind. To address this gap, Alda developed the Joy of Laser Cutting, a project based on her own experience as an artist looking to engage with these machines. This project uses recipes, food and visual language from the world of cookery as tools to reframe online DIY tutorials and appeal to the interests and needs of artists while encouraging creative engagement with the material. This show presents the work that was developed for the Joy of Laser Cutting as well as the journey that led Alda to develop it in the first place.


Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery - 205 Richmond St W.
The Joy of Laser Cutting Exhibition Poster

Graduate Studies Colloquia

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 8:30am to Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

One of the most important aspects of university life is the sharing and discussion of ideas. The colloquium — or academic conference or seminar — represents an invaluable opportunity for graduate students to present their work. Each graduate program at OCAD University hosts such an event with the goal of having students discuss their thesis or MRP work. Open to the university and wider community, these colloquia are defined by intellectual rigor, the presentation of original ideas and work and critical discussions.

Interdisciplinary Master’s In Art, Media and Design

October 3, 2017 – 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM Room 701K @ 205 Richmnd St. W.

Digital Futures

October 4th & 5th 2017

49 McCaul St. Open Gallery


Contemporary Art Design New Media Art Histories

October 16, 3:15-6:00PM

Room 514: 205 Richmond St. W

Criticism & Curatorial Practice

October 25, 2017 – 3:00 – 6:00 PM, Room 322 @ 230 Richmond St. W

Venue & Address: 
Multiple Venues @ OCAD U
Colloquia 2017

Performing The Substrate - IAMD Thesis Exhibition by Pascaline Knight

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 12:00pm to Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 5:00pm

Performance - Tuesday, May 16, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Opening Reception - Thursday, May 18, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Gallery Open Hours:

Friday, May 19, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 20, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday, May 21, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, ground floor, 205 Richmond Street West
photograph of small pink note listing exhibition details

Graeme Anderson

STACKS is a three part refugee kitchen, intended for first response distribution in refugee camps. Each container represents one of the three elements of cooking; fire, water, and food. The set is intended to be frugal, modifiable, and easily repairable, from within a camp, and has the capacity to be upgraded with each camps different infrastructure. 

Super Toys Last All Summer Long - IAMD Thesis Exhibition by Qendrim Hoti

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 12:30pm to Monday, April 17, 2017 - 12:30pm

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 12 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Venue & Address: 
ESP | Erin Stump Projects, 1558 Dupont Street
ipad screen displaying game with attached toy gun