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Image: Documentation of Ignite Gallery's new facility. Photo by Martin Iskander.
 

Ignite Gallery reopens with new facility and exhibition 

Ignite Gallery celebrates its reopening in a newly renovated space with an exciting exhibition that features works by five OCAD U alums.  

Lose Your Illusion includes paintings, sculptures, digital animations, textiles and illustrations. It was curated by Community Coordinator Morgan Mavis and Programs Coordinator Tibi Neuspiel, who are both graduates of OCAD University. Together they co-curate the exhibitions and activities at Ignite Gallery year-round.  

“We are thrilled to harmonize the wonderful works of Malik McKoy, Philip Leaonard Ocampo, Sid Sharp, Kyle Yip and Nicole Zaridze in this group exhibition,” Neuspiel notes. 

"Their works are self-aware, fun and explore the intersection of personal and collective experiences,” he explains. The show continues until March 7, 2022. 

Photo documentation of Ocampo's jacquard loom textile hung from the ceiling in the gallery.
IIXXVMCMXCV (2021) by Philip Leonard Ocampo. Photo by Morgan Mavis.

This is the first exhibition in Ignite’s new home, which is now located in one of campus’ busiest corridors. Over several years, 1,200 square feet of administration and storage space was transformed into the open and flexible gallery space it is today. 

Toronto-based Teeple Architects worked closely with the OCAD U Gallery team and the Campus Planning and Projects team to design and implement the vision for the new facility. The result is a bright, professional and welcoming space that features new LED lighting as well as user-friendly audio-visual equipment. Thank you to the Slaight Family Foundation for their generous support of the Ada Slaight Exhibition Centre.

“We are so pleased to bring this elevated space to students. It has such beautiful lighting and is situated in such a central and prominent location on OCAD U's campus,” notes Mavis.  

“I look forward to seeing what this new space inspires,” she continues. 

The gallery is part of the Ada Slaight Exhibition Centre which includes four exhibition spaces all located on the second floor of 100 McCaul St.

“The design of the new gallery is informed by elements embedded elsewhere on campus. The space presents a contemporary design approach that integrates several OCAD U core values including sustainability and accessibility,” explains Joanne Frisch, Director of Campus Planning and Projects. 

Founded in the 1970s as Gallery 76 in the building Above Ground Art Supplies occupies today, Ignite Gallery has a 50-year history of presenting the artwork, writing and curatorial projects of the University’s student community. In 2007, the space’s name was changed to Student Gallery, reflecting its mandate to showcase emerging practices. During this time, the gallery undertook a range of exciting projects including the exhibition  Ultra Rare (2014), which resulted in a massive mural on McCaul St. created by artists Julia Dickens, Tara Dorey, Alexandra Mackenzie, Lido Pimienta, Peter Rahul and Diana VanderMeulen. The painted installation was destroyed in 2016 when the building it was demolished to make way for condominiums.  

A photo of the collaboratively made mural with palm trees, plants and bright colours throughout.
Ultra Rare (2014) mural. Photo by Caroline Macfarlane.

Kensington Market became the gallery’s new home in 2016 and was renamed Ignite Gallery. That same year pARTy Time! Learning Lab was coordinated by Mavis, a collaborative, community-based workshop series that engaged teenagers and their families in SickKids Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. During these creative sessions OCAD U students supported patients in making artworks that they could use to enliven and personalize their hospital rooms.  

A photo of three people in full-body costumes in the shapes of fruit.
pARTy Time! (2016) costumes. Photo by Christopher Bennell.

While in the Kensington Market location Ignite presented Plastic Bag Monument, which Mavis identifies as a gallery highlight during this period. With photography by Wynne Neilly and floral arrangements by 2013 OCAD U Criticism and Curatorial Studies graduate Bethany Rose Puttkemery, Plastic Bag Monument reconfigured the conversation on plastic waste. The exhibition included an installation composed of disposable bags consumed by Puttkemery and 2014 OCAD U graduate Lee D'Angelo during the three months preceding the exhibition. On the night of the exhibition opening, tattoos were offered to gallery goers on a by-donation basis.  
 

A photo of a busy gallery with a installation that resembles a raft with a sale, adorned with plastic bags.
Plastic Bag Monument (2019) installation by Bethany Rose Puttkemery and Lee D'Angelo. Photo by Lee D'Angelo.

After three rich years on Augusta Ave., the gallery now has a permanent home in the custom-built exhibition space on campus.  

At the end of March, the gallery will release a call for submissions, which is open to past and present OCAD U students. Submissions will be accepted until mid-May. Also, be sure to check out Ignite Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, which will feature 2014 Illustration graduate Brandon Celi’s reworking of found objects, digital textiles by 2020 Material Art and Design graduate Khadija Aziz as well as a projection by 2016 Digital Futures (MFA) alum Katie Kotler and works by Calvin Zhang, who graduated from OCAD U’s Printmaking program in 2020.  

Ignite Gallery is supported by six student monitors who are all in their fourth year of study in a range of programs at OCAD University. They are Aliyah Aziz (Integrated Media), Fabiyino Germain-Bajowa (Criticism and Curatorial Studies), Deanna Gene (Sculpture and Installation), Emerald Repard-Denniston (Drawing and Painting), Carla Sierra Suarez (Sculpture and Installation) and Ruby Tran (Digital Futures). 

Stop by and say hello in person during gallery hours, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

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The OCAD University’s Material Art and Design program is pleased to announce Debut, an exhibition showcasing a selection of art and design works by 16 locally-based graduating students from the program in 2021. The works are on display in the Craft Ontario’s feature windows now until July 10.

Participating students are: Anthia Barboutsis; Si Chen; Camila Garzon; Ellene Fu; Aichoucha Haidara; Melody Juthamongkol; Summer Lee; Yucan Liang; Leah Liu; Kaushika Nayyar; Moraa Stump; Ziyi Wang; Nathan Whitefield; Yuki Wong; John Xu; and Sia Zhang.

For information about each student’s work, please see https://www.craftontarioshop.com/blogs/news/debut-showcasing-works-by-material-art-design-2021-graduating-students-from-ocad-university.

Craft Ontario will announce its reopening information and how to book a visit on their website https://www.craftontario.com. When permitted, please visit the exhibition to congratulate the Material Art and Design 2021 graduating students on flourishing under the difficult circumstances and delivering absolutely stunning outcomes. Currently, the works can be viewed in the front vitrine from the street.

To see more works by the graduating students from the Material Art & Design program, including those outside Canada, please visit https://www.ocadumaadgrads.com and https://www.ocadu.ca/gradex2021/.

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1106 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H9
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New to OCAD U? Have you accepted your offer to study at OCAD University, starting in September 2020? Welcome!

Introduce yourself to our community and participate in face2face 2020: a unique annual tradition, now a first OCAD U virtual exhibition for new and first-year undergrads.

Introduce yourself to our community!
Create a self-portrait and show us who you are!

Draw, paint, collage, photography, video, animation... or other!
Photograph or scan your work... or create it digitally!
Make it a literal likeness or a metaphorical representation!
Have fun! Play around with the idea of your self-image.
Express your own unique style. How would you like to be seen?
Be modest, outrageous, fanciful, or elegant!

SUBMISSION DEADLINES & PRIZES
Thank you to Above Ground Art Supplies, the OCAD U art supply store of choice for supporting face2face: 2020!

Send us your self-portrait by 11:59 p.m., Monday, July 27, 2020, for a chance to win the Early Bird Prize: an Above Ground Art Supplies gift bag!

All self-portraits received by the final submission deadline of 11:59 p.m. Monday, August 31, 2020, will qualify for a chance to win one of two additional prizes*:

Runner Up: an Above Ground Art Supplies gift bag.
Grand Prize: an Above Ground Art Supplies $125 gift card.

We look forward to receiving your self-portrait!

*Prize winners are chosen randomly from all submissions received. Selection is not based on quality, process or individual style.

Good luck!

Read more: www.ocadu.ca/face2face

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New to OCAD U? Have you accepted your offer to study at OCAD University, starting in September 2020? Welcome!

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RUNNING MAY 20 to JUNE 19 on bidemioloyede.com

In response to COVID-19, Bidemi Oloyede's first solo exhibition has been moved to a web platform.

BL|ARCHIVE uses street photography and studio portraiture to reframe Black Canadian identity.

Contesting the idea that Blackness is on the margin, or displaced from a Canadian identity, BL|ARCHIVE cements the cultural identity of Blackness firmly within the urban grids of Toronto, “look(ing) back, at one another, naming what we see.” This format is one of constructing history through a personal lens.

BL|ARCHIVE presents Black life through joy, intimacy, and collaborative empowerment. Using analogue film as strategic permanence, Oloyede shifts from documentarian to facilitator.

This project is supported by the Career Launcher program, an initiative from the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers at OCAD University.

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Natalie Mark and co-curators Yasmin Emery and Samiya Karim deliver a new flavour of an exhibition in the Learning Zone Gallery - House of Oriental: Northern Style on through May 27. Emery describes House of Oriental: Northern Style, as an exhibition of works exploring pan-Asian Canadian foods: recipes developed from hybridity, alienation, assimilation, survival, and poverty. The works in this exhibition aim to explore not the most “authentic” or “real” ethnic foods, but to present the foods and experiences born out of the land’s rich (or poor) newcomer history. The exhibition includes works ranging from paintings to photography as well as a recipe book, compiling the foods behind the art. Featuring artwork by:

Abbey Chong

Natalie Chuck

Tina Chu

Kai Lumbang

Mel Low

Natalie Mark

Loretta Miauw

Noelle Mok

Pauline Nguyen

Becky Wu

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Calling all artists! Submit your artwork* for the library’s 2019-2020 art exhibit season. If selected, your work will be on display at one of 16 library branches across the city.

*A committee will consider works prepared for hanging in all media including photography (no sculptures).

 

Submission deadline: April 26, 2019  

Exhibit Locations: Agincourt, Albion, Bloor/Gladstone, Deer Park, Don Mills, Fairview, Leaside, Mimico Centennial, North York Central Library, Northern District, Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre, Richview, Runnymede, S. Walter Stewart, Woodside Square, Yorkville For information on current and upcoming exhibits at the Toronto Public Library, please visit: tpl.ca/exhibits

Download the application available on this page or visit: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/programs-and-classes/exhibits/art-exhibit-space.jsp for more information on applications and exhibitions. 

Questions? Email: artexhibits@torontopubliclibrary.ca

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