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Join us for our inaugural OCAD University Library Book Club event. We will be joined by editor and artist Laura Kenins and artist Rebecca Roher for a reading and discussion of Nova Graphica: A Graphic Anthology of Nova Scotia History. Rebecca will be reading from her story "Viola Desmond Had a Dream Too". 

About Nova Graphica (from the publisher):

The fiddle-free side of Nova Scotia history

More than the stereotypes of lobsters and fiddles, Canada''s "ocean playground" of Nova Scotia boasts a vibrant history of ghost stories, folklore, industry, politics, and vibrant Black, Indigenous, LGBTQ and immigrant communities. Home or formerly home to some of Canada''s biggest names in comics over the past decades, this anthology brings together 15 artists, making Nova Scotia''s history come to life through a collection of graphic stories that are spooky, funny and thought-provoking. Nova Scotia and the Maritimes are usually neglected in the study of Canadian history. This anthology will bring offbeat stories from across the province to light in a fun, engaging and irreverent manner. Presenting Nova Scotia history in a graphic format and unique stories that aren''t taught in schools, this book will be an approachable, readable collection that appeals to readers of comics and non-fiction alike.

About the Artists

Laura Kenins is the author of Steam Clean (Retrofit) and the Doug Wright Award-nominated Alien Beings (kus!). She fixed stray apostrophes at The Coast weekly in Halifax for years and her work in journalism has also been published by CBC, Quill & Quire, The Globe and Mail and others. She studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has a master’s in history from Central European University. She is currently located in Toronto and is counting down the days until she can return to the Maritimes. laurakenins.com 

Rebecca Roher is a Toronto based cartoonist and educator with an MFA from the Centre from Cartoon Studies. Her comic, Mom Body, was nominated for Ignatz and Doug Wright Awards in 2015, and her debut graphic novel, Bird in a Cage, won the Doug Wright Award for Best Book in 2017. Her forthcoming book, One Hundred Year-old Wisdom, based on interviews with centenarians about the secrets to long life, will be published with Drawn and Quarterly in 2022.

About the Library Book Club Series

The OCAD University Library Book Club is an effort to maintain connectedness during the COVID-19 closure while exploring vital topics and issues related to our time. Meeting once per term, and with a rotating host, the event will take up a theme, a short literary, graphic, or non-fiction work, and facilitate discussion.  

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Join us for our inaugural OCAD University Library Book Club event. We will be joined by editor and artist Laura Kenins and artist Rebecca Roher for a reading and discussion of Nova Graphica: A Graphic Anthology of Nova Scotia History. Rebecca will be reading from her story "Viola Desmond Had a Dream Too". 

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Blake Mawson | The Guest Series 
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 
12:00 – 1:00 PM 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, Level 3, 115 McCaul St 

Blake Mawson is an award-winning filmmaker who has been working in film and television for over 15 years. He began acting at age 16 and has appeared in projects such as Freddy vs. Jason, X-Men 2, Blade: The Series, Poison Ivy and The Strain. Mawson’s directorial debut, PYOTR495, won the Emerging Artist Award at the 2016 Inside Out Film Festival and the A&E Short Filmmaker Award 2018 from the National Screen Institute of Canada. The short film was later released to digital platforms and received two 2019 Canadian Screen Award nominations for Best Lead Performance and Best Direction in a Web Program or Series with Alex Ozerov winning the CSA for his role as Pyotr. The film has also been nominated for the Iris Prize (the world's largest short film prize) and Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival's Brigadoon - Paul Naschy Short Film Award. In 2019, Mawson directed the “Hope to Die” video for breakout queer country star, Orville Peck. It was premiered by Vogue Magazine and deemed “striking” by The New Yorker, who claimed that it’s “not exactly your grandpa's Wild West”. Mawson has been a recipient of FilmEmpire's 2019 Diversity Mentorship, a fellow of the Kyoto Filmmakers’ Lab (in partnership with the Tokyo International Film Festival and Museum of Kyoto) and is an alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre Directors' Lab.

'PYOTR495'  
"Set one evening in present-day Moscow, 16 year-old Pyotr is baited by an ultra-nationalist group known for their violent abductions and attacks bolstered by Russia's LGBT Propaganda Law, but Pyotr has a dangerous secret."

Guest Series invites artists, designers and creative professionals who have a specialized practice or area of interest to come to OCADU and give a talk, hold a workshop, studio visits or participate in a class critique. The idea behind Guest Series is to exchange stories regarding professional process and to inform and help bridge gaps in our own individual processes, practices and journeys ahead. 

Guest Series is organized by Jessie Holmes, IAMD MFA Candidate at OCAD University and Student Career Ambassador at the OCAD U Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers and Erica Stocking, IAMD MFA Candidate at OCADU. 

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Level 3, 115 McCaul,
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Guest Series invites artists, designers and creative professionals who have a specialized practice or area of interest to come to OCADU and give a talk, hold a workshop, studio visits or participate in a class critique. The idea behind Guest Series is to exchange stories regarding professional process and to inform and help bridge gaps in our own individual processes, practices and journeys ahead. 

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Holly Ward | The Guest Series 
Friday, March 20, 2020 
12:00 – 1:00 PM 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, Level 3, 115 McCaul St 

Based between Toronto and Heffley-Creek BC, Holly Ward is an interdisciplinary artist working with sculpture, multi-media installation, architecture, video and drawing as a means to examine the role of aesthetics in the formation of new social realities. Stemming from research of various visionary practices such as utopian philosophy, science fiction literature, Visionary Architecture, counter-cultural practices and urban planning, her work investigates the arbitrary nature of symbolic designation and the use-value of form in a social context.

Guest Series invites artists, designers and creative professionals who have a specialized practice or area of interest to come to OCADU and give a talk, hold a workshop, studio visits or participate in a class critique. The idea behind Guest Series is to exchange stories regarding professional process and to inform and help bridge gaps in our own individual processes, practices and journeys ahead. 

Guest Series is organized by Jessie Holmes, IAMD MFA Candidate at OCAD University and Student Career Ambassador at the OCAD U Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers and Erica Stocking, IAMD MFA Candidate at OCADU. 

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Level 3, 115 McCaul,
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, OCAD U
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Guest Series invites artists, designers and creative professionals who have a specialized practice or area of interest to come to OCADU and give a talk, hold a workshop, studio visits or participate in a class critique. The idea behind Guest Series is to exchange stories regarding professional process and to inform and help bridge gaps in our own individual processes, practices and journeys ahead. 

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Artist Talk:  GORDON SHADRACH

HOW WE PAINT ARTIST SERIES

Have you ever looked at a painting and wondered ‘how did they do that?’; “How We Paint” is a unique artist speakers series presented by the program of Contemporary Drawing and Painting at OCAD University. Unlike a traditional artist talk, this programming invites esteemed local Toronto artists to share their materials and processes with the arts community at large. This dynamic programming will pull back the curtain on the artist studio and instigate conversations around our creative decision-making processes.

Funded in Part by the Slaight Family Foundation

Gordon Shadrach’s work has always focused on the ways people communicate non-verbally. Inferences are made daily by people when they interact with others and Shadrach invites viewers to utilize those skills when engaging with his portraits. Shadrach’s early works explored portraits that focused on the wearer’s shoes and clothing with no face shown, enabling the viewer to complete the portrait; imagining the unseen, and deciding on the race, gender, and social status of the sitter. Shadrach continues to investigate the semiotics of clothing and its impact on how Black men are portrayed.  Clothing can change how someone is perceived and relays information to others; however, society can reduce someone and make superficial judgments based solely on cultural biases. Shadrach’s portrait series of contemporary Black men dressed in historical clothing are framed in damaged antique and vintage frames. The patina and wear of the frames suggests historic weight and places the portraits during a time when Black people were rarely depicted in Western portraiture. Shadrach also explores color and pattern in the backgrounds of his portraits of Black people as a way of examining the innate bias of Western Art and Colour Theory. He invites viewers to reflect on their own interpretation of colors and how they relate to the subject.

Portrait artist Gordon Shadrach was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario in 1966 and has lived in Toronto for over 25 years. Gordon started painting in 2013 and paints in oil and acrylic on wood. He has exhibited in solo and group art shows in Canada and the United States. He works from photographs at his in-home studio in Toronto’s East end. He received his B. Des. (MAAD) from OCAD University and has a Master of Education degree from Niagara University. In the Spring of 2018, Gordon’s painting, “In Conversation”, was included in an exhibit developed by the Royal Ontario Museum titled, “Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art”. In the Summer of 2018, the exhibit went on tour and was presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and opened at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in June of 2019. Aside from his portraits, Gordon is known for his insightful artist’s talks and has appeared as a panelist on the TVO’s the Agenda (Reinventing the Museum) and CBC Radio’s Metro Morning (Group of Seven Out, Under-represented Artists In at the AGO).

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OCAD University
100 McCaul Street, Room 230,
Toronto, ON
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Please join the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary studies for an artist talk by Yhonnie Scarce.

Yhonnie Scarce was born in Woomera, South Australia, and belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples. A master contemporary glass blower, Yhonnie Scarce’s practice explores the political nature and aesthetic qualities of glass. Scarce’s work often references the on-going effects of colonisation on Aboriginal people; in particular her research has explored the impact of the removal and relocation of Aboriginal people from their homelands and the forcible removal of Aboriginal children from their families. Family history is central to Scarce’s work, drawing on the strength of her ancestors, she offers herself as a conduit, sharing their significant stories from the past.

Scarce was recently announced as the winner of the prestigious National Gallery of Victoria Architecture Commission 2019 which will be unveiled this coming November. In 2018 Scarce was the recipient of the Kate Challis RAKA award, for her contribution to the visual arts in Australia, as well as the Indigenous Ceramic Award from the Shepperton Art Museum. Currently her work is in the exhibition Ways of Being: Yhonnie Scarce and Michael Belmore, curated by Miriam Jordan-Haladyn and Julian Jason Haladyn, on display in Museum London from 14 September 2019 to 5 January 2020.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

This talk is presented with the support of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Blue Medium Press.

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FREE
Email
folas@ocadu.ca
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100 McCaul St., Room 258, George Reid Wing
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Through lens-based explorations of site and place, she investigates collective histories embedded in the landscape. Her work observes tracts of land that have escaped development or areas that are in the process of natural regeneration, primarily in the Carolinian forest areas of Ontario. "My work questions what is 'wild' and how we are renegotiating our relationship with wilderness and our environment".

April's current studio practice borrows from traditions of still life painting to explore ideas of personal narrative and memory. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has work in numerous public and private collections in Canada.

MacLaren Benefactors and contributing artists are invited to join us on October 3 for the annual Benefactor Artist Talk, an exclusive event for those involved with the programme. Our speakers this year are Barrie artist Jonathan Sadowski and Toronto artist April Hickox. A wine and cheese reception will precede short presentations by the artists and a Q&A session will follow.

Please RSVP to Sheila Delaney at 705-720-1044 ext. 226 or sheila@maclarenart.com

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MacLaren Art Centre
37 Mulcaster Street
Barrie, ON
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How I Learned to Jam with a Pansy: Talk with Bob Ezrin
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
6:30 p.m.

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. West

Free event as part of Onsite Gallery's public event program for T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers.


Celebrated Canadian music producer and musician Bob Ezrin discusses the organics of making music with plants, animals and humans

In a legendary career as a music and entertainment producer and entrepreneur that has spanned nearly 50 years, Toronto-born Bob Ezrin has worked around the world on recordings, TV, film and live event production with a wide variety of artists including Andrea Bocelli, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, KISS, Lou Reed, U2, Jay-Z, Peter Gabriel, 2Celllos, The Tenors, Aerosmith, Hollywood Vampires, Deftones, Rod Stewart, Nine Inch Nails and Pete Seeger among many others.

He is a co-founder of Wow Unlimited Media Inc. and The Nimbus School of Media Arts, both in Vancouver, B.C., and 7th Level Inc in Richardson, TX and Enigma Digital in Los Angeles, CA, both seminal companies in interactive entertainment, education and social media. He also served as Co-Chairman of Clear Channel Interactive and Chairman of Live Nation Artists Records.

Mr. Ezrin was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in April 2004, and into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in March 2006. In 2012 he was named a Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and in 2013 was inducted into Canada’s Walk Of Fame.

Currently he is a member of the boards of directors of In Place of War in Manchester, UK and The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation in Los Angeles; a Leadership Circle member of MusiCounts in Toronto, Canada; Chairman Emeritus of the Los Angeles Mentoring Partnership and, along with U2′s the Edge, a co-founder of Music Rising, an initiative to replace musical instruments that are lost in natural disasters.

Mr. Ezrin lives with his wife Janet in Nashville and Toronto.

 

T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers
May 8 to August 18, 2019

Curated by Francisco Alvarez, Dorene & Peter Milligan Executive Director, OCAD U Galleries

T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers presents recent series of images by lens-based artist T.M. Glass that feature blooms and vessels from unique gardens across the globe. Glass' distinct photographic style is characterized by extensive digital embellishment of textures and colours to enhance the emotion and geometry of flowers. Recently, the artist’s large-scale flower images expanded into the third dimension through advanced 3-D printing technology. Inspired by 17th century European flower paintings, the artist contends that contemporary digital photographers are also painters who work with pixels instead of oils.

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Onsite Gallery acknowledges that the gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes; with gallery furniture by Nienkämper. Onsite Gallery logo by Dean Martin Design.

 

T.M. Glass, Pansy with Midi Sprout Electrodes, 2019, archival pigment ink on archival cotton rag paper fused to Dibond, 14” x 14”.

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Free
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onsite@ocadu.ca
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416-977-6000 x456
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Artist and Curator's Exhibition Tour
Thursday, June 13, 2019
6:30 p.m.

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. West

Join T.M. Glass and Francisco Alvarez for a tour of T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers, while they discuss the artist’s process, interest in flowers and travels to international museums and gardens.

 

T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers
May 8 to August 18, 2019

Curated by Francisco Alvarez, Dorene & Peter Milligan Executive Director, OCAD U Galleries

T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers presents recent series of images by lens-based artist T.M. Glass that feature blooms and vessels from unique gardens across the globe. Glass' distinct photographic style is characterized by extensive digital embellishment of textures and colours to enhance the emotion and geometry of flowers. Recently, the artist’s large-scale flower images expanded into the third dimension through advanced 3-D printing technology. Inspired by 17th century European flower paintings, the artist contends that contemporary digital photographers are also painters who work with pixels instead of oils.

T.M. Glass is a digital artist based in Toronto, whose practice explores the historical, technological, and aesthetic conditions of photography to stretch it beyond its traditional definition. The works have been showcased in multiple solo exhibitions and held in private collections in the Canada, the United States, Britain, France, and Australia. Glass turned to photography as the primary mode of production after studying sculpture at the Ontario College of Art and Design and pursuing a distinguished career in writing and production for film and television. Glass uses rapidly advancing digital technology to celebrate the beauty of nature.

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Onsite Gallery acknowledges that the gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes; with gallery furniture by Nienkämper. Onsite Gallery logo by Dean Martin Design.

 

Image: T.M. Glass, Hydrangeas in a Dutch Tulipière, 2017, archival pigment ink on archival cotton rag paper fused to Dibond, 58" x 58". Courtesy of the artist.

Cost
Free
Email
onsite@ocadu.ca
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416-977-6000 x456
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https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/artist-and-curators-exhibition-tour-of-tm-glass-the-audible-language-of-flowers-tickets-60710218899
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