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The exhibition features several OCAD University community members who, in addition to being faculty, are artists and parents. The works in the exhibition reflect their experiences raising children, teaching and maintaining a studio practice amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Art Amy Swartz as well as Associate Professors in the Faculty of Art JJ Lee and Natalie Waldburger are featured in the show. Each week, beginning on August 8, the works of an individual artist will be foregrounded. 

The show was curated during artist and OCAD U alumna, Rachel Grad’s remote residency with the Museum of Motherhood (MoM) and includes weekly blog posts interviewing the featured artists to explore their work and parent experiences. 

At different times the women in the exhibition have involved their children in art making while also carving out, an autonomous practice as well. They have also engaged in collaboration with other parent artists. By capturing aspects of their own worlds, while quarantining at home with children and partners, these mothers have been able to express themselves during difficult circumstances. 

Glioblastoma 1 and Glioblastoma 2 with bell jar
Glioblastoma 1. And for the red one: Glioblastoma 2

Artist Bio
Natalie Majaba Waldburger’s current art practice is open-disciplinary and seeks to understand the complexities of respectful collaboration and participatory work in the context of anti-colonial research.  In recent years, institutional critique has become the focus for collaborative art practices as a co-founding member of The Drawing Board.  As an Associate Professor at OCAD U, Natalie has served as Chair for a number of programs in the faculty of Art including the inaugural Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Print Media and, most recently, Interim Chair of Sculpture/Installation and Life Studies and Grievance Chair for OCADFA.  The Life Studies area was the focus of Natalie’s appointment at OCAD U.  Life Studies is a specialization positioned in the Faculty of Art that brings together the arts, sciences, and humanities to cultivate interdisciplinary studio art practices.  These pedagogical approaches speak to Natalie’s own art research practice positioned at the intersection of sustainability, social justice, and ecologically-respectful art practices. 
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Curator
Pandemic Parenting Online Exhibit Curator Rachael Grad, is a mom of three and former lawyer who has studied and worked in the US, France, Italy, Hong Kong, and Toronto. Grad left practicing law to study painting full-time at the New York Studio School and New York University (NYU) before transferring to OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Trained as an observational painter, Grad has focused on colourful painting that blurs the distinction between abstract, figurative, and representational styles. Read the intro blog about Rachael Grad’s Residency here

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The exhibition features several OCAD University community members who, in addition to being faculty, are artists and parents. The works in the exhibition reflect their experiences raising children, teaching and maintaining a studio practice amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Art Amy Swartz as well as Associate Professors in the Faculty of Art JJ Lee and Natalie Waldburger are featured in the show.

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On September 2, Dr. David Griffin will be speaking at the University of Huddersfield in the UK about his work with diagrams and Lasers, drawing the largest drawings ever drawn. The event is called “Drawing Conversations: Engaging with Sites of History and Narrative”, a one-day symposium that examines the interrelationships of drawing and engaging with sites of history and narrative. At the heart of this will be drawing as an embodied act, drawing in the expanded field, variable in definition, and as both individual and collective processes.  

The event has 3 keynote presentations, including Deanna Petherbridge (CBE), a practicing artist, curator and writer of The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Practice, published June 2010.  

Free Registration 
Register as an online attendee here.

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Friday, 2 September 2022  
09:15 to 16:45 BST (04:15 to 11:45 EST)

For further information contact:
Simon Woolham or Jill Journeaux at drawingconversations4@hud.ac.uk.

Download a PDF of the 16 presenters for the Drawing Conversations: Engaging with sites of history and narrative

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“Drawing Conversations: Engaging with Sites of History and Narrative”, a one-day symposium that examines the interrelationships of drawing and engaging with sites of history and narrative.

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At the corner of Bay & Queen Street, the TD Branch has an urban scaled "media art wall" that presents curated video presentations by Canadian artists from the Art Collection holdings. Currently on view is Observance, 2022, by Prof. April Hickox (Faculty of Art). Best viewing times are morning and night. 

"Observance is a collection of videos and still images produced over the past five years that explores our relationship to time and personal history in the context of our relationships with others, our shared experiences, and our response to the healing properties of nature. Using still life as a metaphor for the ephemerality of time, each photograph and video recalls a person in my life. Informed by the history of both floral photography and painting, Observance moves beyond traditional still life with the presence of performance and the continuous looping of images or stills taken over three days. Edited by Alexandra Hickox studio assistant Merle Harley." - April Hickox

The installation is on view until September 27, 2022.

A video link to the work can be found here
A video of the installation (shot by Alexandra Hickox) can be found here

Observance photographs are available in a varied edition of three printed on Hahnemühle FineArt Baryta Satin. Examples can be seen on April's website.

If you get a good picture or selfie April would love to see it @aprilhickox  

April is looking for other screens to host the work, please contact her at aprilhickox@gmail.com 

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TD Bank media art wall at Queen St. and Bay St.
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At the corner of Bay & Queen Street, the TD Branch has an urban scaled "media art wall" that presents curated video presentations by Canadian artists from the Art Collection holdings. Currently on view until September 27th is Observance, 2022, by Prof. April Hickox (Faculty of Art). Best viewing times are morning and night. 

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Free screening of Woodwriter: The Wordless Art of George A. Walker, a film by Jeff Winch (OCAD U Alumni, graduating class 2008)

Friday, May 20 at The Royal Cinema on College St. Begins at 7 PM. Tickets or reservations are not necessary. Simply show up if you are interested!

About the film: Wood engraver, book artist, master printer and time traveler — George A. Walker (Associate Professor, Faculty of Art, OCAD U) has created a distinct world of books, imagery and ideas. His latest inspiration is the silent screen star Mary Pickford, whose life he explores in his final wordless biography. Woodwriter follows the journey from a blank maple wood block to a sculptural hand-made book, and visits with other Canadian icons like Leonard Cohen and Conrad Black along the way. This delightful film about art and its makers, peppered with Canadian culture, shows the past and present never stop talking to each other – even if it’s without words.

 https://woodwriter.ca/

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The Royal Cinema
608 College Street, Toronto
7 PM
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Free screening of Woodwriter: The Wordless Art of George A. Walker, a film by Jeff Winch (OCAD U Alumni, graduating class 2008)

Friday, May 20 at The Royal Cinema on College St. Begins at 7 PM. Tickets or reservations are not necessary. Simply show up if you are interested!

Woodwriter is a 68-minute documentary that explores George's process - both analogue and digital - as well as his ideas and a flirtatious relationship across time with Hollywood superstar Mary Pickford.

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Image: documentation of Tannis Nielsen installation. 2-channel projection with mirrored floor and ceiling

Lii Zoot Tayr (Other Worlds)
13 May – 10 July 2022
Amy Malbeuf, Suzanne Morrissette, Tannis Nielsen, Tiffany Shaw-Collinge, and Jessie Ray Short

Lii Zoot Tayr (Other Worlds) is the third in a series of exhibitions curated by Amy Malbeuf and Jessie Ray Short exploring the work of Métis artists. In this iteration, the artists—Malbeuf, Suzanne Morrissette, Tannis Nielsen, Tiffany Shaw-Collinge, and Short—ground themselves within and move beyond the earth and solar system to ruminate on outer, inner, and deep space. Curators Malbeuf and Ray Short write:

“With a particular focus on the ethereality of science and technology, the artists examine their relationships to unseen forces and concepts of spirit and in/visibility. The fundamental forms of energy, such as electricity, and physical forces, such as gravity, determine the observable structure of the universe. Everyone has an electromagnetic field around them. It exists around all beings and all things, and yet, it is difficult to perceive (most of the time). We are bound together by these forces, even if the mechanisms by which they are believed to function are not completely understood.

Lii Zoot Tayr acknowledges the existence of the immeasurable and examines the space between knowing and unknowing. The artists in this exhibition explore the inexplicable through reflection and mirroring within materials and mediums including, but not limited to, mylar, water, glass, static, electrical plasma and other matter. They explore the intersections between the forces of cultural, familial and personal worldviews to make tangible the intangible. The resulting artworks are charged with ancestral and personal dreams, memories, and stories that push and pull on the limitations of human perceptions and raise questions about how knowledge comes into being. Each artist’s creation is the binder that connects knowing to the unknown.”

https://agyu.art/project/lii-zoot-tayr/

Covid Protocols: To keep within capacity limits, pre-registration is required for all in-gallery visits. AGYU visitors will be required to pre-screen on the day of their visit to the campus or attending associated events (more info and a link to the YorkU Covid Screening tool can be found here).

You can book gallery visits here: https://AGYU.as.me.

Accessibility and Accommodation needs? Email agyu@yorku.ca

Lii Zoot Tayr is produced by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University, Kingston, with research and development support from the Art Gallery of York University. The exhibition was generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts: Creating, Knowing and Sharing: the Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples Program). Jessie Ray Short acknowledges support received for the development of this project from Calgary Arts Development. Michif translation by Verna DeMontigny. Translation of Cheryl L’Hirondelle’s essay into nêhiyawêwin by Dorothy Thunder.

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Art Gallery of York University
Keele Campus, Accolade East Building
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Lii Zoot Tayr (Other Worlds) is the third in a series of exhibitions curated by Amy Malbeuf and Jessie Ray Short exploring the work of Métis artists. In this iteration, the artists—Malbeuf, Suzanne Morrissette, Tannis Nielsen, Tiffany Shaw-Collinge, and Short—ground themselves within and move beyond the earth and solar system to ruminate on outer, inner, and deep space. 

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Letters at the End
April 21 – 29
The Great Hall, 100 McCaul
Opening event:  April 21, 6 pm

Letters at the End is an exhibition of CROS Thesis Students
 
Join us at the end, the end of Thursday, April 21, 6 pm 
 
At the end of thesis, at the end of the year, 
At the end of disaster, or at least the end of a voyage, 
At the end of memes, at the end of masochism, 
At the end of faith, or its institutional variety, 
At the end of homophobia, at the end of the exotic, 
At the end of gendered and racialized expectations, 
At the end of consumption and its longings, 
At the end of CO2, at the end of breath
 
Unfortunately, not quite the end of Covid, so masks will be required.

Thank you to the Faculty of Art, OCAD University

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The Great Hall, 100 McCaul
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Letters at the End is an exhibition of CROS Thesis Students
 
Join us at the end, the end of Thursday, April 21, 6 pm 
 
At the end of thesis, at the end of the year, 
At the end of disaster, or at least the end of a voyage, 
At the end of memes, at the end of masochism, 
At the end of faith, or its institutional variety, 
At the end of homophobia, at the end of the exotic, 
At the end of gendered and racialized expectations, 
At the end of consumption and its longings, 
At the end of CO2, at the end of breath
 
Unfortunately, not quite the end of Covid, so masks will be required.

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Image: "bpqd", 2018, mixed media on paper, 40x40 inches 

Dr. David Griffin (Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Art, and Chair of OCAD U's Research Ethics Board [REB]) will be speaking at the International Art Research Conference in Music, Visual Arts, Design, Cinema, Contemporary in Dance and Choreography, in Riga, Latvia, May 5-7th at Jāzepa Vītola Latvijas Mūzikas akadēmija / Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (www.jvlma.lv). 

The conference addresses the burgeoning environment for creative practice PhDs, and the subject of the talk will be the research practice around David’s music notation system for silent singing, entitled "Interference: How to Write Silence," a project that developed a visual tool for composing with absence.

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Jāzepa Vītola Latvijas Mūzikas akadēmija / Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, Riga, Latvia
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Dr. David Griffin (Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Art, and Chair of OCAD U's Research Ethics Board [REB]) will be speaking at the International Art Research Conference in Music, Visual Arts, Design, Cinema, Contemporary in Dance and Choreography, in Riga, Latvia, May 5-7th at Jāzepa Vītola Latvijas Mūzikas akadēmija / Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (www.jvlma.lv). 

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Opening Reception - March 17th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Artist talks will take place at the gallery on March 25th at 4:00pm

OCAD University is pleased to present a thesis exhibition from the Life Studies students at Gallery 1313. Tracing the boundaries of the intangible, the irrevocable, and at times the ethereal, Proximities: OCAD U Life Studies Thesis Show is about life and visual languages utilized to investigate its less tangible realities. Amongst the five artists, overlapping themes of memory, history, communication, categorization, language abstraction and oppression rise to the surface. 

The exhibition will take place from March 16th-27th, with an opening reception on March 17th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Participating artists are Ifetayo Alabi, Abby Kettner, Nicole Ionescu, Elizabeth DeCoste, and Parastoo Mahmoudi

The Life Studies Specialization would like to thank the Joan and Clifford Hatch Foundation for their support in making this exhibition possible.

Exhibition statement by Andria Keen

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Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. West
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OCAD University is pleased to present a thesis exhibition from the Life Studies students at Gallery 1313. Tracing the boundaries of the intangible, the irrevocable, and at times the ethereal, Proximities: OCAD U Life Studies Thesis Show is about life and visual languages utilized to investigate its less tangible realities. Amongst the five artists, overlapping themes of memory, history, communication, categorization, language abstraction and oppression rise to the surface. 

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Work title: Conservation of Shadows, in the ZKM
Medium/techniques: 0.5 cubic meter salt, 4 ESP32 microcontrollers, 56 vibration motor-driven bells, 2 LiDar sensors, 3 projectors, 2 HTC VIVE Pro HMDs, 2 PCs, custom software.
Team name: Artificial Nature (Haru Ji & Graham Wakefield)
Photo by: Jonas Zilius

Who or what defines on what is alive and what is intelligent? Can artificial forms of life be empathetic? What does the cooperation of human beings and artificial agents look like? What ethical questions arise? The exhibition »BioMedia« invites visitors to learn about and discuss possible forms of cohabitation between organic and artificial forms of life.

Conservation of Shadows, in the ZKM is a site-specific interactive mixed reality installation. It involves a network of motor-actuated bells, projections upon large beds of salt, and virtual reality perspectives with real-time volume capture. This work responds to the specific history of the host venue, with a central conception of sounds and shadows as shared physical connections between visible and invisible realms.  

Invisible unknown beings seem to explore the space - shadows passing across the salty floor, and whistling past the small bells, making them ring. The shadows of the visitors mingle with the ghostly vortices in the space. Entering the virtual reality, visitors dive deeper into an artificial ecosystem cohabiting in superposition with our own. What first appeared as flat shadows on the floor is unveiled to be a biome moving around the viewers: a constantly growing mycelium of virtual creatures and snake-like metallic entities that inhabit the building of the former munitions factory. Thus, these beings become part of a networked structure of feedback from the world and from us. Neither completely programmed nor entirely random, they leave enough room for organic, collective, and self-determined growth.  

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::vtol::, Kees Aafjes, Refik Anadol, Artificial Nature (Haru Ji & Graham Wakefield), Torsten Belschner, Samuel Bianchini, Frank Bierlein, Michel Bret, Ludger Brümmer, Daniel Canogar, Aristarkh Chernyshev, CITA, Edmond Couchot, Stephanie Dinkins, Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson, Anna Dumitriu, Jake Elwes, Justine Emard, Cécile B. Evans, Edo Fouilloux, Yves Gellie, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Libby Heaney, Stephan Henrich, Katrin Hochschuh & Adam Donovan, Yannick Hofmann, Yasha Jain, Daria Jelonek, Nikolai Konstantinov, Bernd Lintermann, Christian Mio Loclair, Hasan Mashni, Alex May, Mélodie Mousset, Gordon Pask, Špela Petrič, Sascha Pohflepp with Alessia Nigretti & Matthew Lutz, Nina Rajcic & SensiLab, random international, Anna Ridler, Birk Schmithüsen, Alexander Schubert, Jeffrey Shaw, Karl Sims, Maria Smigielska & Pierre Cutellic, Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Martinus Suijkerbuijk, Maija Tammi, Universal Everything, Harm van den Dorpel, Jeroen van der Most, Peter van der Putten, Günter Weseler, Marco Zampella, Moph Zielke, Fabien Zocco

Curated by
Peter Weibel with Sarah Donderer and Daria Mille, assisted by Beatrice Zaidenberg

https://zkm.de/en/exhibition/2021/12/biomedia

 

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ZKM | Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe, Germany)
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Who or what defines on what is alive and what is intelligent? Can artificial forms of life be empathetic? What does the cooperation of human beings and artificial agents look like? What ethical questions arise? The exhibition »BioMedia« invites visitors to learn about and discuss possible forms of cohabitation between organic and artificial forms of life.

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Co-curated by Tairone Bastien, Assistant Professor in the Criticism and Curatorial Practice program.

The Toronto Biennial of Art’s mission is to make contemporary art available to everyone. For 10 weeks every two years, local and international Biennial artists transform the city and surrounding regions with artworks, talks, and performances that reflect local contexts and pressing issues of our time. The Biennial’s free, citywide programming aims to inspire people, bridge communities, and contribute to global conversations. 

OCAD University is a proud partner of the Toronto Biennial of Art. 

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Multiple Venues (5 Lower Jarvis, 72 Perth Avenue, Arsenal Contemporary Art Toronto, Colborne Lodge, Fort York National Historic Site, Mercer Union, Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, Small Arms Inspection Building, Textile Museum of Canada)
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Free contemporary art Biennial, with artworks, talks, and performances
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72 Days of Free Contemporary Art 

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