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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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OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION

Gallery 44 supports a thriving community of artists and supporters committed to contemporary photography. As an artist-run centre, Gallery 44’s activities are driven by the commitment and energy of its membership and artist-led Board of Directors and programming committees. Members play a crucial role in supporting our activities and advocating for our mission. 

Gallery 44’s membership program provides technical and conceptual support to artists in every stage of their careers. We work closely with our members to foster inclusive practices and to help promote many unique approaches to photography. 

G44 and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the return of the Gallery 44 Career Launcher providing Production Memberships to three (3) recent OCAD U graduates. This exclusive membership opportunity will provide access to Gallery 44 production facilities, equipment rentals and programming for sixteen months, starting June 1, 2020 to support the graduates’ upcoming exhibitions, continued creative production and professional opportunities. 

Additionally, recipients will also receive studio credits valued at $500, and opportunities to participate in G44 member exhibitions, workshops and events. 

G44 FACILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Black and White Darkroom 
  • Film Developing Station 
  • Imacon 949 iMac Station 
  • Epson V700 
  • Shooting Studio 
  • Resource Centre 
  • Print Finishing Area 
  • HP z3200 Printing. 
  • Plus select reciprocal membership benefits at LIFT, Trinity Square Video, and InterAccess.

MEMBERSHIP PERIOD

June 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be an OCAD U student graduating in 2020
  • Must have continuous photography-based practice

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email) and a current CV. 
  • Online portfolio or an attached PDF portfolio. 
  • A statement of interest (250 words) that contextualizes your intent to use the facility, outlines the significance of the opportunity to your practice, and demonstrates how the opportunity will be used to enhance your professional development. 
  • Written confirmation of the conditions (see Qualifications). 

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTION

Please submit all components online via Typeform  http://bit.ly/G44Production

DEADLINE

April 13, 2020 at midnight

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G44 and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the return of the Gallery 44 Career Launcher providing Production Memberships to three (3) recent OCAD U graduates. This exclusive membership opportunity will provide access to Gallery 44 production facilities, equipment rentals and programming for sixteen months, starting June 1, 2020 to support the graduates’ upcoming exhibitions, continued creative production and professional opportunities.

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This photographic series explores identity and personal narrative using the symbolic representation of fruit and the human body.

The work parallels the representation of the feminine form with fruit through structural and symbolic similarities

Zain Bhanapatel, is an OCAD U Photography student and multi-media artist producing work that is personal and that draws on self-exploratory narratives, feminine form and sexuality, through the camera lens.

Photograph of an assortment of fruits and bare leg on bed with white sheets

 

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Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
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The Learning Zone Gallery presents An Assortment, photographic work by Zain Bhanapatel.  
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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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mchudolinska@ocadu.ca
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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
Core exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Free public reception
Wednesday, May 8 from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

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.

With writing contributions from art historian Jennifer Franks, OCAD U faculty members John Deal and Amish Morrell and University of Houston professor Lynn Voskuil.

The exhibition brochure is available online here.

Onsite Gallery, OCAD University is happy to offer a free interactive guide for families and young visitors to creatively engage with our current contemporary art exhibition. Click here to learn more.

 

T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers

Free Public Events
Public events developed by Linda Columbus, Programs & Community Coordinator, Onsite Gallery

  • Digital Photography Portfolio Review
    Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m.
    Limited availability; advance registration required
    Tickets available on Onsite Gallery’s Facebook page as of Tuesday, April 30 at noon
    An opportunity for amateur and professional photographers alike to have a selection of their digital photography work reviewed by professional lens-based artists Kotama Bouabane, April Hickox and Meera Margaret Singh. Each registered participant will be assigned a time slot with one of the three reviewers.
     
  • Arts & Crafts Garden Visit
    Co-presented with the Toronto Botanical Garden
    Sunday, June 9 at 2 p.m.
    Limited availability; advance registration required
    Tickets available on Onsite Gallery’s Facebook page as of Friday, May 24 at noon
    Join T.M. Glass, Onsite Gallery and the Toronto Botanical Garden for a special visit to T.M. Glass’ traditional Arts & Crafts Garden. The artist and the Toronto Botanical Garden will lead a tour of the garden and speak about the flowers in bloom, gardening and the history of Arts & Crafts Gardens.
     
  • Artist and Curator's Exhibition Tour
    Thursday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m.
    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.
     
  • The Language of Flowers: Workshop with Karen Azoulay
    Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m.
    Join Brooklyn-based artist Karen Azoulay for a talk and interactive experience that will explore the symbolism of flowers.
     
  • Oil Infusion Workshop with Kat Mahon
    Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m.
    Limited availability; advance registration required
    Tickets available on Onsite Gallery's Facebook page as of Tuesday, June 18 at noon
    Join us for a presentation on flowers throughout history, highlighting the specific uses of certain flowers then and now for their medicinal and therapeutic purposes. This will be followed by hands-on workshop where participants create their own oil infusion. Everyone will leave with their artistic jar of flower-infused body oil to take home.
     
  • How I Learned to Jam with a Pansy: Talk with Bob Ezrin
    Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m.
    Celebrated Canadian music producer and musician Bob Ezrin discusses the organics of making music with plants, animals and humans.
     
  • Complexity versus Simplicity: Historic Influences on the Contemporary Work of T.M. Glass
    Thursday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m.
    Jennifer Franks will discuss the pendulum swing between complexity and simplicity throughout art history, while highlighting the historic influences in the contemporary work of T.M. Glass.
     
  • A Man Named Pearl Film Screening
    Wednesday, August 14 at 6:30 p.m.
    A Man Named Pearl tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar. When Pearl Fryar and his wife sought to buy a house in 1976 in an all-white neighborhood of Bishopville, South Carolina, they were dissuaded with the explanation that "Black people don't keep up their yards." Instead of fueling bitterness and anger, this comment motivated Pearl to become the first African-American to win Bishopville’s Yard of the Month award, and, eventually, to transform his ordinary suburban yard into a horticultural wonderland. The topiary garden's centerpiece emblazons both its message and Pearl's own philosophy: Love, Peace, and Goodwill.

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 new 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.

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Earlier this year, Melissa General, an OCAD U Photography alumna and the Manager of the university’s Indigenous Visual Culture Student Centre & Services, was selected to receive an emerging leadership award from the Ontario Arts Council. The award recognizes a rising Indigenous artist or arts professional with a $2,500 prize, with the recipient being nominated annually by the OAC’s annual Indigenous Arts Award winner, who was Nadya Kwandibens in 2018. Melissa received her honour at the OAC offices in a small ceremony on Tuesday, December 4. 

Melissa is Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is a multidisciplinary artist working in photography, audio, video and installation. Her practice is focused on her home territory of Six Nations and the concepts of memory, language and land. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and shows in Ontario, Manitoba and Québec. She is also a contributor to the national billboard project Resilience, curated by Lee-Ann Martin. In addition to her BFA in Photography from OCAD U, Melissa holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University.

Congratulations Melissa! 

Faculty of Art Indigenous Visual Culture Student Centre
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