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Gallery Crawl 2022

On Saturday, April 2 everyone is invited to check out OCAD University’s numerous galleries, during the annual Gallery Crawl. First held in 2017, the free event gives members of the public and OCAD U’s community the opportunity to experience a diverse range of artworks and curatorial projects at venues across campus.  

Gallery Crawl attendees can expect to see hundreds of paintings, sculptures, photographs and live performances by over 50 artists across five galleries. Artists and curators will be present at each stop to share the stories behind their creative process.   

The full line-up of the 2022 Gallery Crawl can be found here.

“Many may not be aware of all the exhibition venues across the campus. The Gallery Crawl is an exciting opportunity to showcase those spaces activated with amazing exhibitions,” notes Tibi Neuspiel, Programs Coordinator for Galleries Systems at OCAD U. 

“Having the artists and curators in attendance to introduce their work to visitors makes this year’s event even more special,” he continues.

Participants are welcome to traverse the galleries on their own or join one of the guided tours, which will depart from the lobby of 100 McCaul St. at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tours will be led by members of the OCAD U Galleries Systems team including Francisco Alvarez, the Dorene and Peter Miligan Executive Director of OCAD U Galleries, Morgan Mavis, Community Coordinator at Ignite Gallery and Neuspiel. 
 
The tours will guide attendees through the following exhibition spaces: 

100 McCaul St. 

The Great Hall
This exhibition showcases photogrammetry, the art and science of taking overlapping photographs of an object, structure, or space, and converting them into digital models.

Ignite Gallery 
The exhibition Electric Circus features videos, sculpture, text and installation works by recent OCAD U graduates, Khadija Aziz, Brandon Celi, Katie Kotler and Calvin Zhang. The exhibition was curated by Morgan Mavis and Tibi Neuspiel. 

Ada Slaight Student Gallery  
An exhibition curated by Criticism and Curatorial Practice undergraduate students titled Renouncing Identity: Noticing the Unnoticed. Additional thesis exhibitions will also be on view. 
 

29 McCaul St. 

Beaver Hall Gallery
The exhibition 19 Beds is on view from March 30 to April 9 and features the work of Ronald Lam.
 

205 Richmond St. West 

Graduate Gallery
The exhibition Walking Near Water: My Relations Through Land features the work of Mary McIntyre.

Experimental Media Space
The exhibition Fragments of an Inner Child features the work of artist Vridhhi Chaudhry.

Room 118
The exhibition Black Foliage: The Culture Preservation Process of Botanical Forms Through Textiles features the work of Stephanie Singh. 
 

199 Richmond St. West 

Onsite Gallery 
Fable for Tomorrow is the first survey of works by former OCAD U faculty member Wendy Coburn and is part of CONTACT Photography Festival. Co-curated by Dr. Caroline Seck Langill, Vice-President, Academic and Provost and Faculty of Art Professor Dr. Andrea Fatona, the show presents four decades of Coburn’s creative output. 


COVID-19 Protocols

Visitors will be required to answer a COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to entering campus buildings. A screenshot of completed questionnaires will be required for entry.  

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Everyone is invited to tour OCAD U’s numerous exhibition spaces on April 2. Join a guided tour and see hundreds of artworks across campus.
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Wunderkammer

Works by Marli Davis, Elizabeth DeCoste, Laur Flom, Em Moor.

Sep 06 - Oct 09
Weekdays: 8am - 7pm, Sat & Sun: 12 - 6pm
Reception: Sep 28: 4 - 6pm

Exploring the storytelling abilities of collections, the artists in Wunderkammer repurpose the scientific method as a means of self-discovery. By appropriating methodologies from a rich historical exhibition tradition, the artists use the aesthetics of scientific classification and museum display to draw attention to gaps and erasures within collection practices. As such they are able to re-tell histories, establishing an alternative form of storytelling to the dominating Western practices of display and classification, without writing off those practices entirely. Artists Laur Flom, Elizabeth DeCoste, Em Moor, and Marli Davis draw us into their worlds with installation, video, and archives filled with detritus and memorabilia. These works poke fun at the glorifying potential of the fantastical collector, showing us that it is not the individual objects that are deserving of the title ‘artifact’, but their personal and collective significance which offers us a genealogical path toward introspection.  

Curated: Morgan Mavis, Tibi Neuspiel

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Khadija Aziz , Brandon Celi , Katie Kotler , Calvin Zhang

Today, technology seems to be fully integrated into our sense of self. No one is exempt from the influence of technological advancements or their prevalence in our lives. At the same time, the evolution of digital media places our contemporary moment in a period of constant transition. This moment of metamorphosis is in contention at all times with our urge to clearly define and know ourselves. Furthermore, our reliance on technology as a means of righting our path, correcting our mistakes, and guiding us, has created an idealized expectation of ourselves. What if, instead of correcting the mistake, we let it exist in its error, its imperfection? What if we capitalized on the opportunity for that mistake to bring about a change in direction? In Electric Circus, artists take up the technological error as a space of self-critique, a location from which to regenerate our conception of self, and technology as the means through which this regeneration might take place. Works by Calvin Zhang, Khadija Aziz, Katie Kotler, and Brandon Celi explore the intersections of technology, art, and identity through works of video, text, sculpture, and installation. Throughout the works, each of the artists investigates their own identities and the potential for new forms of understanding to be constructed through a reification of the glitch as a reproduction of the self.

Curatorial Essay by Fabiyino Germain-Bajowa

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Khadija Aziz , Brandon Celi , Katie Kotler , Calvin Zhang 

March 21 to April 25

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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.  

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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.  

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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.  
 

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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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Ignite Gallery's inaugural show in our new permanent location showcases works that are self-aware and fun while exploring the intersection of personal and collective experiences.

Malik McKoy

Philip Leonard Ocampo

Sid Sharp

Kyle Yip

Nicole Zaridze 

March 7, to April 7, 2022.  

 

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Malik McKoy, Philip Leonard Ocampo, Sid Sharp, Kyle Yip, and Nicole Zaridze.

March 7, to April 7, 2022.  

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Ignite Gallery is hiring student monitors

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Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., Nov 25th, 2021
Log into the OCAD U talent network for more information

Position Description:
Reporting to Ignite’s Programs & Community Coordinator, the Student Monitor will:  

  • Assist in maintaining COVID protocols as directed by OCAD U. This may include tracking visitors, supplying masks to any visitors in need, light cleaning, etc. Protocols are in development and will shift with the needs of the pandemic to keep us safe.  
  • Greet visitors as they enter the gallery and provide information on present and upcoming exhibitions, public events, and general gallery and OCAD U information.  
  • Supervise the entrance and all areas of the exhibitions to enhance the visitor experience, encourage conversation and engagement, and enforce gallery rules and etiquette. 
  • Research the exhibiting artists/designers and exhibition themes, prepare and lead thoughtful tours and maintain a comprehensive understanding of the artists/designers and themes in the exhibition to facilitate discussion and meaningful engagement with viewers.  
  • Track daily attendance and encourage the recording of email addresses for Ignite Gallery's e-newsletter database, so patrons are aware of upcoming exhibitions and events.  
  • Ensure all exhibition elements are in proper working order, and front reception and gallery areas are clean/tidy. Examine the exhibitions daily to identify if maintenance is needed on artworks, perform corrective action (as appropriate), and notify other staff as needed.  
  • Perform administrative tasks including writing reports related to gallery attendance and audience response. Replenish gallery material, such as exhibition brochures, at the front desk and other areas as needed.  
  • Perform opening and closing duties, including turning on and off the works in the exhibition, keeping front reception tidy, and locking all doors.  
  • Assist with installation and de-installation of exhibitions, as needed, which may include: light lifting and moving of objects, installing hanging material, moving plinths, patch/repair and paint walls, and hanging wall labels.  
  • Attend Student Monitor orientation meeting prior to the opening of an exhibition, and any other meetings as called by the Programs & Community Coordinator or Curator.    
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Programs & Community Coordinator and senior management.  

Qualifications

Requirements:
• Currently enrolled as an OCAD University student and IWSP* or CEPIS** eligible
• Interest in contemporary art and design.
• Comfortable in a public speaking role.
• Strong verbal communication skills.
• Ability to work under general direction and in a team environment.
• Strong interpersonal skills; enjoy working with the public.
• Must be able to work flexible hours for public event shifts and/or gallery preparation.

Assets:
• Ability to operate audio/visual and office equipment.
• Knowledge and comfort using social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to assist with Ignite Gallery's digital presence and promotion.

Duration:
January 4 to May 1, 2022, with the possibility of renewing for the following exhibition period. Rate of pay: $16.15 per hour. Schedule: 1-3 shifts per exhibition to be determined, resulting in between 8-19.25 hours, depending on availability.

Vacancies:
2-3 regular Student Monitor positions; 2-3 Student Monitors on an as needed basis.

Please submit the following to Community Coordinator, Morgan Mavis, mmavis@ocadu.ca
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Your IWSP or CEPIS eligibility confirmation for the winter 2022 semester *Institutional Work Study (IWSP) consists of part-time employment for students on or near campus while they are enrolled in a program of instruction, to supplement OSAP assistance received by students, or to assist other students with demonstrated financial need. **Campus Employment Program for International Students (CEPIS) is a work/study program designed to provide students with financial assistance through part-time paid employment on campus at OCAD U. As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., Nov 25th, 2021
Log into the OCAD U talent network for more information

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Ignite Gallery is pleased to announce our latest virtual initiative, and exhibition of works by recent SCIN graduate Julien Fisher.

Please click here to visit this virtual show. 

Engaging with the built world, Julien Fisher's art practice seeks to map spaces and objects, reconfiguring and obfuscating representation in an attempt to affectively understand both the divisions and relations within our systems. Fisher's work asks, how does the built environment, specifically the edifices of spaces and ideologies that humans create, come to shape the relations among humans and other beings?

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As part of DesignTO, Ignite Gallery showcases the role of furniture as a medium for personal expression, as a reflection of social and cultural norms, and as an influence upon human behavior.


For the 10th edition of Tables, Chairs & Other Unrelated Objects, we look back into our archives and present a retrospective in virtual form.

Please find the exhibition on Ignite's home page:  https://www.ocadu.ca/gallery/ignite-gallery
Or via direct link:  https://spark.adobe.com/page/192RVAJ7d6bvV/

Special thanks to Monarch Custom Plywood, Keilhauer, and the Artworkers Retirement Society for their continued generous support.

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This fall Ignite Gallery continues its 40+ year history of supporting emerging talent by showcasing artists selected in our annual call for submissions.
On view at: https://www.ocadu.ca/gallery/ignite-gallery
Our hope is to present more of their works to you IRL in 2021, but until then, stay tuned for a series of virtual exhibitions on our webpage and behind the scenes videos posted to our instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ignitegallery

LOREM IPSUM - PART TWO
November 02 - 28

Jason Abma
Shahrzad Amin
Cailin Doherty
Julien Fisher
Nicole Zaridze

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On view September 24 - October 21 at: https://www.ocadu.ca/gallery/ignite-gallery

This fall Ignite Gallery will continue its 40+ year history of supporting emerging talent by showcasing artists selected in our annual call for submissions. Our hope is to present more of their works to you IRL in 2021, but until then, stay tuned for a series of virtual exhibitions, LOREM IPSUM, on our webpage. Be sure to also check out the behind the scenes, BTS, artist interview videos posted to our instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ignitegallery

Khadija Aziz
Brandon Celi
Katie Kotler
Malik McKoy
Sid Sharp
Kyle Yip
Calvin Zhang

Poster image: Malik McKoy, Unprecented, digital scene

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