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OCAD University Drawing and Painting

OCAD University Drawing and Painting

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  • OCAD University Drawing and Painting

    The Exploration of Drawing

    10 Dec 2020 – 10 Jan 2021

    This exhibition is comprised of a collection of student work that centers around the processes of both traditional and experimental drawing methods. Due to the unique nature of this show, these works come to you from around the globe from participants, each experiencing the world from different communities, environments, and situations. Showcasing widely varied investigative processes exploring the boundaries of drawing. Instead of succumbing to the limitations and disadvantages of the current social climate, the exhibit participants continue to flourish and create despite being in the confines of quarantine. It exemplifies how these artists not only create transformative work but transformative spaces as they adjust to non-traditional studio settings. Participants have strived to come together in a time of isolation to bring forward innovative ideas and questions reflected in their work. While the subjects portrayed in this exhibit are not all about the pandemic, every piece serves as an example of how creators are finding new ways to communicate, critique, and create with one another. This exhibition combines translations of time, sound, and scale through the process of drawing. Using experimental methods, participants have tackled intangible human experiences to produce works that push the traditional confines of what can be drawn and what can be considered a drawing

  • OCAD University Drawing and Painting

    Drawing in its Most Vague Definition

    10 Dec 2020 – 10 Feb 2021

    Since the primitive age, human beings have found ways to create, mark making in any possible form. Through hand markings on caves, to the intricate painting techniques of the renaissance, to the age of romanticism, and the reconstruction of the artworld by abstract artists and the avant-garde. There are so many ways to symbolize, to conceptualize, to create. In this online exhibition we will be celebrating just that, the freedom of mark making, the unconfined definition of what it means to make art.

  • OCAD University Drawing and Painting

    The Thoughts Are Alive

    10 Dec 2020 – 10 Mar 2021

    The Thoughts are Alive is an online exhibition of art from students of the Ontario College of Art and Design University. The work within the exhibit engages with the ideas of Time, Story and Body and how they manifest visually within the practice of drawing. This exhibit reveals the diverse and expansive range of approaches within the drawing umbrella, challenging perceptions of what “drawing” means. The relationship between Time, Story and Body can be understood through these artworks simply as the story of our lives; and how we exist in a linear, time-based world that is ever-changing, and constantly developing. The virtual age of Covid has accelerated the artistic innovation of the exhibited artists and their work. Some artworks from The Thoughts are Alive have abandoned traditional drawing utensils entirely, like Oliver Ashton has, opting for sewing three-dimensional paper forms onto flat paper supports to engage with the idea of the body, completely reimagining what it means to make a mark. Meanwhile, opting for a traditional medium of charcoal on paper, John Calara showcases innovative work for this exhibition by using drawing as a mode of animating, thoroughly encompassing the conceptual framework while incorporating both traditional mark-making and technological intervention. Throughout this exhibition there is a common theme underlying the works; that theme is innovation. The exhibited artworks show contemporary applications of drawing as an aesthetic mode of inquiry. The creative, divergent applications of these very human themes are reflective of our current, global environment. One that has superseded every facet of our existence and forced us to reinvent in new digital and technological ways, therefore abandoning traditions we previously understood as the norm. Within this exhibition we can now understand drawing as a form of critical thought and a reflection of the time-based, narrative systems of the body. In a completely virtual format, The Thoughts are Alive is an exhibit showing works of art that engage with these poignant and contemporary frameworks.

  • OCAD University Drawing and Painting

    PathoGen

    02 Dec 2020 – 02 Mar 2021

    PathoGEN Error: Compiling 2020. Twenty-four cross-disciplinary students at OCAD University have created this online exhibition situating their personal experiences with the ongoing pandemic. This show is the culminating activity for the third year COVID-19 Responsive Art course. Through initial class discussions we learned that at the beginning of the pandemic, many students were excited to be at home for a small duration of time. There was still a sense of hope that “lockdown” would be swift and short. As the pandemic continued and worsened, those feelings of excitement slowly turned into fear of the future and a general state of anxiety. To begin the coursework, students reflected on how artists in the past responded to crises such as the 1918 Pandemic, the AIDS Epidemic, Idle No More, the Civil Rights Movement, Genocide and the Black Lives Matter Movement. Through this research, students developed a deep understanding of the impact's artists have had on society during these troubled times. Research in the class also included a scan of existing international COVID-19 exhibitions to experience an artistic conversation with artists and makers outside of their class collective. In the second part of the semester, students set out to create their art in response to the pandemic in an effort express their own unique experiences during the various stages of quarantines and shutdowns across the world. Some artists took a more positive and uplifting approach, and others focused on the melancholy and pain they have been feeling during this time of upheaval and social isolation. The main themes in the resulting work include mental health, environmental impacts, the passage of time and the lack of touch. The overall mood evoked by these pieces is an ominous one, often hidden behind a mask of bright colours and energetic mark-making. Many students found themselves without access to shops and studios in which to make work. Forced to adapt to new environments and processes, students moved to utilize a variety of mediums, from digital media, painting, videography often while reusing otherwise discarded and sustainable materials. This shows us clearly that many people have taken different paths to process the changes COVID-19 has had on their lives. For some, this is a means to focus on the environmental impact of widespread single-use-PPE use; for others, it is a space to address the evolving concepts of home, togetherness, safety and security; for many, it is a reflection on their restricted movement and ongoing upheaval throughout the world. This unique course provided a historic opportunity for students to express their emotions and responses during this difficult time through their visual practice. As a result, many beautiful and emotional pieces were created. We hope that viewers will enjoy exploring this impactful show and find solace in how we express our common experiences!

  • OCAD University Drawing and Painting

    Meta Figure: The Body in Paint

    21 Sep 2020 – 21 Sep 2021

    This exhibition highlights the work created by students in Natalie Majaba Waldburger’s Drawing and Painting studio/seminar class “Meta-Figure: The Body in Paint” this past Summer. The course was offered in an online asynchronous format with students working on several artworks and related readings to unravel current debates and discussions through collective discourse and artmaking. Accompanied by texts selected from philosophy, cultural studies, and literature that speaks to a number of issues; human impact on the planet, speculations on symbiotic human/non-human relationships, decolonization, systemic racism, and Black Futures, students considered the subject of contemporary figuration and representation through a series of exploratory process artworks and critical texts to dismantle academic figure painting and its coded histories. In the context of the current climate of COVID, social change, and environmental justice and in anticipation of new ways of thinking about the body or bodies students also navigated alternate methods painting from the observation, in their home studios and without a model. To do this, students offered creative responses to the fundamental challenges of observational painting from life and expanded these ideas broadly through three process studies and a final artwork. First, they were asked to think about the space around the body by creating a diorama, built from reclaimed materials, to house a figure, asking the question about environments, generally, and ecosystems as bodies. Secondly, students were asked to consider “movement” – in order to “build a thing that moves and paint it". They considered the expansiveness of this idea – from the individual physical movements of observing a model in a pose to social movements that represent shifts in large-scale thinking. Thirdly, students proposed their own “invented” process study. Each constructed micro-space was then painted from observation. Their final pieces drew on their previous three studies to create a piece that contemplated the “figure” or “the body”. The subsequent self-directed work is featured in this digital exhibition alongside the student's in-process works and represents the dialogue with the members of this class as they engaged in critical figurative practices.

  • OCAD University Drawing and Painting

    Black =

    19 Oct 2020 – 19 Nov 2020

    Featuring work from Camille Kiffin, Nicole David, Carol Kabmaba, Natia Lemay, Ashley Waithe, Kadine Lindsay, Ay Johnson, Brandon Bayhaee, Dalali Cofie. A history of anti-black culture and systemic racism continues to shape Canadian frameworks. This extends to the devaluation of black lives within the Canadian ethos. Black artists continuously create work that reflects and educates others on black experiences, stories, and black histories to create social change. In light of this struggle, this exhibition was created in response to the current political landscape revolving around the Black Lives Matter movement. It is not just a tool for education to be viewed through the white gaze but also as a method to boost representational imagery within the Black community. Expanding upon the idea that Black art is not restricted to mythologized imagery or trauma-based motivation to be valid or valued. If art is for everyone, everyone should be seen within art. Exhibiting artist's experiences vary within the community. This show looks to reflect the diversity that is Blackness. The artists involved in this show have created visual representations to expand the collective thinking and create transformational change within our society. This includes empowering and amplifying the voices of those within the Black Art Community. Artists varying from OCAD Universities first year to the fourth year consider terms that help define their Blackness. Through this lens, the artists seek the reconnection of imagery with terms integral to highlighting the strengths and complexities within the Black community.

    latest works

    • Connor Rothe

      the light that could never last, 2020
      56.5 x 40.5 cm (h x w)
      Soft/Chalk pastel on paper
    • Kaushika Nayyar

      From Anxiousness to Enlightenment, 2020
      9 x 18 cm (h x w)
      Mixed Media and Film
    • Drawing Nothing, 2020
      60 x 120 x 3.5 cm (h x w x d)
      Video
    • Carlos Bellorin

      Death of Oil, 2020
      40 x 40 inch (h x w)
      Oil on canvas
    • Carlos Bellorin

      Playing with Knives, 2020
      40 x 40 inch (h x w)
      Oil on canvas
    • Ruoyao Shi

      Draw with Biology, 2020
      87 x 111 cm (h x w)
    • Ruoyao Shi

      Draw with Biology, 2020
      87 x 111 cm (h x w)
    • Ruoyao Shi

      Art, Science and Beliefs, 2020
      145 x 110 cm (h x w)
    • Serena Selvaggi

      Skin Tea Bag , 2020
      skin, string, paper, tea leaves, hot glue
    • Colleen Thomson

      Grace of Movement, 2020
      76.2 x 106.7 x 3.5 cm (h x w x d)
      Digital Collage
    • Aly Rosenzweig

      Little Street, 2020
      53.3 x 40 x 3 inch (h x w x d)
      acrylic on canvas
    • Marcus Di Meglio-Vettese

      Alongside Time, 2020
      21 x 49 cm (h x w)
      Digital Media
    • Sophie Boulianne

      Self Portrait, 2020
      71.1 x 71.1 inch (h x w)
      Graphite on paper
    • Terra Helena Sutton

      The Garden, 2020
      70 x 55 x 3.5 inch (h x w x d)
      Watercolour on paper
    • Anthony Micallef

      Nailed It?, 2020
      109.3 x 162.6 x 3.5 cm (h x w x d)
      mixed media
    • Bert Whitecrow

      Energies Flowing Through Time, 2020
      50.8 x 40.6 inch (h x w)
      Birch Bark and Sinew
    • Hoon Kim

      Time, Who Are Thou?, 2020
      152.4 x 111.8 x 3.5 cm (h x w x d)
      Water colour on paper
    • Aly Rosenzweig

      Time, 2020
      80 x 60 x 3 inch (h x w x d)
      Collage on photoshop - acrylic on canvas, fabric, Pencil on paper, Water colour on paper
    • Meagan Craevan

      That's All There Is, 2020
      206.1 x 144.6 x 3.5 cm (h x w x d)
      Digital and Photography
    • Fay Pitsadiotis

      Keep it Contained, 2020
      60 x 40 inch (h x w)
      Oil on board
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