Menu

Ilene Sova

OCAD University Drawing and Painting

OCAD University Drawing and Painting

3D exhibitions

  • 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

    Introspective Beings

    30 Sep 2021 – 30 Sep 2022

    Introspective Beings A First-Year Showcase of Self-Portraiture Presented by OCADU Drawing and Painting Curated by – Marli Davis Mentored & Co-Directed by – Julius Poncelet Manapul First Self – Introspective Beings - is a showcase of OCADU Drawing and Painting self-portraiture from our first-year students. These paintings were conceptualized and created within domestic spaces during the final semester of 2021. Articulated threads interlink this collection of portraits, commonly touching upon cognitive imaginaries, confronting inhabited spaces, lingering between the host and the home. Through imagery, symbolism and narrative, we peer into each student’s lived experience within the pandemic. These works evoke resilience in a newly established way. Themes, materials, and methodology are altered for the times we are living in. Accompanying the ambiguous scope of vast introspective escapism is a communally manifested intrigue towards the psychological self. These paintings examine the self through culture, home, emotion, identity, and diversity; challenged and transformed. In a time of uncertain, ever-evolving demographics, our students have responded with an ability to accept their restrictions and experience exceptional creative growth. Tuning inwards when the outer realm becomes detached, isolation is met with illumination in this exhibition. The portraits document how research and self-exploration can become a lifeline for expression when combating a complicated socio-political reality. Collectively significant, intimate, physical and allegorical realizations unite these artists across digital landscapes.

  • OCAD University Drawing and Painting

    Looking Out While Looking In

    Exhibition of Collaborative Project (COIL) course between OCAD U and SUNY Geneseo students Curators: Natalie Claus, Ariana Massari, Ashley Walker Teaching Assistant: Azulmar Escalera Course Instructors: Alla Myzelev, SUNYG and Ilene Sova, OCADU

  • OCAD University Drawing and Painting

    The Language of Abstraction

    Abstract painting is now being practiced by artists who explore the vocabulary of Modernism but reject Modernist claims to originality and purism. Students explore this history and its application to practice, as well as abstraction's move from Modernist ideas that described painting as an autonomous surface, to Post-Modern ideas surrounding painting as a cultural, textual site. Furthermore, this course will highlight current trends in abstraction and how international communities are embracing the powerful act of painting - using material languages that connect to their cultural environments and histories. - Scott Everingham

  • OCAD University Drawing and Painting

    BODIES IN FLEETING REALITY: Exhibition of work from figurative painting studio

    05 May 2021 – 05 Dec 2021

    “Bodies in Fleeting Reality” is an online exhibition of work done by students in the OCADU Figurative Painting Studio. These artworks were painted over the winter of 2021, speaking to each artist’s experience of this global pandemic, with its dimensions of loneliness and solitude and representing the artist’s individual approach to figurative painting and visual vocabulary. The work of each artist presents different figurative narratives, all individual versions of personal and suggested fictions that reflect their own creative work as it has been influenced by the upheaval and dislocation of social isolation. Narratives presented are both literal and imagined. Figurative references include self, friends, family members or projected personalities, and can be understood as directly reflecting individual stories that were integral to the past year. Some figuration is presented in context to the “environment” of the pandemic. References to the figure in landscape directly refer to the spaces which have been accessible over the past several months. These include interior "landscape" -- the room or space inhabited over the past many months, "exterior" landscape -- the view out of a window, a garden space or city environment, or the “landscape” of the mind, whether actual, imagined, abstracted, or oscillating between possibilities. Other paintings in the exhibition create narrative discourses by referencing objects as they relate to the figure. These “still life” fragments represent a vocabulary of objects of attachment which have defined and given solace to the artist over the past year of the pandemic. This past year has been dislocated and unprecedented, the works in this exhibition present inquiries into the fragility of being in an unprecedented time, and the personal narratives that have been imagined and created out of this disruption.

  • OCAD University Drawing and Painting

    Advanced Painting Workshop _ Fresh Eyes

  • 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

    • Introspective Beings
      80 x 60 x 0.1 inch (h x w x d)
    • Oliver Ashton

      Unimpressed Aura, 2021
      47 x 46 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic & Enamel on Canvas
    • Yana Rzayeva

      Untitled, 2021
      24 x 18 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic & Oil on Canvas 
    • Tiffany Duong

      That Day, On The Beach, 2021
      16 x 12 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic & Gesso Transfers on Cardboard
    • Stacy Lucibello

      Stacy Lucibello , 2021
      24 x 18 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on canvas
    • Nicole David

      Self Portrait of Me as a Black Subterranean Harlequin, 2021
      36 x 36 x 1 cm (h x w x d)
      Oil & Acrylic
    • Olimpia Pedota

      The Rat Queen, 2021
      24 x 18 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Graphite on Watercolour Paper
    • Michelle Pratt

      Michelle Pratt , 2021
      16 x 12 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on canvas
    • Melissa Monteiro

      Dançarina De Sete Saias, 2021
      36 x 24 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic & Oil on Canvas 
    • Margot Hong

      Untitled, 2021
      24 x 18 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil & Acrylic
    • LXYXT

      Untitled, 2021
      59.2 x 49.2 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil paint
    • Gabe King

      Untitled, 2021
      24 x 20 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on canvas
    • Jordan Ho

      Untitled, 2021
      24 x 18 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on canvas
    • Isis Carey 

      Untitled, 2021
      24 x 18 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic & Gouache 
    • Huini Xu

      Untitled, 2021
      24 x 20 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on canvas
    • Caria-Gaye Oldham

      self portrait: rebirth, 2021
      19 x 13 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Digital Collage
    • Caro Simon

      Untitled, 2021
      35 x 39 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on canvas
    • Brandon Baghaee

      Self Portrait of The Artist with Daisy’s But, 2021
      24 x 18 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on canvas
    • Anna Petrosyan

      Untitled, 2021
      14 x 13 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Ink
    • Katherine Nishimura

      They Made Us A Monolith, 2021
      20 x 24 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      acrylic & oil
      Cookies help us to provide certain features and services on our website. By using the website, you agree that we use cookies. Privacy policy