Introducing Luke Hastings

Luke Hastings; Introducing Luke Hastings Summer 2015

Cross-Displinary Art & Publications student Tetyana Herych presents Introducing Luke Hastings exhibition at the Learning Zone.

Herych thought of Luke Hastings paintings immediately when asked to curate an exhibition at the Learning Zone space for this summer. Hastings, a 4th year Drawing & Painting student at OCAD University likes to work large with bright and saturated hues.

Luke Hastings

Hastings inserts himself in his paintings, and draws in the dynamics of his family relationships.

Luke Hastings’ self-awareness is portrayed within the framework of his family, through honest motifs of substance abuse, and the responsibilities that accompany it. He does not exist without them.

Unable to stick to one medium, Hastings conveys the unsettling realities throughout his life with overwhelmingly large pieces and bold colours, with various mediums patched together. Acrylic paint on canvas and paper, colour pencil on paper collaged on canvas, infused with cut up drawings from Hasting’s and his twin sister’s childhood.   Tetyana Herych


This exhibition runs through the summer.


07 2015

xpace: External Space: 1st Place by Michelle Homonylo

Michelle Homonylo, 1st Place; Xpace Cultural Centre: External Space

Come to the Learning Zone this summer and check out Xpace Cultural Centre: External Space’s latest exhibition video, 1st Place by Michelle Homonylo.

Homonylo’s usage of Olympic found footage and her performance portraying an Olympic swimmer are carefully constructed using split screens and cut-away techniques, to create juxtaposition between a competitive sporting environment and domestic space.

 Both settings convey the isolating, singular pursuit of excellence within their respective existence

Jon Lockyer

The video’s imagery is modeled after Homonylo’s roots in contemporary photography.

Download Exhibition Essay by Jon Lockyer

On until August 3rd.


07 2015

It’s time to get growing!

Finally, it’s growing season and the threat of frost is finally behind us. It’s time to bring out your gardening books, sharpen your tools, ideas and gather seeds, if you have not already.

Gardens, Plants, and Landscape Design Display; OCAD U's Library

Visit OCAD University’s Dorothy H. Hoover Library this month and check out the Gardens, Plants and Landscape Design display featuring a selection of books from the library’s collection from Monet’s garden design and Vita Sackville-West essays to Guerrilla gardening including Middle East Garden traditions. To see more: OCAD U Library LibGuides

OCAD Seed Library

Then drop by Library Services Learning Zone and visit the OCAD Seed Library. The OCAD Seed Library collection has a selection of seeds for you to grow your own culinary garden—it’s not too late! The OCAD Seed Library is partnered with the Toronto Seed Library bringing seeds and seed saving practices to the OCAD U community.

OCAD Zine Library

OCAD Zine Library

Looking for a space to start your garden? You can join Toronto Community Garden Network, do container gardening on your balcony or rooftop or build your own hydroponic window farm.


06 2015

xpace: External Space: Data Library by Colin Rosati

XPACE Cultural Centre: External Space Gallery current exhibition is Colin Rosati’s video Data Library.

Data Library by Colin Rosati, xpace:External Space May 12 - June 22

Rosati is a multimedia artist presently studying at OCAD University’s Integrated Media Program.

His video is an exploration of themes of representation and authenticity, by generating a virtual environment that emphasizes repetition and imperfection. The rendering is highly quantized and references low-res, early 3-D digital renderings, complete with robotic stilted camera movements. The soundtrack nicely compliments the visuals with the combination of analogue techniques that are digitally disjoined with glitches, jump cuts and backwards playback.

Data Library weaves multiple subjects together as it explores and describes the virtual environment, questioning the process of human perception.

On until June 22nd hosted in Library Services Learning Zone, and online at XPACE Cultural Centre.



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06 2015

xpace: External Space: The Emotional Problems of Living by Tobias Williams

The Emotional Problems of Living by Tobias Williams; xpace:External Space until May 11/15


The Emotional Problems of Living is a 3D animation created by Toronto based artist Tobias Williams for the 2014 Round Table Residency located at the Academy of Dragons.

By referencing models of digital representation and of human perception, the work examines the relationships and boundaries between reality and synthesis. There are multiple references to the RGB colour space, which is a synthetic model to describe components of human vision. Perception of the work itself,  hovers between the real versus computer-rendered model.  The video raises existential questions on the human experience, and the creation of reality as a collective construct.

On until May 10th at xpace: External Space located in the Learning Zone or access online here.


04 2015

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