Posts Tagged ‘artist’

OCADU Zine Fair 2015

Last week (Thursday, March 12) was the 7th annual OCADU Zine Fair. A mixture of students and Toronto-based zine makers gathered to share their work with the OCADU community.

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For the uninitiated, zines are self published creations that take many different forms: small magazines, art books, comics, journals, how-to guides… the list continues to infinity. The Learning Zone houses a zine collection and is the meeting place for OCADU’s Zine Collective. The annual zine fair is but one of the Learning Zone’s zine initiatives, and it is the best opportunity to meet other creators face-to-face.

Meet some of the vendors at this year’s zine fair:

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Jay Chau is a photography student at OCADU.

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Jay (who was sharing a table with fellow student Grace Brooks) was displaying work such as these embroidered genitalia journals, and some prints. Grace was showing t-shirts (featuring Billy Balogna from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse!) and sculptures of two-headed animals.

 

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Worn and The Wheelhouse were neighbours this year. The aim of The Wheelhouse (left) is to bring together a community of people who are facing barriers to accessibility. Through intersectional activities — including a zine distro — The Wheelhouse provides resources, learning opportunities and safe spaces for marginalized people.

Before it closed up shop at the end of 2014, Worn was a progressive fashion journal that looked deeper into fashion, covering questions like what is behind our relationship with accessories, what is the relationship between religious identity and underwear and what connections are there between clothing and activism. Though there will be no more new issues of Worn, back issues from its 10 years of feminist fashion insight are still available online.

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Whitney French is a Toronto-based zine maker and one of the editors behind the zine series From The Root. The series documents stories, images and testimonies from women of colour in Canada. The first issue’s focus was hair, and the newest issue — which had its Toronto debut at the zine fair — focuses on stories and experiences around the theme of the body. The body issue has its official launch March 22 at Beit Zatoun on Markham Street (4-6pm).

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Kimberley Dewing was representing the work of a group of 4th year illustration students. Much of the work was themed around goblins. They have plans for a next venture which will focus on witches.

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OCADU alumna Emily Waknine was here representing the artist collective Carrier. To raise funds for future exhibitions, Carrier was selling work such as collage zines, prints, jewellery and cassette tapes.

If you missed the zine fair, you may yet have a chance to see the work of these artists. Many of these zines will be added to the OCAD Zine Library so stop by the Learning Zone to check out our collection. And follow the links above to find some of these zines for sale online.

 

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03 2015

Doug Beube: Bibliocast: Breaking the Codex

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We are pleased to welcome Doug Beube to the Learning Zone on Monday February 10th at 3:30pm for a presentation and discussion of the works from the student and faculty weekend workshop – Radical Bookwork: Dis/connecting the Altered Page.

Beube, a mixed-media artist who works in collage, installation, sculpture and photography, deploys book media in a transformative structure referencing the dimensionality and dynamics of digital information. His sculptural representation of books simulates behaviours from the digital domain, such as cutting and pasting, but he uses power tools and glue rather than keystrokes.

I apply quasi-software functions such as cutting, pasting and hidden text onto an analog system; it does not work it cannot.  Doug Beube

All are welcome to join us and view the works produced!

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XPACE: External Space presents Lynn Canyon

Lynn Canyon by Canadian artist Adam Waldron-Blain is a video performance placing the artist playing a violin, while taking different positions in the middle of a rushing creek in a North Vancouver park.

The interruptions of sounds of rushing water, wind, birds and a dog with its owner flitting through the static frame, engages and challenges the viewer to watch and hear his violin performance in a powerful and unpredictable space.

On at the Learning Zone until June 18th and available online.

 

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05 2013

Financial Matters

Since January, Mondays at the Learning Zone have been all about the moolah. Bones, clams, dough, cash; whatever you call it, it’s money, and that’s what Money Mondays are all about!

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Love it or hate it, we all need money to live (barring some extreme cases!). Money management and financial planning are especially important when you don’t rely on a steady income — a situation sadly familiar to many artists. There’s no time like the present to learn about money because the longer you wait, the more of a mess you can get yourself into.

At this point, we’re already seven steps into the ten-step program, but don’t let that get in your way! You can still register for the last two sessions:

1 April — Step 8: Protect Yourself and Your Money
8 April — Steps 9 & 10: Get Help & Stay Financially Fit

For more information, visit the Financial Matters: Info Sessions page on the OCADU website.

Actually, it’d be a good idea to check out that web page anyway because Start Your Professional Practice Now! 2013 is coming up at the end of the month. With two days of presentations from artists, designers, and educators — like Budgeting for Artists & Designers (so you can catch up on what you missed at Money Mondays!), and Alumni Panel: From Classroom to Career — this is a great opportunity to learn from those who’ve been there. So take a well-earned break from studying, and study up on your future!

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03 2013

Time for Another Materials Trading Post!

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Last month’s Materials Trading Post was a blast and this month’s will be, too! Drop by the Learning Zone between 11:30am and 1:30pm this Tuesday, March 12 for a first-hand look. This is a really great opportunity to find out about new tools and supplies; you can try them out, experiment, collaborate, and learn from each other! Bring along any leftover or unused materials of your own and, who knows, maybe you’ll find somebody who wants them, and maybe you’ll find something you want, too. Waste not, want not — and reduce waste, right?

The Materials Trading Post is a free event hosted in collaboration by the Learning Zone, the First Generation/Student Success Programs, and the Aboriginal Visual Culture Program. Contact Melissa General for more information!

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