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Visionaire Periodical Collection & Design Annuals in the Learning Zone

Visionaire: 46 Uncensored, Mario Testino

The Learning Zone Visionaire periodical collection keeps on expanding with two new additions, Issue No. 46: Uncensored by Mario Testino and Issue No. 51: Harmony Black.

Issue No. 46: Uncensored curated by photographer Mario Testino, features many contemporary artists including photographs by Testino himself. Uncensored is a provoking magazine about sex in the contemporary world.

Issue No. 51: Harmony Black is an interactive publication featuring six 25-piece puzzles from leading artists—Maurizio Cattelan, Robert Wilson, Yayoi Kusama, Vik Muniz, Massiom Vitali and Richard Misrach. Stretch your imagination with each puzzle by combining the pieces to create other unique images – on your own or collaboratively.

Visionaire: 51 Harmony

Visionaire is not a traditional art magazine but a contemporary art and fashion publication. Showcasing art, fashion and design using guest curators including prominent artists, designers and photographers. Each issue is unique in format, themes and experience.

Visionaire 62 Rio

Learning Zone is also host to many Design Annuals including American Illustration, Art Directors Annual, Europe’s Best Advertising, and Art Basel.

Design Annuals


04 2015

Artists Teaching Artists Exhibit

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“Ouroboros” by Hudson Christie

This Wednesday, the Learning Zone launched a student exhibit featuring visual and new media work from students and graduates of OCAD University’s Art and Design Education Lab (ADEL). Curated by Pam Patterson, Leena Raudvee, Marta Chudolinska and Daniel Payne, the work in Artists Teaching represents the anxieties, pleasures and challenges the artists have encountered as emerging art and design educators.

“In speaking to art and design education, one tends to reference curriculum, the students taught, the educational contexts, and teachers’ pedagogy; but what about our own unique experiences of, and affective, experiential and aesthetic responses to teaching and learning? Our process as artists inextricably intertwines art making and multileveled learning. We are responsive to and responsible for our own personal and project development and their realization. As art and design educators we reflect on our teaching moments and in doing so inform our art practice; this is a reciprocal and complex relationship.”

Pictured above, fourth year illustration student Hudson Christie used the remnants of his students’ art to create a symbol of how he learned to teach, the Ouroboros, or the serpent eating its own tail.

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Cassidy Tam presenting her installation, “Buzzzz”

In addition to Christie, the artists featured in Artists Teaching are Megan D’Angelo, Nazli Nahidi, Hareem Qureshy, Peter Rahul, Julia Sardinha, Angela Stoilkova and Cassidy Tam. Above, fiber artist Tam’s installation — made of silk, wool, cotton, natural dyes and water-soluble fabric paint — aims to trigger multiple senses while raising awareness of the endangered bumblebee.


Nazli Nahidi’s work, “Roshani”

As a partner to the Artists Teaching exhibit in the Learning Zone, Teaching Artists is showing the work of OCADU faculty JJ Lee, Mei Lee Ogden, Amy Swartz and Natalie Waldburger at the University of Toronto’s CWSE Gallery (252 Bloor St. W, 2nd floor). The work in this sister exhibit addresses the complexity and playfulness of the art and learning relationship. Both exhibits run until November 29th.

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Peter Rahul’s “People You Don’t Know”

To book an exhibit in the Learning Zone, visit the submissions page for more information.


11 2013

Time for Another Materials Trading Post!

Materials Trading Post

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!


03 2013

5th Annual OCAD U Zine Fair

It’s that time of the year again, the 5th Annual OCAD U Zine Fair which takes place next Wednesday March 6th between 11 – 5 pm at 100 McCaul Street, in the main lobby.

After taking in the zine fair,  zinesters and zine fans are welcome to visit the OCAD Zine Library located in the Learning Zone. The OCAD Zine Library is continually adding new titles and subjects to the collection.

To learn more about the OCAD Zine Library and activities, you can visit OCAD Zine Library and zinesforlunch.blogspot.

Zines are a very important form of publishing media giving a voice to individual creators and alternative viewpoints. Come out to the Zine fair and visit the OCAD Zine Library to be inspired or just to sit back and enjoy reading a zine.



03 2013

Freedom to Read Week

I’m going to assume you already know that it’s Reading Week here at OCADU, but do you also know that next week it’s Freedom to Read Week in Canada?

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Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Book and Periodical Council‘s Freedom of Expression Committee. All across Canada, book stores, libraries, schools, and community centers will join in to host events and celebrate our fundamental right to intellectual freedom.

While not as flashy as the right to education or clean drinking water, intellectual freedom is ridiculously important. As human beings, we all have pretty well-developed faculties of judgement and reason, but these faculties don’t work in a vacuum, and no individual can come up with all the answers themselves. What does this mean? It means we need as many ideas around us as possible — as many memes, worldviews, facts, opinions, statistics, dreams — or else we can’t make the right decisions. Intellectual freedom is about supporting human cognition; it’s about developing and maintaining democracy itself!

So, what will you do to celebrate and (re)dedicate yourself to the principle of free and public expression? Read a challenged book, like The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (call# PS3537 A44 C2), The Diviners by Margaret Laurence (PS8523 A7 D4), The Wars by Timothy Findley (PS8511 I5 W2), or Black Eye: Graphic Transmissions to Cause Ocular Hypertension (PN6726 B52 2011) — all of which are available at OCADU’s Dorothy H. Hoover Library!

If that’s a bit too solitary for your liking, check out the upcoming local events. On right now is CENSORED, a display of challenged books at Type Books on Queen West (right across from Trinity Bellwoods), but there’s lots more going on next week — check out the list of Ontario events for details!


02 2013

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