Join us from April 29-May 3 at OCAD U to celebrate the 100th year of Grad Ex!
Venue and Address: OCAD University
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Opening Night: Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 to 11 p.m.
Thursday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, May 1, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 3, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The OCAD U Photography Program is pleased to announce that Mara Gajic has been selected as the OCAD U representative for the AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program. Mara’s portfolio of work will be evaluated alongside the other 15 finalists by the Scholarship Program jury, consisting of two representatives from the Art Gallery of Ontario and a previous winner of the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize. The jury will select three winners, who will each receive $7000 CAD. Additionally, the home institutions of the winning students will each receive $1000 CAD honorariums.
Thank you to the AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize for this amazing opportunity!
Bio: Mara Gajic is a third-year student at OCAD University pursuing a BFA in photography. Her work is driven by elements of performance and costume to explore open narratives of self-construct and personal psychology and the quiet space between imagination and reality. Often using herself to stage her images, she imposes new realities on both herself and the photographs through the embodiment of a performative role to communicate underlying personal states in the form of colourful visual narratives and to initiate an unspoken dialogue between the viewer and artist, which is mediated through the photograph.
In addition to the exhibition, Professor Nicholas Pye’s new artist’s book, published by Sebatian Frye’s Simmers Group Publishing, will be launched . This 350 limited edition book includes imagery from Rise and Fall and texts by Sky Goodden and Faye Mullen.
Artist Statement: Patience, observation, performance; In Rise and Fall I study and intervene with light, architecture, and lens. Through occupying these spaces, my intention was to create still photographs rooted in duration. These works manifest themselves through both the performativity of light and the performativity of the figure – each treated as equal subjects. The selection process for the environments photographed was done after spending much time in each physical space, watching and experiencing distinctive change to the quality of light at various periods of the day and night. Within these considered spaces, performances where enacted as a response with the intention to echo the type of affect and physical charge each space conjured. By embodying these spaces for the lens, I create works that reflect the psychological nature between presence and absence. This is realized through the representation of what the light reveals in the frame, what darkness obscures, and by how much the figure wittingly divulges for us. – Nicholas Pye
129 Tecumseth Street, Toronto, ON, M6J 2H2
Hours: Wednesday to Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 11am-5pm
April 25, 2015 – April 17, 2016
In the mid-1970s several young Canadian artists embraced the cutting-edge technology of the colour Xerox machine. Six of them – Robert Arn, Barbara Astman, Flavio Belli, Michael Bidner, Michael Hayden and Jaan Poldaas – joined forces with curator Karyn Allen during an exciting two-week exhibition at the AGO in the fall of 1976. As an art medium, xerography made it possible to produce inexpensive copies of virtually any image or object. It allowed artists to play with images from the mass media, recombining or altering them for their own use. Visitors today will recognize this art form as a precursor to the pervasive circulation of digital images today.
This installation draws upon our rich archival holdings of Astman and Bidner from the 1976 exhibition.
Organized by Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto Ontario Canada M5T 1G4
This exhibition is included with general admission.
Bio: Kate Schneider is a Toronto-based photographer and educator. Her work is based in the traditions of documentary storytelling and ethnography, and her most recent works focus on the impact that land – and the socialized landscape – have on individual and cultural identity in North America.
Kate was recognized by the Magenta Foundation’s 2013 Flash Forward competition, and was published in The National Film Board of Canada’s Highrise project, The National Post, Photo District News, and The Advocate. She received her MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University (2009) and her BS in Photojournalism from Ohio University (2004). She is an Instructor of Photography at OCAD University and the University of Guelph-Humber.
The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC (America’s first museum of modern art) has acquired Nicholas Pye & Sheila Pye’s 3-channel video work, “The Coronation”. The work will be presented at the “Intersections” exhibition, opening on May 28th, curated by Vesela Sretenovic, The Phillips Collection, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Artist Statement: “The Coronation” is an installation project incorporating a blend of experimental and narrative techniques to shape a cinematic perspective that employs visual language commonly used in painting. The installation is composed of three parts, with all three cinematic ‘panels’ playing simultaneously. The concept for the installation was inspired by altarpiece triptychs from the Renaissance and Medieval periods in art history. Our aim was to create a modern allegorical interpretation of the triptych using video, and sound. The center component became a conceptual performance based work on a loop, and projected in the portrait format. The centerpiece is flanked on either side by two life sized figures of a man and a woman also projected in portrait format. This work is not a narrative in the typical sense, but rather a series of constructed tableaus existing in a theatrical world.
NICHOLAS PYE was born in Torquay, England in 1976. He lives and works in Toronto Canada. As a musician, Nicholas released and toured with four albums in the mid 90’s. Moving from music to visual art, Nicholas completed his undergraduate degree at OCAD in 2002 followed by his MFA degree at Concordia University in Cinema production in 2005. In 2011, Nicholas began working on his doctoral degree in Visual Art at York University. He maintains an active art practice both independently and collaboratively. His interests integrate performance, cinema, installation and large format still photography.
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