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Month: February 2017 (page 1 of 2)

April Hickox Presents…

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Please join us for the Faculty of Art Sabbatical Presentations on:

Tuesday February 28th, 2017, 12:00 –2:00 pm
OCAD U, 100 McCaul,  r
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From 12-12:30, Photography faculty April Hickox will be speaking about her 2015-2016 leave and the many projects that kept her busy during that time!  Following April’s presentation, learn what amazing things  Simone Jones and Claire Brunet on their sabbatical!

Bio: April Hickox is a lens based artist, teacher and independent curator who lives on Toronto Islands. She has been producing for over 35 years, her work includes photography, film, video and installation works. April’s work is based in narratives, the passage from one experience, to another in the life process encompassing history, memory, and site. She has been supported by all levels of funding throughout her career and has exhibited nationally and internationally. An active community leader, the founding director of Gallery 44 Center For Contemporary Photography, and a founding member of Tenth Muse Studio, and Artscape.

https://www.lensculture.com/search/projects?q=april+hickox

https://vimeo.com/aprilhickox

Instagram: aprilhickox

Feb 27th is the deadline for the Photo Career Launcher!

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Friday #ArtCrush: Aaron Moore

Friday #ArtCrush is a weekly blog series highlighting students in their final year at OCAD University.

This Friday’s art crush is Aaron Moore, a fourth year thesis student majoring in Photography.

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In this issue, Morgan and Aaron talk about re purposing images, issues of representation in photography and ideas of what a photograph can be.

Who or what are your main photographic inspirations?

Right now I’m really interested in Broomberg and Chanarin, Walid Ra’ad, Taryn Simon and Thomas Demand as well as Martin Creed, although his work isn’t mainly photographic.

What subject matter do you tend to spend the most time working on?

I’m really interested in geography, history and issues of representation within images so I find myself going back to the history and landscape of Northern Ireland (where I’m from) and The Troubles, and I enjoy working with material I can pull from that.

 

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Aaron Moore, Star Wars #2, 2016

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You work often with found and/or archival images, what draws you to those objects and what makes you want to use them?

I think it’s that there are so many associations that already exist within those images, and I find it far more satisfying to reuse an image, and work with whatever it provides me than to try and invent my own, I actually don’t take a lot of photographs at all.

How do you think using archival images or text in your art practice challenges or broadens notions of photography?

For me it’s more about shifting contexts around photography, I think archival images and photographs with text are indisputably photography, I’m just not too sure what a photograph is at the moment.

Much of the subject matter you use in your work, and in the found images and materials you use can been seen and interpreted as political. Do you see yourself as a political artist? What do you believe or see as the line between being a political artist and using politics in your work?

I believe my work is political, but only as political as every other kind of art object; I’m not necessarily trying to push any kind of political statement onto a viewer, but I enjoy using politics as a subject and it’s important for me to critique certain politics, and make that critique available to others.

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Aaron Moore, Star Wars #1, 2016

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Do you work in any other mediums or do you blend photography with other mediums?

I work with found objects quite a bit, I also work in video sporadically and I’ve recently started making sculptures.

What is the value of being able to blend photography with other art mediums? How do you think that changes viewers experiences?

I try to use whatever medium I’m working with in a kind of utilitarian way in order to articulate my ideas, I’ll use sculpture, video or readymades if what I want to express can’t be expressed in photography, it definitely has the ability to change a viewers experience but that really depends on the object/medium and its function within whatever I’m doing.

What body of work are you working on right now?

I’m working on my thesis work right now which I’m calling Diverted Traffic, I’m basically taking around six different issues that come up around the history of The Troubles in N.I. and rethinking and reinterpreting them in a particular way.

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Aaron Moore, Untitled, 2016

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Where do you foresee your career path going? Who would you like to work with in the future?

I have no idea, I’d like to continue to try show my work, and the goal is to be able to sustain myself and live comfortably through my art practice, but I’m not too sure about how I’m going to get there right now. In my ideal world I’d love to work with Broomberg and Chanarin, Martin Creed and lots of artist working in Toronto right now.

Are their any specific OCAD U Faculty who have influenced your work? A specific discipline or course?

There have been lots! Nick Pie and Simon Glass have really helped me develop what I do conceptually, as well as Jean-Paul Kelly, Jeff Tutt, and Lee Henderson, there’s lots of great people working in that building.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone starting out in photography?

I get stressed out a lot, so I would say relax !

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See Aaron’s work at the

102nd Graduate Exhibition at OCAD University, May 3rd-7th.

Friday #ArtCrush is a weekly blog series highlighting students in their final year at OCAD University.

Interview by Morgan Sears-Williams

About the writer: Morgan is a fourth year photography student and runs the Friday #ArtCrush series on the OCAD U Photography Blog. She loves speaking to other artists about social justice, how to break barriers within artist communities and nurturing the arts in alternative spaces. She is the Art Director for The RUDE Collective, a student representative on the Photography Curriculum Committee and has done workshops on intersectionality and allyship relating to LGBTQ folks. To see more, you can visit her website or her instagram.

Directed Studio presents…

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The Collaborators is a dynamic group of 4th year Photography majors enrolled in OCAD University’s Directed Photo Studio course. This exhibition is an opportunity to see the stellar work being produced by this team and an invitation to come and collaborate with us! We want to build our network and work with students and alumni from all areas of OCAD U and the community at large.

LOCATION: Ada Slaight Student Gallery, 2nd floor (North end) of 100 McCaul street. Wheelchair accessible.

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, Feb 16, 4:30-6:30 pm
EXHIBITION CONTINUES until Friday, Feb 24th

ARTISTS INCLUDE:

Jason Collette-Lockyer
Mariam El-Toukhy
Nadia Fareed
Ashley Harry
Ashley Hiltz
Brooke Holmes
Emily Howes
Jessie Kitchen
Nicol Labal
Tamara Leger
Dion Lin
Angela Lui
Hannah O’Gorman
Cory Parsons
Bryant Pimlatt
Sheana Puvicanthan
Kevin Ramos
Shivani Sharma
Anna Staier
Becky Thorpe
Tiffany Voiadzis
Natalie Wainewright

For more info, please visit our facebook page

Come Hang: Snack and Chat

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Friday #ArtCrush: Tam + Kyt

Friday #ArtCrush is a weekly blog series highlighting students in their final year at OCAD University.
This Friday’s #ArtCrush is Tam + Kyt, a fourth year student photography duo
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In this issue Morgan and Tam + Kyt talk about collaborating with artists, best practices and how to make shoots reflect their clients.
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What is your favourite lighting set up and camera/lens combination?
We enjoy using an over head soft box combined with a fill light or bounce. We tend to change it up throughout a shoot but that is usually our starting point. Our most used camera is Nikon D610 with an 85mm prime lens, however we love to get our hands on the Hassleblad when we can and we always shoot tethered in studio!
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Can you walk us through how you set up the studio during one of your shoots?
We start with setting up a camera tethered to an iMac, we do our initial lighting set up and slave it all. We mess around with light positioning a lot until we are happy. We alternate between using the boom with soft boxes or using the beauty dish – we just started experimenting with the beauty dish and we are really liking it! We usually try to get to the studio with ample time before our model or client(s) show up so we are more than prepared.
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What subject matter do you tend to spend the most time working on?
Our collaborative project (TAM + KYT) started with the idea that we would build a fashion photography portfolio as a duo. However, this winter semester we have sort of fallen in love with editorial photography, as we love to get to know the people we are shooting and tell stories about them! We have collaborated with other artists from visual artists to musicians and DJs to create photographic series that say something about them in a creative way.
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Tam + Kyt, 2017
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You work as a photography duo, can you tell us why you were both interested in making that decision?
It’s so hard to do it alone! Having a partner to talk to, bounce ideas off of, pick up your slack when you’re having a bad day just makes you stronger. Each of us have different strengths when it comes to working in photography, so when we can each focus on what we are great at we can make the best quality images possible. Photography always comes off as a competitive field, but honestly it helps so much to work with your peers. You get to learn things other people know and vice versa.
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How has this experience in collaboration been rewarding or challenging, and how has it changed your relationship to each other?
There have been one or two creative differences…but we get through them knowing that we both push each other to do even better. Looking at what we have been able to learn from each other is the most rewarding!!! Along with being able to network and meet so many cool people in the art community that are liking and interested in what we are doing.
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Frances Frances, Tam + Kyt, 2017
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Each of your series has a specific mood or atmosphere to it, what inspires these shoots and what do you look at for inspirations?
Each of our shoots are inspired by who we are shooting! Each series definitely reflects the ideas behind the person’s or group’s personality and style and how they we think they want to be shown to the world. We like to discuss what our models/clients want first, and we work with them to make images in our own style that still represent them and who they are. We do research about them online (whether it’s social media or if they are more well known there are sometimes articles about them online), we look in to their genre of music if they are a band or a DJ, and just try to absorb as much information as possible. Pinterest is also really helpful to make mood boards!
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Where do you see your career path going and who would you most like to work with?
For now we simply hope to keep working with the wonderful creative people that we end up shooting to build a strong portfolio! We hope to become a registered business where clients come to us who need interesting photos of them. If there’s an agency who would like to sign us for quirky commercial work that would be interesting (and a great way to make a steady income). Being able to get by doing something we love is the ultimate goal.
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Lum, Tam + Kyt, 2017
 
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Are their any specific OCAD U Faculty who have influenced your work? A specific discipline or course?
Honestly simply being in an art school and being surrounded by so many creative people has influenced us immensely. Some of the best advice style wise is probably just to look at everything! Go to art shows, browse pinterest and instagram, find beautiful things from real life. Trying different things and seeing what you’re good at and what you like also really helps. I think a lot of profs here encourage that way of working and thinking. It is really up to you to just go for it!
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What is one piece of advice you would give to someone looking to collaborate with other artists?
It is really helpful to have a contract between all parties involved. Make sure all terms are covered and clear so no one feels like they’ve been cheated at any point. Also talk out all of the details of the project so everyone knows their part and make sure their voices and ideas are heard. You choose your collaborators for a reason, so trust them and their talent to do a good job on their part!
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See Tam + Kyt’s work at the

102nd Graduate Exhibition at OCAD University, May 3rd-7th.

Friday #ArtCrush is a weekly blog series highlighting students in their final year at OCAD University.

Interview by Morgan Sears-Williams

About the writer: Morgan is a fourth year photography student and runs the Friday #ArtCrush series on the OCAD U Photography Blog. She loves speaking to other artists about social justice, how to break barriers within artist communities and nurturing the arts in alternative spaces. She is the Art Director for The RUDE Collective, a student representative on the Photography Curriculum Committee and has done workshops on intersectionality and allyship relating to LGBTQ folks. To see more, you can visit her website or her instagram.

Alumni Walter Segers showing at The Window Gallery!

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Installation detail, by Walter Segers

The Pop-up The Window Gallery is now open at 558 Church Street (Church & Wellesley) and showing What I Did On My Summer Vacation,  by Photo alumni Walter Segers.  This autobiographical series inspired by real-life travels and wistful make-believe continues Walter’s focus on belonging, gender and identity. The Window Gallery YYZ, managed by ONE Properties and curated by Sonja Sharf, is at the North West corner of Church and Wellesley. This corner will be demolished soon but instead of having it sit empty over the next year(s), a pop-up gallery is supporting local  artists.

The exhibition is accessible 24hrs and will continue until March 18th.

Bio: Walter Segers emigrated from Belgium in 1993 and currently lives and works in Toronto. He graduated from the OCAD University in 2008 with honors and received OCAD U’s prestigious M.C. McCain Post Graduate Photography Residency in 2009. He has exhibited his photo-based works at Spin, The John B. Aird Gallery, Propeller, P|M Gallery and the Gladstone art hotel in Toronto. In Ontario he exhibited at Open Studio at Cambrian College in Sudbury and at FHM in Cambridge. His work has been shown internationally at Leslie Lohman Annex Gallery in NYC, Peter Deckers in Belgium, Galerie AMU in Prague and Galerie 12 in Zlín in the Czech Republic. Segers’ work is published in ArtWindsor magazine as well as the online magazines Wondereur, Frank by The Genteel, and Pixie And Rotter. His photo-based works explore issues surrounding gender, sexuality, immigration and identity.

www.waltersegers.com

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