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Month: May 2017 (page 1 of 2)

Simon Glass Installation at FENTSTER

Simon Glass, "Aleph," detail of Jeremiah: ha'aretz, 2016 “Aleph,” detail of Jeremiah: ha’aretz, 2016 © Simon Glass

Congratulations to Simon Glass on his installation, Jeremiah: ha’aretzat FENTSTER! This new work is from his series exploring the land through the lens of Biblical prophet, Jeremiah. Please join him for the opening reception where he will give an artist talk.

Where: FENTSTER @ Makom, 402 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1S8
When: May 25th – August 29th, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 7th, 7 pm-9 pm, Artist Talk 7:30 pm

For more information, see the gallery website.

Bloom Magazine has arrived!

The  Womenfolk (WMNFLK) Collective, a dynamic team which includes Photo alumni Lana Missen (Director of Marketing), has launched Bloom Magazine!  Bloom is a new exciting magazine that celebrates the creativity and diversity of woman-identified artists and artists in the Toronto area.   Pick up your copy today and see what Betty Julian and Ilene Sova have to say!  Then flip through to check out the work of OCAD U Photo alumni Farihah Shah, Kelsey Whyte and Mara Gajic!  Start following Bloom on Instagram and reach out to the team to get your own copy of issue #1!

The WMNFK collective celebrating the launch of Bloom Magazine!

The WMNFK collective celebrating the launch of Bloom Magazine at Glad Day Bookstore!

Some words about Bloom by WMNFK: 

Our aim is to produce “Bloom”, a publication to showcase the growth and achievements of women in the Toronto arts industry. By focusing on subjects of empowerment and resilience and community, the magazine will:

provide a space to celebrate women in the arts
provide a source of inspiration to fellow women in the arts industry
and foster an artistic community of united women

“Bloom” will be a publication that acts in service to all artists and arts workers who identify as women. Through artist profiles, interviews, and creative submissions such as creative writings and artworks, we will both seek out and encourage a diverse range of Toronto artists at all levels of their careers to be participants within this publication.

We believe that by collectively sharing our stories, perspectives, and journeys with each other, we can create engagement and unity with the community of Toronto. Knowledge sharing is empowerment, and we aim to be the catalyst to this.

Artist Farihah Shah at the Bloom launch

Artist Farihah Shah at the Bloom launch



Maisha Marshall-Ende

Congratulations to Maisha Marshall-Ende for being the OCAD U representative for the 2017 AIMIA | AGO Photography Scholarship Prize!  Maisha’s portfolio has now moved onto the next stage of the jurying process and will be reviewed by the AIMIA | AGO jury, alongside 15 other students representatives from across the country, in hopes of receiving one of the three $7,000 scholarships! 

The OCAD U faculty jury who selected Maisha to represent OCAD U had this to say about her practice:

Maisha Marshall-Ende works with a confidence beyond her years, seeking and finding new ways to explore the fluidity of representations of bodies. Employing studio colour, b/w and video, her strategies engage the viewer in an intimate vision that disrupts interpretations of beauty and physicality. Her video work is a lovingly shot and an irreverent contribution to the long and illustrious herstory of black hair.

Marshall-Ende uses the figure to skillfully transform the complicated nature of bodies politicized by gender and race. The gestures captured are both subtle and powerful in a stillness that questions and subverts how bodies are seen. The resulting photographs offer dramatic sculptural forms through the intersections of human bodies, hands and faces with lingering close-ups revealing fine-grained and richly textured landscapes of touch. 

Maisha Marshall-Ende, Black bodies: Partner Body Series, 2016

Maisha Marshall-Ende, Black bodies: Partner Body Series, 2016

Meera Margaret Singh at Surrey Art Gallery

Lalbagh, 2015, video still (detail) © Meera Margaret Singh

Lalbagh, 2015, video still (detail) © Meera Margaret Singh

“Explore the boundary between theatre and real life in this three-channel video of India’s Lalbagh.”

Must-see video work from Meera Margaret Singh is on view now at Surrey Art Gallery. The exhibit is presented as part of the explorASIAN festival.

Where: Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 – 88 Avenue, Surrey, BC
When: Apr 22, 2017 – Feb 18, 2018

For more information, visit the City of Surrey website.

Miles Collyer Featured CONTACT Exhibition at Open Studio

Mike Brick, 2015 © Miles Collyer

Mike Brick, 2015 © Miles Collyer

Join Miles Collyer at his featured CONTACT exhibition, ‘The Inhabitants of Space’, on view soon at Open Studio. He will be showing work alongside Derek Coulombe, Erika DeFreitas, and Alexis Dirks.

When: May 13–June 10
Where: Open Studio, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104, Toronto, ON
Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 6:30pm–8:30pm

For more information, visit the CONTACT website.

Grad Party Tonight!


Grad Ex exhibitors, Thesis, Landmarks & DS students
Jenn Long is throwing a KARAOKE PARTY Tonight: May 5th, 9-11pm!

After Grad Ex closes at 8pm, we will meet at the Print Finishing room and then head to/meet at Bar + (360 Yonge St, 2nd floor above Swiss Chalet) for 9pm. For the price of $5, you will be served pizza, sugary treats and some wonderful memories in our private room! (Everyone must purchase their own beverages from the bar.)

Space is limited to 30 people (19+), so make sure your name is on the list my emailing Jenn Long at jlong@faculty.ocadu.ca

Grad Ex 102

instaparentsCongratulations to all of the artists exhibiting in Grad Ex 102!  Check out our Instagram account @ocadu_photo and Facebook page for a peak at some of the festivities from opening night!

Grad Ex continues:

Friday, May 5, 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 7, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.



Meera Margaret Singh at Zalucky Contemporary

Bound, 2012 © Meera Margaret Singh

Bound, 2012 © Meera Margaret Singh

Kick off CONTACT Photography festival with Meera Margaret Singh at her featured exhibition, “Jardim”. Work on display at Zalucky Contemporary will be from her 2012 residency in Brazil. Don’t miss the artist talk for this!

Where: Zalucky Contemporary, 3044 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON
When: May 6–June 3, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6, 4pm–6pm
Artist Talk:  Saturday, May 27, 3 pm

For more information, visit the CONTACT website.

Phoenix, 2012 © Meera Margaret Singh

Phoenix, 2012 © Meera Margaret Singh

Gateway, 2012 © Meera Margaret Singh

Gateway, 2012 © Meera Margaret Singh

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