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Nicholas Pye: A Silent Storm


Opening: Thursday, May 4, 6-8pm – 129 Tecumseth Street, Toronto, Canada

We are delighted to announce a solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Nicholas Pye.

‘A Silent Storm’ is a body of work about memory, duration, and disappearance. Through the use of large-scale photographic images, video installation and embossed text works, the exhibition speaks about identity over time and notions of voluntary and involuntary disappearance.

The photographic self-portraits in the exhibition use masquerade to depict identity in flux between what is fixed and what is fading. Additionally, the imagery in ‘Rocker’, ‘A Silent Storm’ and ‘Caught in Flight’ references recollections of masculinity and gentleness. The text works are fragments of a poem written by the artist, while video installation ‘The Mountain’ shows the nature of being: birth, life, death. This work, which is set on an infinite loop, cycles through the becoming and the departure of the anonymous subject.

International Artists Series: Wolfgang Tillmans in Toronto


The Canadian Art Foundation presents critically acclaimed German artist Wolfgang Tillmans in Toronto.

Tillmans has radically redefined how photographic images are made, exhibited and encountered. This talk, along with a talk in Vancouver in October, marks Tillmans’s first visit to Canada in more than 20 years.

Tillmans will be joined in conversation by New York– and Toronto-based writer and critic Tom McDonough, a lead contributor to the recently published monograph “Wolfgang Tillmans: What’s wrong with redistribution?” (Walther König).

Based in Berlin and London, Wolfgang Tillmans was the recipient of the 2015 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. He has had numerous prestigious appointments, including artist trustee at Tate Britain, a professorship at the Städelschule in Frankfurt and membership in the Royal Academy of Arts. In 2000, Tillmans was the first photographer, and non-British artist, to receive the Turner Prize.

Presented by BMO Financial Group
Sponsored by Goethe-Institut

November 11th 2016, 7pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre

Tickets available: http://canadianart.ca/talks/wolfgang-tillmans/


Jennifer Long in Natal Signs publication!

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Jennifer Long’s Imminent series is included  in the latest publication, Natal Signs: Cultural Representations of Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting by Demeter Press.  

Edited by Nadya Burton, the book explores some of the ways in which reproductive experiences are taken up in the rich arena of cultural production. The chapters in this collection pose questions, unsettle assumptions, and generate broad imaginative spaces for thinking about representation of pregnancy, birth, and parenting. They demonstrate the ways in which practices of consuming and using representations carry within them the productive forces of creation. Bringing together an eclectic and vibrant range of perspectives, this collection offers readers the possibility to rethink and reimagine the diverse meanings and practices of representations of these significant life events. Engaging theoretical reflection and creative image making, the contributors explore a broad range of cultural signs with a focus on challenging authoritative representations in a manner that seeks to reveal rather than conceal the insistently problematic and contestable nature of image culture. Natal Signs gathers an exciting set of critically engaged voices to reflect on some of life’s most meaningful moments in ways that affirm natality as the renewed promise of possibility.


Jennifer Long is an artist, curator and educator holding a BAA from Ryerson University and a MFA from York University. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, reproduced in numerous Canadian and European publications, and received funding support from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and The Canada Council for The Arts.  Long works at OCAD University as an Assistant Professor in the Photography Program and the Associate Chair of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices.


Canadian Art Encounters: International Artists Series

Please take a minute and look over these very exciting Artist Lectures happening in the city this fall.  More information and ticket sales can be found here, http://canadianart.ca/internationalseries/



Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue

Hito Steyerl’s video installation Factory of the Sun—a spoof video game that includes a Deutsche Bank predator drone and a YouTube dance star—was one of the most talked about works at this year’s Venice Biennale. Steyerl is a leading voice in the age of mass surveillance and omnipresent media technology. One of the most critically acclaimed artists in the field of video, she is a distinguished writer and speaker whose practice reveals our shared implication in the battlefield of the image.

Born in Munich, Germany, Steyerl is currently a professor of New Media at the Berlin University of the Arts. Her work has been shown internationally, with a recent survey exhibition at Artists Space in New York.



Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue

Janice Kerbel is internationally renowned for her playful and inventive use of existing systems of information to create what she terms “strategies of deception.” Her work takes the form of elaborate instructions, theatrical and radio plays, detective stories, maps and scientific diagrams, all of which turn familiar narrative formats into new and fantastical realities. From producing an exhaustively researched manual for robbing a branch of a London Bank for Bank Job in 1999 to her “play for stage lights” as the sole means to present a dramatic narrative, Kerbel will have you wondering what is blank, what is missing and what needs to be filled in.

Kerbel was born in Toronto, and lives and works in London, UK, where she also teaches at Goldsmiths College. She has exhibited internationally, and is currently nominated for the 2015 Turner Prize.



Friday, December 11, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue

Taryn Simon’s work results from rigorous research and investigation into the power and structure of secrecy and the precarious nature of survival. Combining photography, text and graphic design, her conceptual projects address the production and circulation of knowledge and the politics of representation. Simon’s images and texts reveal the invisible space between language and the visual world—a space in which multiple truths and fantasies are constructed, and where translation and disorientation continually occur. In her work, history—its classifications, its contents—seems the stuff of projection.

Simon was born in New York, where she currently lives and works. Her work was most recently shown in a solo exhibition at the Jeu de Paume in Paris. She is also a Guggenheim Fellow.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s Annual Fundraising Photography Auction – Accepting Student Submissions!!!


Submit to RMG Exposed 2015!

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s Annual Fundraising Photography Auction

Calling all artists!

Submit your photographs to RMG Exposed for your chance to win great prizes, while supporting The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Proceeds from RMG Exposed support education and community programming at the RMG, while helping to increase awareness of contemporary photography. For submission inquiries please contact Sonya Jones, Associate Curator at sjones@rmg.on.ca


  • Tuesday 30 June – Online applications open at rmgexposed.ca/apply/
  • Sunday 20 September by 11:59 pm – Deadline for all submissions
  • Friday 25 September – All applicants will be notified of their status via email
  • Thursday 8 October before 9:00 pm – Deadline for selected works to be delivered to the RMG
  • Saturday 14 November – RMG Exposed begins at 7pm at the RMG


  • Ryan Cleary, Publisher, snapd Oshawa
  • Natalie Spagnol, Administrative and Curatorial Assistant, Ryerson Image Centre
  • Russell Styles, Photographer

2015 Artist Prizes

  • Emerging Photographer Award: Spring 2016 Solo Exhibition Project at the RMG during the Contact Photography Festival.
  • Photojournalism/Documentary Prize: Portfolio review. Supported by Stephen Bulger Gallery.
  • Landscape/Nature Prize: Portfolio Review. Supported by ArtBarrage.
  • Architecture/Urban Prize: $300 cash prize. Supported by Nick Swerdfeger Architects.
  • Conceptual/Non-Representational Prize: $300 cash prize. Supported by Waddingtons.
  • Best Youth Prize: $200 gift card to Robert Aldsworth Photo World. Supported by Robert Aldsworth Photo World.
  • Community Choice Award: $300 cash prize. Supported by Snapd Oshawa. Awarded to a photograph selected as a finalist in the silent auction as voted by attendees at RMG Exposed.

For more information and to apply please visit rmgexposed.ca

About the RMG

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) is a vibrant, engaging public art gallery located in Oshawa’s civic centre between City Hall and the McLaughlin Public Library. The largest gallery in Durham Region, the RMG occupies an inspired 36,000 square foot building designed by noted architect Arthur Erickson. Featuring a Permanent Collection of over 4,500 works, and four galleries of diverse and changing exhibitions, the RMG holds a significant collection of Modern and Contemporary Canadian art, and the largest collection of works by Painters Eleven in Canada.



Congratulations to Students Mara Gajic and Petar Boskovic, Winners of the Flash Forward Competition!!!


Congratulations to  third year photo student Mara Gajic and fourth year photo student Petar Boskovic for being Winners of The Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward competition.

The OCAD U photo community was well represented on the list of winners this year with both current students and recent alumni.  Congratulations to all!!!!

Flash Forward winners, Current Students:

  • Mara Gajic
  • Petar Boskovic

Flash Forward winners, Recent Alumni:

  • Nathan Cyprys
  • Shirin Fathi
  • Matin Zad

For more info check out the Magenta website, follow the link below.


SILROULETTE, an exhibition by Sabrina Russo’s Creative Process Class.

SILROULETTE is an exhibition by Sabrina Russo’s Creative Process Class.  Please join them for this one day exhibition.  All welcome!

Wednesday April 8th, 4-6PM, OCADU, 100 McCaul Street. 2nd floor, Room 240





OCAD U Photography Students,

The Instagram account for the Photography Department is doing very well.  We are steadily gaining followers since it’s launch just over two months ago.  Many of these follower have been art galleries and magazines which is great exposure for you!  The concept for this account is to showcase the works of our students and department in an on-line portfolio.  It will act as a tool to help promote our students outside the university while also representing the strength of our program.  We need your submissions!  If we want to keep this account going past April and into the summer we ask that you submit works!!!  

Call for submission:

Open to all students in the Photography Department regardless of year or stream.  Please submit works!!!  (Note: at least one image from every submission will be selected.)

What We Need:

-send us 5 images to select from

-file size 10 by 10 inches at 100 dpi

-file type .jpg

-please caption your images as follows:

Artist Name, Title of work, Year of work, Year of study, @insta username #ocadu_photo
example: Joe Brown, Untitled, 2015, 4th year photo, @joebrown #ocadu_photo

-if your images are landscape or portrait format please adjust the canvas size and include a white border.

-Images should be colour corrected and sized appropriately.  We will not make any aesthetic decisions on your behalf.

When Do We Need It?

Deadline for the second round of submissions is Wednesday, April 1st at 5pm.  Sooner is better!

Please send submissions to:  photoposts@ocadu.ca

Note: we do not send confirmation emails.

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