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Job Posting: Student Monitors needed at Onsite Gallery

Onsite Gallery

Onsite Gallery is OCAD University’s professional gallery and experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Fostering social and cultural transformations, Onsite serves the OCAD U community and the general public.

A completely new Onsite Gallery will open in September 2017 at the centre of OCAD University’s Creative City Campus. The expanded Onsite Gallery will be a stunning 8,000 square-foot space located at 199 Richmond St. W. and will be downtown Toronto’s most talked-about contemporary art and design space.

Reporting to the Programs Coordinator, Onsite Gallery, the Onsite Gallery Student Monitor serves as front-line staff welcoming and informing visitors about exhibitions and public events, supervises galleries and engages with visitors.
The Onsite Gallery Student Monitor will:

  • Greet visitors as they enter the gallery and provide information on present and upcoming exhibitions, public events and general gallery and OCAD U information.
  • Supervise the entrance and all areas of the exhibitions to enhance visitor experience, encourage conversation and engagement and enforce gallery rules and etiquette.
  • Research the exhibiting artists/designers and exhibition themes, prepare and lead thoughtful tours and maintain a comprehensive understanding of the artists/designers and themes in the exhibition to facilitate discussion and meaningful engagement with viewers.
  • Track daily attendance and encourage the recording of email addresses for Onsite Gallery’s e-newsletter database, so patrons are aware of upcoming exhibitions and events.
  • Ensure all exhibition elements are in proper working order and front reception and gallery areas are clean/tidy. Examine the exhibitions daily to identify if maintenance is needed on artworks, perform corrective action (as appropriate) and notify other staff as needed.
  • Perform administrative tasks including writing reports related to gallery attendance and audience response. Replenishes gallery material, such as exhibition brochures, at the front desk and other areas as needed.
  • Perform opening and closing duties including: turning on and off the works in the exhibition, keeping front reception tidy and locking all doors.
  • Provide staffing assistance for all public programs and events, such as the opening reception, where duties may include: setup and takedown of chairs and tables, serving food, selling drinks and taking photographs.
  • Assist with installation and de-installation of exhibitions, as needed, which may include: light lifting and moving of objects, installing hanging material, moving plinths, patch/repair and paint walls and hanging wall labels.
  • Attend Student Monitor orientation meeting prior to the opening of an exhibition, and any other meetings as called by the Programs Coordinator or Curator.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Programs Coordinator and senior management.

Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled as an OCAD University student
  • Interest in contemporary art and design
  • Comfortable in a public speaking role
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work under general direction and in a team environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills; enjoy working with the public
  • Must be able to work flexible hours for public event shifts

Assets:

  • Ability to operate audio/visual and office equipment
  • Knowledge and comfort using social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr) to assist with Onsite Gallery’s digital presence and promotion
  • Smart Serve certified

Duration: early September until December 11, 2017, with possibility of renewing for the following exhibition period

Rate of pay: $12.43/hour – plus 4% in lieu of vacation and 8% in lieu of benefits

Schedule: 1-3 regular weekly shifts to be determined, resulting in between 7.25-19.25 hours/week, depending on availability

Vacancies: 3-4 regular Student Monitor positions; 2-3 Student Monitors for special event assistance and on an as-needed basis

Please submit the following to Linda Columbus, Programs Coordinator, at lcolumbus@ocadu.ca:

  • a cover letter
  • resume
  • if applicable, your IWSP eligibility confirmation for the Fall 2017 semester

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., July 16, 2017.

As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

Dianne Davis: Niagara Palimpsest

Dianne Davis, 2017

Dianne Davis, 2017

Come to Harbourfront Centre on Friday, June 23rd, 6-10pm to congratulate Photo alumna  Dianne Davis on the opening of Niagara Palimpsest, curated by Patrick Macaulay! 

Niagara Palimpsest is an alternate portrait of Niagara Falls, a place that is difficult to “see” because its myriad iconic images cloud our imagination. Growing up just a short distance from the Falls I often wondered about the natural world of this ‘natural wonder’.  Recently, while researching for a shoot in the area, I stumbled upon two anonymous school notebooks from 1891 containing pressed plants from the areas that now comprise the City of Niagara Falls. Taken in by the aesthetic quality of the pressings, I felt compelled to track down each of the 178 plants to uncover their fate – what survives, and what has been lost?

As I investigated each plant in this way, I began imagining the amateur botanist who had inhabited, tracked and named this same natural world, and I began drawing parallels between us. In her time the areas around the Falls and its riverbanks had only recently been stripped of trees. It is impossible to know whether she wondered about what had already been lost, or if she sensed the trajectory of things to come. Following in her footsteps, and impelled by the same compulsion to research, name and preserve, in the end I came to question these same impulses. What ends do they ultimately serve? Ultimately perhaps, our work can only attest to the “natural” history of the Falls, giving evidence of how significantly we have shaped this land.

I would like to acknowledge that the land from which these plants were gathered is the traditional territory of Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples.

– Dianne Davis

 Harbourfront Centre
Opening reception: Friday, June 23, 6-10pm

The exhibition continues to Sept 17, 2017
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON

Dianne Davis is a photo-based artist who lives and works in Toronto. She explores the complex relationships between humans and the natural world. Davis uses images to puncture the sense of inevitability that often informs the landscape and make it difficult to read and deconstruct its artifice.  She has exhibited widely and her work is in the permanent collection of the Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado and Union Investment Real Estate based in Hamburg, Germany. Davis holds a MEng and a BSc from the University of Toronto, an MA from Concordia University and a BFA in Photography from OCAD University. She is the recipient of Emerging Visual Artist Grants from the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils. Davis was born and raised in Chippawa (Niagara Falls, Ontario). Niagara Palimpsest is dedicated to the Nicol sisters of Niagara Falls.

 

LandMarks Opening + Free Bus!

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LandMarks: Art+Places
denaturalizing nationhood, one story at a time.

 Exhibit dates: June 23-25, 2017
Location: Rouge National Park
Opening: Friday June 23, 11 am, Rouge Beach

 Participating artists: Abigail Permell, Cassandra Smyth, Debora Puricelli, Dimitra Roussakis, Kaiatanoron Bush, Lizz Khan, Natasha Hirt, Robin Love,  Tia Cavanagh, Yawen Ginger Guo and Vishal Luthra.

 Free Bus Charter from OCAD University to Rouge Park
Bus leaves from OCAD University 100 McCaul St at 10 AM and returns at 4 PM
(Rouge Beach currently only accessed via waterfront trail that begins at Rouge Hill GO Station.  Rouge Park parking lot has been flooded.)

In the form of limited-term on-site interventions at Rouge National Park, artists’ works consider the political, economic and cultural implications of the stories we tell about ourselves through our relationships to land. These works critique concepts of nationhood by reconstructing narratives of identity that embrace indigeneity, challenge colonialism and reimagine contemporary Canada.

LandMarks2017/Repères2017 invites people to creatively explore and deepen their connection to the land through a series of contemporary art projects in and around Canada’s National Parks and Historic Sites.

A special thank you to faculty  Laura Millard & Min Sook Lee for leading this engaging project!

CAREER LAUNCHER 2017

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The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers at OCAD U is pleased to present a Photography Exhibition of the recipients of the 2017 Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher. Congratulations to those who have been selected!

 Lesia Miga  
Giselle Mira Diaz
Aaron Moore
Morgan Sears Williams               

 CAREER LAUNCHER 2017
June 22nd – July 21st 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

 Artscape Youngplace Hallway Gallery
180 Shaw Street, 2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario

 

April Hickox // Index: Works from the Permanent Collection

April Hickox, Echo, 2010-2012, chromogenic prints, 35.5cm x 28cm

April Hickox, Echo, 2010-2012, chromogenic prints, 35.5cm x 28cm

April Hickox // Index: Works from the Permanent Collection
June 22, to September 17, 2017
Opening June 22nd at 6:30 
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Over the course of over 35 years, April Hickox has mined the distinctions between personal and public sites through film, video, photography and installation. Her work is rooted in the narrative histories that individuals accumulate throughout their lives and the ability of inanimate objects to shape memory.Index will feature a selection of works by April Hickox donated to the Permanent Collection in 2012. Representing three distinct photographic series – Vantage Point, Portholes Glance, and Echo – these works convey Hickox’s interest in the aperture as both a mechanical and symbolic device. Also included in the exhibition is a new body or work from Provenance Unknown, Cancelled Paintings 2017. This work begins to question issues of value, providence, authorship.

Making its KWAG premiere, the Echo series serves as a poignant counterpoint to present-day selfie culture.  Here, Hickox creates a taxonomy of hand-mirrors, a traditionally-female heirloom which is representative of what is often thought to be a simpler time in history – a point in which self-reflection and personal actions existed largely between individuals, rather that the post-privacy milieu in which we  currently live. The mirror, for Hickox, reflects an image of how we want ourselves to be seen; it does not reflect the truth of our emotional lives, or who we think we are. Hickox’s mirrors lack a reflective surface, the result of a digital scanning process that renders each mirror as a sea of black, with a scarred and aged surface, and ultimately incapable of reciprocating our interest.

April Hickox is a lens-based artist, teacher and independent curator who lives on the Toronto Islands. Her work was been exhibited internationally and can be found in numerous Canadian collections. Hickox is currently associate professor of photography at the OCAD University in Toronto.

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

https://vimeo.com/aprilhickox

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/aprilhickox

PREFIX PHOTO CALL FOR SUBMISSION

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Prefix Photo’s call for submissions deadline is quickly approaching! Submit your

work before July 1, 2017 for consideration in our upcoming issue. Prefix Photo

encourages submissions of new or previously unpublished photographic, media

and digital art for editorial consideration. Submissions should include up to 20

digital image files with an accompanying list of work, a written description of

the work and a curriculum vitae of the artist. Submissions are accepted on an

ongoing basis and are reviewed twice annually: January 1 and July 1. Proposals

from young and emerging artists and from artists from all cultural and regional

communities of Canada are particularly encouraged.

Guidelines for digital submissions:

– 72 dpi resolution
– a maximum of 1024 x 768 pixels
– each file should be no larger than 500K (0.5MB)
– please number and label each file with your name, surname and the title of the work

Please send submissions to:

Stephanie Mina Kim
Production Manager
production@prefix.ca

Femme4Femme

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CONGRATULATIONS PHOTO ALUMNI MORGAN SEARS-WILLIAMS (2017) AND MADDIE ALEXANDER (2016) for their upcoming exhibition at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives!

Opening: Saturday June 17th- 7pm till 2am
Femme4Femme is a collaborative exhibition between Morgan Sears-Williams and Maddie Alexander as a part of Nuit Rose Festival – Between Venus & Mars .

Through text, image and installation; the artists strive to explore both the historical and contemporary existence of femme identity. Alexander’s approach pulls from pop culture and pornography, using oversaturated imagery to explore the way queer femmes are represented in the media. Alexander explores micro aggressive language in a satirical manner, to break down the subtleties of femme phobia in film and television.

Morgan uses older technologies as an entry point for viewers to interact with the stories of queer folks both historically and contemporarily, with a focus on queer femme identities. By blending time to create a lasting and long thread of feminist queer activism and lived realities, they challenge the notion that queer feminist activism and femme presence exist within a certain time period.

Both approaches use different methodologies; however work towards a simultaneous goal of archiving the existence of queer femmes. Focusing on and inspired by lived experiences, both works take from contemporary and historical queer presence and absence, and question the roles expected of queer femmes. The works interact with each other to display the efforts of archiving queer life from the artist’s perspective, and the importance of visibility and existence as resistance.

CLGA
34 Isabella st, 2nd floor.
Opening: Saturday June 17th- 7pm till 2am
June 18th to June 27th, 2017

Exhibition Hours:

Tuesday 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Thursday 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Friday 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Farihah Shah at Studio Sixty Six

Farihah Shah, Untitled 1, Cityscapes III

Farihah Shah, Untitled 1, Cityscapes III

If you are in Ottawa this month, stop by Studio Sixty Six to see new work by Photo alumna Farihah Shah!

IN·HABIT | on now until  June 30
Studio Sixty Six, 66 Muriel St #202, Ottawa, ON K1S 4E1

JOYCE CRAGOMARISA GALLEMITKELSEY MCGRUERTROY MOTH & FARIHAH SHAH
Text by Rose Ekins, Curator

From the interior of our homes to the expanses of the planet, the spaces humans inhabit shape much of our lives, and, in turn, have been massively affected by our presence. In·habit (June 8 – June 30) explores the broad range of this topic from the dichotomy between industrialization and nature, to the various items we discard into the world, and those we can’t seem to release from our personal collections.

Joyce Crago’s work continues along the theme of the Flotsam series, wherein the artist shaped discarded refuse into elaborate and intricate still-life photographs. For In·habit Crago visited Washington, D.C. and collected discarded items from both the inauguration of President Trump and the subsequent Women’s March on Washington. While Crago’s works tell a narrative of the historical events they reference (and the current political climate in North America), they also reveal the intriguing stories that are left behind in our waste.

Marisa Gallemit tackles this theme with mixed-media sculptural work created from objects accumulated over decades of life. As the artist finds their life undergoing a massive shift, Gallemit transforms accrued and often unneeded objects (such as cowhide from family in the Philippines and old bike tube valves) into concise and measured works of art.

Kelsey McGruer incorporates traditional floral patterns into her framed collages. The artist mixes source material of various origins and texture – from old pillow fabrics to reproduction prints from second-hand stores. Reminiscent of the Arts & Crafts movement, the work references the trend of decorating the home with scenes of nature. The patterns themselves inspire a sense of nostalgia, immediately offset by their clean, contemporary presentation.

Troy Moth’s photo-based artwork from the series Nature Merchant tells the story of a future dystopian society wherein the sole remaining form of currency is nature itself. Moth’s monochromatic images of Earth’s few remaining humans are stark, telling a story that forces the viewer to consider how our present (and ultimately finite) natural environments are used for commercial profit.

The layered photographic images of Farihah Shah juxtapose urban and natural landscapes. From the series Cityscape III, Shah combines scenes of varying locations, calling to mind the intervention and destruction of nature for our urban environments, while also recognizing the statuesque beauty of man made city structures. Shah’s work is subtle – the overlapping of images invites the viewer in to discover layer under layer.

Crago, Gallemit, McGruer, Moth and Shah explore the various environments we inhabit – reflecting their (and our) ever changing natures.

 

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