For the time being

IAMD Faculty Exhibition – For the time being

Birch Contemporary is pleased to present For the time being a solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Ginette Legaré. Legaré’s new sculptural works mine what remains available in reused objects and materials after their initial inscription in, and erasure from, more functional work sites. In these sculptures and installations she continues to expand her search into the often overlooked and elusive relations among objects within the various social, material, and historical contexts they occupy. Essentially, as she puts it “Though much has been said about objects, they remain disarmingly intriguing. They compel me to engage with the ideas, perceptions, and other intangibles they inevitably host.”


Thursday, March 23, 2017 – 11:30am to Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 11:30am

Birch Contemporary

Poetics of Trash

Poetics of Trash – IAMD thesis exhibition by Sandra van Ruymbeke

The Poetics of Trash explores trash and spatial ruin sites by employing media of sculpture, video, photography and assemblage. Based on the premise that trash, in western culture is constructed to be marginalized if not also to be completely invisible, the installation emphasizes visualization and the creation of an immersive experience. One of the pieces, entitled Poetic Under World of Trash (2016), shot at a scrap metal site consists of a slow-motion video of a large pile of discarded industrial waste. The meditative pace of the images give the affect of being underwater or in an otherworldly dimension. Other artworks include a monumental pile of trash brought into the Graduate Gallery and back-lit photographs of hyper-detailed images of trash.  The installation upends preconceived notions of trash revealing the performative qualities of the material, opening new ways to reconceptualise and ruminate on back-end production and the potentiality of garbage.

Opening Reception: Thursday March 30 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Exhibition open hours:
Tuesday, March 28, 1:00 – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, March 29, 1:00 – 7:00 pm
Thursday, March 30, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Friday, March 31, 1:00 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 1, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Luke Painter

IAMD Faculty Exhibition – Luke Painter: Modern Wand

Opening Reception: Friday, March 31, 7:00 pm

Luke Painter’s art practice explores the relationships between historical and contemporary design and art movements by creating formal, narrative and tangential connections between them.  In this current exhibition titled, Modern Wand, Painter has created a number of sculptures that are amalgams and translations of historical design objects and furniture.

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Phases of Dance

Phases of Dance – IAMD Thesis Exhibition by Iveta Karpathyova

Opening Reception: March 31,  6 – 9 pm

Phases of Dance:
Traditional animation rotoscoping design for dance technique in bachata.

noun \ˈfāz\
1 :  a part or step in a process : one part in a series of related events or actions
2 :  an aspect or part under consideration

Origin and Etymology of phase
New Latin phasis, from Greek, appearance of a star, phase of the moon, from phainein to show (to appear).

Screened inside the Black Box, Phases of Dance is a classical animation that opens up with an appearance of a star that transforms into a dancer. Hand-drawn over the course of two months, this three minute bachata dance animation is made up of 2070+ individual drawings. These thousands of frames will be lined up for viewing in the Open Space Gallery.

The production explored traditional animation as a design tool for documenting embodied knowledge in my dance practice. In manually rendering body movement at 12 frames per second, I approached rotoscoping as systematic process that allowed me to analyze and communicate aspects of bodily expression and technique in bachata. In this process, I was experimenting with a variety of hand-drawn effects that placed emphasis on movement, expression, performance and musicality.

Phases of Dance was made with the technique of Rotoscoping that is perhaps most widely recognized from A-ha’s music video Take On Me. It uses live-action film as a base for drawing, whereby the animator traces over the footage, one frame as a time. As such, the production began with a filmed bachata choreography performed by my dance partner Pavlo Farmakidis and I. The edited video was exported the rate of 12 frames per second – the length of time each drawing frame is visible when projected –  providing a base for 2,100 hand-drawn frames that I was illustrating consecutively on daily basis in two months. Some of the production process was captured on my website:

This is the Artists Objective

This is the Artists’ Object(ive) – CCP Thesis Exhibition curated by Emily Peltier

Monday, April 3, 2017 –

7:00pm to 10:00pm



Blank Canvas Gallery, 890 St Clair Avenue West, York, Ontario


Consumed – CCP Thesis Exhibition curated by Emily Cluett

Opening Reception: April 5, 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Open daily from 11:00am to 6:00pm

Consumed presents interactive, instructional food-based artworks by Basil AlZeri, Diane Borsato, Mark Clintberg, Myung-Sun Kim, Sooyeong Lee, Max Lupo, Peter Morin, Lisa Myers, and Dana Prieto. Visitors are invited to enact the newly conceived and reimagined rituals put forward by these artists with food and supplies offered in the gallery space. Building on the histories of relational aesthetics and multi-sensorial engagement, Cluett believes that “[t]his thesis achieves a new understanding of the nuanced complexities of mealtime rituals and suggests that current approaches to eating may be in need of some adjustment.” Artist’s multiples of the instructional works are also available for visitors to take home and experiment with in other environments.

Please direct inquiries to curator Emily Cluett at

Thursday, April 6, 2017 – 11:00am to Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 6:00pm

Website Graduate Gallery, ground floor, 205 Richmond Street W


Mas’queer’raid – an IAMD Thesis Exhibition by Thomas Haskell

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 13, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Monday, April 10, 2017 – 1:00pm to Sunday, April 16, 2017 – 7:00pm

Location: Beaver Hall Gallery, 29 McCaul Street




CURRENT: Digital Futures Grad Exhibition

Noun: a flow of electricity which results from the ordered directional movement of electrically charged particles; a body of water or air moving in a definite direction; the course of events. Adjective: belonging to or existing in the present time; happening now.

Digital Futures Graduate Exhibition 2017

The Digital Futures Graduate Exhibition is an annual event hosted by Graduate Studies at OCAD University and our partners the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) Media Lab.

features the Master’s thesis projects of 12 Digital Futures graduate students. Thesis work ranges from augmented and virtual reality to digital and electronic fabrication, holography, digital artworks, serious games, data visualisation, transmedia storytelling and immersive audio-visual environments.


Michael Carnevale
Margarita Castro
Ling Ding
Marcus Gordon
Leon Lu
Marcelo Müller Luft
Jordan Shaw
Nimrah Syed
Fusun Uzun
Egill Runar Vidarsson
Jazmine Yerbury
Davidson Minsheng Zheng