Posts Tagged ‘photography’

OCAD U Student Artwork Exhibition until March 12th

A multidisciplinary exhibition about narratives featuring artwork from Narrative Strategies: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture/Installation along with black & white analogue photographs from Professor Ron Wood’s Introductory Photography class, “A Personal Photo Narrative”—a photo documentation of a single day of the student’s life.

Including artworks from Echo Railton’s drawing class.

On until March 12th



03 2015

Far Out Exhibition at the Dorothy H. Hoover Library

Far Out Exhibition

OCAD U Library presents FAR OUT Exhibition, curated by Emily Harrison and Marta Chudolinska featuring weird and bizarre artworks exploring unconventional and alternate realities.

It’s a multidisciplinary exhibition that includes everything from sculpture, photography and video, to collage and paintings, by a diverse group of OCAD U students and alumni artists — Adrienne Crossman, Ana Jofre, Andre Kan, Emily Waknine, Lucas Johnson, Marta Chudolinska, Petar Boskovic, Sam Pedicelli, Sarah Munro, Tara Dorey and Yan Wen Gillian Chang.

Poster for Far Out featuring Lady Fingers by Sarah Munro

This diversified collection of artwork attempts to extend the boundary of creative communication which reflects the OCAD U Library environment, which encourages the investigation, questioning, and challenging of traditional forms of information and knowledge.

On until October 3rd.



06 2014

Student Profile: Paul Moleiro


Can you tell us a bit about yourself  and the art that you create?

I’m in my final year at OCAD in the Integrated Media program. I’ve always been interested in the technical arts like animation, video as well as using electronics and devices to create art. I’ve always took apart things when I was younger, I liked to see how they worked – that’s always kind of been a part of my art, just trying to understand the tools that I’m using.

What influenced your decision to major in Integrated Media?

I originally went in thinking that I would just want to make films, I wanted to write scripts and direct stories, I’ve done a few of those and I’m still interested in that idea. While being at OCAD, installation art took over my main practice. I found working in installation art to be really freeing because it has aspects of sculpture where the whole room becomes the space for the art and I also enjoy that video and animation can be combined with installation art.

How long have you been interested in art? How long have you known that this was something that you want to pursue as a career?

I’ve been interested in art from a very young age, I used to go to the ROM for Saturday morning art classes. When I was in high school I took part in a Sunday morning art program at the Toronto School of Art. It was a four hour session with no grading but at the end of each class we would have a critique so, that was the start of me wanting to study art professionally.

Do you believe in inspiration? If you do, what inspires you? If not, how do you make things happen?

I believe in inspiration, there are a lot things that I see in life that influences me greatly. There was a David Hoffos exhibition a few years ago at the MOCCA that was really inspirational. The way he was using old CRT televisions to make holograms in little dioramas, you knew that there was a relation between these different objects even though they were all revealed for you I could not quite piece it together, I found that to be a huge inspiration, beautiful to look at and yet a struggle to understand. That is what inspires me with my art – something that is beautiful and stands on it’s own.


Where are you the most productive? Tell us a bit about your creative space.

I just switched over from having a laptop to a desktop computer so, I’m much more locked on where I can be productive nowadays. But, in some ways that’s nice because my computer is much more powerful, it allows me to render out multiple versions of things and see things a lot quicker. My darkroom and desktop are two places that I’m most production and creative.

What are your favourite tools to work with?

Tools that feedback to me. I also think that tools that have limitations are always beneficial to the creative process.

What upcoming projects can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?

Some of my work will be in the analogue video network, it’s a video compilation series that I have been working on with the Analog Preservation Network, which is all about analogue video and analog video technology. I’m interested in video synthesizers, video effects machines, for analogue televisions like CRT. There are a few other people in Toronto that are interested in that too, so I’m collaborating with them to put together a zine on VHS tape. Thirty minutes of experimental video and animation on a VHS tape, and we would want to do a few a year and have it like a video publication.

What excites you about the material you work with? Is there another medium you would like to work in?

I like analogue technology and things that are very much reacted by natural things like weather and aging. Photography, the way the chemicals expire and the way they have different affects as they start to expire and the photos start to look differently I find that aspect really interesting. I love to smell the chemicals to see if it’s expired like you would with fresh fruit, that kind of human aspect of it I think is really interesting.

What do you do to relax?

I like to watch a lot of documentaries and play video games. I would recommend Adam Curtis documentaries from the BBC. They are terrific documentaries about understanding modern societies, how we got to where we are now. It gives you some kind of hope that society and human behaviour can change.

Do you have a favourite place to eat around OCAD?

Karine’s and Magic Kitchen are two terrific places for a university to have. Dumpling House on Spadina, those are the best dumplings.

Composition of Royal York Station

Tell me about your association between analogue processes and your creative approach to photography?

A lot of my creativity comes out of experiments with analogue photography and a lot those techniques, I would say that it is more creative because I am using analogue technology with digital technology the idea really does have to come first and then you can test it out and play with it whereas the analogue technology I feel that it’s easier to behave intuitively and just feel it in the moment even if the work that I create in the moment is not my favourite there will be little bits and things that I like and then know how to re-create with a little more thought later. Even if I don’t make wonderful work in the darkroom, I would find wonderful little tidbits that I will put into work later that I’m excited to do.

How do you manipulate the images?

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of brushing on the developer and fix onto photography paper, selectively revealing and preserving on part of the image. If you don’t put the fix on the page it would go through a series of really beautiful colours shifts, I try to leave parts of my image with those colours scan of it two weeks later to get a snapshot of it when it’s at it’s ideal moment. I like the idea of fresh art, art that has a best before date. I like to reveal a little part of the image at a time.

What is your favourite film stock?

I really enjoy Delta 3200, especially when it’s shot at 1600 or 1000. When you shoot it like that at 1600, all of the shadows are completely there and you can reveal them however much you want, I’m into shadow detail and the grain of photography, 3200 ISO is very grainy for film, now-a-days that is what we are looking for when shooting on film.

Do you have a favourite photographer?

Joseph Sudek, his photographs have a timeless quality and are relatable.


04 2014

Study Exhibition: Group Exhibition of Small Works


The Study, a group exhibition was recently hosted in the Learning Zone February 5th through to 16th, comprised of small works or studies by nine OCAD U students from the disciplines of Drawing & Painting and Integrated Media, organized by Emily Waknine.

The collection was comprised of a range of media — paintings, collage, mixed-media and photography. Featuring the works of Tom Colleran, Emma Edghill, Stephanie Hier, Paul Moleiro, Wendy Nichol, Hazel Ottley, Sam Pedicelli, Sarah Turner and Emily Waknine.


What inspired your idea of organizing an exhibition based on small art?

Marta Chudolinska, the Learning Zone Librarian, approached me to see if I would be interested in organizing a two-week exhibition in the Learning Zone. I was immediately inspired to create an exhibition based on small works and studies. Small studies are integral to the final production of a larger body of work and they are also very beautiful works in themselves, that do not get much recognition.

I contacted my peers, whose work I was drawn to and shared common similarities in terms of colour.  All of these works were made outside of the classroom, as material and technical explorations.

It appears that the artwork was created independently, but installed with a deliberate interweaving with respect to the positioning of the pieces. You’ve brought together artwork from people with different purposes, and created a new narrative that is overlaid. Can you speak about this layer?

All of the projects installed are of small scale and self-directed explorations that seem to have an interesting conversation in the LZ space.


When I collected each of the artists’ work, I discovered interesting similarities amongst them — colour choices, patterns and materials. So, I decided that instead of grouping the works by each artist, I would install similar works together grouped either by colour or technical exploration, creating a new narrative of the original work. The exception were the digital paintings by Tom Colleran and Paul Moleiro’s darkroom prints, I decided to keep all of their works grouped individually but overall the exhibit looked very cohesive — as if it was collaboratively created.

Hazel Ottley’s plaster heads had a very soft quality to them, similar to my soft watercolour landscape paintings and Wendy Nichol’s highly detailed repetitive patterns used in her acrylic panel paintings, which I paired well with Sam Pedicelli’s explorations in embroidery and textiles.



There is a conversation between Paul’s darkroom prints and Tom digital paintings — Tom’s work is digital printing which grew from traditional film practices. Tom’s works are digital paintings representing photographs, whereas Paul works in the darkroom. I thought that these were captivating ways of inverting what we would normally see out of traditional or digital print.



03 2014

First Year Faculty of Arts presents: EC/STATIC


A new exhibition called EC/STATIC is currently being hosted at the Learning Zone, featuring student artwork from the First-Year Faculty of Arts: Creative process fall electives courses.

A wonderful collection of student artwork from the Creative Process courses: Photography, Printmaking, 2D Animation, Art & Code and Musical Instruments as Creative Construction courses will be showcased until November 16th.

Join us at the Learning Zone and enjoy EC/STATIC.






11 2012

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