Monday, January 14, 2019

Talking Wellness OCAD U! CWSE Gallery

Talking Wellness OCAD U!
Exhibition Jan 30-April 1 2019
2nd Floor OISE 
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto.

Art and Design Education (ADEL): Community at OCAD University have been investigating various concerns around how we might achieve a healthier art and design education community at OCAD U. We have taken this up through personal observation and in conversation with the staff at the Health and Wellness Centre. Our intention was not to suggest definitive policy changes nor do a rigourous quantitative research but rather to explore, as artists, through personal discovery and dialogue, what we might envision as an ideal – or even imaginary – healthy community for those who study, teach and work in art and design at OCAD U. This exhibition presents creative voices in dialogic as they imagine a healthy thriving community for OCAD U.
Artists/Researchers: Jerad Beauregard, Rhys Castro, Tara Clews, Tania Costa, Hana Elmisry, Zen Huang, Cori Jin, Nataly Kais, Angie Ma, Kaylee Meyer, Kais Padamshi, Cleopatria Peterson, Ariella Polisuk, Sam Young
Project Co-facilitators: Tal Sofia Braniss, Marta Chudolinska, Pam Patterson, and Robyn Shaw.

Thank you to Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean, FoA for providing assistance for mounting this exhibition, Marta Chudolinska, facilitator and provocateur extraordinaire and the Learning Zone for encouragement and direction, and Amanda Hotrum and Cathy Cappon, ODESI, for resources and support.

A special thank you to the Health and Wellness Centre (HWC) OCAD U for partnering with ADEL artists/researchers: Robyn Shaw, for taking on the role of one of the project facilitators who, with Courtney Ward, Nathan Klaehn, Alanna Fletcher, Tamara Aleong, Alex McLaren, Sarah Cree, Kaitlyn Young, met in many one-on-one conversations with students, and to the HWC administrator, Gloria Han for co-ordinating all these meetings. 

Miguel Caba's Repetition 3740

Miguel Caba 's Repetition 3740 
Opens in the Window Box Gallery Jan 15 and runs until Jan 31.
Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen Street West, Toronto.
Curated by Carpos Collective 
An act as simple as painting a square more than 3000 times is a metaphor to describe the patterns within our lives. Repetition 3740 blurs the lines of perceived action.  Influenced by clothing manufacturing (hand dying the fabric and stitching over multiple days), the creation of this work both degraded my mental processing and built skill within the specific crafts.  By simplifying specific iterative motions, a once underappreciated job is identified by repetitive motion. A scientist testing drug samples that utilities a repeated pattern of motion is prestigious compared to a garment worker that can sew jeans yet they are essentially the same. Our biological limitations determine that we use the same motions in everything we do. Understanding the limitations of human motion allow the deconstruction of specific subjects and transformation of their value from clear to vague. Repetition 3740 uses humans to create a very human infinity.