Planned in partnership with OCAD University’s new Creative Placemaking Committee, ULTRA RARE presented projects and events to beautify and animate the OCAD U Student Gallery and surrounding areas on campus.
Outdoor Mural by Julia Dickens, Tara Dorey, Alexandra Mackenzie, Lido Pimienta, Peter Rahul and Diana VanderMeulen; Planter by grOCAD; Small Space by Corey Moranis; Indoor wheatpaste by Shannon Gerard.
Curated by Caroline Macfarlane and Vanessa Nicholas
My studio practice evolved significantly between November 2010 and October 2011 as part of the YYZUNLIMITED program. By giving me a blank wall to use as an experimental space for a year, YYZ allowed imaginative storytelling possibilities to develop through layering, time-lapse animation and wheat pasting.
Part of the Nick Novak Scholarship at Open Studio was a solo exhibition. Since people have such a one-to-one relationship with book arts, exhibition presents a challenge-- how do you show the content of an artist's book in a gallery context? This wheatpaste on the walls started as a response to that challenge and opened up an entire world of possibilities-- moving my practice forward into installation and, ultimately, performance and animation.
Print Media is often characterized by a material emphasis on subtraction and addition. As a dug hole is mirrored by the mound of dirt it unearths, any removal of material from the surface of a print matrix implies an accumulation elsewhere. What meaning can be found in those liminal spaces between minus and plus? Works in this group show, PINK PEARL at the Gladstone Hotel moved past surface engagements with etched plates, burned screens, grained stones, carved wood and cut paper to explore concepts of erasure and transcendence. Using print as a primary strategy, artists in PINK PEARL created 2-dimensional works on paper, artists' books, material arts, sculpture and animation.