May 2016 - Toronto ON
We visited the OCAD Ontario College of Art and Design during Doors Open.
Designed originally as the entrance of the Onsite [at] OCAD U gallery, I had wanted this sculpture to:
Celebrate the creative diversity of OCAD U faculty and staff. To do this, I solicited small examples of artwork from anyone I encountered in the halls. While few people clearly understood my vision initially, all were more than willing to contribute to the project.
Reincorporate McCaul Street London Plain trees back into the university envelope. Unfortunately, several of these trees were removed to make way for construction to begin on OCAD University Sharp Centre for Design. With the help of Facilities Planning & Management, they were salvaged and reincorporated here.
The Sharp Centre for Design signified a landmark expansion of OCAD University allowing for an even more vibrant gathering of creativity. My goal was to replicate the shape of the new building using both the tree stumps and the donated objects and artwork.
We were free to wander the five floors and we advised to take the stairs down to see the murals.
Click here to see the murals.
Some of the student art on display.
Ambiant is designed by environmental design students and responds to its environment, moving and vibrating as visitors walk beneath it.
There are pulleys attached to power outlets that can be moved around.
A mural outside the OCAD done by Uber5000.
Here's a view of the AGO from the OCAD.
From here we went to the AGO for afternoon tea. Click here for some deliciousness.
We then went to visit Song Dong's Communal Courtyard at the AGO.
Song Dong is a Beijing-based multidisciplinary artist and leading figure within the Chinese avant-garde. The work presented in Song Dong’s Communal Courtyardis part of the artist’s long-running series The Wisdom of the Poor and makes its Canadian debut at the AGO.
Wisdom of the Poor: Communal Courtyard is a gift from the Martin Z. Margulies Foundation, Miami and will remain in the AGO’s collection.
Transforming the AGO’s Signy Eaton Gallery into a series of snaking walkways and small rooms reminiscent of Beijing’s traditional communal living spaces, the exhibition Song Dong’s Communal Courtyard invites visitors to lose themselves inside a unique installation of 100 vintage Chinese wardrobe doors.