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Photograph: The OCAD Anti-Thesis

Yes, yes... I know, I know... you already saw OCAD's grad show, epically (maybe a little too much so) titled Tour de Force. And yes, you probably already saw a butload of art and design thesis work and now it's on to the next generation of OCADians to impress us. And yes, maybe you think you've already seen all that the entire graduating class has to offer, right? Well I'm sorry to say (actually, I think I'm very happy to say) that you're just plain wrong...

At 7pm tomorrow evening, Photograph: OCAD Directed Studio 2006-07 kicks off at 64 Steps Contemporary Art Gallery, a few doors West of Beaconsfield Avenue on Queen West. An obviously humbler exhibit compared to the glitz and almost awkward glamour of the OCAD grad show, this small collection of student work doesn't lack depth and playfulness. There is definitely a wide range of views and voices explored by these twelve talented souls.

One project explores the aesthetics of clothing made from recycled garbage. Another documents an entire year's worth of food consumption, all chronicled in an accordion style book with images of every single meal the artist ate. The featured series in the gallery's front window (and a definite favorite of mine) is a collection of super long exposures taken at Disneyland; everyone becoming colourful blurs running back and forth through the park. Odd how these seemingly innocent and friendly places take on entirely new meanings as time passes, and as we see them through different perspectives.

These are just a few of the projects included in this eclectic exhibit, and it runs at 64 Steps only until June 30th, 2007. So either come out tomorrow night for the opening festivities (I'm told there will be home-made baked goods), or be sure to stop by sometime in the next couple weeks.

Photograph: OCAD Directed Studio 2006-07 runs June 14-30, 2007 @ 64 Steps Contemporary Art Gallery (1164 Queen Street West). Gallery is open Wed-Sat, 12-5pm.


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