Winter Programming Opening Reception

Please join us for our first round of exhibitions in 2014 for our on-site gallery spaces. There will be snacks, drinks and the artists will be in attendance.

Window Space

January 30th- February 28th

Chalk Form Census

Alison Snowball

A series of questions is posed, one at a time, on a chalkboard installed in a street level window. Citizens passing by are invited to contemplate or respond to the question, which changes at regular intervals over the month long project timeframe. Extending the reach of the census, the question is simultaneously posted online through social media [#chalkformcensus], thereby also providing a platform for responses.

Main Space

January 30th- February 22nd

Posts and Pillars

Curated by Jennifer Simaitis and Stefan Hancherow

Artists: Alexis Boyle, Andrew Buszchak, Emily Davidson, Aryen Hoekstra and Miles Stemp

Posts and Pillars is a group exhibition that interrogates notions of post-utopian futures, survival, and art after capitalism. The exhibition features Alexis Boyle (QC), Andrew Buszchak (AB), Emily Davidson (NS), Aryen Hoekstra (ON) and Miles Stemp (ON) whose use of provisional materials and processes range from letterpress prints to digital video to light installations.

Project Space

January 30th- February 22nd

An Expedition

Sam Cotter and Fraser McCallum

An Expedition is drawn from traditions of anthropology, exploration and field study, to re-evaluate the urban landscape in the spirit of a 19th century expedition. The work is set at the Leslie Street Spit, a dumping ground for construction and demolition waste on the edge of Lake Ontario, where the ruins of Toronto are made manifest in a bleak and dangerous setting. In An Expedition Cotter and McCallum cast themselves as 19th century explorers setting foot in this strange landscape, and analyzing it through scientific experiments and field studies.

External Space (located on OCADU campus in the Learning Zone)

January 10th- February 25th

Toronto Harbourfront

Marjan Verstappen

Before Toronto was a city, the dominant force over the landscape was water. Water ran to the lake, banking up soft shores of sand and silt. Padded with swamps and lagoons, the Don river shifted its course according to cycles of seasons and storms. Now we are the geological force that shapes the lake shore. The need for hard surfaces on which to walk and build has buried the water, and the landscape is shaped to control it. Now lake shore speaks of fluxes of trade and capital, the influence of bureaucracy. It is easy to see our landscape as static and permanent, but this video tells the story of Toronto Harbour, in all its shapes.

*Toronto Harbourfront is also currently available for viewing at

image credit: Andrew Buszchak – Reality Show, 2010 (Screenshot

Winter Programming Opening Reception

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