Contemporary Art

OCADU Grad Exhibition

This past weekend was OCADU’s Grad Exhibition and I’m lucky enough to be friends with a few of the graduating artists. I went on opening night so it was a little packed but it was amazing to seeing the graduates’ thesis projects. It kind of made me reminiscent of high school and regret my life choices like majoring in Communication Studies in university…but let’s be honest, I don’t think I could top the talent of this graduating class. Here are some of my favourites:

Katherine Curci

katherine curci

Some pieces that weren’t included in the show, but wanted to include:

Life Sized Self-Portrait

“Shell” (2014), graphite on paper, 160″x 75″

Florence

“Adaptation” (2013), photograph apart of series from Florence,  (that’s me by the way!)

I’ve been best friends and soul sisters with Katherine for almost 8 years now and it’s absolutely amazing watching her flourish as an artist. She’s definitely one to watch and so multi-talented working in ink, pencil, watercolour and also a great makeup artist. I had a serious #1 fan moment when a few guests came up to her and said her thesis project was one of their favourites from the entire exhibition. This particular piece is of her beautiful mom, Roxanne (who’s also a student at OCADU and seriously a fantastic artist) and I know how emotional and close this project was for both of them. I know she’ll ROCK whatever next in her books. Congrats on all the hard work!!! I can’t wait for my soon-to-be one-of-a-kind Katherine Curci original! You’ll soon be rich and famous and forget about little old me. 

Katherine Blaszczak

photo 1

Thesis

photo 2

Thesis detail

And the piece that started it all:

"Fragmented", Acrylic on Canvas, 12"x 12"

“Fragmented”, Acrylic on Canvas, 12″x 12″

Kathy is one of my friends I met in Florence while she lived with Katherine Curci last year. Knowing the amount of blood, sweat, and tears throughout this thesis project makes me appreciate this piece all so much more. As a HUGE hit at the exhibit, bloggers such as daniesque and sparkstwins began raving about her painting have already proven to be some of her biggest fans after seeing her painting (including me!). I mean…diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right? So proud of you Kathy! Congrats!!!

Tania Santer

Tania combines silverpoint drawing and time-based media to depict powerful images of the mental and physical struggle women face in the 21st century. I can’t imagine how many hours she put into choreographing drawings. Just mindblown.

Camille Jodoin-Eng

jodoin-eng Light House - Detail - Jodoin-Eng

“Lighthouse”, Plastic, Wood, Electronic Components, 1 ft x 1 ft x 5 ft

jodoin-eng Cosmography - Install View 2

Thesis 2013-2014 Cosmography

jodoin-engSatellite - Jodoin-Eng

“Satellite”, Plastic, Steel, Electronic Components, 4 ft x 4 ft x 2 ft

jodoin-eng Constellation Box - Detail - Jodoin-Eng

“Constellation Box (Detail)”, Plastic, Steel, Electronic Components, 1 ft x 1 ft x 1 ft

I literally stopped in my tracks and had to turn around to go into the room that showed Jodoin-Eng’s pieces. The entire room was dedicated to her project and you could tell everyone else in the room was just so fascinated by the mirrored lights as much as I was.

Iskuhi Avagyan

"Supta Kurmasana" Oil on Mylar 42"x 42"

“Supta Kurmasana” Oil on Mylar 42″x 42″

"Marichyasana B", Oil on Mylar, 42" x 42"

“Marichyasana B”, Oil on Mylar, 42″ x 42″

"Bhuja Pidasana", Oil on Mylar, 42"x 42"

“Bhuja Pidasana”, Oil on Mylar, 42″x 42″

There’s something about her thesis pieces that constantly drew me to them. As I’d walk through this particular exhibit I would just find myself in front of them and waiting patiently for guests to take good pictures of her work (which is much deserved!). I love the transparency, tension, and anonymity of the figures in the pieces.

A BIG congratulations to OCADU’s graduating class of 2014! You are all so crazy talented and I’m so excited to see what you guys have up your sleeve next. You’ll be hearing from me again when I’m collecting your art in a few years (hopefully fingers crossed)!

 

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