OCAD Grad Ex 2015
We have been so busy attending fabulous events the past week that we are a bit tardy in reporting on all the fun. For that we apologize. Last Wednesday we went to the opening of the OCAD Graduate Exhibit, an annual event that showcases the talented students of the university. OCAD has some pretty stellar alumni and the Graduate Exhibit is a great opportunity to meet and see future innovators. We were especially excited to see what was going on in the Textiles and Material Design departments.
The first piece we were greeted by when we entered the vast exhibit was Aurora Judge’s Nehalennia, a cast bronze shoulder piece with sculpted sea creatures covering it. The piece was “named for an ancient goddess of the North Sea” and was meant to represent the impact of humans on nature and how it is us “who wear the burden [of our actions] upon our short-lived shoulders.” Judge’s “What Are You Wearing?” series followed, a collection of steel garments pieced together with ribbon and leather.
We are extremely impressed with artist Patricia Molina, a skilled artist in a variety of disciplines. Whether it is sculptures using mixed materials, video installations, or word art, Molina offers thought provoking, titillating, and beautiful art that puts you on edge with its commentary. We enjoyed her tongue-in-cheek peeping tom shed, where viewers could become voyeurs by peeping through a hole to peer at the border-line saucy video playing within. We were in love with her insect mask, a glossy hard white mask with eyes covered in crystals that sparkled under the gallery lights.
Zoe Reoch melded digital print techniques with textile art to create hidden social commentary on the treatment and slut-shaming of women in society. The powerful installation titled “Come Eat This Dick for Dessert” created a necessary discourse on the treatment of women in our society. The garments were translucent, exposing would-be wearers to the eyes of the public, baring their bodies and their souls to scrutiny. Misogynistic messages crafted to appear as social media comments or messages peeked through the translucent garments, depicting the reality of the average woman’s inbox; a slew of hateful messages that break down the powerful essence of being a woman.
Digital printing appeared again in Jiwon Song’s exhibit Light + Shadow. Delicate, almost ethereal garments hung suspended against the wall, casting their shadows onto the white surface. The digital patterns were like water, like clouds, like marble. We would wear these pieces in a heart-beat. This was truly wearable art.
Michael Kwan is a graduating jewelry designer to watch! His bold uni-sex designs are created using 3D printed nylon and sterling silver inlay. The strong collection is urban, modern, and classic. We are in love with the collar neck-piece and the large rings in the collection.
We were excited to see some hints at wearable technology at the exhibit. In a dimly lit room, 2 light-oriented exhibits that implement wearable tech techniques were on display, illuminating the crowds of viewers. Due to the lighting in the room we were unable to get photos or video that properly showcased these incredible creations, so we are including links for you to view images and video that properly do justice to these pieces.
Angel Ho blew us away with her innovative tactile lights created from handmade paper that allow the consumer to interact with and control the form and function of the light. They are “embedded with LEDs, Nitinol wire and a band sensor [that] allows the user to control various degrees of light exposure.” We were mesmerized as we interacted with the delicate-seeming sculptural lights, lifting and collapsing the form to brighten and dim the ethereal lighting.
One of our highlights from the OCAD Graduate Exhibit was M.O.T.H. which stands for My Own Two Hands. The artist behind the steam-punk inspired creations is also involved with the innovative Social Body Lab, a research lab at OCAD. We were fascinated by her goggle-like mask that spun open and close, powering LED lights with its movement. We look forward to seeing more from this talented artist.
If you missed this year’s graduate exhibit at OCAD, we highly recommend adding it to your calendar next year. It’s worth braving the hoards of art lovers to catch a glimpse of these budding artists and makers.