Artist Talk and The Sunshine Eaters

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the sunshine eaters exhibition onsite gallery ocadu richmond street west toronto

My pal Meghan and I enjoyed a rare "midday-on-a-weekday" lady-date last week, when we went to OCAD University (Toronto's School of Art and Design), to hear a talk given by Meghan's favourite artist, Shary Boyle.

ocad university toronto seen from the grange park

toronto ocadu art and design university building

↑ OCAD's main campus ↑

ocadu building toronto

shary boyle artist talk at ocad toronto poster

Since being introduced to me by Meghan -- together we've previously seen a few of her pieces at the AGO, and saw one during our trip to The Mercer Union Contemporary Gallery, shown in this post -- I've also become a fan. So, when I saw the notice about her talk, presented by the MAAD (Material Art and Design) Speakers Series, I knew we had to go.

artist talk at ocad

artist and a photo of her work

It was so interesting. A particularly memorable part for me was hearing that, while Shary is well known for her porcelain and clay sculptures, she was first an illustrator and painter. It wasn't until she took a crafting-type workshop in decorative clay, given by a group of elderly ladies, that she began sculpting. Her statement was a note of encouragement to the many young art students who in the room -- that you never know when or where you will learn something that you end up loving to do.

hallway ocadu toronto

peek into a classroom

↑ A peek into one of the classrooms. ↑

Following the talk, everyone was invited to walk down McCaul to Richmond Street, where more of OCAD's campus buildings are, and where we could see some of Shary's new work.

walking south from ocadu to their onsite gallery toronto

↑ Walking down McCaul ↑

There, they have a brand new professional gallery (it opened last fall), the Onsite Gallery, (at 199 Richmond Street West, south side just east of Duncan Street). While operated by the university, the art is not created by the students (not that there'd be anything wrong with that ... just saying). I think this may be a venue through which students will practice the skills of gallery administration and curation.

The exhibition currently on display is called The Sunshine Eaters and runs until April 15th.

sunshine eaters art exhibition at onsite gallery toronto painted bronze lilies by tony matelli

↑ On the right is a painted bronze sculpture by Tony Matelli

at onsite gallery toronto

The first thing I noticed upon walking into the Onsite Gallery, was how nice it smelled in there. More on that later in the post.

Here are Shary Boyle's pieces. The background is a huge ink on paper piece, called The Thicket by Jim Holyoak.

sculpture by shary boyle background jim holyoak at onsite gallery richmond steet toronto ocad the sunshine eaters exhibit

shary boyle porcelain artwork at the sunshine eaters exhibition onsite gallery ocad toronto

sculptures by shary boyle at onsite gallery the sunshine eaters exhibition toronto richmond street ocad

shary boyle sculpture at onsite gallery toronto

shary boyle sculptures jim holyoak drawing at onsite gallery toronto

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↑ I'm wearing a crocheted cotton scarf I recently completed. ↑


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More of the art ...

sound suit 2015 by nick cave at onsite gallery toronto ocadu

↑ Soundsuit, 2015 by Nick Cave. This is one of two that were on display. These are sculptures that can be worn, transforming them to performance art pieces. ↑

Artist Nick Cave Soundsuit 2015 details on display at onsite gallery toronto

at onsite gallery the sunshine eaters

↑ Left is a beautiful textile sculpture created by Alessandra Kehayoglou, called Stele. Projected on the walls is a two-channel video installation by Jessica Karuhanga. ↑

two chanel video installation by jessica karuhanga sunshine eaters exhibition onsite gallery toronto

artist nick cave soundsuit both sides at onsite gallery toronto

↑ Both sides of the second Soundsuit by Nick Cave. ↑

the sunshine eaters at onsite gallery toronto

↑ Hey, what is Meghan doing over there? ↑

nina leo and moez surani heresies custon scent at onsite gallery toronto

heresies custom scents at the sunshine eaters onsite gallery toronto

↑ Included in the exhibition was an element of scent, with custom scents created by Nina Leo and Moez Surani, called Heresies, 2018. They were amazing! ↑

triangle repeater by brian jungen

↑ Carved gallon jerrycan, by Brian Jungen

bad pickney from the fambily by ebony g patterson at onsite gallery the sunshine eaters exhibition toronto

↑ Bad Pickney from the Fambily Series, 2013, by Ebony G. Patterson

winnie truong paper collage at onsite gallery toronto ocadu

coloured pencils and paper collage by winnie truong sunshine eaters onsite gallery toronto

↑ Three dimensional, coloured pencil and paper collages by Winnie Truong

Both the exhibition and the gallery are great. I look forward to seeing all that they do there. For anyone working close to Richmond and University (its just a short walk from the financial district) a trip over would make a good lunchtime getaway. Entry is free.

From there, Meghan and I went to a new-to-us cafe, which was lovely, and discovered another neat place, both of which I'll share in my next post.

Thank you for reading,
xo loulou
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