Wednesday 27 July 2011

Geoffrey Pugen and Jeremy Bailey

Phase 2 of What Goes Around Comes Around is coming to a close. Geoff and Jeremy have taken the space as left by Phase 1 art collective Life of a Craphead, envisioning a proposal for a future movie theatre. XPACE will host a Closing Reception for Bailey and Pugen at 7pm on Thursday July 28th.[gallery link="file" orderby="rand"]

Melissa Fisher

Melissa continues to evolve her installation lately I've been wondering if you feel it too. Located in the Window Space at XPACE, as part of the ongoing exhibition What Goes Around Comes Around, which runs until August 19th.
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Thursday 21 July 2011

Tibi Tibi Neuspiel

Dear art collector,
ArtBarrage is featuring limited edition artwork by Canadian artist Tibi Tibi Neuspiel.

America on white, 2011.

Wednesday 20 July 2011

Marisa Hoicka

Interesting and visceral work from Hoicka, an artist whose approach stems from a studio-based practice. Hoicka plays within a variety of media, with recent focus on performance art and painting.  Humour, sexuality and gender, desire and the abject are all ripe for exploration in Hoicka's hands.
Her work was shown recently at the White House Studio Project, and was featured in the most recent FADO Emerging Art Series at XPACE Cultural Centre.
Check out her website here.

Tuesday 19 July 2011

Art instructor at Oakville Galleries


Terms: Occasional part-time
Start Date: 7 September 2011
Salary Level: $18 to $30/hour
Language of work: English

Oakville Galleries is a leading public art museum where contemporary art is the impetus for stimulating thought, shifting perspectives and inspiring engagement. Through two sites, the Galleries serve communities in Oakville, Halton Region and wider audiences nationally and internationally. We are currently looking for an Art Instructor to
add to our dynamic education team.

Nature and Scope of Position
Reporting to the Education Coordinator, the Art Instructor prepares and delivers a wide range of art-based activities to children, youth, adults and seniors that participate in Oakville Galleriesʼ art classes, school programs and community-based art programs. The wage for this position varies from $18.00 to $30.00/hour, depending on the program being delivered. Hours include some evenings and weekends.

Application deadline: 15 August 2011

More information about the position and application requirements can be found here.

Additionally, there is a part-time Bilingual Art Instructor (English & French) position avaialable, starting September 7th, 2011. All specifications and requirements parallel the English Instructor position.

XPACE presents: Public Exposure at BIG ON BLOOR!

Installation and booth, on Saturday July 23rd, 1pm-9pm, between Dufferin and Landsdown.

Public Exposure is a group of diverse commercial and fine artists who focus on collaboration as a means to produce large-scale, interactive work. Prior work includes self-published zines, such as "Public Exposure - For your Safety" and the "Cavalcade" exhibition at XPACE.

Participating artists: Jessie Durham, Adrian Forrow, Nat Janin, Kassem , Javier Ortiz, Dmitry Bondarenko

Jessie Durham Jessie Durham is a freelance illustrator and designer that works from her east-end Toronto apartment. She lives with her comic book collection and and her loyal MacBook "Gustave". Jessie enjoys red-headed children, animals with mediocre human names, and terrible science fiction television. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2010.

Adrian Forrow Arriving in Toronto after spending his life growing up in Clarkson Ontario, Adrian Forrow spends most of his time creating idiosyncratic works of art, the remaining time is spent on a bike or thinking about them.  After a short-lived career in residential construction, Adrian attended Sheridan College for Art Fundamentals and is a soon to be graduate of the Ontario College or Aft and Design.  While in school, Adrian has had the pleasure to work with such clients as Sony, Nintendo Wii, Redsand clothing, Ad Bands and the Region of Peel.  To top it off, Adrian is very honest, dedicated and one of the nicest guys you will meet.
Nat Janin Nat Janin diverged from a path to a degree in science to pursue art and illustration, graduating from the Ontario College of Art in Design in 2010. She continues to live and work in the city of Toronto independently and as a member of Public Exposure Collective. When she is not at her desk she is often meandering around the city on a bike, exploring the urban landscape and observing the bizarre interactions that occur between people on the street.


Kassem Kassem graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Design in Illustration.  Kassem has affiliations with other groups such as Machine Machine Publications and Half-Hunter.


Javier Ortiz Javier Ortiz is a designer, artist and illustrator living in the city of Toronto.  Javier attended George Brown College where he studied Graphic Design and later joined the Bachelors of Illustration program in OCAD University.

Dmitry Bondarenko Born in Moscow, USSR Dmitry immigrated to Canada in 1990, settling with his family in Toronto. He began drawing at an early age, becoming hopelessly addicted to visual art as a result. Eventually this brought him to study Classical Animation at Sheridan College, and more recently, to complete his studies of Illustration and Design at OCAD. He now continues to work, live, and make borscht in Toronto.


Thursday 14 July 2011


The Art Gallery of Mississauga

Meet us on the commons

Nathalie Quagliotto, Maturity Turn, 2011.

Meet us on the commons is a multi-media group exhibition featuring emerging artists: Sarah Febbraro, Serena Lee in dialogue with Anna Okrasko, Derek Liddington, Nathalie Quagliotto, Sarah Sharkey Pearce and Mariangela Piccione, Stacey Sproule, and the Department of Unusual Certainties.

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 21st, 2011, 6 pm

A free shuttle bus will depart from the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W, Toronto) at 7 pm to the reception. There will be an informal talk by curator Elizabeth Underhill.

for more info click here.

Wednesday 13 July 2011

XPACE Cultural Centre Director

Job Posting: Director, XPACE Cultural Centre

XPACE Cultural Centre is a non-profit organization dedicated to emerging art and design. Our goal is to bridge students with their established counterparts through experimental programming that cultivates public dialogue. This allows for a dynamic art space that questions and re-evaluates the cultural and artistic expectations of visual language. XPACE is a membership-driven organization supported by the OCADU Student Union and OCADU students.


XPACE is seeking a Director who will work with XPACE staff, Volunteers, Interns and the OCADU student union, to manage, plan and execute gallery operations, internal and external collaborations and strategic development. The Director will work to develop and execute projects that offer students and emerging artists the opportunity to develop and challenge their careers in art and design. XPACE’s goal is to facilitate and nurture experimental and developing practices in art and design. As Director you will work with the XPACE team to develop and maintain an environment that supports this mission. Additionally the Director will be responsible for overseeing the organization of annual fundraisers, operation/programming budgets, monthly/annual reports and our annual publication VOLUME. In the role of Director you will report to the OCADU board of directors, while liaising with students and faculty to bridge the OCADU student body, local and national arts organizations, artists and the general public for all information pertaining to XPACE.

This position is a full-time, 2-year contract commencing August 17th, 2011. The position pays $16.00/hour at 40 hours per week.


  • Implement the Board of Directors and members’ vision and strategic plan

  • Maintain XPACE Programming and Strategic Plan

  • Oversee Bylaw and Policy implementation and reviews

  • Oversee gallery staff, interns and volunteers

  • Coordinate with artists, curators and designers

  • Develop and maintain institutional partnerships

  • Ensure that the vision, mandate and objectives of XPACE are carried out through all XPACE’s programming initiatives.

  • Take primary responsibility for finance including, grant writing, budgeting, banking and reporting

  • Manage the planning, organization and execution of XPACE special projects including our annual anthology, VOLUME

  • Primary spokesperson for XPACE internally and externally within the OCADU community.


  • A post-secondary graduate (up to 4 years out)

  • Excellent administration, communication, verbal and organizational skills.

  • Comfortable working in a Mac environment

  • Comfortable with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, Textpattern and Wordpress.

  • Experience working with accounting software.

  • Experience working with volunteers, interns, students and staff.

  • understanding of the non-profit and/or artist-run sector in Canada

  • Comfortable with grant and proposal writing

  • Comfortable with blogging

  • A dedicated interest in student and emerging Art and Design

  • Demonstrated interest and experience with OCADU Student community is an asset

Date Posted: July, 13th, 2011


Deadline: Monday, July 25th, 2011@ 6pm

Please email Letter of Intent, CV and two references to with the subject heading:  ATTN Hiring Committee. Applications must be received by 6pm on July 25th, 2011.

Please note: applications received after 6pm on Monday July 25th will not be reviewed.

**XPACE ONLY ACCEPTS APPLICATIONS BY EMAIL. Applications received in person / by mail will not be accepted.

Unfortunately only those selected for interview will be contacted.

XPACE graciously acknowledges the support of the OCAD U Student Union and the OCAD University Students.



Heritage Minister James Moore on Q

Jian Ghomeshi interviews James Moore on CBC Radio.
Have a listen here.


Monday 11 July 2011

Elise Victoria Windsor

Congratulations to Elise, whose booth at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition won both the Best Student in Photography Award and the Best Student Award.


Check out her website, and look for future posts from Elise, who is currently at the Spark Contemporary Residency in Syracuse, New York, along with artists Jillian Ross and Liam Wylie.


Friday 8 July 2011

Life of a Craphead

Phase 1 of WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND is coming to a close.

Join the cast, crew, Crapheads and upcoming artists participating in What Goes Around Comes Around for a FREE reception:
Saturday July 9th, 2011. from 7pm.

Check out these shots from the set of Life of a Craphead's movie production: bugs.

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Wednesday 6 July 2011


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Now that we're past the half-way point of our stay, we're really starting to focus on our upcoming show. Elise was a trooper this morning and woke up at 630am to be out and about with her camera and I put the finishing touches on a new sculpture (after sleeping in). Unfortunately Jillian left for a few days but she's way on top of her work, so no worries there. In other news we will all be taking a quick break from the 'Cuse this week end in order to visit both Toronto and NY city. Elise is reppin' her work at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (so go check that out because her work is well worth seeing!) while Jillian and I are traveling to Brooklyn for Cordially Yours, our opening in a group show at Camel Art Space.

Curated Library @ XPACE

As part of What Goes Around Comes Around, XPACE is hosting a specially curated library, a reference for any related thoughts, theory and writing surrounding themes within the overall project.
XPACE is proud to have guest curator cheyanne turions.

  • Activity, Eds. Pedro Barateiro and Ricardo Valentim with Christoph Keller

  • (Issue #7), "Being-With," Eds. Elke Bippus, Joerg Huber, Dorothee Richter, Institute for Critical Theory, Zurich University of the Arts

  • Nicholas Bourriaud's The Radicant

  • Claire Fontaine's"Human Strike Within the Field of the Libidinal Economy"

  • Recipes for an Encounter, Eds. Berin Golonu, Candice Hopkins and Marisa Jahn

  • Markus Miessen's The Nightmare of Participation (Crossbench Practice as a Mode of Criticality)

  • Dieter Roelstraete's "On Leaving the Building: Thoughts of the Outside"

Books are available to check out from July 12th through August 19th, 2011.
cheyanne turions is a curator and writer who holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia. Conceptualizing curation as a social gesture and a forum for critical analysis, she was the 2010–2011 Curatorial Resident at the Images Festival and Gallery TPW.

Check out cheyanne's website here.


Tuesday 5 July 2011

Life of a Craphead\\\bugs/////set photos

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lately I've been wondering if you feel it too

Melissa Fisher presents an ongoing window installation at XPACE, running the duration  of What Goes Around Comes Around :

photo: Jesse Ewles

Naturally drawn to irregular exhibition spaces that expose art to a wide array of people, What Goes Around Comes Around serves as an excellent platform for the artist herself to be exposed to other artists' processes of making. Rather than physically reacting to the space that each phase poses, Fisher will just be around, taking it in. Simultaneously integrating herself into the communal qualities of this exhibition and segregating herself by focusing on the durational installation: lately I've been wondering if you feel it too.