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Forbidden Forest

Throughout time, humankind has caught glimpses of fantastic creatures. Whether these legendary forms were seen emerging from the depths of the sea, rustling through tree tops, taunting villages or peacefully drifting amongst the stars, they have stirred our creativity and played a powerful role in our collective imaginations.

Of the ancient world’s legendary creatures, we may know Greek mythology’s divine winged stallion Pegasus, or perhaps the dull-witted trolls of Norse folklore. However, this exhibition explores the less familiar ancient creatures of Hindu mythology. Expect to encounter the dueling monkey brothers Vali and Sugriva, the infinitely long cosmic serpent Ananta, or valiant Garuda, king of birds and sworn enemy of snakes. And Mahishasura, a near-immortal demon buffalo who goes to war with the gods and eventually loses to a tiger-mounted goddess in an epic showdown that is still recited today.

Over thousands of years oral storytelling was the primary tool for sharing the cultural identity and values embodied in these myths.To share these stories with you, the design duo Humble Raja has brought these fantastic beasts to life by illustrating them as a set of playing cards organized into suits by the exotic environments from which they originate (the sky, the sea, the jungle and grasslands). The mythical creatures each take their form as the face cards allowing the theme of their environment, colour and common patterns to stitch each suit together.

The exhibition is a nod to the mystery and allure of these lesser-known creatures. Pairing contemporary design with old folklore, ‘Forbidden Forest’ celebrates the art of storytelling through a series of illustrations, making it accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Terra Recognita

Exhibition: January 7th – 11th
Reception: January 10th, 6pm – 9pm

Kima Lenaghan is an illustrator and fine artist interested in forming narratives from varied fields of research including consciousness, ethics, and environmentalism. Terra Recognita is a collection of her recent work, to be displayed in the 2nd floor Hallway Gallery as recipient of the 2018 Artscape Award for Best of Student at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair.

Terra Recognita

While humankind tames the old beasts of famine, disease, and war, its concern for the biosphere is a fragile contender. The natural world becomes ash in the fires of progress if our species remains preoccupied with mortality at the expense of preservation. When our collective conscience cultivates a narrow focus, we repeatedly reach an ethical crux that favours our species over others. This necessary evil is the precursor for many consequences; the contemporary anthropocene is characterized by accelerated climate change and Earth’s sixth mass extinction. As we exist in the midst of gradual environmental loss, we are given time to transcend this ethos and remedy our relationship with the planet, or collect the fragments to one day start anew.

Years from now, as the natural world wilts and humankind finds a sense of incompleteness in its absence, a migration takes place to preserve what Earth had lost. Terra Recognita, loosely translated as ‘land known again’, is a reincarnation of Earth and its denizens. It is a collection of work depicting scenes and falsified documents that seek the changes in behaviours, technologies, and minds that may be necessary for humankind to form a lasting and symbiotic relationship with the planet.

Homework – Illustrative Painting Explorations Exhibition (Sheridan)

Homework – Illustrative Painting Explorations Exhibition 

March 27 – April 1, 2017 | Second and Third Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM, Exhibition closes at 3 PM on April 1

Image: Homework 2016 exhibition – installation detail.

Sheridan College’s Illustration Program students, working in 16 small groups in their 3rd Year Illustrative Painting Explorations course, curated and developed the exhibition themes and artwork for this collection of group exhibitions.

Opening Reception – Homework – Illustrative Drawing and Painting (OCAD)

Homework – Illustrative Drawing and Painting Exhibition

Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | FREE

March 20 – March 25, 2017 | Second and Third Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM, Exhibition closes at 2 PM on March 25

Image: Homework 2016 exhibition – installation detail.

OCADU’s Illustration Program students, working in nineteen small groups in their 4th Year Illustrative Painting course, curated and developed the exhibition themes and artwork for this collection of group exhibitions.

Homework – Illustrative Drawing and Painting Exhibition (OCAD)

Homework – Illustrative Drawing and Painting Exhibition

March 20 – March 25, 2017 | Second and Third Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM, Exhibition closes at 2 PM on March 25

Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | FREE

Image: Homework 2016 exhibition – installation detail.

OCADU’s Illustration Program students, working in nineteen small groups in their 4th Year Illustrative Painting course, curated and developed the exhibition themes and artwork for this collection of group exhibitions.