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Yellow Pages Project at OCAD for Culture Days 2014

Blogging has, unfortunately, taken a back seat and academia has firmly planted its busy hands on the steering wheel of my life. That said, I’ve just had the pleasurable experience of working on my first independent project! During our first meeting, Figment artist Paul Byron asked me if I’d like to work with him on a “something” for Culture Days. I didn’t know what it was at the time, and it turns out it’s a pretty neat annual 3 day program that invites the public to take part in free cultural and community building activities all over Canada! You can learn more about it here.

Artwork by Shannon Gerard

Artwork by Shannon Gerard

Shannon Gerard's Project in the Student Gallery at 52 McCaul

Detail of Shannon Gerard’s Project in the Student Gallery at 52 McCaul

My graduate research is concentrated on environmentally conscious art practice, particularly work made from repurposed and recycled materials and while I will be focussing on plastics, Culture Days allowed me to invite participants to engage with the obsolescence and ubiquity of the telephone book. With the aide of the OCAD University Student Union rep for Sustainability, Simran Kaur and her DJ friend James, we pulled of a pretty successful workshop yesterday! We kept it fairly open, allowing visitors to make/draw whatever they felt like out of the pages, and were delighted with the results. Artist and OCAD U professor Shannon Gerard was gracious in allowing us the share the Student Gallery while her artwork was up.

People drew stuff! Some pretty awesome stuff…

People drew stuff! Some pretty awesome stuff…

Genevieve Wallen conquered her origami demon with a crane making frenzy.

Genevieve Wallen conquered her origami demon with a crane making frenzy.

We were fortunate to be featured in the Culture Days event listing as one of the top 5 events to attend over the weekend, and this resulted in a delightful visit from one of the event employees, Richard. We talked at length about University involvement in Culture Days, and I sincerely hope that this is something that can be encouraged in the future because it was so much fun!

One of the lovely sketches left by a visitor.

One of the lovely sketches left by a visitor.

Warm thanks to Paul, Laura, Simran, James, Genevieve, Rachelle, Stephan and everyone else who attended and made it such a great day. Now, back to my books…

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Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, an ongoing research and curatorial project that aims to address the various forms of sustainable practice. She has been the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto since 2014 and has also co-curated exhibitions including Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014) and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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