Review by James Hewitt – Gladstone Gallery attendant
TWO OH FIVE: THE FORGOTTEN
“From the depth of the basement studio of 205 Richmond 26 OCADU drawing and painting students emerge, declaring ‘we will not be forgotten!’ “~Artist of TWO OH FIVE: THE FORGOTTEN
The Drawing and Painting program is one of the most popular programs to enroll in at OCAD University. To sustain the large number of applicants to the program and to expand the geography of the school, 205 Richmond St. West was introduced as the school’s newest addition to the campus. Located about four blocks south of the McCaul St. and Grange Campuses and bearing no resemblance to the signature OCADU buildings, some of the DRPT Studio students who called the 205 basement studio home, felt a certain alienation or disconnect from the bustling 100 McCaul St. Campus, with it’s unique design and proximity to the AGO.
The artists of Two Oh Five: The Forgotten, feel just that: forgotten. OCADU’s 97th Grad Ex show was held at 100 McCaul St. in many of the drawing and painting studios, giving the impression that those are the only existing studios on campus. This show aims to change this perception and to cast a deserved light on some talented students.
The show has a curatorial strength found in the grouping of artists both figurative and abstract and the addition of a few 3 dimensional pieces shows a strong diversity in the group and shows a good use of the smaller rooms in the Gladstone Gallery. Some exceptional artists to look for at the show are: Brittany Taylor, Bernie Collins, Kevin Columbus, Jin Chun, Christine Gennara, Yiying Zou and the Tara Dorey, whose captioned canvas painting “Congratulations On The Fulfillment Of Your Dreams” acts as the masthead of the show and sums up the feeling of accomplishment and the innate desire for most of the artists involved to exhibit publicly as emergent art professionals. With the special efforts of chief organizer and participating artists Kelly Stevenson, Yiying Zou and Tara Dorey and Cayla Christiansen, the show is a success. Works are up from June 14th-17th in the Gladstone Gallery, located on the 2nd floor of the Gladstone Hotel.