The NXNE Art team battled the Sharp Centre for Design’s relentless staircases to take in the creative forces coming out of OCAD. From May 1st-4th, OCAD University celebrated the graduating class of 2014 with its 99th annual graduate exhibition, one of the city’s biggest art events of the year. The work of more than 600 students was displayed across all floors that showcased illustrators, photographers, sculptors, and designers. Here are our top picks from the night.
Hudson Christie, www.hudsonchristie.com
Winner of the Illustration Medal at OCAD University for his thesis, Work-Life Balance, Christie’s playful clay scenes are injected with a humour that is both charming and sinnister.
Jen Schenkel, www.jenschenkel.ca
Critical of pop culture’s portrayal of beauty, Schenkel applied her graphic design skills to turn the tables on major beauty advertising campaigns. Using guerilla techniques, Schenkel assured that consumers are conscious of the real servings of self-esteem issues and anxiety they are buying with every product.
Suharu Ogawa, www.suharuogawa.com
Toronto-based illustrator originally from Japan, Ogawa ditched a life of books to pursue her passion for illustration. Her whimsical observations transform everyday scenes into a beautiful commentary that lend advice that too many people today ignore.
Sarah Elizabeth, www.freshly-toasted.com
Sarah Elizabeth’s thesis, CannaBliss, stood out as a well researched and marketable product for a budding industry. Taking a lead from legalized states such as Washington and Colorado, and the legalization of marijuana for medical use across North America, Sarah Elizabeth has designed a product to market marijuana for controlled and safe use for ailments such as headaches and sleep disorders. This is a moneymaker and we commend Sarah Elizabeth for keeping ahead of the curve.
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