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Planting Seeds for Grow Op

We’re back curating the upcoming installment of Grow Op 2017, now entering its fifth year at the Gladstone Hotel. The exhibition occupies a necessary place at the intersection of landscape, ecology, art and design, providing new ways of articulating our relationships to the urban, wild and rural world around us. The call for submissions closes in September!


Artpark 16

We spent a fine Canada Day in Denmark in the company of our friends at Gaestatelier Hollufgard. We were there to mount our pieces A Veil of Skavgraes and A Bell Rings in the Forest (the latter with Floyd K. Stein). With carefully packed luggage in tow, the Veil made its way overseas with us for final assembly on site. The trip allowed us to realize the pieces we conceived at the previous summer’s Tilsynekomster (Appearances) symposium for the Artpark 16 exhibition. The outdoor show will run through November, 2016.


Office + Colour

We’re currently in the development stages of creating a new commissioned piece for Perkins + Will’s Toronto office. Working with light and colour, Collaborative Chromatics will occupy a clean white south facing wall within their top floor loft workspace, the perfect canvas to produce swaths of glowing colours and shapes shifting with the cycles of daylight and night.

 


Inside and Out

We had a blast in ushering in the celebrations around this year’s Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival by creating an installation for the Launch Party in collaboration with multimedia artist Roxanne Luchak.

Held at the St. James Cathedral Centre, the event was followed later in the month by the Opening Party, where we mounted a variation on our piece again with Roxanne, this time at the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s Malaparte.


Cultivating Curiosity

This week spring has finally arrived in Toronto, just in time for the Gladstone Hotel’s Grow Op exhibition. The fourth annual landscape, ecology and art show that we’re co-curating with Graham Teeple promises to be a thought provoking ensemble of works that seek to make sense of our unprecedented ecological present.

We’ll be present throughout the exhibition and will be participating in the Grow Op Talks and several workshops over the course of the show.

Exhibition Hours:
April 21: 11am – 8pm
April 22: 11am – 10pm
April 23: 11am – 10pm
April 23: 10am – 5pm

Special Events:
April 20: Grow Op Talks: Cities of Alchemy, Ballroom, 8-10pm
April 21: Grow Op’s Alternative Food + Drink Show, Ballroom, 7-10pm
April 22: Opening Reception, 2nd Floor Gallery, 7-10pm | After Party, Melody Bar, 10pm-late
April 23: Offsite Installation by Robert Cram + After Party, OCADU Gallery, 7-10pm
April 24: Gladstone Flea Goes Green, Melody Bar, 10am – 4pm

Image: Twig Chair by Shelly Dwyer


in/FUTURE

Our proposal Flotsam/Jetsam was selected for the groundbreaking exhibition in/FUTURE: A Transformative Art Experience to take place at Ontario Place this fall.
From September 15-25, 2016, the west island of Ontario Place will be transformed into a hub of artistic and performance activities. Located on the pebbled shore of the island will be Flotsam/Jetsam, a series of cast future relics and fragments of Ontario Place – invoking the park’s past as a utopian dream and the potential future of the island as an archaeological ruin.

Winter Pecha Kucha Stations

In her role as co-curator of Grow Op 2016, Christine spoke about several of the selected Grow Op artist projects as part of the rapid fire Winter Stations PechaKucha format evening at the Gladstone Hotel.
Her slides complemented the evening’s other presentations on the Winter Stations designers and their works, a series of temporary installations on the Balmy, Kew and Ashbridges Bay beaches of Toronto by designers from around the world and students from OCAD, Laurentian, and Ryerson universities.

Momentum Accumulator

We’re in the fabrication stage of our piece Perpetual Momentum Accumulator for Norm Li studio. It’s always amazing seeing a work take shape in material form after so many steps from concept to reality. We’ve been working with Punchclock Metalworks on this one, spending time in the shop, making, tweaking and testing.


On Collaboration

We recently shared our perspectives on collaborating as part of the 2016 Toronto Design Offsite Festival’s TO DO Talks: Collaborate and Listen Thursday, January 21st, in The Gladstone Hotel’s Ballroom. Central to our conversation was the piece we created for that space in 2011, The Ballroom of Sounding Light.
Along with Symon Oliver (Also Collective), Stanley Sun (Mason Studio), Steven Beites (Studio Kimiis), Viz Saraby (Invention Squad), and  William Haskas (+Collective), we chatted about the enriching and sometimes challenging processes involved in successful collaboration.

 


Radiantactivity at the Drake Devonshire

We recently mounted our piece ‘Radiantactivity’ at the Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington, Prince Edward County, Ontario. The commissioned work integrates with the hotel’s cladding and fronts onto a soon-to-be poured skating rink to take advantage of the joys of winter. Stay tuned for ice skating updates!

Image by Johnny Lam