Sculpting New Reads 2015


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After an incredible debut at the 2014 festival, we are thrilled to announce the return of Sculpting New Reads to The Word On The Street.

This exciting visual arts program brings together Canadian artists and authors to explore how books can inspire new ways of thinking, creating and innovating. Four local artists have been paired with four  2015 Canadian books. Each artist has been challenged to create an art installation inspired by the themes of their book, using the festival site to engage audiences, and applying their own unique art practice to the creative process.

Curators

johnlauracroppedLabspace Studio is an artist-led creative agency and art house run by Co-Directors John Loerchner and Laura Mendes. Together they develop interdisciplinary art projects, curate large-scale exhibitions and experiment with new methods of collaboration. Their projects are often site-specific and participatory in nature, blurring the lines between art and life, incorporating elements of performance, installation, multimedia and user-generated content. Recent projects include commissions for Maison des Arts in Quebec, Toronto’s Pam Am Games, Art Souterrain, Nuit Blanche, The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair, Art in Transit, Harbourfront Centre, and No.9 Contemporary Art & The Environment.

 HODA ZARBAF & ALEXANDRA GRIGORESCU

Cauchemar by Alexandra Grigorescu: An eerie and romantic Southern gothic set in the swamplands of Louisiana, Cauchemar is the story of 20-year-old Hannah, who is living alone after the death of her adoptive mother and protector. As she mourns, Hannah falls in love with Callum, an easy-going boat captain and musician, but must also deal with the return of her birth mother. Feared and despised, Christobelle is rumored to commune with the dead and her reappearance coincides with a number of terrifying events. In order to protect everything she cares about, Hannah must confront the deadly spirits tormenting her and acknowledge her own powers.

Artist: Hoda Zarbaf is an interdisciplinary artist currently living in Toronto. Zarbaf’s work is mainly concerned with gender issues interconnected with the ideas of memory and longing. In her most recent series “soft soul” Zarbaf uses recycled textiles, pre-owned clothing, used toys and old furniture to make figurative sculptures. The use of pre-owned wearable and furnishings in this work – along with the folk act of stitching and patching – bring a palpable level of intimacy to this body of work. Born in Tehran amid early years of the Islamic Revolution and war, Hoda’s imagination has been influenced by the age-old folktale of her childhood. She received her BFA and an MA in Animation from the University of Tehran. In 2008 she relocated to Canada to pursue an MFA from the University of Windsor. Zarbaf has showed several successful series of paintings and sculptures internationally in the past decade.

 STEVE NEWBERRY & PATRICK DEWITT  

 Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt: A love story, an adventure story, a fable without a moral, and an ink-black comedy of manners, international bestselling author Patrick deWitt’s new novel is about a young man named Lucien (Lucy) Minor, who accepts employment at the foreboding Castle Von Aux. While tending to his new post as undermajordomo, he soon discovers the place harbours many dark secrets, not least of which is the whereabouts of the castle’s master, Baron Von Aux.


Artist: Steve Newberry
is an emerging artist based in Hamilton, Ontario.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) degree from the University of Guelph.  He has traveled extensively and exhibited his work in Canada and Japan.  Primarily a sculpture and installation artist but comfortable working in a variety of media, his work often – but not always – explores our complicated connection to the natural world.  Recently he has expanded his practice into the animation world, making weird and wonderful kid-friendly videos under the banner ‘Scratch Garden’.

CATHERINE LANE & ADAM SHOALTS

Alone Against the North
by Adam Shoalts: When Adam Shoalts ventured into The Hudson Bay Lowlands, the largest unexplored wilderness on the planet, he hoped to find a river no one has left any record of paddling. It took him several attempts, years of research, and two friends abandoned his single-minded quest to explore the Again River. But finally, alone, he found the headwaters of the mysterious river and the adventure had just begun. Shoalts discovered something that seemingly shouldn’t exist: a series of unmapped waterfalls that captured both his imagination and the world’s, showing us that the age of exploration is not over.

Artist: Catherine Lane is a Toronto based artist who received both her MFA (2010) and BFA (2006) from York University in Toronto. Her work has been exhibited both domestically and internationally. Lane’s current studio practice focuses on drawing-based installations that involve non-linear, visual narratives. She has received artist grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Arts Council, and has completed artist residencies with the Bemis Centre for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska and the Open Studio Printmaking Centre in Toronto. She currently teaches at OCAD University and Sheridan College.

TIMEANDDESIRE (ST MARIE & WALKER) & ERIN BOW

The Scorpion Rules
by Erin Bow: In the future, the children of world leaders are held hostage—if a war begins, they pay with their lives. Greta is a hostage held by the ruler of the world, Talis. She is prepared to die with dignity, if necessary. But everything changes when Elian arrives. He defies the machines that control every part of their lives. His rebellion opens her eyes to the brutality of the rules they live under. Then, Elian’s country declares war on Greta’s. Talis is furious, which surely means that Greta and Elian will be killed…unless Greta can save them.

Artist: Since 2010 Denise St Marie and Timothy Walker have been collaborating under the moniker Timeanddesire, creating work that addresses themes of perception, cognition, new-genre public art, signage, interventionism and socially engaged installations. They have done numerous outdoor art interventions both nationally and internationally in such places as Japan, Las Vegas, Chicago, The Canadian Prairies, Toronto, and Montreal. Their work has been exhibited in Nuit Blanche Toronto, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Toronto Urban Film Festival, Latcham Art Gallery, Thames Art Gallery Culture Centre, Art Souterrain, White Water Gallery and Eyelevel Gallery. St Marie completed her BFA at the University of Victoria, while Walker received a BA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. As of September 2015 St Marie & Walker have embarked on a collaborative MFA at the University of Waterloo.

 

 

 

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Sculpting New Reads: Photo Gallery

The torrential rain let up just in time for the opening of our Sculpting New Reads exhibition, the inaugural installation art program of The Word On The Street Toronto. Check out our photo gallery below to view the incredible installations commissioned for this exciting new program bringing together Canadian artists and authors.

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Mark Prier’s installation on Nick Cutter’s book The Troop

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Mark Prier’s installation on Nick Cutter’s book The Troop

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Nicholas Crombach’s sculpture on Kathleen Winter’s book Boundless

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Nicholas Crombach’s sculpture on Kathleen Winter’s book Boundless

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Layne Hinton’s installation on Russell Wangersky’s book Walt

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Interior scene of Layne Hinton’s installation on Russell Wangersky’s book Walt

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Interior scene of Layne Hinton’s installation on Russell Wangersky’s book Walt

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Artist Layne Hinton with author Russell Wangersky

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Felix Kalmenson’s installation on Johanna Skibsrud’s book Quartet for the End of Time

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Felix Kalmenson’s installation on Johanna Skibsrud’s book Quartet for the End of Time

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Felix Kalmenson’s installation on Johanna Skibsrud’s book Quartet for the End of Time

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Felix Kalmenson’s installation on Johanna Skibsrud’s book Quartet for the End of Time

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Bambitchell (artists) and Shani Mootoo (author)

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Bambitchell’s installation on Shani Mootoo’s book Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab

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Bambitchell’s installation on Shani Mootoo’s book Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab

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Bambitchell’s installation on Shani Mootoo’s book Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab

Participating Artists: BAMBITCHELL, Nicholas Crombach, Layne Hinton, Felix Kalmenson and Mark Prier

Participating Authors: Nick Cutter, Shani Mootoo, Johanna Skibsrud, Russell Wangersky and Kathleen Winter

Curated by: Labspace Studio Co-Directors, John Loerchner & Laura Mendes

Sculpting New Reads: A Look Inside the Artists’ Studios

We’re less than two weeks away from the opening of  Sculpting New Reads, the inaugural installation art program for The Word On The Street Toronto.

Five local artists have been paired with 5 Canadian new releases with the challenge to create new works inspired by the themes of their books.

The exhibition will feature a range of art media – from installation, sculpture, video and projection. Expect to climb up, peer in, and peek through to experience these large-scale projects. In addition, scheduled meet-and-greets with both artists and authors will be facilitated throughout the day. Stop by and say hello!

Check out this sneak peek video for an inside glimpse into our participating artists creative process and studios.

Sculpting New Reads runs for 1-day only at The Word On The Street, September 21st, 11am–6pm, in the Sculpting New Reads Tent at Queen’s Park Circle.

Artists: Bambitchell, Nicholas Crombach, Layne Hinton, Felix Kalmenson and Mark Prier
Curated by Labspace Studio Co-Directors John Loerchner & Laura Mendes

Sculpting New Reads

PrintWe are thrilled to officially launch Sculpting New Reads, the inaugural installation art program at The Word On The Street Toronto.

This year’s program, curated by Labspace Studio, brings together Canadian artists and authors to explore how books can inspire new ways of thinking, creating, and innovating. Five local artists have been paired with five books released in 2014. Each artist has been challenged to create an art installation inspired by the themes of their book, applying their own unique practice to the creative process.

Stay tuned for more updates as we bring you up close and personal with the artists in their studios!

Curators

johnlauracroppedLabspace Studio is an artist-led creative agency and art house run by Co-Directors John Loerchner and Laura Mendes. Together they develop interdisciplinary art projects, curate large-scale exhibitions, and experiment with new methods of collaboration. Their projects are often site-specific and participatory in nature, blurring the lines between art and life, incorporating elements of performance, installation, multimedia and user-generated content. 2014 projects include commissions for The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair, Art of the Danforth, Art in Transit, Harbourfront Centre, No.9 Contemporary Art & The Environment, Art Souterrain, and Nuit Blanche.

MARK PRIER & NICK CUTTER

the_troop_book_coverThe Troop by Nick Cutter: Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip. The boys are a tight-knit crew. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there. But for some reason, Tim can’t shake the feeling that something strange is in the air this year. Something waiting in the darkness. Something wicked…

markprierArtist: Mark Prier’s multimedia art examines the interaction between culture, ecology, and survival. Working from diverse sources, such as botany, folklore, geology, and history, he re-articulates this examination into mediums including installation, new media, performance, sound, and video. His exhibitions include shows in Canada (CAFKA, Modern Fuel, The Rooms, & White Water Gallery), Mexico (Kunsthaus Santa Fé), the United Kingdom (the Lost O), and the United States (City Without Walls, and [Untitled] Artspace).

FELIX KALMENSON & JOHANNA SKIBSRUD

skibsrud_quartet_hcQuartet for the End of Time by Johanna Skibsrud: Quartet for the End of Time takes us on an unforgettable journey, beginning in one of the most fascinating, and largely forgotten, periods of American history—the Bonus Army March of the 1930s—through to the end of the Second World War. The lives of Arthur and Douglas Sinclair—a World War One veteran and his son—and the children of a powerful US congressman—powerfully and irrevocably intersect during the Bonus Army Riots in Washington DC.

felixArtist: Felix Kalmenson is a Russian-born, Toronto-based artist, with an artistic practice in installation, video, photography, book works, performance and sound art. Kalmenson’s practice is concerned with the mediation of histories and ongoing narratives by state, institutional and corporate bodies. He explores how transformations in the landscape of communication, visualization and space radically reposition the individual in relation to constructed knowledge and lived experience. Kalmenson has created an extensive body of work in public space, galleries, and artist-run centres in Canada and internationally.

LAYNE HINTON & RUSSELL WANGERSKY

Layne_BookWalt by Russell Wangersky: From critically acclaimed author Russell Wangersky, comes a psychological thriller about Walt, a grocery store cleaner who collects the shopping lists people leave in the store and discard without thought. Abandoned, he says, by his now-missing wife, Walt is pursued by police detectives unsatisfied with the answers he’s given about her disappearance.

 

layne_headshotArtist: Layne Hinton is a multi-disciplinary artist, holds a BFA from OCADU, and has received awards including the InterAccess Prize, OCADU Printmaking Award and OCADU Faculty Film/Video Scholarship. Her work has been shown at the AGO, YYZ Artist’s Outlet, O’Born Contemporary, L’École des Beaux Arts Paris and the Hermitage Museum. She recently completed a solo exhibition at InterAccess Electronic and Media Arts Centre and is co-curator for Art Spin.

BAMBITCHELL & SHANI MOOTOO

bambitchell_bookMoving Forward Sideways Like a Crab by Shani Mootoo: Jonathan Lewis-Adey was nine when his parents separated, and his mother Sid vanished from his life. It is only as a grown man that Jonathan reconnects with his lost parent, only to find, that the woman he knew as “Sid” has become an elegant man named Sydney living quietly in Trinidad. In the years since then, Jonathan has paid regular visits to Sydney, trying to rediscover the parent he adored inside this familiar stranger.

bambitchell_headshot_2014_cropped_0Artist: BAMBITCHELL is an award winning, artistic collaboration between Sharlene Bamboat and Alexis Mitchell. The duo has been producing mixedmedia installations since 2008 and has exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally. Their practice uses queer and feminist frameworks to re-imagine borders, historical patterns of mobility, labour, migration and memory. These frameworks, often showcased through irony and a camp aesthetic, invite nuanced and complicated re-workings of images, language and architecture. Upcoming exhibitions include the Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario Scene with SAW Video and Gallery44.

NICHOLAS CROMBACH & KATHLEEN WINTER

Nicholas_BookBoundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage by Kathleen Winter: Kathleen Winter, bestselling author of Annabel, gives us her first work of narrative nonfiction. In breathtaking prose charged with vivid descriptions of the land and its people, Kathleen Winter’s Boundless is a haunting and powerful story, and homage to the ever-evolving and magnetic power of the North.

 

nicholascrombachArtist: Nicholas Crombach graduated from OCAD University’s Sculpture and Installation program in 2012. Crombach exhibits his work in a variety of gallery exhibitions, project spaces and sculpture gardens. Crombach has been awarded the Hayden Davies Memorial award and Samuel Lazar Kagan award from OCAD University, The Abraham & Malka Green award, and in 2013 his sculpture, Man with child’s Bow and Arrows, was preselected for the Figurativas 13 exhibition at the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona. In 2012, Crombach was the selected winner of a First Capital Realty public commission installed in Burlington, Ontario.

 

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