I recently helped the lovely Su-Ying Lee and Jennifer Davis with their curatorial initiative – Rear (View) Projects as the Marketing & Communications Manager (so lots of Facebook-ing, Tweeting, Instagramming and print/web stuff). The project was a great success with a hue turn out for the opening!
Flipping Properties was commissioned by Rear View (Projects) for an unconventional exhibition platform – a laneway in Toronto’s Little Portugal neighbourhood. The project is a continuation of an ongoing study of super-furnitures by Lai, an architect, and the team of Bureau Spectacular. The installation takes the familiar house icon, the pentagon, as its formal starting point. Lai denatures this symbol of domesticity, converting it into super-furniture which is ‘too big to be furniture and too small to be architecture.’ This intervention in Toronto’s urban fabric provokes us to reconsider the potential uses for overlooked spaces in the city and question typical modes of interaction between art, place and audiences.
During the opening event on July 11, 2014, pieces of the installation will tumble and relocate within the laneway, creating a place for neighbours to gather and imagine an architecture that can reorient infinitely. Join us for a lively talk with Lai and CBC host, Britt Wray, who will discuss the topic of ‘rotation’ from the varied perspectives of architecture and science.
Flipping Properties is free and open for view anytime from July 11, 2014 to September 14, 2014 in the laneway at Sheridan Avenue & Gordon Street