Strands at the Stantec Window Gallery
January 10 – March 20, 2014
24 Spadina Avenue, Toronto – on view 24/7
“Strands” is a site-specific, kinetic sculpture that uses embellishment and arduous routine repetition of found materials to speak to notions of craft production and decoration. In each strand, the exteriors of twenty-four small document tubes are meticulously covered with sequins, each secured with sharp pointed pins.
The resulting interior core is filled with closely packed sewing pins, occluding direct sight to the other end of the tube. The spiralling interior view has a kaleidoscopic effect that on the one hand references ostentation and design, yet on the other, alludes to the dual nature of pleasure and pain. Moreover, the building’s historical connection to fashion and garments is referenced through the material connection of the sequins and sewing pins.
Strands, Sequins, cardboard tubes, sewing pins, mirrored paper, epoxy clay, enamel, aircraft cable and disco ball motors, 40” x 3” x 140”, 2014.
About the Stantec Window Gallery
In an effort to ‘give back’ to the city; economically, environmentally and culturally; apart of the office retrofit, the original retail entrance to the McGregor Sock Factory was re-conceived as a contemporary art gallery to be open and experienced by all: pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, streetcar riders, skateboarders and vampires, free of charge. Installations rotate on a quarterly basis, on the solstice and equinox. Curated and sponsored by the office, artists are provided with subsidized funding needed to create their installation.
The Stantec Window Gallery is located in the former home of the McGregor Sock Factory, at the corner of Spadina Avenue and Wellington Street West, in Toronto’s historic Garment District.
Thank you to Karen Zwart Hielema and Stantec Architecture Ltd. for the support and opportunity.