NUIT BLANCHE TORONTO
Toronto Transformed by Artists
Saturday, October 5, 2019
SUNSET to SUNRISE
Toronto’s free all-night contemporary art event invites adventurous residents and visitors to take to the streets from sunset to sunrise. Experience Toronto transformed by hundreds of Canadian and international artists. One night only, all night long.
Art Spin is thrilled that Co-Curators Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta are curating an entire exhibition area as part of the event.
Their exhibition Creation : Destruction will be located at the Fort York National Historic Site, Garrison Common and surrounding neighbourhoods.
All things reside on the borders of creation and destruction.
Inspired by its geographical area, this exhibition will challenge our understanding of these seemingly contradictory concepts not in opposing terms but as extensions of each other, forces that both deplete and feed each other. There is nothing more primal, more essentially human, than the paradoxical relationship between creation and destruction. It is the essence not only of the natural world but our place in it, all of which can only be found somewhere in between creation and destruction.
In keeping with the Art Spin mandate Hinton & Pimenta have taken a site-specific approach, first selecting some unique and interesting venues, and then working with artists to respond to them with new artworks. Taking its curatorial inspiration from a geographic area that encompasses various sites including, a military fort, an old garbage incineration plant, and a decommissioned animal slaughterhouse, all of which embody the dualism of creation and destruction, this exhibition will provide an engaging context for thinking deeply about this profoundest cycle of life.
Creation : Destruction
Curated by Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta
About the Curators:
Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta are the curatorial duo behind Art Spin. Since 2009 they have been activating decommissioned venues and unique public spaces to produce large-scale group exhibitions along with curated bicycle-led art tours to showcase a multi-disciplinary range of new programming in alternative sites, most notably the reanimation of Ontario Place’s West Island for in/future in 2016. At the heart of their curatorial practice is a passionate interest in pushing the possibilities of what constitutes public art through site-specific/site-responsive practices via ephemeral modes of presentation.
SITES + ARTISTS + PROJECTS
KIM MORGAN & KAITLYN BOURDEN
QUALITY MEATS ABATTOIR
Latex sculptures of objects from an old slaughterhouse will be installed in its courtyard. Lit from within, these ghostly castings will bring the building back to life.
MAX DEAN &
QUALITY MEATS ABATTOIR
A video installation will reveal what happens when a hand game like rock-paper-scissors turns from a playful encounter into a confrontational experience?
HISTORIC FORT YORK
A projection on the side of a heritage structure exposes the layers of Indigenous presence in Fort York.
STUDIO F MINUS
Every 20 minutes, a brand new “baby” is shot from a cannon into the sky, gently parachuting into the crowd below.
Vast amounts of hazard tape will wrap the pillars of The Bentway, creating a monumental, immersive installation that will become animated in the wind.
FORT YORK VISITOR'S CENTRE
Notes written from the artist to herself on a regular basis are set on fire, one at a time.
THE BENTWAY - STRACHAN GATE
Drenched in blue light, dancers will interact with a sound and video installation to explore the relationship between desire and distance.
SALT STORAGE DOME
An artist-made 3D printer will create models of everyday objects out of salt crystals atop shimmering mountains of road salt in a cathedral-like storage dome.
Using light, video and fog, this artwork will play with the illusion of a fiery opening cut into the outside of an old garbage-incineration facility.
The Creation : Destruction exhibition area connects all 9 curated projects through a walkable loop centred around Fort York & The Bentway, with a string of unique industrial sites on the north side of the train tracks. In addition to the 9 projects curated by Art Spin, there are also 5 independent projects that thematically align with the Creation : Destruction exhibition theme and are certainly worth a visit.
1. Kim Morgan & Kaitlyn Bourden / Anatomy of an Abattoir / The Abattoir
2. Max Dean & Jaren Raab / That Moment / The Abattoir
3. Placeholders / Listen to the Land / Historic Fort York
4. Studio F Minus / Everyone Wants a Free Baby / Garrison Common
5. Gareth Lichty / Hoarding / The Bentway
6. Christina Battle / Notes to Self / Fort York Visitor's Centre
7. Francesca Chudnoff / Halcyon / The Bentway, Strachan Gate
8. Jonathan Schipper / Detritus / Salt Storage Dome
9. Markus Heckmann / LAB001 / Wellington Destructor
59. Lake Effects Projects / Eulogy for the Coffin Factory / The Coffin Factory
60. LeuWebb Projects / Thermally Speaking / Fort York Visitor's Centre Ramp
61. John Notten / Stronghold / Fort York Blvd.
62. Christine Dewancker / Daylighting (without you I would be lost) / Fort York Blvd.
63. Jonathan Tyrrell, Duncan Patterson / Sounding Bodies / stackt market