AUGUST 24th to SEPTEMBER 3rd 2018
Art Spin presented, in partnership with Waterfront Toronto and with programming support from Myseum of Toronto, a free and exciting group exhibition titled Desire Lines, showcasing the work of some of our most notable regional artists presenting artwork from a wide variety of disciplines and curated by Art Spin’s Layne Hinton & Rui Pimenta.
This exhibition responded to themes that dealt with the highly nuanced dynamic of placemaking and what constitutes the concept of home, as well as exploring our complex and storied relationship to our waterfront. Desire Lines was curated in a building split into an 8,000 sqft. warehouse space and a retired condo presentation centre, with many works responding to the unique features of the spaces themselves.
A NOTE FROM THE CURATORS
This exhibition takes its lead from the dual attributes of the industrial space which was presented. A defunct condo presentation centre on the one side, with its bizarre simulations of nature and cliched imaginings of idyllic neighbourhoods by the waterfront – interesting in light of how disconnected our city’s residents have been from the lake due to a long history of urban design that turned Toronto’s back to its waters, prioritizing polluting industries. On the other side, a raw warehouse space whose dramatic sense of scale, the likes of which is becoming rarer and rarer to find in our city's quickly developing downtown core, fills the imagination with creative possibility.
Both spaces, in their own way, invite us to think about the dynamics of placemaking, to reflect on how we have defined our notions of home and community, as well as how we can not just imagine, but also realize a more authentic, just, and inclusive vision of what city and citizenry mean.
Desire lines is a term that stems from landscape architecture and refers to the informal or unsanctioned paths that form by the erosion of repeated use as a result of the pursuit for efficiency, or more simply, a “short cut”. A desire line is by its very nature an act of resistance towards that which is prescribed by some higher authority. That said, the flip side of desire lines, also known as a cow path, are the worn out patterns that begin to form as a result of unreflective thinking so typical of all herd mentality, blind to the rewards of the road less traveled. The tension of this duality is embodied by the very space in which this exhibition is presented and the works in this show encourage us to re-think the meaning of community, to challenge the stereotypes of placemaking and appreciate the preciousness of the natural environment we all call home.
- Art Spin Co-Curators
Layne Hinton & Rui Pimenta
Karen Miranda Abel
Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins
Young & Giroux
Chris Hanson & Hendrika Sonnenberg
Tough Guy Mountain
Toronto Arts Council
Ontario Arts Council
Art Spin Partners:
Everything but the Band
A unique screening of a film program, 7a*md8 On-Screen, programmed by Golboo Amani and Fransisco-Fernando Granados, with works by Alize Zorlutuna, Julieta Maria, Lisa Birke, Erika DeFreitas, Merritt Johnson, Cressida Kocienski, Johanna Householder and b.d.Yael, Manolo Lugo, Cheryl L'Hirondelle, Lisa Steele, Zinnia Naqvi, Michèle Pearson Clarke, and Tadasu Takamine. Download the full video program here.
The opening night also hosted a unique performance of Talking to Water by Dayna Danger and company, guest curated by Clayton Windatt, which engaged the audience through a Water Song, drawing attention to connections between people and water.
Thank you to our partners and volunteers that made this exhibition possible.
Photos by Priam Thomas.