Join us on Wednesday August 19th from 8:30pm - 12am for a one-night self-directed viewing of THE HOPE FOUNDRY, a light and video installation, at the enigmatic and beautiful glass paned building at the the northeast corner of the Dupont & Dovercourt intersection, presented by Art Spin in partnership with adelheid.
This project, a creative collaboration between Heidi Strauss, Jeremy Mimnagh, Rebecca Picherack, and Joshua Van Tassel working with Art Spin curators Layne Hinton & Rui Pimenta, will be projected from within the majestic glass walled interior of this industrial gem – one that has long captured the attention and curiosity of so many –and viewed by the public from street level.
THE HOPE FOUNDRY comes about as an improvised experiment, inspired by the mutual encouragement of its various creative collaborators in response to the unique circumstances resulting from COVID-19 and the challenges to social gathering for artistic presentations.
Precipitated by Art Spin having secured access to this highly recognizable yet enigmatic building that we’ve dubbed ‘The Foundry’, in keeping with its manufacturing history, we are excited to offer a safe opportunity to take in this radiant activation through the use of light and sound to create an ephemeral yet memorable experience.
The work was conceived in response to the question of how we fill space at a time when physical proximity is so loaded with risk. It was also inspired by the profound recognition of the meaning and sense of purpose that we as artists, curators and producers experience when we present artwork to the public, along with the recognition of how tenuous and precious these roles are when faced with the existential threat to art and culture which this pandemic represents.
Artist’s note, Heidi Strauss:
I have lived around the corner from 950 Dupont for 13 years. It’s a building I have gone by many times, and thought about many times in passing. Had we been in a different time, this installation would have included dance, and moving human bodies. Instead, you will see the inside of 950 awash in a gentle dance of moving light, image, and sound, all softly breathing through the immense glass building. The enormous structure, empty of bodies, brought to life because of them. This honours the liminal space that exists for many people in this time of continued uncertainty and change, with hope that together, we can imagine many new kinds of spaces and ways forward.
- Heidi Strauss
Wednesday August 19th, 2020
8:30pm - 12am
950 Dupont St.
The NE corner of Dupont St. and Dovercourt Rd.
Artwork viewed from the sidewalk
Heidi Strauss, concept
Jeremy Mimnagh, projection
Rebecca Picherack, lighting
Joshua Van Tassel, composition
Charissa Wilcox, technical support
Important Details for Visitors:
The project is viewed outdoors from public city sidewalks, with no indoor or washroom access. Please maintain social distancing while viewing the work, and be sure to keep space that allows pedestrians to pass safely on the sidewalk. Please be careful while crossing the intersection, and do not attempt to view the work while standing in the street. The work is durational and can be viewed at any time between 8:30pm - 12am.
The closest transit stop is the Dupont St. bus stop #1003 at Dovercourt Rd. on the #26 Dupont Bus Route. The bus stop is accessible.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact email@example.com.
Special Thanks to: InterAccess, Solotech, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Simon Rossiter
This project was produced with support from: