We talked to some of the students in the class about what exactly is going on in the Art Hut right now, and why you should check out the show!
How would you describe Make/Shift?
Make/Shift is an art show that explores the relationship between urbanization and nature. As Toronto has expanded, development has altered many of city’s green spaces. At the same time, a growing consciousness surrounding environmentalism has led to attempts at reclaiming some of those spaces. The exhibition attempts to unpack and explore this relationship.
What kind of art/installations can people expect to see at your exhibition?
We have multidisciplinary works from five different artists, all exploring ideas and issues surrounding green spaces in our city.
There are paintings, works with reclaimed objects, photography, mixed media pieces, and light boxes. All add different dimensions to our theme. We’ll also have an interactive component designed to challenge people’s perceptions about the authenticity of fabricated green spaces in our city.
Where did the idea for Make/Shift come from?
Make/Shift was a collaboration of our entire class at Centennial College. Our initial interest was in the concept of safe spaces, and how these spaces are destroyed. We wanted to explore this concept in relation to the larger context of Toronto and its history, specifically.
What dialogue do you hope this exhibition inspires?
Our goal is to challenge the public’s preconceived notions about both artificial and natural green spaces within Toronto, and start a conversation about the relationship between urbanization and the natural landscape here. Hopefully guests will leave thinking about the development of Toronto, and the impact of our continuous manipulations of the environment.
Why did you want to exhibit at the Gladstone Art Hut?
The themes of our show connected really well with the Art Hut’s mandate of presenting work relevant to communities across the city. Plus, we loved the space instantly when we saw it; its location in the heart of the city, the vibrant neighbourhood, as well as the pre-development context of the space, all added site-specificity and urgency to the show.
Make / Shift is on up until December 4th. Come take a peek! 👀 🌿 👀
Gallery Hours: Dec 1: 6-9pm | Dec 2: 6-9pm | Dec 3: 12-5pm | Dec 4: 12-5pm