If Walls Could Talk / Saw Horse Design co. (Kellen Hatanaka + Jim Mezei) in collaboration with Adrian Forrow + Tyler John / The Getaway
Saw Horse Design co. represents the combined efforts of Toronto-based designers Kellen Hatanaka and Jim Mezei. They have teamed up with their regular collaborators Adrian Forrow and Tyler John. Each artists’ unique illustrative approach, coupled with a shared interest in employing all aspects of art, design, and making things, inform the aesthetic of this collective. Their common admiration for invention, has been the entry point for much of their work. They use a variety of traditional materials and techniques such as assemblage, collage, wood carvings, enamel, aerosol paint, and block printing ink and allow let the project to dictate the medium.
The Getaway will explore the use of both two- and three-dimensional recycled objects to create a frozen action scene in an interactive space. These flat and dimensional objects will be married within the installation to create a surreal environment. We have chosen to build a cinematic snapshot of a homemade car crashing into a motel, the contents of the trunk flying out, littering the landscape. Upon entering the room, the viewer will be completely immersed in the installation, from the custom radio broadcast crackling over the scene to each view of the wreck. Every angle will offer a disparate perceptive experience. At once still and in motion, this car will set an urgent yet static tone for the room. It is an invitation to wonder at the juxtapositions in play: the dichotomy of dimensions, the binary of movement and immobility.
IWCT is an experiential illustration event that will be on public display at the Gladstone Hotel from March 6–30, 2014.
Curated by Leila Courey, IWCT is a juried exhibition of experiential illustration that features work by emerging and established artists. Selected projects use illustration—or other art forms related to it—to occupy or alter the hotel’s 2nd floor gallery and public spaces, in dramatic, conceptual, and experimental ways.
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