It’s that time of year! In mere weeks the Gladstone Hotel will be taken over by flora and fauna, moss and dirt, and other earthly installations as part of Grow Op 2018.
As the opening date closes in, we want to give you a sneak peek of our most anticipated 2018 installations! Be sure to check out these artists, and many more, during the exhibition! Grow Op will be held at the Gladstone Hotel from April 18-22. Grab your tickets here: growop2018.eventbrite.ca
Eureka League: Toronto Island Storm Dresses
Created during the summer of 2017 on Toronto Island, Storm Dresses explores the design possibilities of engaging with natural processes and events— namely the Toronto Island flood. Nature’s transformative qualities can be slow or fast, productive or destructive; qualities borne out in the making of the dresses— one was swept away during the storm. The remaining garments will be exhibited, along with images taken during the storm, and accompanied by information about the flood.
Eureka League is a multi-disciplinary collective whose practice focuses on exploring the intersection between art, design, performance and material craft across a range of scales and applications. The ultimate aim is to imbue form and event with narrative; setting up the possibility for meaningful interactions and joyful outcomes. Eureka League is comprised of artists Doug Donald, Claire Ironside and Ruth Spitzer.
Jay Damron: Hidden Spaces
Jay Damron’s art objects tend to occupy a ground between ritual and play. Often raising questions of the nature of the art: Do they come from some other place? Do they carry the residue of a migratory role beyond the apparent function? There is movement between art objects and photography. Photographs soothe the desire for poetic moments in place.
Jay Damron’s studio is on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada. He is an artist and educator committed to progressive learning methodologies. He completed his MFA in the New Genres department at the San Francisco Art Institute. He also designs and builds custom furniture and limited edition small batch functional objects.
Ryan Van Der Hout: Dark Waters
Dark Waters is a series of images comprised of water, clouds and reflections of trees. The images look at the role water plays in our ever changing world. Using a laser cutter, Van Der Hout is interested in how far he can deconstruct the physical structure of the photograph before it simply falls apart.
Ryan Van Der Hout is a photo-based artist working in Toronto. His work investigates the relationship between photography and technology using laser cutters and CNC machines. Ryan’s work has been exhibited internationally, including being part of the AGO’s Collector’s series, and a featured Contact Photography Festival exhibition. He recently won the Emerging Artist Award by the Robert McLaughlin Gallery.
Annette Hegel and Deborah Margo: Apidictor Symphony
Apidictor Symphony examines sound-making of the bumblebee. Visitors move between bumblebee nectar pods, made of honey-coloured fiberglass, listening to her pollinator conversations and songs located inside the pods. These soundscapes relate to each other like movements of a symphony, taking the listener through variations of speed, pitch and volume.
Margo and Hegel are Ottawa-based visual artists interested in the confluence of art, nature and science. They are also avid growers of plants and fierce guardians of pollinators. They collaborate on public art projects sharing concerns in rural and urban contexts enhancing the experience of outdoor spaces through multi-media installations with a singular understanding of the wild.