Grow Op is back with 25+ immersive eco-based installations taking over every nook and cranny of the Hotel for four days only! Each project will touch on timely topics and immerse guests into a fun-ucational learning experience that will make big environmental topics seem a whole lot more digestible.
One of the most exciting parts of planning an immersive hotel art takeover is the big reveal; the moment when the artists’ and curators’ ideas come to life in the space. Sight, smell, texture and sound all come together to create a full sensory experience — think of it as an art-greenhouse! Below, check out some of our most anticipated projects of 2019!
Plant Yourself in Forest Soil
Exhibiting down in the Melody Bar, The Exchange by the Somata Collective will explore the communicative exchanges found within forest soil. The installation’s centerpiece – the bench – acts as a stand of trees in a forest, inviting us to sit and plant ourselves in reciprocity.
Explore the waterways the Energy East pipeline would have crossed
For their series Greetings from Energy East! artists Justin Langille and Jennifer Martin used data submitted by TransCanada to the National Energy Board to visit and photograph waterways the pipeline would have crossed in Canada’s National Capital Region, rendering their images as souvenir postcards. They’ll be exhibiting in the 2nd floor hallway.
Learn Decolonized History of Indigenous Lands
Introducing our second annual Grow Op International Artist Residency. We visited Maria Thereza Alves (Berlin, Germany and Naples, Italy) at Gibralter Point, where she is currently developing a new project on Toronto’s relationship with water.Read The Full Interview
From Plants to People: A Lesson in Chlorophyll
This biodegradable and consumable artwork, by artist Natalie Majaba Waldburger, simultaneously considers the energy required in the absorption of light for the production of chlorophyll, the nutrient energy of plants to humans and in their consumption, the social forces ascribing value to foods and fads, gentrification of communities, and the energy used in artificially controlling and maintaining plants.
The Exhaustion of Recycling of Industrial Waste
Artificial Artifacts is a body of work by artist Dana Korre that consists of sculptures made of re-purposed newspaper, each one is carefully built up, carved into and painted to create the illusion of realistic wood and mineral formations. This process and exploration of materials concentrates on natural resources and how long they take to organically form, how quickly they are depleted and how much energy it takes to recycle industrial waste.
This is just a handful of works that will take over the whole Gladstone Hotel, bringing a earth-focused art experience that explores Energy. The best part? The artists will be on site all weekend long to talk about their projects. Make sure not to miss these artists in action — immerse yourself in the world of green art from April 17 – 21.