This is part two of my blog post about Grow Op, the exhibition on this weekend at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel. Artists and designers have created installations – one in each room – on the second floor of the hotel, in the same way as they do for the well-known alternative design show, Come Up To My Room.
I always discover amazing new artists at the Gladstone exhibitions, and this year was no exception. This time each piece has do to with ‘landscape’. My favourite was called GeoGarden. I was thrilled to discover the work of artist and naturalist Karen Abel’s website is HERE and the haunting soundscapes of artist Rose Bolton’s is HERE. Check them out! For Grow Op, they presented a remarkable installation of vintage violin cases re-lined with white cotton upon which a garden of white crystals had been harvested. The photos don’t do it justice.
There were towers of hay-filled brick dirt that gave off a beautiful, musty smell, a giant coyote skull made of papier mache, and a powerful room filled with animals–from grotesque drawings of animals with protruding genitalia to stuffed toys to taxidermy to posters of Bambi–that asks the viewer to reconsider the extent to which we ‘humanize’ the wild.
Grow Op is at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto until Sunday April 28. For more information, please click HERE.
Junk Food, detail
Matt Caule & Robert Cram of Heretical Objects, Dirt. All images: VoCA
Karen Abel and Rose Bolton, GeoGarden (A Subterranean Symphony in C).
GeoGarden, a detail showing the crystals.
Amy Siegel, Beached.
mindFULLnest by bREAL (Real Eguchi, Barbara Flanagan-Eguchi), Ashley Johnson and David Hlynsky