Art show in carpark feels more like backyard party
Score one for grassroots art endeavours--this past Saturday night, a carpark at 283 Howland Avenue presented the perfect setting for a night of art, food, and chatting by the fireside.
In anticipation of the first truly chilly nights of the season, a large bonfire was erected by Gemma Warren and Diana VanderMeulen, while "magic" chili and corn was available to nosh on. Cover for the event was free, but a table was set up, selling chili, marshmallows, and (of course) PBR, with funds going directly to the artists.
The crowd of approximately 60 took full advantage of the set-up, lending the event an atmosphere of casual backyard get-together, more than formal artistic dissemination (the PBR probably helped with that). One of the installations, a circular tent with a backdrop of audience images from rock shows, and a record player spinning classic rock in the centre--including Bob Dylan's seminal "Subterranean Homesick Blues"--saw a large group of people sitting and talking inside.
Voeglin's "Bedhead (?)" focused on the idea of hair as reflecting variations in mood and emotions over the course of a life, and showcased a made bed and a projection, while Calvin Winter and Christopher Lacroix came together for "Iv(A)N", a series of projections exploring how gender and ethnicity are affected by linguistic objectification.
At several points throughout the night, people were head to murmur that the event was a good warm-up for the impending Nuit Blanche festivities, and indeed, you'll be able to catch installations such as "Iv(A)N."
Photos by Denise McMullin