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No-Glow House


My brother and I enjoy venturing to random art exhibits around Toronto - our recent destination being Glow House #3 (one of the current exhibitions run by The Power Plant.

The exhibit is offsite from the Power Plant gallery itself, and is a detached house located at 323 Palmerston Avenue just north of College Street. Although if we didn't have the exact address, we would have walked right on by Glow House #3.

The Power Plant description of the Glow House builds up great excitement for what lays before you. The house 'glows' by having many television sets in the house tuned to the same channel, with all the interior lights turned off. 'When the house is viewed from the street at night, the effect of each small flicker of light from every CRT is compounded, together becoming a vivid 'pulse' of light emanating from its windows.'

Vivid pulse?

While the Glow House may have seemed like an interesting endeavour, I felt a bit cheated by the experience. A few passerby's were wondering why we were staring at 'that house', and taking pictures - they took little notice to the "art" that lay before them.

The Glow House may work in a suburban community (or even better, a small town in Northern Ontario) - but with the flashing lights of Little Italy a few feet away, the urban landscape becomes much more interesting to watch.


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