Jose Luis Torres: Question d'adaptation
This summer, Argentinian-born, Quebec-based artist José Luis Torres will create 'Question d'adaptation' – a multi-roomed, maze-like sculptural installation within Toronto's Koffler Gallery, inviting the public to experience and explore the transformed space.
Running from June 21 to August 26, 2018, José Luis Torres: Question d'adaptation opens with a free public party on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 6 to 9 PM. The Koffler Gallery is located at Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto.
José Luis Torres works with sculpture, installation and public intervention, appropriating spaces and hijacking meaning through simple actions that subvert everyday materials and the conventions of handicraft. Influenced by his experience of displacement, Torres' creative explorations focus on space and place, generating whimsical artworks where spontaneity and accumulation recur in connection to ideas of economy, survival, labour and the ready-made.
At the Koffler Gallery's invitation, Torres will create a site-specific sculptural installation focused on three notions central to the experience of migration: camouflage, reflection and construction. Attempting to blend into the new cultural milieu and to mirror social conventions is a familiar process to newcomers. As assimilation indelibly affects one’s sense of identity, layers of individuality risk being chipped away to near invisibility, or reconfigured and rebuilt into ever more complex self-expression.
José Luis Torres: Question d'adaptation
June 21 – August 26, 2018
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Curator: Mona Filip
SUMMER OPENING PARTY: Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 6–9 PM | FREE