Take a look at some of our past exhibits with our Photo Flashbacks. In this installment check out 2018 Festival exhibits: Desert Wares, Flotsam Particulates, Pet Objects and Sweet Sin City.

Desert Wares

‘Desert Wares’ is an exhibition of homewares that explores the contrasting landscapes of the west coast. The theme explores the variety of shapes and colours that are iconic of the western landscape while evoking a sensation of dry heat and vastness. Through this collection of homewares, the viewer will be able to explore a landscape unlike that of the city, traveling from mountainous vessels to grazing flocks of ring holders and incense diffusers. As we travel we tend to collect trinkets that both represent and remind us of our journeys, this is a collection of treasures inspired by those moments.

By Janet Hinkle

Flotsam Particulates

Drawing on souvenirs, memorabilia, architectural fragments, and objects as talismans, ‘Flotsam Particles’ is a collection of relics of the utopian spirit that became Ontario Place. Taking the form of the iconic Cinesphere designed by architect Eberhard Zeidler, this series of casts in varying metal alloys represents dream fragments from an earlier, more optimistic future. The objects have assumed a layer of rust through exposure to the conditions at the Lake Ontario site and will continue to oxidize throughout their existence. The work distills elements developed as part of a site specific landscape installation created for the In/Future Festival at Ontario Place, Toronto, September, 2016.

By LeuWebb Projects: Christine Leu, Alan Webb

Pet Objects

Candle holders. Plant containers. Used match cradles. Book supports. All so loyal and so generous with their time, day after day after day. Must be exhausting. ‘Pet Objects, or, Frustrated Individuals’ continues an ongoing investigation into the soul, gender, and feelings of inanimate objects. The mass-production of these household things – the making of clones – challenges the boundaries of their identity and individuality. Unrepeatable and fixed physical objects are made infinitely repeatable and infinitely editable: flip, scale, mirror, hollow, revolve, stretch, carve, multiply, merge; on and on. The clones are the same but different, different but the same. Who cares? She is mine, and I love them anyway, and she loves me.

By Michael Fohring

Sweet Sin City

Welcome to Sweet Sin City, a place where you can gratify your sugar addiction and desires. Sugar culture is an indulgence for our senses, our bellies and our Instagram feed. Each concoction is more elaborate than the last. The growing demand for visually enticing desserts create layers of trends with each layer trying to outshine the previous. It has become difficult to tell whether the visual stimulation or the need to satisfy our sweet tooth is more powerful. Sweet Sin City is a constructed sugar-scape of towering treats enticing us into a blissful sugar high. Drawing inspiration from beautifully crafted pastries, frosting melanges and cascading candy toppers, our installation seeks to invite the viewer to a city that is at once tantalizing and yet deceptively laden with guilt. It is a seemingly sweet escape that creates within us an undeniable craving for more. The question becomes: can this craving ever be satiated?

By Natasha Popek-Konieczko, Rex Regua, Noush Irani, Bonnie Leung