We are delighted to welcome seven exceptional Québec artists and designers to the 2023 DesignTO Festival, January 20–29,2023.
See their work at the exhibitions below.
Purpose & Play
Umbra Concept Store
165 John Street, Toronto
Ricostudio is a Montreal-based industrial design firm. They help organizations design thoughtful products that connect emotionally with people. Their approach to problem-solving is driven by curiosity and creativity. This allows them to bring a fresh and original perspective to each project.
Jan 20–Apr 02, 2023
Sugar Beach Park – North
1 Lower Jarvis Street, Toronto
Located in Sugar Beach Park – North, a dark cube houses miniature landscapes by artist Olivier Roberge depicting a natural environment that has been transformed by human intervention and climate change.
‘Territories 2.0’ is a cube-shaped pavilion studded with scintillating luminous perforations like stars, beckoning us to approach to discover what it contains. When entering the pavilion, bathed in the light of a starry sky, viewers are plunged into an immersive environment inhabited by miniaturized landscapes. Suspended in space and time, the landscapes also reveal scattered billboards depicting different kinds of fires and different perspectives on the land. In these miniature worlds, billboards and graffiti are a means of communication and expression.
‘Territories 2.0’ is co-produced with Mathieu Fecteau and EXMURO arts publics, a non-profit organization whose mandate is to design, create and disseminate contemporary art projects in public spaces. The artwork is part of the EXMURO arts publics circulation program, supported by Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the City of Québec.
Happy Little Trees
Jan 20–29, 2023
S313 Design Market
313 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto
‘Happy Little Trees’ is a window installation that borrows the phrase from TV’s most famous painter, Bob Ross. For this installation at 313 Design Market, Cyrc wants to imagine a world without waste. The 3D-printed pieces are made entirely from plant-based recycled plastic (food packaging waste) and will be recycled into new home decor objects after the installation. Rather than make a didactic installation about sustainability, Cyrc wants to create a simple moment of wonder and joy in the storefront window. The surreal diorama is composed of bold colours and exaggerated forms from Cyrc’s existing collection of 3D-printed designs. Let’s channel the spirit of Bob Ross as a way of connecting with nature through our hearts and imagination.