On Moss & Bottles
Jan 21
Feb 21 2022
exhibition in-person

On Moss & Bottles’ is an exhibition showing a selection of biodegradable sculptures from Gwenyth Chao’s ‘Plasticity’ series. For the 2022 DesignTO Festival, Chao’s semi-transparent, ghostly casts of everyday plastic containers are installed on sustainably sourced moss and recycled plastic bottle carpet backing in partnership with the Daltile  Mohawk Group. The sculptures are made from consumable food items – water, tapioca starch, glycerin and vinegar – and will return to the earth as compost at a much faster rate than the original plastic objects. Contrasting the uniformity of mass manufactured plastics, each sculpture is a unique form that shifts and shrinks during the curing period. The gel-like membranes each have their own patina of textures and imprints from the plastic packaging’s lot numbers and expiration dates; even as plastics persists at microscopic scale deep in our soil and waterways.

The exhibition is a meditation on the changing fragility of our relationship with the environment and what it means to be plastic in our Anthropocene era. The questions surrounding our intimacy with plastics and the ecological responsibility of the art and design world were part of conversations Chao had at Banff’s Plastics Artist-in-Residency program in 2021.

In addition to the exhibition, there is a window installation component to this project that can be viewed from outside the showroom 24/7.


Daltile | Mohawk Group Design Studio is one of five party hubs for the DesignTO Launch Party on Friday, January 21 from 6-10pm.

The Launch Party is the must-attend bash of Toronto’s annual design week, kicking-off 10 days of festivities and bringing together hundreds of designers and design-lovers.

Participants

Gwenyth Chao, Thoreau Bakker (for his installation help), Shannon Garden-Smith (for her writing)

Acknowledgements

On Moss & Bottles

Accessibility

Who should visitors contact with questions regarding accessibility?
Tania Compagno
Is this venue accessible by wheelchair or similar mobility devices? This includes access to washrooms and all aspects of programming/events.
Yes
Can people get to the venue using accessible transit?
Yes
On Moss & Bottles
Gwenyth Chao's 'Plasticity' sculptures of honey, icecream and cheese containers.