All posts by M. Milosz

Review: Architecture as Evidence/La preuve par l’Architecture

A letter to a contractor stresses the urgency of a previously placed order for a hatch to be added to a roof. On an architectural plan, the hinges of a door have been reversed. Photographs show crowds of people, or an aerial view of a building. These fragments add up to an archive that attempts…

Night Light Path

Kitchener (then called Berlin) was first illuminated by gas-powered artificial light in the 1880s, and now hosts a multiplicity of street light designs, from the purely functional to the characteristic standards and sphere luminaires found in heritage neighbourhoods. Night Light Path, created for Night\Shift 2016, presents a playful approach to the typically solid and uniform…

Artin’ Around Waterloo and Newfoundland

Several years ago, a 17-hour train trip brought me from Montreal to Moncton. I spent the next few weeks travelling the stony coasts of the Maritimes, wondering if I could squeeze in Newfoundland. But as Waterloo-based artist John Hofstetter recently told me, “you don’t ‘squeeze in’ Newfoundland.” Continue reading in The Community Edition →

Use It or Lose It? On preserving empty heritage buildings

Fifteen years ago, the spaces behind the red-brick façade at 48 Ontario Street North were emptied out, and so they remain today. But a group called Friends of 48 Ontario is pushing to reanimate the 106-year-old structure, which was home to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 50 for half a century and is now owned…

Architectures of (De)Colonization

Follow the Grand River towards Lake Erie and you will find a bend in its waters encircling a significant place. From a nearby street, you can glimpse the building down a long driveway flanked by trees. The approach is leafy, and only upon emerging at its entrance is its grandiosity fully revealed: symmetry, neoclassical features,…

Poetry: Untitled

                      under a fruitless tree, you …..consider …..the crackle overhead …..transmission lines strung with intermittent …..messages – short thoughts …..expiring with the dying whine of cicadas the grass quivers, stomach all tied up …..in knots a naturally-occurring …..electro- magnetic field palms firmly grounded …..against the…

On Making Art that Makes Itself

The ambiguity of nets, curtains, veils, drapes—means of concealing that can also reveal—permeates the large-scale works by Barbara Hobot currently on exhibit at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (KWAG). On the wall hangs a piece of faux leather vinyl cut and flared like a skirt; on the adjacent floor lies its aesthetic relative, partly draped over…