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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 →

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…

Care Package

This installation for Steel Rails 16 invites participants to build a styrofoam room inside a shipping container at a former industrial site in Kitchener, Ontario. Taking from a huge pile of styrofoam collected mainly from Kitchener curbs over a number of weeks, contributors install their pieces (as-is, carved, or otherwise altered) on an illuminated armature on…

C New Critics Competition

I’m excited to share that my review of Shirin Neshat’s Soliloquy, exhibited at Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery this past winter, is the winner of the 2015 C New Critics Competition. The review will be published in Issue 127 of C Magazine, with the theme of “Poetry.” The issue launch and a poetry reading will be happening Thursday, September 24, 7-9 pm at Erin…

John Hofstetter: Artefacts of Memory

Artefacts of Memory is a collection of recollections, alluding to the landscapes of John’s summer home and work space in Keels. The pieces integrate tiles of porcelain paper clay, a medium which incorporates paper fibre. This technique increases the strength of the material while it is being worked and results in a lighter finished object…

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Grand House Swings

Playing with measuring topography, this installation suspends six swings from the underside of the Grand House, a residence designed and built by and for students on a steeply sloping site in Cambridge, Ontario. In collaboration with Lauren Aarntzen, Andrea Hunniford, Lindsey Nette, and Sonja Storey-Fleming.