6:00 PM Grand Opening Event
5 Brock Ave, Toronto
Ultradistancia by Federico Winer
Architectural Inoculation + Attracted Opposites
By Arnaud Marthouret
in collaboration with Reza Aliabadi and Melissa Tung
26 February 2016 — The much anticipated gallery show opening at ONLYONEGALLERY will have it’s Grand Opening Event on March 10th, 2016 starting at 6:00pm, while the show will continue to run through March 26, 2016. “TAXONOMIES” is a dynamic yet playful perspective centered on global human placement, as well as a look at how we as species interact with the surrounding environment; built or natural. This is not a critique or praise of human activity, but rather, a current snapshot of today’s times, showing our interaction with the world at three different scales: Macro, Meso and Micro.
Ultradistancia, Macro, is a global perspective using a simple and free visual apparatus – Google Earth – for use in abstract image manipulation. The abstractions play with color, texture and shape to a surreal degree. The objective being to understand how humans, as a genus, forget to look with our eyes and habitually perceive the world through technology.
Architectural Inoculation, Meso, with Reza Aliabadi, is photographic documentation showing injected residential designs into post-war era typical residential Toronto neighbourhoods. These middle-class unapologetic, sometimes disruptive, architectural customizations, which have become a phenomenon in recent years many times agitate their surroundings. The boldly truthful photos turned out – authentic, honest and beautiful – true to the architecture. Here, the subject isn’t portrayed as a stand-alone piece of art or architecture but rather as object trying to integrate into its urban fabric.
Attracted Opposites, Micro, is a significantly playful collaboration where “ownership of public urban spaces” was the overall objective. Together, Arnaud and Melissa came up with creative ways to explore and take over stylish, sophisticated public parks within Toronto to openly practice yoga poses. This project is about being temporary. Appropriating spaces for uses they are not intended for. It is about transporting vitality and seduction to sometimes hard, cold spaces, presenting final images that would otherwise be void of such beauty.