Sep 15 - 25
In Tornado Pod, Interdisciplinary artist and independent curator Heather Nicol takes over the silo formerly dedicated to the tornado display in Ontario Place’s interactive, educational exhibit “The Wild World of Weather.” Tornado Pod explores the dualities and tensions built into weather itself—referring to the chaotic exterior of the tornado which houses a calm centre. Bringing soft, delicate materials into play in a rigid concrete space, Nicol’s installation explores indecision, anxiety, hope, and possibility, anchored by a beautifully eerie soundtrack. Meditating on how we understand ourselves, make plans, and prepare for what is to come, Tornado Pod draws parallels between internal states of uncertainty and the uncertain nature of the future, as exemplified by the unpredictable work of weather. In the same way, Tornado Pod contemplates its venue, as a space briefly animated by activity, whose future remains uncertain.
Heather Nicol is a Toronto-based artist and independent curator. Her site-specific installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including The Allan Lambert Galleria - Brookfield Place and Union Station - Nuit Blanche (Toronto), The Winter Garden, SculptureCenter and The Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York), Chateau de Courannces (France), Kunsterhaus Betanien (Berlin). Consistent with her art practice, her independent curatorial projects have explored site-conditions found in transitional, underutilized and repurposed locations. Projects include "Art School (dismissed)" and makingROOM. She has also curated for galleries, including Artscape Younplace, Typology Projects and OCAD University, (Toronto), John Paul Slusser Galler (University of Michigan), and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, (Oshawa).