Sep 15 - 25
Taking the form of real and imagined remnants, debris, and detritus from Ontario Place, Flotsam/Jetsam quietly intervenes on the ecology of the site. Created by LeuWebb Projects and presented by the Gladstone Hotel, this subtle installation represents what the artists describe as “dream fragments from an earlier, more optimistic future.” Reflecting on souvenirs, memorabilia, garbage, architectural fragments, and natural objects as vessels that represent and carry history, Flotsam/Jetsam sketches a charged and fantastical life-cycle for Ontario Place. Appearing to be from imprecise origins and times, these small relics attest to the mysterious and magical potential held by the past and the future, and to the storytelling power of things.
LeuWebb Projects embraces the process of creative exploration to produce moments of beauty in the public realm. In their art practice, they seek to engage people with both the tangible and the ephemeral aspects of everyday life by creating art that stimulates curiosity, suggests play, and inspires its participants. Founded by Christine Leu and Alan Webb, their collaborative practice operates at a variety of scales and across a range of disciplines. Light, space, texture and sound are key components of their work that they weave together through the innovative use of materials and responsive technologies to create site-specific art that is not only seen, but is also experienced. They have lived and worked in Montreal, New York, London, Denmark, Rome and Helsinki, and currently reside in Toronto. As LeuWebb Projects, their work has been exhibited at venues including Harbourfront Centre, Toronto; Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto; and Gæsteatelier Hollufgård, Denmark. They have been the recipients of several awards including the Jurors’ Choice, Toronto Design Offsite Festival and Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grants, and have created commissioned projects for private collections in Canada.
About The Gladstone Hotel:
The Gladstone Hotel was built in 1889 and still stands as Toronto's oldest continually operating hotel! Back in the day, the hotel was situated across from the former Parkdale railway station, making us a hotspot for travellers, artists and innovators from the beginning. The station is long gone, but the Gladstone Hotel still remains—yet with a contemporary twist.
In 2005, artist, activist and filmmaker Christina Zeidler took a community based approach to the redevelopment of the hotel. Christina worked with her father, acclaimed architect Eb Zeidler, to meticulously restore the hotel’s original Victorian architecture.