The fifth annual Art Spin exhibition took place June 26-29, 2014 in the historic building that once housed Canadian Rogers Eastern Limited. This annual large scale group exhibition includes works in various mediums including site-specific installation, sculpture, video, photography, and painting and is curated by Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta of Art Spin.
As part of this year’s Art Spin, Narwhal’s co-director, Kristin Weckworth, was asked to curate a project within the space connecting with the theme, transformation. Weckworth chose to exhibit a recent video created by artist Carly Waito, first shown at her solo show Microgreographica. The twenty minute projection documents Waito growing crystals under a microscope lens, resulting in fantastical microscopic evolutionary cycles as crystals form with incredible speed and rest in a state of stunning formation. Noel Middleton responded to both Waito’s piece and the space itself by creating a fountain involved in it’s own cycle of transformation. The fountain of transformation is comprised of two wooden pillars, one covered in plaster and one clean, each connected by clear plastic tubing running into a receptacle. As water flows from one pillar to the other, it takes the plaster coating with it, slowly removing the layer from one pillar and applying it to the other in a continuous cycle.
ABOUT ART SPIN TORONTO
Art Spin could best be described as a project that creatively mediates relationships between the Toronto art community and the general public. The primary goal of our events is to produce new creative content in alternative venues and to bridge the gap between the art world and the general public. Our events aim to be accessible, inviting and fun, while also being educational, critically engaging and thoughtfully curated. Art Spin challenges traditional contexts of exhibiting art and brings work outside of a traditional gallery context, into unique and unorthodox spaces. Art Spin’s geographical route is just as curated as the artwork, and as a result neighbourhoods are temporarily transformed, with their inhabitants seeing familiar streets in a different light during an Art Spin tour.