Art: White Bouncy Castle

When my friend Anita sent me the link to this art installation my jaw dropped…and then I had the urge to book a flight to Berlin to see it – and jump on it – in person!


The White Bouncy Castle is the work of artist William Forsythe and is open to visitors of Berlin until July 14. Although the exhibit has travelled to a few places since 1997 it has yet to make its way to Canada. I’d say now is a good time!

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Mr. Forsythe has quite the bio. Raised in New York, he trained as a ballet dancer in Florida and danced and choreographed all over the world. He has created numerous films and installations, has lectured at universities and cultural institutions around the world and is also the creator of The Forsythe Company. Oh – and he also holds an honorary doctorate from The Julliard School in NYC. Simply impressive!

Images via Yahoo News.

Event: Come Up to My Room

Each February, the gorgeous Gladstone Hotel in Toronto gets taken over by talented artists who transform twelve rooms with their innovative, creative, and jaw-dropping installations. The event, Come Up to My Room, began in 2003 and was co-founded by Pamila Matharu and Christina Zeidleris. I had a chance to see the installations in person this past weekend and I was impressed by the talent of the artists, designers, engineers, and architects at this year’s exhibition.

Among Bruno Billio and Sam Mogelonsky’s mirrored room with shiny spinning things, and Matthew Blunderfield and Skanda Lin’s hanging installation exploring the disposable nature of the digital world, there was plenty of whiteness to be seen.

Wendy Fok

Gareth Bate

Interstice Studio

Matthew Davis & Aurelia Adams


Redux Lab

Redux Lab

Redux Lab

Sonia Tyagi


Did anyone get to Come Up to My Room this year? What was your favourite exhibit?

Photos by Jordana.

Designer Spotlight: Krona & Lion

Krona & Lion is a Toronto-based creative team of four you may have first met at 2010’s Come Up to My Room (Room 211). I wrote about their amazing white flower installation here.

The fantastic four – Fiona, Jonathan, Kristen, Lisa – are designers, illustrators, educators, and all around talented artists. In addition to the success they had at Come Up to My Room, they have also worked on projects with various stylists and photographers.

Their flowers are whimsical and delightful. Their paper flower bouquets are spectacular!

All images courtesy of Krona & Lion.

Exhibition: WhiteBox@, Kelly Wallace, & the Michael Gibson Gallery

Last week I headed over to the Michael Gibson Gallery in London, Ontario to check out the WhiteBox@ exhibit. I was intrigued when I heard (via twitter) about a miniature gallery all in white!

WhiteBox@ consists of two galleries housed in a white box that sits at eye level. Because it is located in the front window of the Michael Gibson Gallery, it can be accessed 24 hours per day.

inside the WhiteBox@ – photo via Michael Gibson Gallery

The work inside this miniature gallery at the moment is that of Kelly Wallace. The artist uses graphite, and many, many vertical lines, to explore “the relationship between replication and memory”.

photos via Michael Gibson Gallery

The detail on Kelly Wallace’s drawings are incredible. During my visit to the gallery, I was also able to snap some close-ups of Kelly Wallace’s large-scale works (remember – these drawings are made up of hundreds of thousands of vertical lines – unbelievable):

photos by Jordana

Kelly Wallace’s exhibition is on only until January 1st so be sure to get there soon! The WhiteBox@ will continue through June 2011. Free art for our viewing pleasure. We’re so lucky, right?

Photos by Jordana and via Michael Gibson Gallery.

MASS MoCA – Material World: Sculpture to Environment

Material World: Sculpture to Environment at MASS MoCA

A friend sent me these interesting photos from one of the current exhibits at MASS MoCA. The artists of the exhibit, titled Material World: Sculpture to Environment, use ordinary objects (e.g., aluminum, rolls of paper, rope, fishing line) to alter the existing spaces within MASS MoCA’s galleries.

Material World: Sculpture to Environment at MASS MoCA

Material World: Sculpture to Environment at MASS MoCA

The artists, Michael Beutler, Orly Genger, Tobias Putrih, Alyson Shotz, Dan Steinhilber, and collaborative team Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen, “create their work against – or in concert with – the backdrop of the museum’s reclaimed factory space, its history, and its own rich assemblage of brick walls, wooden columns, steel beams, and multiple layers of paint”.

Material World: Sculpture to Environment at MASS MoCA

Material World: Sculpture to Environment at MASS MoCA

Material World: Sculpture to Environment at MASS MoCA

The exhibit runs until the end of February 2011 so if you’re in Massachusetts between now and then, you may want to stop in and surround yourself with these impressive installations.

More information can be found here.

Images courtesy of Taylor Shoolery.