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2 > 1

2 > 1 | Still from stop frame animation |collaboration with Sandra Rechico | 2010| Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

 

2 > 1 Site Specific Installation in collaboration with fellow artist Sandra Rechico | Art +School [DISMISSED] | [The Decommissioned] Shaw Street School Toronto, ON | Curator Heather Nicol | May 14 –May 16, Toronto, ON | Dimensions variable

After touring the school, we were attracted by the room with possibly the worst walls: they were full of holes, screw anchors, old chalk lines and drywall tape. The wall’s ghostly grids punctuated by blue plugs revealed a history of photographs that once hung there. It came naturally to us to combine our interest in drawing and site specificity for the exhibition.

Discarded elementary mathematic exercise books found in the room served as point of departure for our intervention. We took some of the basic geometric shapes – circles, hexagons, triangles and used strategies from the work sheets as a kind of language to create two wall works that complemented each other. Graphic tape and drawings printed on adhesive transparent sheets, blended with the rough and distressed surface of two of the walls to suggest some kind of scientific mastermind at play.

On the third wall we responded to a vacant spot where a ghost of a blackboard remained by projecting a three-minute stop-motion animation. The video chronicles a drawing on a blackboard with chalk – a line moves in different directions, then grows and multiplies into complex geometric shapes as if attempting to resolve some quantum theory or complex hypothesis. The allusion to science is further echoed on the last wall where black jawbreakers and gumballs are grouped and glued to the wall to playfully reference scientific models.

2 > 1 summons up our relationships to learning, knowledge and play, and the dialogue that exist between them, science and art.

 

2 > 1 | Still from stop frame animation | Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

 

2 > 1 | Still from stop frame animation | Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

 

2 > 1 | Still from stop frame animation | Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

 

2 > 1 | Still from stop frame animation | Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

 

2 > 1 | Still from stop frame animation | Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

 

2 > 1 | Installation view of wall drawing |collaboration with Sandra Rechico | graphic tape, office sticker, printed acetate |2010 | Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

 

2 > 1 | close up on wall drawing |collaboration with Sandra Rechico | graphic tape, office sticker, printed acetate |2010 | Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

 

2 > 1 | detail |collaboration with Sandra Rechico | graphic tape, office sticker, printed acetate |2010 | Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

 

2 > 1 | other detail |collaboration with Sandra Rechico | graphic tape, office sticker, printed acetate |2010 | Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

 

2 > 1 | Installation view of other wall drawing |collaboration with Sandra Rechico | graphic tape, office sticker, drywall plug |2010 | Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

 

2 > 1 | close up on wall drawing |collaboration with Sandra Rechico | graphic tape, office sticker, drywall plug |2010 | Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

 

2 > 1 | detail |collaboration with Sandra Rechico | graphic tape, office sticker, drywall plug |2010 | Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

 

2 > 1 | Installation view |collaboration with Sandra Rechico|2010 | Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

 

2 > 1 | detail |collaboration with Sandra Rechico | jawbraker, gumball |2010 | Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid