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July 16, 2015
After an incredible debut at the 2014 festival, we are thrilled to announce the return of Sculpting New Reads to The Word On The Street.
This exciting visual arts program brings together Canadian artists and authors to explore how books can inspire new ways of thinking, creating and innovating. Four local artists have been paired with four 2015 Canadian books. Each artist has been challenged to create an art installation inspired by the themes of their book, using the festival site to engage audiences, and applying their own unique art practice to the creative process.
Labspace Studio is an artist-led creative agency and art house run by Co-Directors John Loerchner and Laura Mendes. Together they develop interdisciplinary art projects, curate large-scale exhibitions and experiment with new methods of collaboration. Their projects are often site-specific and participatory in nature, blurring the lines between art and life, incorporating elements of performance, installation, multimedia and user-generated content. Recent projects include commissions for Maison des Arts in Quebec, Toronto’s Pam Am Games, Art Souterrain, Nuit Blanche, The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair, Art in Transit, Harbourfront Centre, and No.9 Contemporary Art & The Environment.
HODA ZARBAF & ALEXANDRA GRIGORESCU
Cauchemar by Alexandra Grigorescu: An eerie and romantic Southern gothic set in the swamplands of Louisiana, Cauchemar is the story of 20-year-old Hannah, who is living alone after the death of her adoptive mother and protector. As she mourns, Hannah falls in love with Callum, an easy-going boat captain and musician, but must also deal with the return of her birth mother. Feared and despised, Christobelle is rumored to commune with the dead and her reappearance coincides with a number of terrifying events. In order to protect everything she cares about, Hannah must confront the deadly spirits tormenting her and acknowledge her own powers.
Artist: Hoda Zarbaf is an interdisciplinary artist currently living in Toronto. Zarbaf’s work is mainly concerned with gender issues interconnected with the ideas of memory and longing. In her most recent series “soft soul” Zarbaf uses recycled textiles, pre-owned clothing, used toys and old furniture to make figurative sculptures. The use of pre-owned wearable and furnishings in this work – along with the folk act of stitching and patching – bring a palpable level of intimacy to this body of work. Born in Tehran amid early years of the Islamic Revolution and war, Hoda’s imagination has been influenced by the age-old folktale of her childhood. She received her BFA and an MA in Animation from the University of Tehran. In 2008 she relocated to Canada to pursue an MFA from the University of Windsor. Zarbaf has showed several successful series of paintings and sculptures internationally in the past decade.
STEVE NEWBERRY & PATRICK DEWITT
Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt: A love story, an adventure story, a fable without a moral, and an ink-black comedy of manners, international bestselling author Patrick deWitt’s new novel is about a young man named Lucien (Lucy) Minor, who accepts employment at the foreboding Castle Von Aux. While tending to his new post as undermajordomo, he soon discovers the place harbours many dark secrets, not least of which is the whereabouts of the castle’s master, Baron Von Aux.
Artist: Steve Newberry is an emerging artist based in Hamilton, Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) degree from the University of Guelph. He has traveled extensively and exhibited his work in Canada and Japan. Primarily a sculpture and installation artist but comfortable working in a variety of media, his work often – but not always – explores our complicated connection to the natural world. Recently he has expanded his practice into the animation world, making weird and wonderful kid-friendly videos under the banner ‘Scratch Garden’.
CATHERINE LANE & ADAM SHOALTS
Alone Against the North by Adam Shoalts: When Adam Shoalts ventured into The Hudson Bay Lowlands, the largest unexplored wilderness on the planet, he hoped to find a river no one has left any record of paddling. It took him several attempts, years of research, and two friends abandoned his single-minded quest to explore the Again River. But finally, alone, he found the headwaters of the mysterious river and the adventure had just begun. Shoalts discovered something that seemingly shouldn’t exist: a series of unmapped waterfalls that captured both his imagination and the world’s, showing us that the age of exploration is not over.
Artist: Catherine Lane is a Toronto based artist who received both her MFA (2010) and BFA (2006) from York University in Toronto. Her work has been exhibited both domestically and internationally. Lane’s current studio practice focuses on drawing-based installations that involve non-linear, visual narratives. She has received artist grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Arts Council, and has completed artist residencies with the Bemis Centre for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska and the Open Studio Printmaking Centre in Toronto. She currently teaches at OCAD University and Sheridan College.
TIMEANDDESIRE (ST MARIE & WALKER) & ERIN BOW
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow: In the future, the children of world leaders are held hostage—if a war begins, they pay with their lives. Greta is a hostage held by the ruler of the world, Talis. She is prepared to die with dignity, if necessary. But everything changes when Elian arrives. He defies the machines that control every part of their lives. His rebellion opens her eyes to the brutality of the rules they live under. Then, Elian’s country declares war on Greta’s. Talis is furious, which surely means that Greta and Elian will be killed…unless Greta can save them.
Artist: Since 2010 Denise St Marie and Timothy Walker have been collaborating under the moniker Timeanddesire, creating work that addresses themes of perception, cognition, new-genre public art, signage, interventionism and socially engaged installations. They have done numerous outdoor art interventions both nationally and internationally in such places as Japan, Las Vegas, Chicago, The Canadian Prairies, Toronto, and Montreal. Their work has been exhibited in Nuit Blanche Toronto, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Toronto Urban Film Festival, Latcham Art Gallery, Thames Art Gallery Culture Centre, Art Souterrain, White Water Gallery and Eyelevel Gallery. St Marie completed her BFA at the University of Victoria, while Walker received a BA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. As of September 2015 St Marie & Walker have embarked on a collaborative MFA at the University of Waterloo.