The Wisdom of Ruins

January 17, 2020 - January 26, 2020
Curated by Michelle Beck and Dana Snow A co-presentation with Taboo Health, the Health Design Studio at OCADU, and DesignTO Opening Friday, January 17th from 6–9 pm Weaving together threads of an unsilenced grief through ceramics, photography, sculpture, audio, and found materials, The Wisdom of Ruins is an installation by Toronto-based artist HollyJo that bears witness to unconventional grief and rituals of mourning. The medieval Sicilian city of Salemi—both the birthplace of the artist’s mother, and the site of a destructive 1968 earthquake—provides an alternative framework for considering grief. In the mid 1980s, architects Roberto Collova and Alvaro Siza began public interventions to attract residents and tourists to the area. Rather than following the Italian architectural tradition of d ov’era e com’eraFind out more
Taboo Health, DIYing Free, installation with Design TO Festival at Critical Distance Centre for Curators, 2019.

DIYing Free for DesignTO

January 18, 2019 - January 27, 2019
DIYing Free: Special Exhibition by Taboo Health for DesignTO at Critical Distance Opening Reception: January 17th, 6–9 pm Critical Distance is pleased to participate in the 2019 edition of DesignTO Festival as host to Taboo Health’s interactive exhibition, DIYing Free, by artist Justin Tyler Tate. This special exhibition is a part of the captivating DesignTO Festival event series, Dying. Find out more
Deborah Wang, Earth Plugs, 2014, white gypsum cement, dimensions variable, from Loose Ends, Critical Distance Centre for Curators 2016. Installation documentation by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Loose Ends | Mary Grisey, Faye Mullen, Jérôme Nadeau, Deborah Wang

Each decay is a form of transformation into other living things, part of the great rampage of becoming that is also unbecoming. It is cruel, it is death, and it is also life, degeneration and regeneration, for nearly all living things live by the death of other things. — Rebecca Solnit Loose Ends, curated by Noa Bronstein and featuring sculpture, video, and photo-based works by Mary Grisey, Faye Mullen, Jérôme Nadeau, and Deborah Wang.Find out more