PUBLIC ART: Billboard on Shaw by Adrià JuliàAugust 21, 2022 - September 17, 2022
Billboard on Shaw presented by Critical Distance, featuring A Very White Flower, by Adrià Julià, 2022.
A Very White Flower references Julià’s ongoing interest in the history of production, consumption and expansion of popcorn in modern colonial history. The image of a single kernel of popcorn functions as a prompt to consider Julià’s reflections on the historical and socioeconomic intricacies of the global corn industry and its relationship to Mexican culture and the popularization of popcorn in the United States after the Great Depression, especially in regards to popcorn’s connection to cinema.
A Very White Flower is presented in the context of Place Settings II (curated by Noa Bronstein), a large-scale, durational project that considers how food functions to connect and disrupt. Focusing specifically on the intersections of food, public space, and architecture, Place Settings II points to formal and informal structures that offer forms of nourishment, be they physical, emotional, social, or political.
Place Settings II continues this summer with performance-based projects staged throughout the city of Toronto. Each project engages in a discursive gesture that considers new possibilities at the intersections of food practices and public space, revealing the shareable and relational qualities of both. Click here for full program details.
Place Settings is made possible through the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council, City of Toronto, and ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-22.
A Very White Flower, 2020, is on view at 180 Shaw Street, outside Artscape Youngplace, through August to September, 2022.
Image: Adrià Julià, A Very White Flower, 2022. 8 x 8 foot billboard at 180 Shaw Street in Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood.
About the Curator(s)
Noa Bronstein is a curator and writer based in Toronto. Her practice is most often focused on considering issues around place and space-making and thinking through how artists disrupt and subvert systems including those registering across social, political and economic structures.Find out more
About the Artists
Adrià Julià’s experimental artworks include film and video installations, performance, and printed matter. He calls up image-making technologies and exposes their valuable failures and violent powers; all the while in flux between presence and absence, between what comes to the surface and what remains untold.Find out more