April 20, 2015
by Canadian Architect
The Gladstone Hotel’s 3rd annual Grow Op exhibition greets spring with open arms from April 23 to 26, 2015. Curated by Victoria Taylor and Graham Teeple with Britt Welter-Nolan, this four-day exhibition celebrates innovative ideas and conceptual responses to landscape, gardens, art and place-making under this year’s theme, the culture of landscape.
Grow Op 2015 facilitates a multidisciplinary forum across a broad range of creative practices. One of the most intriguing annual exhibitions in Toronto, Grow Op encourages an array of perspectives and dialogues surrounding landscape and place. It challenges our understanding of nature and the built environment around us.
How can landscape architecture be a driving force in the creation of sustainable cities? How can design not only enhance the lived experiences of citizens and communities, but also improve urban infrastructure and functionality? What does a contemporary culture of landscape in relation to our cities look like? What does it sound like? Feel like? These questions are imbued in the multitude of jury selected artworks, accompanying talks, tours, parties and even a fair of local organizations focused on urban agriculture at Grow Op Gets Dirtier.
The show features new work by Biz Ahren, Julie da Costa, Gillian Leitch and Leyna Lowe, Jode Roberts and Amy Rogers/David Suzuki Foundation’s Homegrown National Park Project, Mohamed Al-Huneidi, Afshin Ashari, Hanna Chung, Jordan Duke, Jasper Flores, Nicholas Gosselin, Gezhi Huang, Elise Hunchuck, David Kossowsky, Nadine Lowes, Jordan Lypkie, Emma Mendel, Tamar Pister, Anna Rosen, Dayne Roy-Caldwell/University of Toronto Master of Landscape Architecture candidates, Scott MacIvor and Liat Margolis, Bruno Billio, Julie Bogdanowicz, Teresa Carlesimo and Amanda White, Deena DelZotto and Rachel Kimel/Bowery Project, Paul Chartrand, Sandrina Dumitrascu and Clara Romero, Adrienne Hall, Rebecca Houston, Jasmeen Kaur Bains and Yi Zhou/Studio for Landscape Culture, Claire Kurtin, Nadia Pulez and Ramin Yamin/Nomadic Vision, Mammalian Diving Reflex and Sanjay Ratnan, Joaquin Sevillano, Jonas Spring/Ecoman, and Ben Watt-Meyer.
Special programs and events include daily tours, a film night, Grow Op talks, and an urban agricultural fair. The Grow Op opening reception takes place on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. General admission is $10. An after-party follows in the ballroom with Samba Squad and Uma Nota.
For more information, please visit www.gladstonehotel.com/spaces/gladstone-grow-op/
grow op 2015