July 11, 2006
by Canadian Architect
The Liane and Danny Taran Gallery at the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts has announced its summer show, TREE HOUSE, an interdisciplinary exhibition of conceptual tree house maquettes. TREE HOUSE brings together eight innovative tree house designs by Montreal artists, architects and landscape architects. The exhibition runs from July 14 to September 10, 2006, and the opening reception takes place on Thursday, July 13 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, preceded by a tour with the artists and curators at 6:00pm.
Curated by Lesley Johnstone, Susannah Wesley and John Zeppetelli, featured participants include AMMA, Jacques Bilodeau, Michael Carroll, Rachel Echenberg / Sbastien Worsnip, Naomi London, Axel Morgenthaler, NIP Paysage, and Michael A. Robinson.
The exhibition was inspired by the dramatic view onto Parc Mackenzie-King, revealed through the large windows of the gallerys east wall. The imaginative lure of a tree house extends from childhood memory to fantasy to ideas of home and dwelling. Guest curators Lesley Johnstone, Susannah Wesley and John Zeppetelli invited the participants to design imaginary tree houses, all of which are presented on tree branches suspended in the gallery space. Through such works as an upholstered tree sculpture, a house built from light, and another formed of conceptual modernist cubes, the exhibition presents an opportunity to explore the cultural iconography of the tree house as an imaginative space as well as a philosophical and conceptual object.
An accompanying event is a symposium on Tree House as Utopia, which takes place on Thursday, September 7, 2006 at 6:00pm. The symposium includes participants Cynthia Hammond, Johanne Sloan, Ricardo L. Castro and Roberto Zancan, and offers a context and opportunity to consider alternative architecture and utopian typologies.
For more information, please visit www.saidyebronfman.org.