March 27, 2018
by Canadian Architect
All four floors of Toronto’s iconic Gladstone Hotel will be taken over by plants, moss, overflowing water, bumble bee nectar pods, nuclear waste, fig trees and more for Grow Op 2018 this April 18-22. Grow Op is a four-day festival that will transform the Queen West hotel with 30+ immersive installations that celebrates innovative ideas and conceptual responses to urbanism, environmental sustainability, landscape design and contemporary art.
Grow Op celebrates its sixth year this April, as an exhibition of art and design that cultivates ideas across a broad range of disciplines, examining how humans and other species live within and without natural systems of growth, change, abundance, scarcity, decay and life. In 2018, the exhibit will contemplate the theme of “AFTER THE FLOOD.”
What lies beyond once the floodwaters recede? What emerges once the smoke clears? As cataclysmic climate events multiply in tandem with our species’ continuously expanding footprint, we are re-conceiving our relationships with the organic and inorganic world around us in unprecedented ways! Grow Op 2018 employs the tools of art, craft and design to question our conceptions of urban and wild curated by Christine Leu and Alan Webb of LeuWebb Projects with Lukus Toane.
The opening reception in 2017. Photo via Gladstone Hotel.
Grow Op 2018 Participants: +AB (Allison Home-Douglas + Bohden Tymchuk), Laura Berman, J. Damron, Dawn George, Emily Guo, Emily Jan, [R]ed[U]x Lab, Eureka League (Doug Donald, Claire Ironside + Ruth Spitzer), Teresa Mak, Annette Hegel + Deborah Margo, Hana Rotchild, Tammy Salzl, Lauren Schaffer, Adrienne Scott, Adrian Stimson, Ryan Phyper, Process (Nadia Galati, Jennie Suddick and Sara Udow), Claire Kurtin + Sneha Sumanth, Sean Tamblyn, Jill Price, Ryan Van Der Hout.
More information about this year’s Grow Op exhibition is available via the Gladstone Hotel’s official website, linked here.