Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wave Your Flag

This week I am going to be participating in a joint exhibition between Telephone Booth Gallery and Tel-Talk, A site-specific, public art intervention project, taking place in telephone booths across the city of Toronto. The installation series will culminate in an exhibition and telephone book style catalogue which will be launched during the opening at Telephone Booth Gallery this Friday, June 15th. As a part of the site specific installation series, I submitted a Lace Flag to the Wave Your Flag project, located at the Bell telephone booths at Jarvis and Wellesley. 
Here is a bit of information about the project, with more posts on Tel-Talk to come.

Wave Your Flag.

All citizens of Toronto and beyond are invited to hang a flag of their choosing for a two week period. An ad-hoc flag pole has been co-opted at the corner of Wellesley and Jarvis.
This project aims to animate a new form of citizen engaged public art. All are welcome to participate!

Your Flag is requested for flying !… The flag can be a political allegiance, national pride or a conceptual address on the meaning of flags, or you are welcome to interpret the platform with a personal flag of your own design and meaning. The goal of the project is not to censor the flag – rather to present the icon with respect and provide conversation on national or personal identity. The flag can be an existing flag, a hand made flag, a purchased flag, a personal interpretation of a flag. The “flag” is up to you as the participant to decide. The goal is to create dialogue at the corner of the intersection with the mark of private intention within public space. The intersection of Jarvis and Wellesley is highly trafficked by pedestrians and motorists throughout the day. All Flags displayed will be documented and presented as part of the exhibition at tel-talk.

As a response to the Wave Your Flag project, I am interested in presenting a flag that pays homage to textiles and the decorative arts, while bringing interior forms and objects into unfamiliar outdoor spaces.
By creating a lace-like flag full of holes, I am interested exploring the idea of a flag as a dysfunctional object, documenting how it responds to the forces of the environment, whether it will fly or drape delicately full of holes, and looking at the ways in which people respond to subverted textile objects as they are taken out of context and placed in new and interesting spaces.

My Lace Flag will be up at Jarvis and Wellesley over the course of the next two weeks if you would like to stop by and check it out! more photos of the installation to come!

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