Visual art plays a significant role in the site interpretation plan for Evergreen Brick Works. Artists who are creating installations for permanent display include Phil Coté, Dave Hind, Amelia Jiménez, Dan Bergeron, and Evergreen’s artist-in-residence, Ferruccio Sardella. A temporary exhibit by No. 9, Contemporary Art and the Environment will open during the site launch in September 2010.
Hands-on experiences that use art to connect people to nature are integral to Evergreen’s educational activities, community projects and audience engagement. During the past few years, artists and youth at Evergreen Brick Works have collaborated on mosaics, paintings, clay art, gardening, and sculptures made from upcycled and natural materials found in situ. In 2009, members of the community arts group SKETCH built a fully functional bread oven and a mobile oven cart with resident artists Shannon Crossman and Morgan Zigler. During Doors Open Toronto, Crossman and Zigler will facilitate the design and building of a shelter that references animal-based architecture and the standards the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system.
Ferruccio Sardella’s Black Eyed Susan is the first in a series of outdoor window installations entitled “Native Tenants.” The large-scale sculptural representation of this local plant is a poetic emblem of the transformed brick factory. Sardella is a Toronto-based artist and member of the Evergreen Brick Works’ design team. He has been working with Evergreen for the past 15 years to embed artistic expression into the fabric of the site’s architecture, language and communications. His vision has resulted in a series of artworks that speak to the critical role of nature in making our cities and communities livable.
Matt McInnes created a drawing that references significant views and dates from the Brick Works’ history. He will print the image on t-shirts to order on site on Saturday, May 29, from 10 am to 3 pm. A Hamilton-based printmaker and educator, McInnes graduated from OCAD in 2001 and holds a printmaking diploma from the Dundas Valley School of Art. At The Print Studio, an artist-run centre, he leads the Eco Arts Program with Hamilton’s core elementary and secondary schools, and teaches screenprinting, monotype and drypoint.
Dan Bergeron was born in Toronto in 1975. His photo-based street works have been commissioned by institutions such as the AGO, ROM and Luminato, but are more often informally installed in cities. His work initiates discourse on public space, often illuminating social and cultural issues. During Doors Open Toronto, Dan will paper the walls of the EBW kiln building with large-scale portraits of former Brick Works employees, as part of his on-going Face of the City series. The installation is supported by Diaspora Dialogues. Dan Bergeron is represented by Show & Tell Gallery in Toronto.
Doors Open at Evergreen Brick Works Saturday, May 29 – Sunday, May 30, 2010
550 Bayview Ave. south of Pottery Rd.