January 15-21, 2018
Chinese-Canadian artist Topher Kong creates multidisciplinary works that explore the way his heritage influences his current experiences. Kong is interested in combining different elements of design and finding harmony between the physical and emotional. By merging design and more conceptual elements, Kong has created a unique visual language that speaks to deeper cultural exploration and identity.
Two years as design lover. Two years actually physically being a part of it. TODO Festival is a party of design, which is what I like. TODO brings designers, artists, craftsmen and design lovers together and it is a celebration among them. It has become an art and design community.
I do design; I do art. And I see design and art as entwined. I transform various materials into visual language and explore how materials connect to objects and people, messages and meaning, emotions and experience. I mainly communicate by creating hybrid forms of art, design, and technology that synchronize the physical and emotional in its stages and states.
As an immigrant, I moved to Toronto six years ago with my family. Most of the time I feel like I am in the in-between stage, between two cultures: Chinese and Canadian. It is an uncomfortable stage, it questions me a lot in every single aspect but I do enjoy the in-betweenness. It gives me a critical mind to see things in a different way, which inspires unique thoughts, emotions, and experiences in my work.
TODO is like a window, letting others see what art and design is in Canada.
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