January 16-22, 2017

Comfort Food

Dates

Mon , Jan 16, 2017 — Sun , Jan 22, 2017

Type

Window Installations

Disciplines

Furniture Design, Industrial Design, Lighting, Textiles

Neighbourhood

East

Daily Hours

MonMonday

24 hours -

TueTuesday

24 hours -

WedWednesday

24 hours -

ThuThursday

24 hours -

FriFriday

24 hours -

SatSaturday

24 hours -

SunSunday

24 hours -

Location

Dylan Ellis Gallery

1840 Danforth Avenue
Toronto ON
M4C 1H8

Admission

Free

Description

SUMO Project is taking its Latin-American background to task by integrating the traditions of weaving and basketry into the design of Leonia Luminaire and Thesis Bench.

Textile art has been part of indigenous practices since precolonial times, assuming an important role in the development of human civilization and culture. Beyond its practical uses, textile art has also incorporated rich designs and colours into its more than 10,000-year evolution. Most of these designs, as many other ornamental practices, were used to embellish the skin, tell stories or represent tribal traditions. The use of vivid colours, for example, has remained as an expression of happiness and of the positive outlook that characterizes Latin-American culture.

A desire to experiment humanizing modern designs with traditional techniques and resources has inspired SUMO Project to create a hybrid that incorporates new materials and technologies with traditional textile art processes. It is a reaction from more than one hundred years of Ornament and Crime where “the evolution of culture marched with the elimination of ornament from useful objects,” and from SUMO Project’s very own experience of inadvertently removing ornament from our designs. This is an opportunity to celebrate cultural background and reconnect with the essential aspects of being human.

For this endeavour SUMO Project invites fellow Latin-American designer and artist Michele Guevara, to collaborate and partake in this creative process of humanization by hybridization.

Gallery Hours:
9:30am-5:30pm (Weekdays)
10:00am-4:00pm (Weekends)

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