January 15-21, 2018
1669 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON
Reception: Sat, Jan 20, 6-9pm
11:00am - 6:00pm
11:00am - 8:00pm
11:00am - 4:00pm
Emily Falconer, Stefan Tobolka, Jasmine Hogg, Stephen Dalrymple, Jacob Riches, Jake Whillans, Reba Forbes, Claire Dunlop
Obsolete is a group exhibition featuring new work by 8 independent furniture designers and makers who share a mutual devotion to craftsmanship. Working primarily in wood, this group of designers attempts to bring new life to a series of antiquated furniture and outdated items that were once found in domestic and public spaces. Each designer presents a prototype based on an object chosen from an lexicon of extinct or endangered furniture pieces and outputs of trades long dead. These formerly standard objects have fallen into a state near obsolescence. The application of contemporary furniture production practices helps to breath new life into a series of objects. After passing through the design filter of each maker, pieces emerge with a new aura, both unique and familiar.
The exhibition explores how our relationships with the objects of the past are not limited to nostalgia, but have the potential to communicate a simultaneous reverence for and criticism of the art and design of the everyday. The act of re-visiting, re-imaging and re-designing things superseded by more sophisticated versions of themselves, frees the designer from the constraints of a function focused approach. Viewers are encouraged to join the designers in questioning the fickle nature of our relationships with the objects in our public and private spaces. Which of the objects that we interact with everyday are endangered and on the brink of extinction?
Below is a selection of past work from the studios of participating designers, Stephen Dalrymple, Stefan Tobolka, Jake Whillans, Jacob Riches, and Emily Falconer.
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