January 15-21, 2018
Art, Graphic Design, Social Practice
5:00pm - 12:00am
Cold Tea, 60 Kensington Ave
Get Well, 1181 Dundas Street West
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
Track & Field, 860 College Street
Unlovable, 1215 Dundas Street West
Wenona Craft Beer Lodge, 1069 Bloor Street West
Jesse Harris, Aisha Sasha John, Hazel Meyer, and Lido Pimienta
Curated by Aisle 4
‘On the Table’ is a politically engaged artist project that incites critical and constructive dialogue surrounding gender-based violence and sexual harassment in public space. Four Toronto-based artists have been commissioned to create original works with messaging that illuminates body politics and sensitized language while advocating for respectful conduct and safe spaces. These artworks are printed on recyclable beverage coasters and distributed throughout participating bars and restaurants during the Toronto Design Offsite Festival.
The project responds to the direct correlation between alcohol consumption and gender-based violence. It aims to ignite discourse around respectful etiquette and safety within the hospitality industry, which faces issues such as toxic masculinity, rape culture, and gender inequality, among others. Through visually compelling artwork and charged messaging, the coasters bring attention to the issues in a nuanced way, promoting healthy, respectful, and equitable spaces for all genders.
Mobile and collectible, ‘On the Table’ coasters also function as artist multiples: patrons are encouraged to keep each one, potentially extending the conversation to audiences in alternative public spaces. Utilizing design as a form of activism, the project demonstrates how public art and social practice can have long-lasting and meaningful impacts on a variety of communities.
‘On The Table’ was produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.
Cover image: Hazel Meyer, ‘Dorothea‘s Hand’ (second), 2014, ink on paper.
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