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February 26, 2008
Media Advisory - Public art competition open house at Fort York
  
The City of Toronto will host an open house at Fort York National Historic Site to exhibit the winning submission, and the short listed proposals, of a public art competition. Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone (Councillor Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina) will join City staff and the public to view the winning concept, WATERTABLE, a light and sound work by Toronto artists Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak, which will be a permanent fixture along the north side of Fort York Blvd.

Date: Thursday, February 28
Time: 4 to 7 p.m. - open house
4:30 p.m. - remarks by Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone
Location: Blue Barracks, Fort York National Historic Site, 100 Garrison Rd.
(off Fort York Blvd., between Bathurst and Fleet streets)

The concept WATERTABLE reveals the original shoreline of Lake Ontario and creates the look of shimmering water, appearing to float under the surface of the Gardiner Expressway. It is a beacon not only for the new entrance to Fort York, but also for the revitalization now underway of its entire underdeveloped 43-acre site in anticipation of the Bicentennial celebrations of the War of 1812. Fort York, the birthplace of Toronto, is being restored and redeveloped to reflect its enormous importance as a national historic site and to provide much needed parkland for the communities rapidly emerging around it.

Toronto Culture initiated the commission of a permanent public art work at this historical location, and for the first time, invited artists to incorporate lighting and new media technologies in their concepts. The finalists were: Tony Stallard (Brentwood, UK); Robert Youds and Daniel Laskarin (Victoria, B.C.); Maha Mustafa (Toronto, ON); Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak (Toronto, ON); and Melissa Shiff (Toronto, ON). All of the finalists’ proposals will also be on display.

A biography of the winning artists accompanies this advisory.

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Media contact:

Clara Hargittay, Cultural Affairs Officer, 416-392-4173, chargit@toronto.ca

Biography

Steele + Tomczak: WATERTABLE

Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak have worked exclusively in collaboration since 1983, producing videotapes, performances and photo/text works. Legal Memory (1992), their first feature-length work, has been shown in a number of film festivals since its release including: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Festival, the Festival Internazionale Cinema Giovani (Turin, Italy), the Toronto Festival of Festivals and broadcast on TVOntario.

In 1996, their work THE BLOOD RECORDS: written and annotated, received a world premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and toured with a bi-lingual catalogue published by The Oakville Galleries. Their installation work We're Getting Younger All the Time has shown at: the London Institute and The City of York Public Gallery (U.K.), at Wharf Centre d'art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie, France, and the Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, as part of their exhibition “…before I wake.”

Steele and Tomczak have received numerous grants and awards including the Bell Canada prize for excellence in Video Art (administered by the Canada Council for the Arts), the Peter Herndorff award for Media Arts through the Toronto Arts Awards, and in 2005, a Governor General’s Award for lifetime achievement in Visual & Media Arts.

In 2007, they were awarded one of the commissions for the large outdoor advertising board at Toronto Life Square, producing 31 short portraits of Torontonians as part of their view of the city called Love Squared. They are co-founders of Vtape, a Toronto media arts centre and teach at the University of Toronto where Steele is the Associate Chair of the Department of Art. In 2007-2008, they are invited guests at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.


Media contact:

Clara Hargittay, Cultural Affairs Officer, 416-392-4173, chargit@toronto.ca



 

 

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