Location: 82 Divadale Dr., Leaside
SEAN MARTINDALE, PASCAL PAQUETTE, CINDY BLAZEVIC, PA SYSTEM, MARTIN REIS, NICK SWEETMAN
DESIGN EXCHANGE, TORONTO LASER SERVICES
Featured in: Torontoist, Designlines magazine, BlogTO, Open Street Toronto
In the 1990’s a group of students in Italy, going by the name of Stalkers, began navigating the empty spaces within Rome in the tradition of the Situationists. In their descent to the underbelly of Rome they came across the uncanny, the marginal and the forgotten physical and social landscape of the city. In the contemporary history of urban living exploration has become a device of owning the chaos and integrating its oddities. The ensuing act of appropriation of these sites and their rearrangement, in appearance and function, is an act of bravery, an ambition to express oneself in the density of the metropolis and reclaiming forgotten spaces. They can be alternatively understood as romantic acts of citizenship in the age of digitization of culture.
In the third edition of SpaceSeries Divadale Project is an art event that is taking over a destitute property before its demolition. It is a terrain vague that is given a new definition by the concentration of works created by artists who are recognized for their sharp and witty expressions. Sean Martindale, Pascal Paquette, Cindy Blažević and PA System, each represent, make and narrate slices of Toronto’s urban landscape in form of graffiti, murals, sculpture and photography. They are individuals who are literally and conceptually painting and making the visual iconography of Toronto’s urban culture, but they are also emblematic of the cultural renaissance that the city is going through as its massive army of condos grow in numbers and heights. In Divadale Project they have treated the house no different than found surfaces of the city they usually work with and took advantage of every possible architectural element as a blank canvas.