For Lease

Aug 1, 2012 - Aug 11, 2012 @ Gendai Workstation
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After one year of operations at 1265 Bloor St. West, Gendai Workstation must be moving on. The space in front of you will be available for lease starting from August 13, 2012.
What you see behind this glass is a showroom displaying the components of a future Gendai, a diorama of an organization going mobile.


The Library by Adam Bobbette
The drift of Gendai away from 1265 Bloor St. West, requires the production of new spatial strategies. As the gallery becomes an itinerant platform for cultural production it’s old habits of occupation and display will have to be replaced by mobile, flexible and lightweight strategies. The Library is a result of this new condition, constructed specifically to house the growing collection of Gendai publications, it is a chiseled and folded dodecahedron which can be easily assembled, stacked, distributed and multiplied or collapsed, packed and stored. Gendai’s The Library will expand or contract to accord with its content.

With many thanks for production assistance from:
Sidney Choy, Isaac Flagg, Sherry Fung

Adam Bobbette is a landscape architect based in Hong Kong. He is currently assistant professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Division of Landscape Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. He has published widely and his work has been included in exhibitions at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, The Graham Foundation, The Architectural Association, The San Jose Biennial, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and Eyebeam, amongst others. Currently, his research focuses on comparative histories and theories of civic infrastructures and the urban ecologies of contingency, care and danger. He is a co-founder and editor of the journal Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy.


The Mobile Unit by Alexandre David
Inventive implementations of the Mobile Unit will be deployed to activate and animate various host sites. The commission called for a functional unit that could be articulated as storage, seating and a presentation platform in various configurations and permutations by responding to the vicissitudes of need and use. To date it has functioned as kitchen, benches, exhibition display unit, bookstore, and building blocks (this time!). Upcoming formations include art fair booth, guerilla cinema, and traveling canteen.

Commissioned by Gendai and Guest Artist Yam Lau.

Alexandre David lives and works in Montreal. He mainly works in the field of sculpture, and his projects often relate to architecture. His work has been shown in various museums and galleries in Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Austria and France. He has exhibited his work in solo exhibitions at the Parisian Laundry, Optica and Dare-Dare in Montréal and La Chambre Blanche in Quebec City in 2011, in 2007 and, in 2009, at Aceartinc in Winnipeg and Grunt in Vancouver. In 2011, his work was shown in solo exhibitons at YYZ in Toronto, Espace Tilt in Lausanne, as well as Plein Sud and the Darling Foundry in Montréal.


The Tote Bag by Shane Krepakevich
The Tote Bag partially situates the Gendai Workstation exhibition space through its location, duration and volume, while simultaneously segmenting and circulating that volume. The bags, as vestigial memorials with active and indeterminate locations and durations, enact new potentials for the workstation’s volume: bearing art, bearing groceries and disappearing. Each user’s deployment of the bag is an open, passing renovation.

Created in consultation with Yan Wu and Chris Lee. Screenprinted by Jen Kneulman.

Shane Krepakevich studied geology at the University of Alberta from 1997–2001. His undergraduate thesis examined the growth conditions of diamonds and microdiamonds, considering the effects of chemistry, temperature and pressure. A specialized piece of equipment was used to generate temperatures and pressures equivalent to those present in the earth’s mantle.


The Blog, Sites+Assemblies
Gendai Workstation (Sept 2011-Aug 2012) has been a shifting site of collaboration, harnessing installation, improvisation and curation as tools for spatial transformation. Artists, architects, builders, magicians, chefs and gardeners constantly reinvented the Workstation, inviting the public to join in on the playful interrogation of traditional artistic and architectural practices. As Gendai deinstalls itself and moves out of the physical site of the Workstation, this line of questioning will reassemble in other sites in and beyond the city, directed by research into what constitutes permanence, nourishment and longevitiy for a non-profit, diverse art space today. The conversation will continue in the blogosphere, where future events of Gendai and the world of the internet co-produce these new sets of sites+assemblies.

Blog editor: Ya’el Santopinto
Contributors: Jonathan Wong, Haley Uyeda, Anne Ehrlich, and more to come...


Re-production of the Mobile Gendai diorama 1 2 3

Thu Oct 25, 2012 - 6:00 pm @ Art Toronto 2012, Metro Convention Centre