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Thomas Demand: House of Card at MOCA Toronto

September 16, 2022–January 8, 2023

Thomas Demand: House of Card, currently on display at MOCA Toronto, features works on display on all three floors of the museum by internationally renowned photographer and sculptor Thomas Demand as well as other significant artists, designers, and architects like Martin Boyce, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Caruso St John Architects.

Thomas Demand is well recognized for his large-scale pictures of cardboard and paper 3-D replicas of famous or well-known scenes. He takes pictures of the models before destroying them. The phrase “House of Cards” alludes to Thomas Demand’s shaky construction business. Demand’s research of architecture, model-making, and collaborative methods are highlighted in the exhibition, which includes a selection of his large-scale pictures.

You may also see Kelly Jazvac: Time Scale in the North End Gallery, a new sound installation by British-Egyptian musician and artist Sarah Badr in the South Stairwell, and other things in addition to House of Cards.

Kelly Jazvac uses abandoned billboards from the urban advertising sector to create her works of art. Her emphasis on recycling challenges the ways in which we create and display modern art and promotes more environmentally friendly procedures. At MOCA, Jazvac exhibits a site-specific installation made up of numerous two-dimensional advertisements that have been sculpted to suggest fresh language and imagery while reshaping space. Her show Time Scale serves as a focal point for discussions and interactive exercises that center on our relationship with pictures, consumerism, and plastics.

The South Stairwell will come to life thanks to a new sound commission by British-Egyptian musician and artist Sarah Badr. The three main areas of Badr’s practice are algorithmic media, complicated natural phenomena, and world construction. An audio-visual animation will be played in conjunction with the sound composition. These pieces expand on Badr’s visual language, which explores the relationship between form and place in digital spaces by using procedural systems for simulation and spatialization in graphics and sound.

Starting on October 1, MOCA Toronto, Sorauren Park, and High Park will host the acclaimed augmented reality (AR) show, Seeing the Invisible. The show, which was put on in cooperation with the City of Toronto and Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, included 13 AR pieces by well-known international artists such Pamela Rosenkranz, Ai Weiwei, and Isaac Julien. The journey takes visitors on an exploration of virtual art and nature as the pieces are seen and activated using a smartphone app, and includes locations at MOCA, Sorauren Park, and throughout High Park. The entire curriculum is without cost. In collaboration with Outset Contemporary Art Fund, the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens created and coordinated the event Seeing The Invisible.

A project by the artist Dean Baldwin Lew, a performance by New Ho Queen, a pop-up market by Zine Dream, bar takeovers and karaoke on Free Friday nights, tours of Seeing the Invisible, and kid-friendly activities on TD Community Sundays are all part of the fall schedule. New video pieces and a lightbox that artist Debashis Sinha commissioned are also on display at MOCA.

Thomas Demand: House of Card  September 16, 2022–January 8, 2023

Kelly Jazvac: Time Scale September 16–October 30, 2022

Sarah Badr September 16, 2022–January 8, 2022

Seeing the Invisible October 01, 2022–September 30, 2023

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