Sometimes referred to as Toronto’s “Crystal Cathedral of Commerce,” the Allen Lambert Galleria bustles with office workers and urbanites moving between meeting rooms and water coolers where deals are spun. It is a vast cavern of possibility, both exposed to, and also sheltered from, the sky above.
Soft Spin offers a fresh view of the hard-surfaced symmetry of the space with the playful interruption of five enormous fabric forms, gently twirling overhead. Colour, texture, movement, and decidedly flirtatious forms invite visitors to look up and embrace the unexpected, highlighting the ever-present potential for encounters with unforeseen pleasure and drama in the day-to-day.
From the possibility of feeling miniaturized by the enormity of the installation’s curvaceous hemlines to the play of sunlight through the bursts of spring-time colour, Soft Spin steps away from ledgers, straight lines, and the black and white. Nicol infuses the clean, engineered certainty of corporate grandeur with an immersive dose of the whimsical, the feminine, and the celebratory.
Heather Nicol is an established artist with a strong exhibition history and extensive curatorial experience. She has recently garnered attention in local and national media for the exhibitions she curated for the inauguration of Artscape’s Youngplace, recently opened on Shaw Street. Her site-incursions have included locations such as an abandoned rail terminus (Buffalo, NY), a historic chateaux (France), The Brooklyn Academy of Music, a three-story carriage house (Hudson, NY), a decommissioned school and vacant sweatshop (both in Toronto). She was featured in Nuit Blanche 2009 with a signature installation in Toronto’s Union Station
Commissioned by Arts Brookfield.
Presented by Brookfield Place Toronto.
Produced by PVW.