Bedrooms and Basements Walls serve to divide space beyond the physical obstruction of movement. Walls do more than cut through abstract planes. On either side there exists a separate, autonomous, and socially constructed space. They operate as containers for our memories and experiences, and the pictures hung upon them are emblematic of the meanings embedded within them. By reconstructing and cutting these walls, Carlesimo undermines this construction, to open the otherwise closed visual and physical movement. A series of everyday spaces are disrupted in an attempt to reconsider the form and function of even the most banal spaces that we inhabit. Rendering fragments of this project black furthers this disruption by abstracting the space and each black object within it to its most basic form. With the use of black, forms are distanced from their function. Like the bedrooms and basements that were once central to our lives, these spaces are rendered black as fleeting memories, not forgotten, but not truly present.
Teresa Carlesimo is a multidisciplinary artist with a keen interest in architecture and urban issues. Through the use of typical construction materials she explores the social and political dimensions of the built environment. Her work often features life size installations of architectural fragments to allow for an embodied experience of these environments. She holds an MFA from York University where her work explored themes of place and placelessness. From 2010 to 2013 she participated in Windsor's Mayworks Festival of International Workers' Solidarity as an artist and organizer. She has recently exhibited at PM Gallery in Toronto, Eyelevel in Halifax, and Art Mür in Montreal. Her work has been exhibited throughout Canada and the US.
Art Spin is a bicycle led, guided art tour of Toronto’s west end art district. Each tour will consist of visits to art galleries, art performances and artist’s studios. With changing itineraries, each tour visits different art spaces and events, featuring some of the city's most engaging, emerging and established artists. This interactive and exciting community based art event will allow participants to experience art in unique places and spaces, with performances, installations and other site-specific works prepared specifically as a part of Art Spin.