Art for Lunch: Jennifer Davis and Jon Sasaki on their Barrie Public Art Project

Left to right: Artist and architect Jennifer Davis. Artist Jon Sasaki. Courtesy of the artists.
Admission free

Jennifer Davis and Jon Sasaki on their Barrie Public Art Project
Friday, April 22, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

Collaborators Jennifer Davis and Jon Sasaki will discuss their soon-to-be-unveiled public sculpture for the City of Barrie, Four Dividers Made Into a Juncture. This conversational presentation will touch on the piece's development process, the artists' sources of inspiration, related ideas around public sculpture and private property, thoughts on street furniture, cycling infrastructure and other collaborative projects.

Jennifer Davis practices architecture, curating and art in Toronto. She graduated with a Master of Architecture from University of Toronto (2011) and has received numerous awards such as the 2010 Power Corporation of Canada Award from the Canadian Centre for Architecture and an Honourable Mention in the 2015 Lost Spaces Calgary Design Competition. She is co-founder and co-curator of Rear View (Projects), an independent curatorial collective that commissioned Flipping Properties (2014), a large-scale architectural installation for a Toronto laneway. Upcoming projects include a permanent public artwork for the Toronto Transit Commission and How To Make Space, an exhibition to be presented in Hong Kong during the summer of 2016.

Jon Sasaki is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist who has had solo exhibitions at the MacLaren Art Centre; the Ottawa Art Gallery; the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge; and the Art Gallery of Ontario; as well as a recent performance project at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. In fall of 2014 he completed an outdoor public installation at Sheridan College, Oakville, as part of their Temporary Contemporary commissioning program. Selected group exhibitions include Platform Art Spaces, Melbourne Australia; Nihonbashi Institute of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan; and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto. He is the recipient of the 2015 Canadian Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize, Dufftown, Scotland. Sasaki holds a BFA from Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, and is represented by Clint Roenisch Gallery in Toronto.