Leisure hosting: la salonnière

« la Chambre bleue d’Arthénice » Salon de Madame de Rambouillet LADIES MOBILIZE THEIR LIVING ROOMS By the seventeenth century, the salon had become an entrenched part of French society and intellectual life and had also come to have a serious influence on politics and the arts. Famed hostesses such as Madame de Rambouillet would […]

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Susannah Wesley on “Blankety Blank” by Candice Tarnowski

Leisure is pleased to announce the opening of the Candice Tarnowski exhibition Blankety Blank at the Toronto Harbourfront York Quay Centre. The exhibition is located in the Project Window at the west side of the York Quay Centre and is accompanied by a brief text by Leisure’s own Susannah Wesley. WRAPPED UP IN THE POSSIBILITIES […]

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Hair Follies Exhibition Features Outrageous Wigs

Leisure Projects was pleased to participate in a casual interview over lunch and tea with the Montreal Gazette reporter Christine Redfern. An excerpt from the article published in the January 17 issue is copied here. Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley are the twosome behind the Montreal curatorial collective Leisure Projects. I spoke with them earlier this week […]

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Vienna Diary 2: Adolf Loos Bar

”…with pieces of blue, white and deep red glass like in a western, the filtered light from the ceiling’s marble coffers and the undersides of the translucent tables gave you the sense of well-being. You sipped your drink like a disillusioned pleaure-seeker. The ice cubes in your glass seemed to warm themselves in the magnificent […]

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Leisure & Landscape: Marie Antoinette

Exerpt: Casid, Jill H. “Queer(y)ing Georgic: Utility, Pleasure, and Marie-Antoinette’s Ornamented Farm” “Rather than start with a site that would signify “pure” farm, I take up in this essay the historic example of the farm gone bad, Marie-Antoinette’s ornamented farm, the Hameau at Versailles. It is the contention of this essay that mucking around in […]

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Everybody must have projects all of the time

Leisure Projects celebrates the newest addition to our collection, a small etching of tools from the French wig trade circa 1780, with the quote below from Theodor Adorno . ”(…) Everybody must have projects all of the time. The maximum must be extracted from leisure. This is planned, used for undertakings, crammed with visits to […]

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Leisure R & D Residency

Leisure Research and Development Residency As the first recipients of the Leisure Research and Development Residency, Jesse Ash and Simon Clark spent four days in Ontario cottage country, pursuing their interest in cultural landscape research while engaging in conversation, leisure sport and festive decoration. In a recent Articule Special Project Ash & Clark performed Broadcast […]

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Leisure Paintings

Watercolour is sly – it appears to be one thing but is also another. Through its shifting and lucid quality watercolour is capable of being both playful and sublime – from leaving the most simple and ephemeral of marks, to building the deepest layers of complexity. Watercolour has been relegated to the sidelines – the […]

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Darkling Eclipse

Darkling Eclipse is introduced with a flurry of silver confetti. Amongst the tinsel drifts of this explosion we can imagine golden scrapings from the encrusted facades of the Ringstrasse, the acanthus topped Secession and the brilliant rain of Klimt’s Danaë canvas. Throughout the vernissage we invite visitors to view the show through the eyes of […]

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Brushing up against the wild

Join Leisure Projects for our Imaginary Places Residency event at the Banff Springs Hotel. Tea will be served promptly at 11am. Please RSVP – places are limited. BRUSHING UP AGAINST THE WILD- Event and folio With special thanks to instructor Marisa Dario and ballet dancers from Terpsichore Dance Inc., Canmore Alberta Baudelaire wrote, “You know […]

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