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(Written 8 August 2006)

Meredith Carruthers Giant corsages/miniature parade floats, 2006

Giant corsages/miniature parade floats
Saturday, August 12— Sunday, August 13, 2006
11:00 – 6:00pm
Garage: 142 Montrose Ave
Trinity Bellwoods Park

Meredith Carruthers will be conducting a slow parade at Alley Jaunt this weekend as part of the thematic exhibition “give” (curated by Anne Cibola and Claire Eckert). Corsages/floats will be released every half hour from the garage on Montrose Ave on Saturday & Sunday afternoon. Installed on exhibition visitors and scaled to fit the body as opposed to a delicate wrist or lapel, the corsages will take on the proportion of small gardens or topiary, changing the wearer’s perception of familiar spaces.

This performance activity and series of mini-sculptural installations are an extension of celebration ephemera such as party decorations and parade floats. Often hand made using simple techniques and installed in brightly coloured clusters, decorative interventions serve and inspire for the duration of an event, transporting participants into an atmosphere of fantasy. The corsage/ float project will provoke a similar moment of transformation in the back alleys of Toronto, creating a surreal prom experience or rambling spontaneous parade in this unexpected setting. Offered as an ephemeral gift, the corsages/floats will provoke an alternate alley experience charged with fancy and imagination.

ALLEYJAUNT is Toronto’s alternative urban art event. For one summer weekend, the back alley garages surrounding Trinity Bellwoods Park are transformed into art exhibits, installations, performance, and film/video venues. This year ALLEYJAUNT presents over forty local artists and invites the public to explore their work through the city’s less traveled passage ways.
For more information: http://www.alleyjaunt.com/

In Give! artists investigate the dynamics of gift-giving as a concept, creative statement and mode of operation for subversion, intervention and connection. Gifts may be ephemeral or physical, an action or an object, articulated as street actions, mischievous interruptions, spontaneous interludes, or unconventional connections confronting the ways we practice shared urban space. Without being limited to the designated garage spaces, artists address the multiple faces of gift-giving, so that engagement is simultaneously affectionate and cynical, intimate and removed, charitable and motivated by criticality.

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