My undergraduate thesis exploring the role the Market Square Shopping Centre played in re-imagining the downtown of Kitchener, Ontario has been published by the online literary magazine Numero Cinq! The Struggle for the Centre: One City’s Adventure With Modernity
Here is another older review from this fall. It ended up being more of a review of exhibition practices and politics than the art itself, so be forewarned!
“Allegory is extravagant, an expenditure of surplus value; it is always in excess.” – Craig Owens, The Allegorical Impulse, 1032
Here is another exhibition review, though a bit of an older one. It’s from about a year ago at Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art.
Hello there folks. So, just to shake things up a bit, I’ve uploaded this exhibition review that I’ve done for my Art Writing class. Every once in a while, don’t be surprised if I do this again. Anyways, without further ado…
Yesterday I made a site visit to the Market Square in Kitchener, Ontario. In my mind it’s the poster-child of my thesis, since it was the first mall of its kind that I ever knew. I was able to get photographs not only of the general mall area, but also of the Goodlife Fitness and The Record. It gives a good sense of the ways that the space can be reused and also alerted me to the stark difference between the mall’s architecture and the architecture of its anchor (once an Eaton’s department store).
I recently dug up an article called “Labyrinthine Design” by Henry Petroski I read last year in Exhibitions: Processes, Procedures, Pragmatics. One of the different types of labyrinths Petroski discusses is the grocery store. Granted, there are of course differences between a grocery store and a shopping mall, but I thought his description of the […]