Canopy (A Long Story IX)

Canopy (A Long Story IX)

Canopy (A Long Story IX)

A new evolution of Lauren A. Pirie’s A Long Story series of soft-sculptural installations; long, soft, arm forms wrapping around and embracing each other and the environments they inhabit. These sculptures seek to illuminate inherent interconnectedness – between human and human, and to our shared environment – a yearning for connection. The series draw references to queer ecology and paths to confronting shadows – individually and collectively – that may lead to regeneration.

The Lumière: The Art of Light 2024 rendition, titled Canopy, sees five soft sculptural and lighting-based arm forms mixed with plant material repurposed from discarded holiday décor, intertwined with the columns of the Trillium Park pavilion. This interwoven plant material creates the effect of transforming the columns into majestic trees in mutualistic relationship with fantastical anthropomorphic species.

The forms are fabricated using weatherproof fabric, repurposed polyfil, and a programmed LED lighting system (in consultation by collaborator Philip Aaron Pax). The series of tree-like illuminated forms, blur the barrier between human, flora, fauna, and beyond. After sundown, visitors will be cast in the glow of a blend of sunrise hues; the metaphorical effect of the energy harnessed by the sculptural beings’ connections to visitors, the community, and the more-than-human natural world.


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  • Lauren A. Pirie
    Lauren A. Pirie

    Lauren A. Pirie is a Toronto-based artist working in a range of media and scale and often in collaboration. Her practice is spawned from ideas of ecology in relation to desire and regeneration. Lauren has curated collective art functions and community events, including at PRIDE and MOCA Toronto and was a co-founder of grassroots art and environmental organization, The About Face Collective. Her site-responsive installations have been exhibited in Nuit Blanche, DesignTO, and Lumière and as part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art. Pirie has exhibited and created public artworks in Canada, the U.S., Central and South America, and Europe. Recent gallery exhibitions include Conversation at Mayten’s Contemporary in collaboration with Jah Grey, and Sacred Spit at Open Space Gallery (Toronto); Like A Devouring Fire, at Blah Blah Gallery, (Philadelphia); Vibrant Matter at PADA (Portugal), and Mirror, Portal at NARS Foundation (New York), where she was in residence in 2023.

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