Shadows (wall disease): Installation by Ryan Legassicke

Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 17:00 to Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 22:00

Sculpture Installation: Thursday, Nov 26 to Sunday, Nov 29
Opening: Thursday, Nov 26 @ 7:00 pm
Presentation: Saturday, Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm

Sculpture installation by Ryan Legassicke

Five life-sized embodiments of walls dividing people

The exhibition consists of five sculptures – life sized embodiments of dividing walls that are confronted daily, both physically and psychologically by people all over the world.

Included are barriers at various stages of existence, from implementation to the celebrated historical monument:

  • The Security Fence used during the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto,
  • The Berlin Wall,
  • The Peace Line Walls in Belfast, Northern Ireland,
  • the border fence between Nogales, Sonora and Arizona,
  • and the West Bank Separation Barrier in Israel / Palestine.

The forms are framed with metal and covered in shade cloth. They physically delineate the space that these barriers occupy in real life and are meant to appear as shadows, mental after-images. The exhibition also consists of photographs of the sculptures placed temporarily in sites in and around Toronto, Canada. Outdoors they appear monumental in relation to local architecture. Indoors they overlap, are abstracted and get in your way. The project questions our relation to these structures, referencing global events that influence their implementation and the resulting psychological effects.

Shadows (wall disease) is a response to events which took place during the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto, and specifically references the security fence built for the event. The project looks at the cultural implications of current and historic border walls and separation barriers that exist throughout the world. Wall Disease (Mauerkrankheit) was a term first used in 1973 by the East German psychiatrist Dietfried Müller-Hegemann. He observed that the Berlin Wall caused psychosis, schizophrenia, and phobias in the East Germans who were confronted by it on a daily basis.

The photography will remain on view until January 2016.

A public reception will be held Thursday November 26th from 6-9 pm. The artist will be in attendance.  On Saturday, Nov 28 will be a photo presentation, entitled “Living & Dying within Walls” by Rand Askalan, a Toronto medical doctor, who has recently returned from a visit to the West Bank, and an introduction to the exhibition by the artist.

Versions of this project have previously been exhibited at The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space in New York, NY; Sculpture Center in Cleveland, OH; and Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in Philadelphia, PA.

Ryan Legassicke is an artist who lives and works in Toronto, Canada.    [email protected]

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