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Invented by Le Corbusier, Towers in the Park was a style of urban apartment dwellings popular across North American cities in the 60s and 70s. Typically, they are large enclosures of rectangular brick apartments spaced between green lawns and concrete sidewalks. With thoughts of utopia, it was meant to accommodate large populations despite little room else for infrastructure and ornamentation.
St. James Town (Toronto, ON) is Canada’s most densely populated community and was modelled after ‘Towers in the park’. It was originally built for a young middle class population but lacked appeal and in their absence became a hub for new immigrant families. Now, with a dense and diverse majority immigrant population it is sometimes known as “the world within a block”. In-between its walls of plaster and parquet floor tiles are where stories of integration, displacement, and cultural survival unfold. Here, within the margins of representation, is where the artist’s own story begins.
The exhibition-titled piece, Flowers in the Park takes inspiration from Towers in the Park and my life in St. James Town. This series of wood panels describe a single panoramic landscape using drywall compound and wood filler. Roses, as seen on rice bags, are engraved as cultural ornamentation on once bare plaster. Sky, ground, mountains, and towers overlap, while interweaving references to traditional Canadian and Korean landscape painting through this contemporary reimagination.