Last post I talked about my efforts to stay inspired and connected within the design community. This month, I checked out a few shows in Toronto’s Roncesvalles neighbourhood. This post is about the Golden Lonesome exhibit held at Likely General, but shout out as well to Paper Trails at Black Cat gallery, which I saw right before heading over to Likely General.
I looked forward to Golden Lonesome for weeks after learning about it on Instagram (the internet = magic). It is a photographic documentation of Arden Wray’s travels through West Texas; a solo show hung in the back of a retail space.
My interest in this show was two-fold: First off, I’ll say that I am biased because this happened right in my neighbourhood, and I’m very fond of all our (young, female) entrepreneurs around here. I am also so interested in the duality that spaces like Likely General offer: at once they can be both coffee shop and tattoo parlour; herbal remedy shop and acupuncture clinic; bar and laundry service. (Okay that last one was something I saw in Zurich.) Or, in Likely General’s case, a retail operation that also offers live music, creative workshops, and a gallery space that is open to the public. As a creative, I think it’s great to be involved in a variety of projects at one time in order to shake-up stagnant influences, create experiences, and to keep things interesting. Likely General’s concept is absolutely ideal to me. Hashtag DreamLife.
As for Arden Wray’s work, if I can over-use the term, it is dreamy. The images have an ethereal humidity and a sort of visual tangibility that expands beyond the frame and just takes over the space… If I can describe something in such an abstruse way without sounding like a snob. As someone who is really just inching my way into life as an image-maker, this collection spoke to me in the context of creative freedom, but also physical freedom, and I thought: How can I get to a point where I can travel and use the meaningful experiences I encounter as a catalyst for telling great stories through design? Not sure, but seeing work like Golden Lonesome definitely makes me feel like I can try.
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Golden Lonesome will be at Likely General (389 Roncesvalles Avenue) until April 10th.
Hours of operation:
Monday to Saturday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Visit www.ardenwray.com for more details