Shedding Light on Building

September 4, 2008

By Stacey Ho

Swintak was inspired by the everyday in creating her Self-Aware Shed.

Condominiums, hospitals and art galleries are all places that are, for one reason or another, sterile environments. Their emptiness makes them funny, awkward structures for people to do human things in.

Placed in such an environment for a residency at YYZ, artist Swintak spent the summer dealing with awkward, empty space. Her solution? Take a genuine countrified shed and transpose it into the gallery.

“It sort of looks like it dropped from the sky, or appeared there a la Wizard of Oz,” she explains.

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