June 21 – August 26, 2018
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Curator: Mona Filip
SUMMER OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 6–9 PM | FREE
Transforming the space of the Koffler Gallery, Argentinian-born, Québec-based artist José Luis Torres creates a site-specific sculptural installation focused on three notions related to the experience of migration: camouflage, reflection and construction. Metaphorically exploring the adaptation strategies and fluid reinvention of immigrant identity, Torres alters the viewers experience of a familiar space through destabilizing material interventions. Space and place are central to his artistic investigations where spontaneity and accumulation recur in connection to ideas of labour, survival and ready-made. Cultivating the ways in which coexisting, unplanned elements can modify each other to generate new evolving environments, Torres’ works examine how we inhabit our surroundings.
José Luis Torres was born in Argentina and has a Bachelor’s Degree in visual arts, a Master’s Degree in sculpture and training in architecture and integrating art with architecture. He has been living and working in Québec since 2003. His work has been showcased in many solo and group exhibitions, in public interventions and artist residencies in Canada, Argentina, the United States, Mexico and Europe. More details.
Image at top: José Luis Torres, Mutations, 2015.