Year: 2013

Location: Toronto, ON

For: Rear View Projects

Team: David Mulder, Frank Gossage, Joanna Grant, Felipe Oropeza, Jacob Comerci, Kevin Pazik

Special Thanks: Jennifer Davis, Su-Ying Lee, Elliot Callahan

Flipping Properties was commissioned by Rear View (Projects) for an unconventional exhibition platform – a laneway in Toronto’s Little Portugal neighborhood. The project is a continuation of an ongoing study of super-furniture by Lai, an architect, and the team of Bureau Spectacular. The installation takes the familiar house icon, the Pentagon, as its formal starting point. Lai denatures this symbol of domesticity, converting it into super-furniture which is ‘too big to be furniture and too small to be architecture.’ This intervention in Toronto’s urban fabric provokes us to reconsider the potential uses for overlooked spaces in the city and question typical modes of interaction between art, place, and audiences.