House + Home More Than Anything | Big Pond Small Fish Laboratory | Oct 12 - 29
Home + House More Than Anything the Exhibition is an aesthetic conversation in material form between Krys Verrall and Edward Sko to rethink experiences of housing scarcity. Krys and Edward began working together in 2018. Krys is a founding member of Big Pond Small Fish Laboratory. She has been instrumental in developing the organization's philosophical approach to collaboration with vulnerable participants. For the past 11 years Edward has lived in one room on the top floor of a Parkdale boarding home with fourteen housemates. He likes looking at old houses and how structures go up. In the late 1980s he had a dream about building a house. His first popsicle stick house was 30 cm (12 inches) high. His current house is an ambitious construction with a sprawling multi room footprint. It's approximate 6000 popsicle sticks and 250 glue sticks ascend three floors with stairways, balconies, latticed walls, and pillars. Krys' collages grew out of her time with Edward and residencies at Artscape Gibraltar Point. They are meditative devices, using repetition, found paper, and theoretical texts.
Big Pond Small Fish Laboratory creates art through collaborations with people who traditionally encounter obstacles to artmaking. Through deep listening and reflection, they create aesthetic experiences through performances, videos, audio works, art objects, exhibitions and dialogue with children, youth, seniors, and consumer/survivors of mental health services. Our work looks to the arts and culture as essential to civil life by nurturing inter-dependence between individuals, loosening barriers, and bringing people together.
Home + House is a long duration collaboration between Big Pond Small Fish and two community supportive housing organizations: COTA and Habitat Services. It is funded by the Ontario Arts Council.
Edward Ko will be joining us in the Likely General Gallery in the afternoon of Saturday October 21st for an artist talk.