Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Brothers Dressler: Ash Out of Quarantine

Following a recent exhibition in the project window at Harbourfront Centre's York Quay Gallery, the Brothers Dressler's latest project, Ash Out of Quarantine - Tumbling Ash, New Growth is now on view at the Junction's ARTiculations, as a part of Toronto Design Offsite, Junction Kick-off Week.
Here is a link to a recent interview with the Brothers Dressler in Toronto Standard, be sure to check out their upcoming show the Brothers Dressler: 10 Years and Beyond, hosted at their studio @ 225 Sterling Rd. Unit 16 - Jan 23rd - 27th, 2013.
Here is some more info about Ash Out of Quarantine, and some images from the opening which happened at ARTiculations this past saturday...

Ash Out of Quarantine - Tumbling Ash, New Growth
@ ARTiculations, 2928 Dundas St. W.

Saturday Jan. 19th - Feb.17th, 2013
Opening Reception: Sat. Jan. 19th, 6-9pm

Toronto is in the midst of a foreign invasion. Close to a million ash trees will wall over the next five years due to this invader. A stowaway of globalization, the emerald ash borer beetle traveled to North America in a shipping container over a decade ago and has since left a path of destruction across numerous states and provinces. With little that can be done to stem the inevitable elimination of every ash tree, focus must be put on what to do with the carnage. Brothers Dressler are embarking on a journey to bring the potential of ash to the public eye. We are focusing on much of our new work on bringing Ash out of Quarantine. 

Tumbling Ash is a first step to promote the use of this material and its properties. A cascade of branching limbs tumble down the wall cradling budding fruit of hand-blown gloves softly lit with LEDs. Using our branches system comprised of steam bent wood components with nodal connections as a starting point this piece is meant to evoke thought about material use and an awareness of resource life cycles. Mixed with the ash parts are some elm from a Toronto tree lost to Dutch Elm disease and walnut sap wood which is usually discarded in the milling process. This modular system of assembled parts can continually evolve and expand as will our awareness of the materials and resources that surround us and their limited nature.

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