Ever go walking on the beach on a sunny day and as you make your way, the landscape fades away until aren’t sure what’s land and what is water? That’s the point of Toronto artists Dionisios Vriniotis, Rob Shostak, Dakota Wares-Tani, and Julie Forand Winter Station’s submission, BuoyBuoyBuoy.
BuoyBuoyBuoy is made up of interlocking ellipses that fit together in a way that reminds me of the tinker toys I played with as a child. Each ellipse was made up of one of three different materials: opaque white, silver reflective, or transparent. The pieces are joined together seemingly at random to enclose the lifeguard station. The result is, from a distance, all you see is an amorphous blob that fades into the sand of the beach. The piece coalesces into a more solid structure with shape and function becoming apparent the closer you get.
It’s the transition between two states, indistinct and defined, that the artists want visitors to consider when viewing BuoyBuoyBuoy. How does a concept go from theoretical and abstract to objective and concrete? What is the process? And how does that process change depending on perspective and experience? It makes for an interesting intellectual exercise.
This was a great interactive installation for the kids, letting them climb all over the structure as well as play peek-a-boo over the top and through the transparent components. As an added bonus, parts of the structure will be donated to various schools and community centres to be reconfigured into their own playthings, to suit their individual needs. Some individual pieces will be donated to those who helped fund the creation of the installation. These bequests on the part of Vriniotis, Shostak, Wares-Tani, and Forand will ensure that for those involved in erecting the piece, the memory of BuoyBuoyBuoy will remain solid and won’t fade away into the landscape of memory.
Winter Stations runs from February 20th to March 27th, 2017. Follow the boardwalk east starting at Woodbine beach.
The title for this piece is from the Indigo Girls’ song The Fleet of Hope off their 2009 album, Poseidon and the Bitter Bug.