If BuoyBuoyBuoy was all about the transition from abstract to concrete, The Illusory is about meeting and preserving an illusion.
Located on Kew Beach, this is the second of three faculty installations included in this years’ Winter Station exhibit. Created as a collaboration between the Humber College’s School of Media Studies & IT and the School of Applied Technology, The Illusory reminds me of a labyrinth. As you walk along a labyrinth’s path, you are meant to enter into an almost meditative state, focusing exclusively on the next step until you reach the middle. This installation works much the same way, drawing you along to the center of the installation, where you will encounter a distorted reflection of yourself. At that point, you are meant to stop and evaluate what is real and what is illusion, then move forward, not only from the point of introspection but also through the installation.
I found The Illusory to be the most polished and well realized of all the works included in this year’s Winter Stations. It’s hard to pin down what exactly it was. Because of its reflective nature, you never really get a good idea of what the structure is. As you get closer, you have to work at reconciling its actual physicality with what you had in your mind’s eye from your first impression. And even then, it’s hard to maintain that image in your mind’s eye. Any shift in the light, or in the crowd, and the piece appears to change conformation. The Illusory truly captures the spirit of this year’s event, that being CATALYST, in this case, the change from illusion to reality and back again.
Winter Stations runs from February 20th to March 27th, 2017. Follow the boardwalk east starting at Woodbine beach.