Toronto! The Super Trash Show this Friday!
Toronto-based Curator/Artist Christian Aldo is no stranger to high-concept exhibitions (he’s also the subject of an NFB series HERE), and for his latest show he vows to erect an actual trailer park in the gallery as he celebrates trash-culture in all its forms.
Kicking off with an opening/vernissage this coming Friday March 29th, Aldo’s vision of “re-interpenetrating and glamorizing what our culture deems to be so-called ‘LOWBROW, TRASH CULTURE'”, will feature the work of over 60 contributing artists inspired by:
*TRAILER PARKS, WALL MART and SKID-ROW TRASH CULTURE!
*DRUGS, PIMPS & HOOKERS!
*JUNK FOOD, CHEEZ WIZ and BAD TV!
*CRIMINALS, BIKER GANGS and SERIAL KILLERS!
*70’s LAWN CHAIRS, PINK FLAMINGOS and BAD DECORATING!
*TELEVANGELISTS, REDNECKS and MONSTER TRUCKS!
*ANYTHING JOHN WATERS!
Aldo’s show is immediately set up as antithetical to conventional concepts of gallery culture, and while its logline is deliberately provocative, before you scream “hipster irony” it should be pointed out that Aldo hails from Windsor, Ontario, which – for anyone from there, like me – would be ’nuff said. Windsor is a grim place to be in an economic crisis, despite a tighty-knit arts community; once the epicentre of motor-city music culture (it was actually a Windsor radio station that broke the MC5, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and KISS), Windsor has been hit hard since the late 80s. Now Windsor and Detroit straddle the river like two desolate shells in an apocalyptic face-off. Which is all to say that Aldo’s appreciation of white trash culture is likely coming from a real, and very empathetic place. (he’s also a longtime horror fan who made his own zombie movies as a kid).
You can read all about this event and more at the Super Wonder Gallery website here: http://www.superwondergallery.com/
THE SUPER TRASH SHOW
Friday March 29th, 2013
Super Wonder Gallery
99 Sudbury St, Toronto Canada