LAYNE HINTON | SITE LINES
Curated by Sagan Editions as part of Toronto Art Book Week
Thursday, June 1st - Sunday June 18th
Reception Date | Saturday, June 17th, 2 5pm
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Layne Hinton thinks about the future. She even titled the experimental transformative art festival she co-directed last year ‘in/future’ which exhibited 100 artists and performers from multiple arts disciplines at Ontario Place in Toronto. Since 2010, when we were both in art school together, Layne has worked as a co-curator of Art Spin, the team behind ‘in/future’ who facilitate mobile art experiences that take hundreds of cyclists on tours of art in unexpected places throughout the city. Hinton’s integration of alternative spaces, those spaces whose identities are fragile and are subject to changes through time, into the art world are at the heart of her curatorial practice. She’s a master at organizing exhibitions in abandoned or soon-to-be demolished spaces and selects artists who make work in response to the site. These exhibitions often explore ideas around infrastructure in Toronto, public space and urban densification.
Alongside this curatorial work Hinton has a dedicated studio practice, where she imagines alternative spaces and structures through drawing, collage, printmaking and sculpture. By continuously rearranging made and found objects in her studio, she explores new relationships between forms. These stacked assemblages reflect the temporary nature of her curatorial work with Art Spin, and often resemble cityscapes. Hinton’s mesh sculptures and geometric prints use frameworks of triangles, polygons and cubes while drawings of scaffolding and peculiar houses line her sketchbook. The analog projectors she builds examine how light and shadow play with space. Through a multidisciplinary approach, Hinton’s work reads as forward-looking blueprints of an imagined city - with spaces she dreams of taking over and transforming through creative activations.
Until recently, Hinton has regarded her work as a curator and that as an artist as separate pursuits. Through our conversations the direct relationship between them has become clear - Hinton focuses on and interrogates the future of city building, and art’s place within it.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Based in Toronto, Layne Hinton is a multi-disciplinary artist and independent curator. Her work often explores light and shadow, collections and multiples, and architectural forms through analog projection, sculpture, video, drawing and printmaking. Continuing her exploration of space, Hinton co-curates site-specific work as a member of Art Spin, a not-for-profit organization that presents unique, site-responsive projects in alternative and underutilized public spaces.
Hinton holds a BFA from OCAD University in Integrated Media, with a minor in Printmaking. She has received awards including the InterAccess Prize, OCADU Printmaking Award and OCADU Faculty Film/Video Scholarship. Hinton's work has been shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario, YYZ Artist's Outlet, O'Born Contemporary, InterAccess Electronic and Media Arts Centre, the Lower Gallery at University of Buffalo SUNY, Mono No Aware NYC, L'École des Beaux Arts Paris and the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg Russia.