Derek Liddington

MINI GOLF – a social practice:  H#6

Derek Liddington: The moment prior to the execution of Anthony Caro framed by the setting sun. Oh, how romantic.

Within the orange breach of the sun on the landscape lies a stoppage of time; a simultaneous beginning and end, rise and set, good and evil. The work presents a colorful forray, that upon first glance seems as though it is in celebration of artist Anthony Caro. However, as you hit golf balls off the back of a pickup truck towards the helpless sculpture, its abstracted appendages up high in an effort of surrender and mediation, you realize that you are in fact partaking in an act of violence. The sculpture, that was once a monument to modernist believes, bleeds with the graphite marks from your innocent golf ball. The scenario, upon closer inspection is not dissimilar from Fransisco Goya’s The Executions of theThird of May 1808. You have taken part in your own moment of rebellion; confusion, conflict, violence, struggle…..success? The sun is setting. How romantic. Long live the revolution.

Playing Tips:

  • This is a par-4 hole
  • This is an extreme golf experience.
  • Get ready for a forceful swing, the tee-off is on the back of the pickup trucks!
  • There are also tee-off points in the sand pits in front of the trucks.
  • If you brought your own golf clubs, you may want to pull out your Chipper for this hole.

Derek Liddington works and lives in Toronto. He obtained his MFA from the University of Western Ontario and BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Liddington’s work has been exhibited in numerous public settings, most recently at the opening night of Art Toronto 2011 where he staged Dandy Gangs. In 2010, Liddington staged Allegory for an Opera as part of Nuit Blanche. He had his first solo show, titled Coupe de Grace, at Clark and Faria Gallery in 2010. Liddington’s work has also been exhibited in group shows, most recently in Meet us on the Commons, curated by Elizabeth Underhill for the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Derek has received project support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and the London Community Foundation. In 2011, Derek Liddington was shortlisted for the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist Prize.
www.derekliddington.com

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ARCH 425: Team Peter Walker

6×6 is 1 of 11 installations by Associate Professor Elise Shelley’s ARCH 425 students. ARCH 425 is a 4th year course at Waterloo Architecture that investigates the modern designed landscape in connection with nature, social issues, and environmentalism.

Location: rare Charitable Research ReserveSite 11

Group Members:

1 Fish Zachary
2 Gray Braden
3 Kim Sung-Jun Mark
4 Moghaddam Matin
5 Wenzel Stephen

6×6

Emerging from the tall grass the teasel plant stands proud. Originally imported from Europe for widespread use in the textile industry this non-native species is now considered invasive. 6 x 6 embodies this idea of human induced invasion, imposing the order of the city into nature, a grid of columns juxtaposed with the natural landscape. Each post is a minimalist interpretation of the biannual teasel, investigating the cyclical changes of form, collecting solar energy during the day and glowing each night. The uniform grid reinforces the rolling topography while the lights illuminate the landscape at night, acting as a beacon for the Common Ground installations at RARE, to all the cars that pass by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographs Provided by the Artists courtesy of Waterloo Architecture.
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