This past weekend kicked off the 3rd Annual Toronto Design Offsite Festival, with a slew of festivities in the Junction neighborhood. The week long festival is meant to showcase the best and brightest Canadian designers in more than 40 venues located across the city. These include longer-term exhibitions and stand-alone events. The festival runs from January 21st to 27th.
The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is a non-profit, independently focused event that is meant to provide a platform for designers from Toronto and across Canada. The exhibitions and events are intended to engage the public and promote design practices by drawing on the wide variety of creative thinkers and design professionals.
Two examples of the incredible events that are occurring as part of the TO DO include The Happy Show at the Design Exchange, and Full Circle at WORKshop Inc.
The Happy Show, which runs until March 3rd, is located at the Design Exchange on King Street West, nearby the King Edward Residences. This exhibition launches the gallery’s season and is emblematic of their new mandate. The Happy Show features the work of graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, who has attained international renown for his commercial work. Famous names the designer has produced work for include LEVI’s, as well as album covers for the Talking Heads and Rolling Stones.
Through The Happy Show, Sagmeister makes creative use of typography to give visitors a window into his mind, as he explores the psychological boundaries of happiness. The exhibit features the results of ten years’ worth of the designer’s experiments with meditation, cognitive therapy and mood-altering pharmaceuticals.
Full Circle, which runs until March 16th at WORKshop Inc. on Bloor Street, is located very near the One Bedford condominium. This exhibition features the work of a number of artists including Andrew Zerebecky, An Te Liu, Carol Moukheiber, Jimenez Lai, and Lubo Brezina.
Using the concept of “coming full circle” as a point of departure, the exhibition explores the various ways of conceiving of the circle, ranging from shape to mathematical equation. The themes the show explores include those of history, biology, location, relocation, and polarity.
Posted on January 22, 2013.