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04 Jan 2017
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SUMO at the 2017 Toronto Design Offsite Festival

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SUMO Project is taking its Latin-American background to task by integrating the traditions of weaving and basketry into the design of Leonia Luminaire and Thesis Bench.

Textile art has been part of indigenous practices since precolonial times, assuming an important role in the development of human civilization and culture. Beyond its practical uses, textile art has also incorporated rich designs and colours into its more than 10,000-year evolution. Most of these designs, as many other ornamental practices, were used to embellish the skin, tell stories or represent tribal traditions. The use of vivid colours, for example, has remained as an expression of happiness and of the positive outlook that characterizes Latin-American culture.

A desire to experiment humanizing modern designs with traditional techniques and resources has inspired SUMO Project to create a hybrid that incorporates new materials and technologies with traditional textile art processes. It is a reaction from more than one hundred years of Ornament and Crime where “the evolution of culture marched with the elimination of ornament from useful objects,” and from SUMO Project’s very own experience of inadvertently removing ornament from our designs. This is an opportunity to celebrate cultural background and reconnect with the essential aspects of being human.

For this endeavour SUMO Project invites fellow Latin-American designer and artist Michèle Guevara, to collaborate and partake in this creative process of humanization by hybridization.
January 16-22, 2017
Dylan Ellis Gallery
1840 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON.

Gallery Hours:
9:30am-5:30pm (Weekdays)
10:00am-4:00pm (Weekends)
Window gallery viewing: 24 hours
Opening reception: Thursday, January 19th from 6-9pm

 

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05 Sep 2016
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The Adventures of Mies Van Der Robot and Rockzilla the badass lizard….

Our very own critics are back!!!

stay tuned for more adventures coming to you soon…..

Kindly

SUMO

 

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10 Apr 2016
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Leonia Luminare published this month in Designlines Magazine

“Kate Eisen and Julie Jenkinson’s long-time shrine to mid-century furniture, art and design isn’t strictly about the past. Alongside some of their favourites – vintage ceramic Lotte lamps, Kofod-Larsen lounge chairs and Ben Seibel brass sculptures – you will find Jenkinson’s chunky Blackbones jewellery and sculptures, Leonia pendants from Sumo Project made from disposable beer kegs...” Designlines Magazine

Photo by by Naomy Finlay at Inabstracto

Photo by by Naomy Finlay at Inabstracto

Leonia’s inspiration comes from the desire to give disposable beer kegs a second life as luminaires for a microbrewery. The packaging (also showing in the picture) has also been designed by SUMO project. Re-using, adding, and altering the original container in which the kegs come from the factory to  re-purpose them.

Leonia’s’ is an ode (and a warning) to habitat destruction, climate change, and the destruction caused by economic pressure and greed. It’s a call for change, for mutualistic interactions that results in respect for the earth and each other.

You can find Leonia Luminaire  at INabstracto on Queen West (at Beaconsfield Av), only a limited edition!

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#TODO16


08 Feb 2016
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“Our Critique of Everyday life” @The Artist Project / Feb 18

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Please join us at the Artist Project Opening Night, Feb 18, 7pm-10pm, when we will be showing /performing “Our Critique of Everyday life”

“Our Critique of Everyday life” is an installation of a more than a 100 cardboard houses, cut out from LP covers.
The projects is a critique to homogeneity produced by the modernist urban projects and an observation of the social relations revealed in the production of space. To push the limits of the “artist-as-machine” while maintaining the integrity of the handmade object;
House=Object is repeated until it transcends what it shows.

Capitalist urban space is twofold. It can function as a productive force in terms of industrialization and conversely as mode of ordering and restructuring the everyday life. Homogeneity and fragmentation are the basis of capitalist spaces. Subdivde, parcellize, and pulverize space. Resistance is only possible in lived space, in the appropriation and personalization of the lived space. In our installation, the shape of the house is always the same (order, modernism) and the use of LP covers represents the personalization of the living space, the appropriation, the incorporation of our own personal stories into the space we inhabit.

Our installation will operate in the circle of interaction and interpretations between the artist, the work and the audience. Each house is different and available to the audience to acquire. They are not for sale though, but for ‘trade/exchange’ . The audience will be able to acquire a piece of art in exchange for something else as a form of payments (a pen, a book, a CD, etc). Putting the attention in ‘value’, not ‘price’ and in doing so also propitiating human interaction
A book with a description and image of each house will also register the name of ‘the buyer’ and the object he or she gave in exchange for the art piece. At the end, the book will become the art piece and the deed.

For More information click on the link below:
http://www.theartistproject.com/

Ruth Mora (SUMO Project) with Rachel Delph
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09 Jan 2016
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“Leonia” Opening Reception (Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2016)

Photo by Junwoo Kahng

Photo by Junwoo Kahng

Please Join us for the launch of “Leonia” luminaire as part of Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) 2016. The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (Jan 18-24) takes design out of the
studio and into the city, transforming the city’s downtown into a hub for all things design.

The name “Leonia” was inspired by one of the Invisible Cities from Italo Calvino’s celebrated eponymous novel. Leonia’s inspiration comes from the desire to give disposable beer kegs a second life as luminaires for a microbrewery.
“Leonia” is an ode (and a warning) to habitat destruction, climate change, and the destruction caused by economic pressure and greed. It’s a call for change, for mutualistic interactions that results in respect for the earth and each other.

Reception
Thurs, Jan 21, 2016 | 5-8pm
Location:
INabstracto
1160 Queen Street West

http://sumoproject.com/portfolio/leonia-luminaire/
https://inabstracto.wordpress.com/
http://todesignoffsite.com/event/leonia/

#leonia
#sumoproject
#inabstractomcm
#TODO16


THE STUDIO

SUMO’s practice derives from the belief that “specialization is for insects”, poetry can be found in the prosaic, beauty in the ugly and mundane, playfulness in the utilitarian and, in doing more with the least amount of available resources.



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