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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

 

#todo17
#sumoproject
#micheleguevarastudio
#dylanellisgallery


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!

#leonia
#sumoproject
#inabstractomcm
#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


18 Oct 2015
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ARTISTS FOR REFUGEES – Exhibit / Fundraiser /Oct 24th /1:00-7:00pm

Artist for Refugees
SUMO Project is very happy to be co-hosting (along with photographer and friend Bob Gaudette) an exhibition / fund raiser event in support of the relocation of Syrian refugees to Toronto.

All proceeds to be donated to Lifeline Syria – Life in Syria
Lifeline Syria will recruit, train and assist sponsor groups to welcome and support 1,000 Syrian refugees coming to Canada as permanent immigrants to resettle in the GTA over the next two years.
 
The event is FREE but RSVP is required to attend 
 
WHEN
Saturday, 24 October 2015 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT) 
WHERE
Studio 223A – 223A Augusta Avenue Toronto, ON M5T 2L4 CA
 
More information and updates on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/artists4refugeesevent
 
Hope to see you there!
 
SUMO Project
(Gaston Soucy + Ruth Mora)
 
Thank you to:
Studio 223a;
Kensington Brewing Company;
and
Participating artists for their generous donations
 

07 Jun 2015
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” A dawn for Leonia” featured at TODO Festival

TODO poster with  Leonia

Today was the last day to see ” A Dawn for Leonia” at the Harbourfont Centre, but Leonia keeps on giving….and its currently portrayed

at the Toronto Design Offsite (TODO) Festival .

for 2016….Leonia  and is going to go to be re-launched very soon!

To see a video of Leonia Luminaire click here

Check what’s new for  TODO next year

http://todesignoffsite.com/

and stay tuned!!!


03 May 2015
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Good things are brewing…

SUMO upcoming events

and SUMO is getting ready…

@Studio 223a:

May 8th at 22:00

https://www.facebook.com/events/832884006748454/

May 29 at 21:00

http://www.spatialbreakbeatresearch.com/

more coming up:Leonia Lamp…Biotopia…new silkscreens….stay tuned!


15 Mar 2015
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Leonia Seat /Raft in Progress

Devon Little pic of Maya Amoha

Devon Little pic of Maya Amoah

A Picture by Devon Little showing SUMO’s work in progress.

An exploration of a seat/raft made with recycle beer kegs, as part o Leonia’s Lamp design line and exhibit. Model: Maya Amoah

 

See:

“A Dawn for Leonia ” ” installation for ‘Rewild: Architecture Defines a New Landscape”

On the view until June 7, 2015

Where: 235 Queens Quay W. Hours:Tue, Wed: Noon-6pmFri-Sun: Noon-6pmThu: Noon-8pmMondays: Closed except civic holidays“A DAWN FOR LEONIA”Based on the Italo Calvino’s story below:

“The city of Leonia refashions itself every day: every morning the people wake between fresh sheets, wash with just-unwrapped cakes of soap, wear brand-new clothing, take from the latest model refrigerator still unopened tins, listening to the last-minute jingles from the most up-to-date radio.
On the sidewalks, encased in spotless plastic bags, the remains of yesterday’s Leonia await the garbage truck. Not only squeezed tubes of toothpaste, blown-out light bulbs, newspapers, containers, wrappings, but also boilers, encyclopedias, pianos, porcelain dinner services.

It is not so much by the things that each day are manufactured, sold, bought, that you can measure Leonia’s opulence, but rather by the things that each day are thrown out to make room for the new.

So you begin to wonder if Leonia’s true passion is really , as they say, the enjoyment of new things, and not, instead, the joy of expelling, discarding, cleansing itself of a recurrent impurity. The fact is that street cleaners are welcomed like angels.”― Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

We imagine a dystopian future – a world in which all natural resources have been depleted by the rampant manufacturing and waste production of centuries of industrialization.

 " A Dawn or Leonia"

In such a future, exhausted of raw materials, there is no production of plastic, metals, fuel, industrial chemicals or pharmaceuticals. Much of the population survives on re-processed objects, found objects and hybrids made from both.

 

Memories are also constructs. For many, sunny skies, rain forests, wild animals and sunsets are only known through descriptions from the elders who can still remember them.

 

Based on Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities (1972), A Dawn for Leonia is an interpretation of a potential future where sunrises are no longer.

 

http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/visualarts/2015/architecture-exhibition-winter-spring-2015/

“A Dawn for Leonia” is part of Toronto Design Offsite Festiva (TO DO)

http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/visualarts/2015/a-dawn-for-leonia/


14 Jan 2015
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‘ A Dawn for Leonia’ installation for “REWILD: Architecture Defines a New Landscape”

Opening Reception: Jan 23 / 6-10 pm

Exhibit: January 24 – June 7, 2015

Where: 235 Queens Quay W. Hours:

Tue, Wed: Noon-6pm

Fri-Sun: Noon-6pm

Thu: Noon-8pm

Mondays: Closed except civic holidays

 

“A DAWN FOR LEONIA”

We imagine a dystopian future – a world in which all natural resources have been depleted by the rampant manufacturing and waste production of centuries of industrialization.

 " A Dawn or Leonia"

In such a future, exhausted of raw materials, there is no production of plastic, metals, fuel, industrial chemicals or pharmaceuticals. Much of the population survives on re-processed objects, found objects and hybrids made from both.

 

Memories are also constructs. For many, sunny skies, rain forests, wild animals and sunsets are only known through descriptions from the elders who can still remember them.

 

Based on Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities (1972), A Dawn for Leonia is an interpretation of a potential future where sunrises are no longer.

 

http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/visualarts/2015/architecture-exhibition-winter-spring-2015/

“A Dawn for Leonia” is part of Toronto Design Offsite Festiva (TO DO)

http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/visualarts/2015/a-dawn-for-leonia/