Installation view of Labspace Studio's Passage. Harbourfront Centre. Photography: Tom Bilenkey.


Labspace Studio

June 21–September 14, 2014



Passage is a collection of projects that respond to the challenges we face connecting to our lakefront in an increasingly urbanized landscape. Embracing the canoe as a cultural and historic icon for exploration, these projects suggest a call to action — a fierce reclamation and reconnection to Toronto’s waterfront and waterways.

Cross sections of a canoe are scattered and divided, immovable and sunken into a concrete scene, mirroring the state of Toronto’s historic portage route that once connected Lake Ontario with the northern Great Lakes.

Lake This Way
Did you know that Toronto has a lake?! Installed in unlikely locations, these functional-yet-quirky signs aim to raise the level of waterfront consciousness among Torontonians.

Canoe Picnic Party
June 20, 8:00-10:00pm
Natrel Pond, Free

Join us in the spirit of community and canoe culture as we celebrate our connection to the waterfront over a slightly absurd canoe picnic party on the Natrel Pond.


John Loerchner and Laura Mendes have been collaborating for nearly eight years under the Labspace Studio banner. Both are graduates of the University of Toronto’s Visual and Performing Arts Department.

Their art projects and curatorial initiatives are often site-specific and participatory in nature, blurring the lines between art and life, incorporating elements of performance, installation, multimedia and user-generated content.

Projects in 2014 include commissions for The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair, Art of the Danforth, Art in Transit, Harbourfront Centre, No.9 Contemporary Art & The Environment, Art Souterrain and Nuit Blanche (Toronto and Montreal). Their work has received national and international media coverage.

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