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Curated by Marlee Choo
January 18 – June 23, 2019
As a Cavetto stages in a hidden hallway an interview between ornament and architecture, interior design and introspection. Shaun Peter Mallonga’s installation orchestrates the vernacular of ceramic history and surface design to revisit his own postcolonial trauma: prescriptive Catholic baptism, internalized heteronormativity, and the stigmatization of hysteria. Mallonga takes up the myth of the sad, queer, loser and spins an architectural narrative around this archetype.
To this end, Mallonga reanimates the Cavetto, an estranged artefact of classical architecture. This formal framing – secondhand, removed – allows irony to play upon the fictions illustrated and sculpted upon the walls. Mallonga creates a fictional backdrop satirizing his own hope for a utopic safe space – coveting empathy, but allowing for a melancholic skepticisim.
This exhibition is part of the DesignTO Festival (January 18-27, 2019).
Shaun Peter Mallonga is a Vancouver-based visual artist working primarily in ceramics, drawing and performance. Mallonga produces both domestic wares and architectural interventions to challenge hierarchic ideas. He is occupied by themes of melancholy, awkwardness, sacredness, normalcy, invisibility and the grotesque. Wholeheartedly, he hopes to create empathic architectural spaces devoted to high and low conversations.
Mallonga holds a diploma from the Langara College Fine Arts program (2014) in Vancouver, BC, and received his Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art + Design (2017) in Calgary, Alberta. He was accepted as an Artist-in-Residence (Ceramics) at Harbourfront Centre in 2018. As a Cavetto is his first solo exhibition in Toronto.