Ha ha wall, an installation by Erika Verhagen, on display through February 20th at Xpace Cultural Centre in Toronto

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Erika Verhagen, Ha ha wall, 2020. Photo by Polina Teif

 

2018 VCS alumna Erika Verhagen’s new installation Ha ha wall is now on display at Xpace Cultural Centre in Toronto, and will remain on view through February 20th. Here’s a description of the piece from the Xpace website, along with four images by the gallery’s photographer, Polina Teif. The site also features several more views of the installation, as well as an essay about it by artist and curator Lucy Pauker.

 

Erika Verhagen, Ha ha wall, 2020. Photo by Polina Teif

 

Erika Verhagen, Ha ha wall

January 17 – February 22, 2020

A glass, knocked off your bedside table falls onto your hardwoods and your downstairs neighbour retaliates with a broom handle to his ceiling. The glass falls onto your area rug and you pick out the pieces by hand for an hour.

Named for the 18th century wall, designed to both preserve the sightline of pastoral farmland and to minimize the interruption of unwanted visitors, Ha ha wall is an installation that explores the tactile and sonic experience of living spaces through rug-making. Your rug hushes your anxious pacing footsteps, a quiet conversation through a door with a roommate. It preserves the cherished silence of your living space, minimizes the unwanted intrusions of the outside world.

Ha ha wall is presented as part of DesignTO 2020.

 

Erika Verhagen, Ha ha wall, 2020. Photo by Polina Teif

 

Erika Verhagen, Ha ha wall, 2020. Photo by Polina Teif

Visual & Critical Studies