Why I love Toronto Reason #256
When I did my series Why I Love Toronto Because of Nuit Blanche I had forgotten to include this amazing little shop in Toronto’s Distillery District. The only reason I was reminded of it was because of an article I read in the Grid last week. Now I went to this studio today and to take some pictures of the art because Cube Works actually encourages patrons to take pictures in their gallery.
Now many of us see the Rubik’s Cube as both easy and complicated. It can be frustrating trying to match all the colours on each side of the cube and it could take days or weeks for you to actually finish it. Many of us also only see spools of thread as something you sew with and old records as just sitting around collecting dust (unless you have a record player). At Cube Works these things are seen as the materials needed to make an amazing art masterpiece. Now the website also notes that dice, Lego and crayons are also used to make its art pieces.
When you first walk into the shop you are greeted by a bunch of ceramic pieces that look like they have stepped out of the world of Alice and Wonderland. Then you see the art. A huge portrait of Marilyn hangs above the cash completely made from spools. There is also a big Kraft Dinner box (no clue what it’s made of for I didn’t get close enough) that is right on the wall behind Miss Monroe. There is also a second floor, which as you walk of the stairs can see a bunch of Pac Man ghosts ascending up (Rubik cubes art) and a Pac Man at the top of the stairs running away from them. There is a big Rubik Cube piece of Tweetie bird and what I assumed to be Mao. When you get to the gallery on the second floor there is a piece made with records and one of Upasana and mines favorite – Mona Kitty. There were other cool pieces that the gallery had which include a mixed media piece of Marilyn and Rebel Without a Cause James Dean. Cube Works has also made the Guinness Book of World Records for its 2009 piece of the Last Supper which was made of over 4,050 Rubik’s Cubes.
When you’re in the Distillery District I highly recommend you check out this place – this is art and it is amazing, original and insane! I don’t think anyone would have the patience to solve or work a Rubik’s Cube to make a huge masterpiece like the ones on display here. This truly amazing and unique gallery/ store is
Why I Love Toronto.