A Collection of City Thoughts

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Main Squared festival

I'm excited to be co-curating this festival in my neighbourhood with a talented group of artists.

Main Squared is a 9-day arts and community festival that will activate and explore the public square at the corner of Main Street and Danforth Avenue in Toronto from August 26 – September 3, 2017.

Drawing inspiration and insight from historical “public squares” while tapping into community aspirations, the festival invites residents, community members, and the general public to reimagine the square as a space for social engagement, discourse, and civic activism.

Artists: kipjones, Paul Chartrand, Ernestine Aying & Ryan Phyper, Emily DiCarlo, Aaron Hendershott, Emily Harrison & Tara Dorey, TIMEANDDESIRE, Erika James, DJ Mini, Sean Smith, Kanchan Quinlan, and Vivian Wong.

Presented by East End Arts
Contemporary art projects are curated by Labspace Studio.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Cutlery Canopy

Latest work: Cutlery Canopy (2017). Made of recycled wooden pallets and 20,000 disposable plastic spoons. Commissioned by Brookfield Property Partners for Earth Week. On display from April 17-28, 2017 at First Canadian Place and Exchange Tower in Toronto. Click here for full gallery

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Sculpting New Reads at Toronto Reference Library

I'm excited to be re-mounting this special exhibition at the Toronto Reference Library. Sculpting New Reads runs from Jan 28 - Apr 22, 2017. For full details click here.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Between Doors at Nuit Blanche Brussels

We've had the privilege of presenting this interactive installation of ours in Canada, the USA, and most recently in Brussels, Belgium. I'm continually amazed by how much this project resonates with people. In Brussels we had over 1500 participants throughout the night. Between Doors was installed in front of the European Parliament Building. It was presented by Nuit Blanche Brussels this past October.

in/future festival

I'm not the greatest at keeping this little site of mine up to date. Please follow @LabspaceStudio on Twitter or @Labspace on Instagram or on Facebook to get up to date news on all of our projects. Below are some pics of our latest version of "Passage" that was installed at Ontario Place this past Summer for the in/future festival.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Upcoming: in/future

“John Loerchner and Laura Mendes of Labspace Studio continue their practice of sustainable art-making by repurposing old canoes through a unique installation on the silos that were first built to house an ‘Ontario North’ exhibit.”

A Festival of Art & Music
Sep 15 – 25, Ontario Place, West Island
Presented by Art Spin in partnership with Small World Music

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


I'm really excited to be back for a third year to curate the annual contemporary art program for the The Word On The Street Toronto - Canada's largest book & magazine festival.

Held on the grounds of the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Sculpting New Reads brings together Canadian artists and authors to explore how books can inspire new ways of thinking, creating and innovating.

This year we're opening the program up to local applicants. If you're a Toronto-based installation artist and interested in applying or learning more, click here for full details. Deadline to apply is June 27, 2016.