Greasing the Glue and Gluing the Grease


by Darren O'Donnell

from The New Quartlery, issue 101, winter 2007
"What does it take for kids - especially kids in immigrant families to have a real sense of belonging in their neighbourhood? How can kids gain a sense of ownership when every day they pass galleries, high-end shops, restaurants and theatres that represent another world? Ask Darren O'Donnell, because that's exactly what he's trying to do in Toronto's Parkdale district, through playful interventions - like kids cutting hair - that challenge stodgy notions of art and artistic practice. O'Donnell uses his essay to further ideas about artists as "social impresarios" who can effect radical change in how all of us live, work and play."

Read: Greasing the Glue and Gluing the Grease