FASTWÜRMS

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Gryphon statue at the University of Guelph completed in 2014.

FASTWÜRMS is a Canadian artist collective founded in 1979 based in Toronto and Creemore.

History[edit]

Founded in 1979, FASTWÜRMS originally had three members: Kim Kozzi, born Kim Kozolanka in Ottawa, Ontario, 1955, Dai Skuse born David Skuse in Oldham, England, 1955, and Napo B. born Napoleon Brousseau in Ottawa, Ontario, 1950. The collective was employed as security guards at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa prior to moving to Toronto in 1980. In the mid-1980s, Napo B. moved to NYC and formally left the collective in 1991. Kozzi and Skuse have continued to work in Toronto as FASTWÜRMS.[1] They are now based in Toronto and Creemore.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1981 FASTWÜRMS began exhibiting at The Ydessa Gallery in Toronto. They are currently represented by Paul Petro Contemporary.[3]

Kozzi and Skuse have exhibited internationally, taught at the Toronto School of Art and OCAD and are currently Associate Professors of Studio Art in the School of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Guelph.[4]

Themes[edit]

FASTWÜRMS describes the focus of their art as social exchange and relational aesthetics. Their artwork is multidisciplinary, including video, installation, and performance art. It concerns working class aesthetics, queer politics and witch positivity.[5][6][7][8][9]

Work[edit]

Major exhibitions[edit]

FASTWÜRMS' have exhibited at several institutions in Canada and internationally. Recent notable solo exhibitions include #Q33R_WTCH_P155 (2017) at Oakville Galleries in Oakville, Ontario;[10] Unicorn Tip at Rodman Hall Art Centre, Brock University St. Catharines;[11]DONKY@NINJA@WITCH:A Living Retrospectiveat the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto (2007), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver) (2008),[12] and Plug In ICI, Winnipeg (2008).[13]

Public art[edit]

FASTWÜRMS' permanent public art sculptures include Ex Ovo Omnia at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre in Guelph; Woodpecker Column at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre;[14] Monoceros at Liberty Village in Toronto;[5] and a large sculpture of a gryphon at the entrance of University of Guelph.[15]

Woodpecker Column at Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Monoceros[edit]

Monoceros is a public art piece by FASTWÜRMS currently installed in Liberty Village. This piece comes in the form of a giant bronze frog and narwhal tusk/unicorn's horn, a pair called Monoceros. According to FASTWÜRMS the work is "based on the Tetraploid Treefrog (Hyla versicolor) and the took or 'tusk' of the Narwhal (Monodon monoceros). In medieval Europe, rare and valuable Narwhal tusks were accepted as proof positive for the existence of the magical Unicorn. The Unicorn and the Frog are both powerful icons from traditional and popular culture. They promise protection, good health, prosperity and wealth. Invest in natural wealth and the health of Narwhals and Frogs, tryst with reciprocal coexistence, and the Monoceros gyre of good fortune and good luck is yours to share." Monoceros' tusk is 37 feet high, and has a 11-foot diameter 'moon disc'. Along the Narwhal's tusk, a groove filled with crushed stone, detailed polliwogs, and tadpoles develops into frogs swimming upstream through a river of ancient coins, symbolic of health and wealth.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adaptation: Between Species. 231 Queens Way West, Toronto Ontario, M5J2GA, Canada: The Power Plant. 2010. p. 50. ISBN 978-1-894212-30-4. 
  2. ^ "FASTWURMS". V Tape. Retrieved 24 March 2018. 
  3. ^ "FASTWURMS CV". Paul Petro Contemporary. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "FASTWÜRMS -". FASTWÜRMS -. University of Guelph, Ontario. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c White, Craig (December 5, 2013). "Fastwurms Reintroduces Nature Amongst Liberty Village Towers". Urban Toronto. 
  6. ^ Payne, James. "Fastwurms". Beautiful Decay. 
  7. ^ "Fastwurms". contemporaryartgallery.ca. Contemporary Art Gallery. 
  8. ^ Cole, Keith. "Love, Cats, Sex and Text". fabmagazine.com. Fab Magazine. 
  9. ^ 27a. Bienal De São Paulo Guia. Fundação Bienal de São Paulo. ISBN 978-8-585298-28-9. 
  10. ^ "FASTWÜRMS #Q33R_WTCH_P155". Oakville Galleries. Retrieved 24 March 2018. 
  11. ^ "Past Exhibitions". Rodman Hall Art Centre. Retrieved 24 March 2018. 
  12. ^ "FASTWURMS DONKY@NINJA@WITCH". Contemporary Art Gallery. Retrieved 24 March 2018. 
  13. ^ "FASTWURMS". V TAPE. 
  14. ^ "The Metro Toronto Convention Centre's Most #InstagramWorthy Locations". blog.mtccc.com. Retrieved 2018-03-24. 
  15. ^ Kevin. "Gryphon Statue Unveiled at Entrance to University of Guelph | University of Guelph". www.uoguelph.ca. Retrieved 2018-03-24.