A new work by Hazel Meyer being performed at The Bentway

Hazel Meyer, WEEPING CONCRETE (scaffold wall research collage), 2022

June 11 & 12 @4pm

Watch as a trio of performers move across two towering scaffolds under the Gardiner Expressway.

On June 11 and 12 artist Hazel Meyer’s WEEPING CONCRETE will ask us to reflect on the streets as we know them.

Performances are free as part of STREET; The Bentway’s summer of installations, performances, and interchange.

Details @ bentway.ca/weeping-concrete

In a growing city such as Toronto, scaffolds are a ubiquitous feature of the urban environment. WEEPING CONCRETE is a site-specific project for a trio of performers across two towering scaffolds; asking us to reflect on the streets as we know them and imagine what they might be.

“Sistering” is a construction term for the act of placing supports on either side of a beam to add stability. In WEEPING CONCRETE, the three performers, including artist Hazel Meyer, animate this makeshift, temporary architecture as it “sisters” one of the concrete bents holding up the Gardiner Expressway.

Borrowing from activist aesthetics, athletic tropes, and consumer advertising practices; the performers unfurl banners, engage objects, and introduce elements of queer joy in an ongoing conversation with one another, and the audience. Through these actions, WEEPING CONCRETE presents a reflection on intimacy, interdependence, and infrastructure.

Performed by Moe Angelos, Leah Klingbyle, and Hazel Meyer

Commissioned by The Bentway Conservancy.

Hazel Meyer photo by Cait McKinney

Hazel Meyer
Hazel Meyer is an artist who works with installation, performance, and text to investigate the relationships between sexuality, feminism, and material culture. Her work recovers the queer aesthetics, politics, and bodies often effaced within histories of infrastructure, athletics, and illness.

Recent activations of her work have taken place at La Ferme du Buisson (FR), Glasgow International Art Biennial (SCT), Dunlop Art Gallery (CA), Progress Festival (CA), Porn Film Festival Berlin (DE), and Contemporary Copenhagen (DK). Hazel presently lives and works on the stolen and unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

The Bentway
The Bentway works to ignite the urban imagination, using the city as site, subject, and canvas. Anchored under Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway and guiding its complex future, The Bentway is a not-for-profit powered by vital partnerships with the City of Toronto, artists, neighbours, supporters, and other city-builders who believe in the possibilities of public space.

Since Phase 1 of The Bentway – under the Gardiner from Strachan Ave to Fort York Blvd – opened in 2018, it has proven to be both a vital backyard park, a cultural platform for artist experimentation, and a growing creative movement. In partnership with the City of Toronto, The Bentway is creating a network of public spaces, developing a cohesive vision for wayfinding and reconnecting the waterfront to the downtown core. We’re @TheBentway on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

STREET
This summer, The Bentway invites you to see the streets of Toronto anew. Through a series of free art installations, performances, workshops, public conversations, and community celebrations, we ask: How can we learn from, and take to, the street? What do we borrow from these spaces, and what do we offer back to them? How do we capture this collective moment to re-imagine our streets as public spaces for all? Come join us at street level for STREET: A summer of public art featuring installations, performance, and interchange. #MeetTheStreet #TOBentway

The Bentway is an accessible, outdoor venue, sheltered under the Gardiner Expressway at 250 Fort York Blvd. There are accessible washrooms and wide pathways onsite as well as accessible parking nearby. Contact us via hello@thebentway.ca or 416-304-0222.