Items lost in transit make up The Things We Lose art exhibit for the TTC

News Aug 14, 2014 by Rahul Gupta City Centre Mirror

An upcoming art exhibition for the TTC examines the bonds people form with the objects or people they’ve lost while in transit.

When it’s unveiled this fall, Labspace Studio’s new project The Things We Lose will feature real individuals who have lost something or someone dear while on the move. The project will have two components: specially-made lost-and-found posters to be displayed in various TTC subway stations and a series of video portraits, or short interviews to be shown on subway platform video screens every 10 minutes for the entire month of October.

“We’re giving people the opportunity to reconnect or pay tribute to long-lost item or person,” said Laura Mendes, who is working on the project along with fellow Labspace co-director John Loerchner.

The studio is accepting written submissions until Wednesday, Aug. 20 for those who want to take part in the project. Mendes said members of the public can submit lost items via email, detailing why it’s of significance to them which could then be featured as part of the project.

“Everyone has some kind of interesting story or experience where they’ve lost something, whether on the TTC or rushing around in their everyday life,” she said.

Mendes got the idea for the project after years of losing things, most traumatically a laptop left in a taxicab, which contained photographs, essays, all of her ideas and work from the last seven years.

Feeling heartbroken for a time, she eventually realized the loss was actually an opportunity to start fresh.

“It was actually a feeling of relief,” she said. “That feeling of letting go of the past and moving on is something we want to carry forward in this project.”

For months now, she and Loerchner have scoured online classified listings to uncover stories to include in the project.

Among their findings, a 78-year-old man living in St. Louis, Missouri searching for a woman from his youth spent in Toronto, “Gladys” who he had last seen back in 1969.

“He only has an old photograph of Gladys,” said Mendes. “He’s an old man now and he can’t get her out of his mind. She’s someone he’s never forgotten.”

Some other individuals already interviewed for the project by Mendes and Loerchner include a musician, who recently lost his guitar – as well as the songbook he had used for the last 15 years to write down his original compositions – and a young fine arts student who forgot on a GO train a drawing she had painstakingly worked on for three months.

“A lot of these stories are very intimate and personal,” said Mendes. “I love the idea of making these stories available to people riding the TTC, sharing these private stories of loss with strangers.”

Mendes said while she hopes the project can help to locate misplaced possessions, the deeper intent of The Things We Lose is to help people come to term with their losses.

This is the third art project prepared by Labspace for the Art in Transit series, which is organized by the advertising company Pattison Onestop.

Previous subway art offerings by the studio have featured mobile confession booths and advice given by children and seniors on how to be happy.

Mendes said the TTC has served as a perfect backdrop for the studio’s goal of creating art with universal themes everyday people can relate to.

“We want to create art that is accessible and gets people to reflect on their own lives while they’re standing there waiting for the subway,” she said.

To send a submission to The Things We Lose, email your story as well as an image of the lost object to info@labspacestudio.com

For more information about the project visit www.thethingswelose.com

Items lost in transit make up The Things We Lose art exhibit for the TTC

Lost items and their meaning examined; public submissions sought

News Aug 14, 2014 by Rahul Gupta City Centre Mirror

An upcoming art exhibition for the TTC examines the bonds people form with the objects or people they’ve lost while in transit.

When it’s unveiled this fall, Labspace Studio’s new project The Things We Lose will feature real individuals who have lost something or someone dear while on the move. The project will have two components: specially-made lost-and-found posters to be displayed in various TTC subway stations and a series of video portraits, or short interviews to be shown on subway platform video screens every 10 minutes for the entire month of October.

“We’re giving people the opportunity to reconnect or pay tribute to long-lost item or person,” said Laura Mendes, who is working on the project along with fellow Labspace co-director John Loerchner.

The studio is accepting written submissions until Wednesday, Aug. 20 for those who want to take part in the project. Mendes said members of the public can submit lost items via email, detailing why it’s of significance to them which could then be featured as part of the project.

“Everyone has some kind of interesting story or experience where they’ve lost something, whether on the TTC or rushing around in their everyday life,” she said.

Mendes got the idea for the project after years of losing things, most traumatically a laptop left in a taxicab, which contained photographs, essays, all of her ideas and work from the last seven years.

Feeling heartbroken for a time, she eventually realized the loss was actually an opportunity to start fresh.

“It was actually a feeling of relief,” she said. “That feeling of letting go of the past and moving on is something we want to carry forward in this project.”

For months now, she and Loerchner have scoured online classified listings to uncover stories to include in the project.

Among their findings, a 78-year-old man living in St. Louis, Missouri searching for a woman from his youth spent in Toronto, “Gladys” who he had last seen back in 1969.

“He only has an old photograph of Gladys,” said Mendes. “He’s an old man now and he can’t get her out of his mind. She’s someone he’s never forgotten.”

Some other individuals already interviewed for the project by Mendes and Loerchner include a musician, who recently lost his guitar – as well as the songbook he had used for the last 15 years to write down his original compositions – and a young fine arts student who forgot on a GO train a drawing she had painstakingly worked on for three months.

“A lot of these stories are very intimate and personal,” said Mendes. “I love the idea of making these stories available to people riding the TTC, sharing these private stories of loss with strangers.”

Mendes said while she hopes the project can help to locate misplaced possessions, the deeper intent of The Things We Lose is to help people come to term with their losses.

This is the third art project prepared by Labspace for the Art in Transit series, which is organized by the advertising company Pattison Onestop.

Previous subway art offerings by the studio have featured mobile confession booths and advice given by children and seniors on how to be happy.

Mendes said the TTC has served as a perfect backdrop for the studio’s goal of creating art with universal themes everyday people can relate to.

“We want to create art that is accessible and gets people to reflect on their own lives while they’re standing there waiting for the subway,” she said.

To send a submission to The Things We Lose, email your story as well as an image of the lost object to info@labspacestudio.com

For more information about the project visit www.thethingswelose.com

Items lost in transit make up The Things We Lose art exhibit for the TTC

Lost items and their meaning examined; public submissions sought

News Aug 14, 2014 by Rahul Gupta City Centre Mirror

An upcoming art exhibition for the TTC examines the bonds people form with the objects or people they’ve lost while in transit.

When it’s unveiled this fall, Labspace Studio’s new project The Things We Lose will feature real individuals who have lost something or someone dear while on the move. The project will have two components: specially-made lost-and-found posters to be displayed in various TTC subway stations and a series of video portraits, or short interviews to be shown on subway platform video screens every 10 minutes for the entire month of October.

“We’re giving people the opportunity to reconnect or pay tribute to long-lost item or person,” said Laura Mendes, who is working on the project along with fellow Labspace co-director John Loerchner.

The studio is accepting written submissions until Wednesday, Aug. 20 for those who want to take part in the project. Mendes said members of the public can submit lost items via email, detailing why it’s of significance to them which could then be featured as part of the project.

“Everyone has some kind of interesting story or experience where they’ve lost something, whether on the TTC or rushing around in their everyday life,” she said.

Mendes got the idea for the project after years of losing things, most traumatically a laptop left in a taxicab, which contained photographs, essays, all of her ideas and work from the last seven years.

Feeling heartbroken for a time, she eventually realized the loss was actually an opportunity to start fresh.

“It was actually a feeling of relief,” she said. “That feeling of letting go of the past and moving on is something we want to carry forward in this project.”

For months now, she and Loerchner have scoured online classified listings to uncover stories to include in the project.

Among their findings, a 78-year-old man living in St. Louis, Missouri searching for a woman from his youth spent in Toronto, “Gladys” who he had last seen back in 1969.

“He only has an old photograph of Gladys,” said Mendes. “He’s an old man now and he can’t get her out of his mind. She’s someone he’s never forgotten.”

Some other individuals already interviewed for the project by Mendes and Loerchner include a musician, who recently lost his guitar – as well as the songbook he had used for the last 15 years to write down his original compositions – and a young fine arts student who forgot on a GO train a drawing she had painstakingly worked on for three months.

“A lot of these stories are very intimate and personal,” said Mendes. “I love the idea of making these stories available to people riding the TTC, sharing these private stories of loss with strangers.”

Mendes said while she hopes the project can help to locate misplaced possessions, the deeper intent of The Things We Lose is to help people come to term with their losses.

This is the third art project prepared by Labspace for the Art in Transit series, which is organized by the advertising company Pattison Onestop.

Previous subway art offerings by the studio have featured mobile confession booths and advice given by children and seniors on how to be happy.

Mendes said the TTC has served as a perfect backdrop for the studio’s goal of creating art with universal themes everyday people can relate to.

“We want to create art that is accessible and gets people to reflect on their own lives while they’re standing there waiting for the subway,” she said.

To send a submission to The Things We Lose, email your story as well as an image of the lost object to info@labspacestudio.com

For more information about the project visit www.thethingswelose.com