Author Archives: Paul Aloisi

Data Stream (concept) – Humber River Hospital, Toronto, 2015

Shortlisted concept proposal for Humber River Hospital in Toronto.
Inspired by the nearby Humber River, the universal healing and transformative powers of water have guided the development of this artistic concept. Water is pure and simple, culturally significant across the globe and fundemental to human life. Data Stream draws parallels between the fluidity and current of moving water and the continually refreshed digital data flow of contemporary healthcare.




Synesthesia, Davenport Underpass, Toronto 2014

“Synesthesia” is a public artwork comprised of two 9’x100′ murals on the east and west walls of  the Davenport Road underpass at Dupont Street in Toronto.  The west wall is an interactive installation which offers a synesthetic experience to passersby. The above video demonstrates demonstrates the effect of the interactive aspect of the work.

aloisi_synesthesia_conceptrendering_web_blackOn the west wall the mural’s composition is derived from sound recordings of trains made on site at the mural location. A sound-based artwork was arranged from these recordings and then translated into an abstract visual representation painted onto the walls. The interactive component of the project encourages visitors to engage directly with their surroundings. By calling a phone number posted at the site one can listen to the sound recording while imagining the relationships of colour and shape within the artwork. Dial 416-222-4897 to check it out.

Synesthesia East Wall – Typogaphic installation
Connecting back to my roots in typographic experimentation, the east wall employs a rhythmic grid to imply the movement of the vehicles and people moving over and under this bridge. The word Synesthesia flows through the diagonal grid which derives inspiration from the painted locomotives of CP and CN rail.





Flood Lines, Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto, 2014

Geographically situated in the Don Valley, the Evergreen Brick Works site is anticipated to experience flooding at least once every two years. Flooding occurs when the storm surge resulting from heavy rains over a brief period causes the Don River to breach its’ bank.

To mitigate the quickly rising water in times of storms, the Brick Works utilizes a series of cisterns to catch and store the rainwater falling on the rooves of various buildings across the site. In addition to the mitigation of water, the cisterns also reduce water consumption when stored water is used for watering plants, flushing toilets or washing dishes.

Flood Lines, creates a spatial dialog between three cisterns and the roof which they collect water from to address the increasing frequency of heavy rainfall events in our contemporary climate. Artists Paul Aloisi and Dan Bergeron have graphically interpreted hourly rainfall data in comparison with Don River storm surge data to render three circular paintings oriented towards a central viewpoint directly beneath the peak of the roof. From this point, marked by a fourth circle on the ground, it is possible to view each of the three circular compositions in their entirely and consider their relationship to this specific site.

Client: Evergreen Brickworks with support from StreetARToronto.
Materials: spray paint on plastic cistern


Postal Coded – Gallery 1313, Toronto, 2013

As an exploration of anonymous presence, this project attempts to document a tag by each of the graffiti writers currently active in the Parkdale neighbourhood. An archive of the tags is then presented to members of the general public and they are recorded reading/deciphering each written tag aloud. These recordings are then compiled and played back via loudspeaker concealed within an inconspicuous element of city infrastructure.

Project developed as part of Telling: An Audio Survey of Parkdale curated by Tara Bursey and Phil Anderson of Gallery 1313 in Toronto.



Collective Fragments, Toronto, 2013

Site specific installation commissioned for the Grolsch Open House at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The pop-up party spact was positioned in the heart of all the festival action, taking over the corner lot at Pearl & John Street over the Toronto International Film Festival’s Opening Weekend.

Client: Grolsch Canada
Materials: salvaged wood, mylar, zip ties, pipe clamps



IDS13, Interior Designers of Canada, Toronto, 2013

In collaboration with IDC (Interior Designers of Canada) and ARIDO (Association of Interior Designers of Ontario) three commissioned artworks were presented at the Interior Design Show 2013 in Toronto. The exhibition space was configured to incorporate 3 public consultation areas where members of the public are invited to consult with an IDC member interior desiger. Layout of the space was designed by 1point0 Interior Design Consultants incorporating furniture elements from NIEUW.

Underground Kiln, Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto, 2012

Underground Kiln makes visible a brick-firing kiln that was once at the heart of The Toronto Brickworks. Based upon archeological plans of the excavated site, Paul Aloisi and Dan Bergeron realized an overhead view of the demolished kiln by painting it on the parking lot that now covers it, in the exact location and at the exact scale of the original. This large scale painting brings the shape of the kiln’s foundation and its complex flue system to the surface in an imaginative relationship to the lines, boundaries and points of passage that comprise the current parking lot. Here, the technology of the past intersects with the systems of the present to visualize the palimpsest of human marks on this historic site.

This project was completed with support from StreetARToronto.

The Wheel, Almeria, Spain, 2011

Site specific intervention into an abandoned mineral water bottling plant just out side of Almeria in the Andalucia region of southern Spain. Each of the installation elements is made of empty water containers found at the site. Multiple bottles were assembled into modular units from which a variety of interactive structures were built. As evening arrived the built structures were illuminated by inserting LED key chains into the bottles.

A suspended pendulum swung back and forth. A giant wheel rolled through the warehouse. Modular totems were built up to modify space.

Materials: found plastic water bottles, packing tape, LED’s, rope
In collaboration with JC Lacour




Woodstallation, Intervention, Montreal, 2010

Linked up with Adrian Hayles and Montreal writer OMEN for a day of painting inside an abandoned train repair depot (aka the “TA Wall”)…. found myself more drawn towards the discarded/collapsed materials littering the site and began collecting wood and bricks into one central area beneath a caved-in skylight. The result was an improvised, spontaneous intervention weaving these materials back into an organic relationship with the existing structure. Wonder if it’s still there?

RRVM c. P12.2, Intervention, Montreal, 2010

While living in Montreal in 2010 I worked as an artist in residence at SKOL Centre Des Arts Actuels in the Belgo Building. It was a collaborative residency based on the structure of a relay race: each artist created a work in response to the documentation of a work by another artist. With each stage of the process artists worked inside the gallery and then in public space. This lead me to research current public space issues in Montreal and I found that there was a Supreme Court battle going on regarding the right to poster in public places. The only legit spaces for postering were on temporary construction hoarding – you wouldn’t know it since these hoardings are dominated by a private promotions company named Publicite Sauvage. My response to this controversy was to paste white paper over their posters on a burned out building – my glue mix was infused with lotus oil – I wore a T-Shirt printed with references to Montreal’s postering by-laws in both official languages. This installation lasted 2.5 days before nearly the same configuration of posters was replaced.

Materials: bond paper, wall paper paste, lotus oil, over existing paper advertisements.

A video abstraction of this project was created by Simon Benedict, another artist participating in the residency at SKOL Centre Des Arts Actuels.


Environment, Architecture of Community, Gallery 1313, Toronto, 2010

Architecture of Community was co-curated by Phil Anderson and Elizabeth Underhill group exhibition which called upon artists to reflect on issues relating to public space and the impact our built up world has on a community.
“Environment” is an intermedia installation which explores surface and structure by projecting video through a kinetic sculpture onto 3 faceted walls of the gallery. The work is both physical and immaterial while defining the geometry of the space it occupies. The experience of this installation landed between hypnotic and meditative.

Materials: watercolour paper, motor, plastic gears, salvaged x-ray viewer light box, projector, video, on custom plinth.






Outer Self, Fashion Art Toronto, 2010

Site specific intermedia installation as part of “The Dressing Room Project” at Fashion Art Toronto, alternative arts and fashion festival.

As one entered the small room light flickered and reflected across the space. A stop motion animation filled the fragmented mirror with gradating white and blue patterned light. Audible sounds from headphones suspended from a geometric structure mounted overhead lead visitors into an alternate reality. The accompanying soundscape produced in collaboration with sound designer Estelle Hebert moved along paced with the kinetic light. Low lying organic surfaces were inviting places to sit and take in this constructed experience

Materials: plywood, printed paper, steel, salvaged wood, zip ties, adhesive vinyl, mirror glass, carpet, video, projector, audio, headphones




Open Canvas Project, Intervention, Bologna, Italy, 2009

The Open Canvas Project is a collaborative painting intervention in public space. Since 2001 this project has appeared spontaneously in over 150 locations on three continents. The evolving project has been developed into classroom workshops for students of all ages as well as team building events for a variety of organizations.

Mobile Open Canvas Project – “in piazza”.

Open Canvas Project – Distillery District Residency with Charlie green.

Don’t Worry Mom, Public Intervention, 2009

While in Barcelona en route to an artists residency in Prague in 2009 I was introduced to two french film makers, JC Lacour and Clemente Bamelou of ProtoFono, by a gallerist I had shared my work with. They had been collaborating with visual artists were looking to continue a series of videos they were working on. During our initial meeting, at some point between beers, while walking up Las Ramblas we found a book full of temporary tattoo designs lost by a beach vendor who would draw these impermanent artworks on sunbathing tourists. Witin 24hrs of discovering this collection I worked to transform this book into a temporary intervention on the doors of a pre-school located in Plaza de Sant Felip Neri.

This video is the result of our time together and documents the creative process:

Tronic Tower, Pop-Up Poster Festival, Ancona ITA, 2009

Over 100 international artists submitted poster works to the 2nd edition of the Pop Up Poster Art Festival in Ancona Italy. Ancona is a port town on the Adriatic coast with a strong fishing history – the curator, Allegra Corbo has worked closely with local industry to transform and revitalize the port with contemporary art. A freestyle postering session was held in the Cooperativo Pescatori – a space still used by fishermen to repair damaged nets. It smelled like fish and was hard to avoid tripping on the nets as the inaugural event went on and the wine kept flowing.
My work makes structural reference to a light house and was positioned relative to a portrait of 3 female characters by Italian artist BR1.

Client: Pop Up Poster Festival
Materials: india ink on paper, pasted to wall

Musical Chair, BenchMARK Program, Liberty Village, Toronto, 2007

Interactive public artwork commissioned by the Liberty Village B.I.A. as part of the BenchMARK program which has introduced more than a dozen artist designed benches to the Liberty Village neighbourhood in Toronto, Canada.

This permanent public artwork exemplifies my desire to offer the public a place of community engagement by
placing a functional xylophone park bench into public space. Equipped with a mallet chained to the backrest,
the varying lengths of steel tube create varying notes when struck. This work generates interaction between
members of the public while putting them on stage in a performative environment.

Client: Liberty Village B.I.A.
Materials: cedar, steel, aircraft cable, customized mallet





Open Canvas Project, Toronto 2001…ongoing

The Open Canvas Project is an ongoing series of unsolicited public interventions which were initiated in 2001 in collaboration with Charlie Green.

Working with the public and consulting with community has been part of my practice for over a decade. The
Open Canvas Project has evolved from a spontaneous intervention into public space to classroom workshops and
corporate team-building events. Driven by the notion of collaboration, members of the public are offered paints
and brushes and sent forth to create a layered composition of imagery, text and symbolism. This direct contact
with the public informs much of what I do. In recent years, my experience working with children of all ages has been broadened through projects with the TDSB, Luminato Festival and Ontario Arts Council’s Artist in Education grant.
Please visit the Open Canvas Project website for a brief video of the process: