On Saturday September 21, the date marking the autumnal equinox, FADO is pleased to present Feu de Joie, a new performance by Randy & Berenicci. This work is presented as part of FADO's ongoing Public Spaces/Private Places Series.
Feu de Joie uses optics, trompe-l'oeil effects and a bit of low-tech magic to transform the Toronto Island airport into a backdrop for a meditation on the nomadic nature of contemporary existence. Disaster and delight intermingle as the artists frame themselves as miniatures on a puppet stage, endlessly struggling to arrive -- or is it to escape?
Whether they are creating public art commissions or site-specific performances, Randy and Berenicci have proven themselves to be masters at creating intimate, small-scale monuments. They are pioneers of a style of work that combines sensitive and playful references to site with visionary metaphors that infuse historical and popular cultural references from art, media and science. Poetic and multi-layered, their work is unexpected, surprising, but never out of place.