Satellite Project Space
June 29-July 4, 2021
“VACANT” is a window display by Monica Joy on view at Satellite Project Space from June 29th – July 4th, 2021.
This text based piece addresses the virtual death of downtown (London, ON), as the historical core of the city remains in holding, undeveloped and uninhabitable under the ownership of one of London and surrounding areas’ wealthiest landlords. The artwork makes reference to a recently approved 40-story tower set to be built on Ridout Street. While London’s population of houseless remain with minimal access to basic amenities including sanitary washrooms and safe injection sites, luxury housing -which will never be accessible to the major communities that reside here- get prioritized to the evolving landscape of the city.
Monica Joy (they/them) is a trans-nonbinary, interdisciplinary artist from London, ON, Treaty 6 Territory. They are alumni of the Bealart Program, and currently a resident artist of Good Sport Gallery. Their artistic practice contextualizes interpersonal and web-enabled interactions with a focus on growth, dependency, queerness, and connection. They work primarily in drawing, printed matter, ceramics, and installation of found materials.
See more of their work on Instagram at @mjpdraws.
Please note that this is a window installation meant to be viewed from outdoors, and Satellite Project Space is not open for visitors inside the gallery due to provincial COVID restrictions.
[Original image of the Dundas & Richmond intersection is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.]