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Context Is Everything

March 1 - April 15

CONTEXT IS EVERYTHING

Paper Dandelions Popping Up In Downtown Saskatoon

For Map, Walking Tour, Yoga + Dandelions for sale scroll down!
About the Exhibition + Artist

3000 paper dandelions have popped up in Downtown Saskatoon. Bringing attention to available spaces for lease within the district, Artist Monique Martin’s dandelion is the symbol of strength the world needs right now. Presented by Downtown Saskatoon, Martin’s installation,  “Context is Everything” will be exhibited from March 1 – April 15, 2021.

This art exhibition is just another reason to wander #BACKDOWNTOWN – to peek in the windows like we all used to! In presenting spaces, the art may spur new inspiration for new business ideas + ventures, and through the neighbouring windows, it’s about taking a moment to enjoy what’s behind them. With access to our installation map, those strolling Downtown Saskatoon sidewalks can enjoy the coming-of-spring with this COVID-safe experience.

Artist Statement: My dandelions bloom perpetually, mementos of the growing season, springing from concrete and tile, indoors and out. The dandelion is a silent protest that is heard worldwide on sidewalks, in parks and gardens. It abhors monoculture, is open to differences and challenges stereotypes. It can be a symbol for healing from emotional pain, physical injury and surviving through all life’s difficulties as it shows us how to be strong in the face of adversity. The dandelion thrives in difficult conditions, surviving the challenges imposed by humanity and emerging victorious on the other side. Context is Everything. – Monique Martin

Artist Interview: How one artist is trying to change the way we look at people by changing the way we look at weeds. Shaw Spotlight Presents

 

This exhibition is to be viewed from outside the spaces, through the windows. A drive-through option is available at The Brute, through the adjacent breezeway.

 

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Dandelion Folklore
Artist Monique Martin spent years researching the dandelion for her exhibition. She assures each of her 3,000 dandelions tells the story of folklore past.

 

Monique Martin describing her fabrication process on the artist-led walking tour April 10, 2021

  • Many beliefs centre on dandelions answering questions or bringing good luck. When the seeds are blown off a dandelion it was said to carry thoughts and affections to a loved one. As all parts of the plant may be eaten, the  dandelion is a valuable survival tool.
  • The dandelion can be used as a barometer – In fine weather the ball extends to the fullest, but when rain approaches, it shuts like an umbrella. If the weather is inclined to be showery, it keeps shut all the time, only opening when the danger from the wet is past.
  • Others claim that the number of seeds remaining after blowing the seed head, are how many years you have
    left to live. Another common belief is that the number of seeds left is the current time, which gave rise to the term dandelion clock for the seed head. Also, the dandelion flower opens an hour after sunrise and closes at dusk giving rise to the belief that it is a Shepherd’s clock.
  • In wishing for good weather, a dandelion buried in the northwest corner of the house will bring favourable winds.
  • It is also said that if you make a wish immediately before blowing on dandelion, your wish just might come
    true. Another belief was that the number of seeds left after blowing the seed head indicated the number of
    children that a girl would have in later life.
  • Dandelions have also been used as a variation on the daisy petal plucking pastime of Loves Me, Loves Me Not. If you blow on a white dandelion head and every seed scatters then you are loved. If some seeds still
    cling to the stalk, then your intended has reservations about the relationship.
  • One legend surrounding these flowers was that the tallest dandelion stalk that a child could find in the early
    spring will show how much taller they will grow in the coming year.
    Gold
    In medieval rituals, dandelions, being the colour of gold, were used to predict whether a child would be rich – When the flower was held beneath the chin, a golden glow indicated the child would be rich. In 18th
    century England, the more golden the glow of a dandelion held under their chin, the sweeter + kinder the child.
  • When dandelions appear in dreams, they are thought to represent happy unions.
  • Woven into a wedding bouquet, a dandelion is meant to be good luck for a newly married couple.
Buy a Poster + Make a Donation to Charity

Order Your Poster Here

Artist, Monique Martin + Downtown Saskatoon are selling the Context Is Everything exhibition posters, as still seen in the directories on 3rd Ave (at Sturdy Stone, Public School Board + Birks). The 10 prints (2 1/3 x 4 feet) will be numbered on the directories, themselves; Wander #BACKDOWNTOWN to make your selection, or be surprised with any from the series.

Proceeds will go to the Saskatoon Interagency Response to COVID-19 by DTNYXE’s Saskatoon Community Foundation. Like the strength + resilience of the dandelion, this local fund includes support for the mental health of frontline workers at the community level who have been working the past year to keep the most vulnerable in the community safe in this pandemic. If you wish, you may make an additional contribution 100% directly to the fund here. Please mark your donation in honour of “dandelions”.

**Original posters may have weather- + corner staple- damage. If we sell more than 10 posters, reprints will be made.

Order Your Poster Here

Buy a Dandelion - even after they're gone!
FOR SALE
Remai Modern Art & Design Store*
102 Spadina Crescent East
*exclusively selling glass domed dandelions + more
Saskatchewan Craft Council
813 Broadway Avenue

 

Yoga in the Dandelions | April 3, 2021
Find in yourself the strength + resiliency of the dandelion.

SOLD OUT in no time! Thanks for your support + interest!
We will continue accepting WAIT LIST registrations, just in case…

Register Here

Spring Yoga in the Dandelions is a unique opportunity to practice yoga within Monique Martin’s exhibition of Context Is Everything. Not otherwise open for public to enter, we will gather in the Brute installation on Saturday, April 3rd, 2021. Yoga Teacher Carla Duval-Tyler will gracefully lead a 50-minute yoga practice, accessible to all levels. This will be preceded by an artist’s talk to set the mood of strength + resiliency for the practice.

Now is your chance to be part of the context in Monique’s installation, Context Is Everything. It was almost a year ago that Monique posted a picture of a dandelion in the snow. This simple, bright flower represents the strength + resiliency we have found within ourselves over this past year – a theme which has equally surfaced while teaching yoga through this pandemic. As we transition into the season that brings both sunshine + hope, we invite you to share this feeling by practicing yoga within the dandelions. Experience the enjoyment of this sculptural art, moving your body + reminding ourselves that we can always find the space to be strong, flexible + grow even in unlikely times or places. – Carla Duval-Tyler, Yoga Teacher, RYT 200 at Duval Tyler Yoga

 

EVENT DETAILS:

  • Saturday April 3rd, 2021
  • The Brute @ 50 23rd Street East (former STC Bus Depot)
  • 3 sessions will be offered: 11:30 a.m. + 1:15 p.m. + 3 p.m.
  • Registration is free, but required here.
  • This will be a COVID-safe environment, including physically distanced + limited class sizes.
  • If you register and your availability changes, please let us know as someone from the waitlist will be pleased to have the opportunity to practice.
  • Please bring your own mat, water bottle, mask + camera! Photos will be encouraged. Tag @dtnyxe @MoniquesArt @Carla.DuvalTyler

See who’s already attending by visiting our Facebook event page, here!

Artist-Led Walking Tour | April 10, 2021

SOLD OUT in no time! Thanks for your support + interest!
We will continue accepting WAIT LIST registrations, just in case…

Register Here

 

Wander #BACKDOWNTOWN with Artist, Monique Martin as she leads a guided tour of her Downtown exhibition of 3000 dandelions, Context Is Everything. Martin’s dandelions are a hopeful symbol of resilience that encourage us to persevere.  She will explain the reason behind the exhibitions, how they were made and what she has gained as an artist and a person by creating this work. Monique will walk a small group to all 7 locations. Wear your walking shoes!

 

EVENT DETAILS:

  • Saturday, April 10th, 2021
  • The ~1km tour will take~45 minutes, depending on pace + questions.
  • 2 sessions will be offered: 11 a.m. + 1 p.m.
  • Meet at the Downtown Saskatoon office (242 Third Ave S) to peer into our window first. On-street paid parking available.
  • Tour ends at the Remai Modern Art & Design Store (102 Spadina Cr E, a few blocks away from the starting point). On-street and underground paid parking available.
  • Registration is free, but required here.
  • This will be a COVID-safe environment, including physically distanced + limited group sizes.
  • All Downtown sidewalks are wheelchair accessible.
  • If you register and your availability changes, please let us know as someone from the waitlist will be pleased to have the opportunity to practice.
  • Please bring your own mask + camera! Photos will be encouraged. Tag @dtnyxe @MoniquesArt
MAP - Wander #BACKDowntown

 Thanks kindly to our venues, who literally opened their doors to this exhibition!
Interested in their space!? There’s #SpaceToGrow Downtown Saskatoon!

Download Map Here
*Paper copies available at Remai Modern Art & Design Store and Midtown Guest Services

 Download Map Here
*Paper copies available at Remai Modern Art & Design Store and Midtown Guest Services

 


The Brute Leasing Information
Fun Fact: The Brute is named after the style of Brutalism architecture!

 


The Radio Building Leasing Information

 


DTNYXE Directory Spec Sheet
Consider animating our district with your Downtown event materials.
**Interested in purchasing a directory poster after the exhibition!? Proceeds to charity of Monique’s choice for Mental Health support. Contact Us.

 


Midtown Leasing Information

 

Canada Building – leasing Information to come…


Remai Modern Art & Design Store 
Buy A Dandelion Here

 

*thanks to Banana Republic for supporting stands.
*when the dandelions are on the road – they’re delicately shipped by Rosenau Transport

Details

Start:
March 1
End:
April 15