I knew I was in the right place when I looked through the lobby glass and saw a striking piece of sculpture that could only be the work of one man … Gord Smith.
Gord Smith’s “constudio” is crammed with delights … a lifetime of art.
A 3-hour visit this afternoon passed like 30 minutes. There will have to be more visits, more conversations, because we hardly scratched the surface of all there is to discuss.
Gord is one of Canada’s major professional sculptors, now approaching 80 years of age and showing no signs of slowing down creatively. He works on a large scale, often in welded metal (laser-cut these days) but also in the medium of glued wooden dowels … as far as I know, a medium that is uniquely his. Certainly his way of handling them is unique.
The aesthetic and philosophical principles expressed by Smith’s works are deeply felt, relating to universal laws of nature. I will return to the subject, you can be sure … a bit at a time.
Carlaw Avenue has become a fascinating creative zone, filled with wonders and imaginative people. A few floors above the sidewalk, in the middle of a former garment factory, Gord Smith continues his remarkable career. He also makes a good cup of coffee and has excellent doughnuts.