I have just stated assisting with tours of the off-site installation of The Legacy at 105 Robinson St. This project is amazing, and it is such a privilege to be working on it. For more information and to book tours, consult the project's website: www.haeussler.ca/legacy Off-site: The Legacy of Joseph Wagenbach 105 Robinson Street (Queen Street West and Claremont), Toronto Saturday 16 September to Sunday 12 November 2006 Visits: Tuesday to Friday 3-7 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 12-5 pm and by appointment
The Legacy of Joseph Wagenbachis a site-specific installation by Iris Häussler, curated by Rhonda Corvese. A secluded house in a downtown Toronto residential neighbourhood is the setting of a fictitious artist's sculptural legacy. Visitors are guided through the house by an archivist. In this crossover between art, literature and theatre, Häussler has transformed her psychological narrative into an immersive reality. Memories of the early 20th century, set in the unique context of immigration and identity in Toronto, are created through an unsettlingly detailed reconstruction of the art and artifacts of "Joseph Wagenbach's" life.
Joseph Wagenbach was born in Germany in 1929, left his home in 1946 and immigrated to Canada, via Paris, in 1962. Making a modest living in unrelated jobs, he created his art in absolute privacy, gradually transforming his physical environment into a pandemonium of sculpture. His legacy was discovered at the age of 77 when he was transferred to a nursing home after suffering a stroke. The Municipal Archivesare currently archiving and assessing the site and the work.
Iris Häussler, The Legacyis an accompanying exhibition curated by Rhonda Corvese at the Goethe-Institut Toronto that documents the conceptual process in the creation of The Legacy of Joseph Wagenbachand related work.
Iris Häussler studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and has shown widely throughout Europe. Grants received included the Karl-Hofer Prize and a Kunstfonds Fellowship. Iris Häussler immigrated to Canada in 2001. The Legacy of Joseph Wagenbach is her largest and most complex installation in a succession of off-site narratives over the last eighteen years. It marks her first major show in North America.
Rhonda Corvese is a Toronto-based international independent curator and the recipient of the "2005 Untitled Art Awards" prize as Emerging Curator.