Walls to the Ball is a project that connects sports and textile production to ideas about movement and resistance. It champions process, provocation and performance, as a way to disrupt normative associations and shift the context of engagement with both activities.
A deliberate subversion of the macho idiom “balls to the wall,” Walls to the Ball is an installation, performance and sculpture project that uses the traditionally gendered handicraft macramé/hand-knotting to construct fantastical versions of basketball nets.
Walls to the Ball combines basketball with handicraft, to blur the boundaries between these two (often conflicting) realms of culture. The ensuing project suggests a point of interconnectivity and nurtures a dialogue that threatens – craft and aesthetics – relative isolation.
After community crafters hand-knot nets, local can play pick up games in the gallery space and participate in on and off site performances. During the residency the gallery will offer school tours, professional development workshops, an artist talk, a closing party and catalogue launch.
Catalogues are now available for purchase! From now until the conclusion of the Catalogue Launch reception, Walls to the Ball is available for $20 (+ $7 shipping).
Hazel Meyer is a visual artist and aspiring athlete. She spent ten years in Montréal, earning a BFA from Concordia University, designing fabric for the textile industry, founding the Hound’s tooth, forsooth! fabricLAB, and coaching the jump rope team Smooche de la Rooche. Presently she is living in Toronto, having recently completed an MFA through the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media & Design program at OCAD University, with her thesis project Hyper-Hyper. Working primarily in installation, intervention and performance, with textiles and drawing, her projects have been shown through various Artist-Run Centers and festivals across North America and Europe.