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Threshold
Monumental photography by Gifford Ewing
May 18, 2017 - July 28, 2017
1801 California, Denver

“As the trends and movements in photography sway toward alternative techniques and digital imagery, my work captures the purity and natural beauty of the landscape on more traditional black and white or color film. I like to think that my photography displays the ‘artistic forms created by a landscape’ – the texture of the land and the tones  and interplay of light in pristine environments.” – Gifford Ewing

Gifford Ewing has long captured in powerful and enigmatic ways the rural and urban landscapes of the American West, using traditional photographic techniques. So it is with Threshold, on exhibit at 1801 California. Yet, the rich tonality and shear size of his newer, larger format works transcend the limitations of scale and offer the viewer not just a window on the natural world, but a doorway. Before these works one feels as if they are standing on the precipice of reality, invited to step across the threshold and into the grandeur of the environment itself. Not to be outdone by the black and white imagery, smaller color photographs extend the same invitation through quiet or dramatic play of light and hue upon remote locations.

Curated by Andra Archer.

 

OPENING RECEPTION
May 18 | 4:30 – 7:00 PM

 

ABOUT GIFFORD EWING

Gifford Ewing is a Denver-based photographer who specializes in fine-art black and white photography using a Deardorff field camera. “I enjoy the more traditional photographic methods in my work. They serve the purity and natural beauty of the landscape. I capture the majority of my images in black and white with a 5×7 Deardorff wooden field camera using the zone system for exposure. I develop and print all images using archival silver gelatin paper finishing them in selenium to bring out the richness and increase the archival qualities.”

Gifford has captured urban and natural landscapes, both nationally and internationally, concentrating on Maine and the American West. His photographic focus is on natural elements such as rock formations, water and snowy hills, alone or with man-made elements like boats, fences, buildings, even cityscapes. Through Gifford’s lens these images became peaceful, mysterious ad evocative.

His portfolio includes central grasslands and numerous National Parks, including Acadia, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Yellowstone, Great Sand Dunes, and Death Valley. He also documents urban landscapes and architecture throughout the Denver area including exclusive images of the Union Station transformation in July 2014.

It’s Unreal!
Adela Andea
May 15, 2017 - September 8, 2017
Total Plaza, Houston

Houston artist Adela Andea is known for transforming indoor spaces into installations that involve sensory experiences for her viewers. In Arts Brookfield’s latest exhibition, It’s Unreal!, Andea uses LED lights and various recycled plastic materials to provoke a visual conversation with the viewer, introducing a dialogue about the interaction between people and new technologies –specifically their interaction with light. Of her “conversations in light” Andea says, “My work relies on man-made materials to create artificial environments that suggest ‘beauty’ assigned to the natural landscapes or environments. My installations insist on the visual transformation of inorganic into organic matter, and the blending of the organic with geometric.”

Curated by Sally Reynolds.

 

OPENING RECEPTION

Open to the public with music, giveaways and more!

May 16 | 4 – 6:30 PM

 

ABOUT ADELA ANDEA

Born in Romania in 1976, Adela Andea came to the United States in 1999.  Her work was included in several exhibitions in California, Pennsylvania, New York and Texas.  She graduated Valedictorian and Summa Cum Laude from the Painting program at the University of Houston.  She holds a Master in Fine Arts in New Media with a minor in sculpture from the University of North Texas in Denton.  She is currently an adjunct professor at Lone Star College and Houston Community College teaching 2D and 3D media, art appreciation and sculpture.  She recently completed a permanent installation in the Human Sciences Building at Texas Tech University.

The Roof
Pinaree Sanpitak
April 19, 2017 - July 5, 2017
Brookfield Place New York, New York

Floating above the Winter Garden, The Roof is a site-specific suspended sculpture by Thai artist, Pinaree Sanpitak that celebrates collaboration and coexistence. The Roof is composed of translucent canopies hanging among the Winter Garden palm trees that create a literal but temporary ‘roof.’ Made from raw silk, glass fiber, non-woven fabric, wires, hooks, chains and aluminum modular truss, The Roof was constructed to interact with the architecture of Brookfield Place — as well as the palms and the people who pass through each day, forming a delicate, surreal shelter within the walls of the Winter Garden.

 

ABOUT PINAREE SANPITAK

Pinaree Sanpitak is one of the most compelling and respected Thai artists of her generation, and her work can be counted among the most powerful explorations of women’s experience in all of Southeast Asia. Her primary inspiration has been the female body, distilled to its most basic forms and imbued with an ethereal spirituality. The quiet, Zen-like abstraction of her work owes something to her training in Japan and sets it somewhat apart from the colorful intensity of much Thai art. Her rigorous focus on the female form, explored through a variety of media – painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, performance, and culinary arts, to name but a few – has resulted in an astoundingly varied and innovative body of work. For the past twenty years, a central motif in her work has been the female breast, which she relates to imagery of the natural world and to the iconic forms of the Buddhist stupa (shrine) and offering bowl. Often called a feminist or Buddhist artist, she resists such easy categorizations, preferring to let her work speak to each viewer directly, to the heart and soul, with the most basic language of form, color, and texture. Her work is not lacking in a conceptual framework, but it is one informed primarily by a deeply felt spiritual sense rather than by rigid dogmas or ideological constructs.

Canadian Film: NOW & Then
A 35 Year Retrospective In 29 Covers
April 10, 2017 - April 22, 2017
Brookfield Place Toronto, Toronto

NOW Magazine & REEL Canada present, Canadian Film NOW & Then: A 35 Year Retrospective In 29 Covers, a two week exhibition showcasing icons of Canadian cinema as captured on the covers of NOW issues over the past 35 years.

With an exclusive preview to appear in NOW’s April 6 issue, Canadian Film NOW & Then features 29 cover images of famed directors and actors from the likes of David Cronenberg, Deepa Mehta, Atom Egoyan, Guy Maddin, Alanis Obomsawin, Bruce McDonald, Samantha Bee and Ellen Page.

The exhibition is a celebration of both NOW’s 35th anniversary and National Canadian Film Day 150.

 

ABOUT REEL CANADA: NATIONAL CANADIAN FILM DAY

REEL CANADA’s National Canadian Film Day celebrates Canadian film through screenings, events, panels and conversations across the country. This one, coast to coast celebration of Canadian cinema returns for the 4th year on April 19. As part of its educational programs, REEL Canada has presented over 1,100 festivals of Canadian films over 400,000 high school students and new Canadians across the country since 2005.

Richard Rome at Canary Wharf
Richard Rome
April 3, 2017 - June 2, 2017
Canary Wharf, London

Richard Rome has exhibited widely, but has had just four solo shows in a long career devoted to making sculpture and to teaching. This exhibition shows work in bronze, iron and steel in the Lobby of One Canada Square and outdoor locations in Canary Wharf. From small studies to monumental pieces, the selection reveals Rome as an artist of originality and thoughtful endeavor. At the outset of making a sculpture he has no definitive plan for the outcome but builds and revises with intense visual attention and consideration for its form. In his own words, “Sculpture is not just a working material. It’s about wanting a certain kind of emotional experience from what results.”

Richard Rome has traveled widely in America during his career, working with groups of sculptors in New York City, New York State, Chicago and Indiana.

 

EXHIBITION TOUR

Tuesday, April 25 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Email visualart@canarywharf to reserve a spot

 

 

Window Galleries: Daniel Preece
Daniel Preece
April 2, 2017 - April 28, 2017
Canary Wharf, London

Daniel Preece exhibits a painting from the series of works he has made derived from Level 39, One Canada Square. Painting and drawing directly from the view, Daniel explored the changing light and shifting dynamism of the city and its river. Back in the studio, his resulting paintings investigate formal issues and, using his distinct color palette, create a sense of atmosphere and place.

 

ABOUT DANIEL PREECE

My work has mainly been about landscape, focusing primarily upon the urban environment. I was initially drawn to the gasometers and tower blocks that populated the area I grew up in around southwest London, The paintings has evolved from a pictorial landscape tradition, working directly from observation and referencing the work of the Euston Road School, the photographs of Bernd and Hilla Becher, and the paintings of Edward Hopper. My recent paintings use a number of themes as a starting point Recording the city from high and oblique vantage points and making work that hovers between abstraction and figuration. Using photographs taken in low light reconciles my desire to make work using a personal color palette but creating paintings with believable space and forms that the viewer can project their own personal experience into.Returning to drawing directly from observation has helped me acquire a more conceptual aspect to the work. I seek out the beauty in banality and the absurd juxtapositions of the city. I am trying to fashion together disparate pictorial influences into a coherent painted surface. Ultimately I want to express the excitement and dynamism of the city while encouraging the viewer to consider the urban environment differently. I hope to lead them to reassess their daily surroundings with a different eye.

Take Your Seat: Live the Life You Intended
Randy VanDerStarren
March 30, 2017 - May 5, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Curated by Kelly McCray of FCP Gallery, Take Your Seat is a photographic journey, where artist Randy VanDerStarren shares his love of our fragile wonders of the world through a key “prop” component that accompanies him on his every journey – the director’s chair.

The Take Your Seat project reaches the world over through the photography of artist Randy VanDerStarren. Through Take Your Seat, viewers are asked to consider the vulnerability of the natural world and to take action to prevent an impending global environmental crisis. For the past couple years, the artist has been travelling the world over to photograph some of the most astonishing landscapes the earth has to offer.

Through this photographic journey, the artist shares his love of our fragile wonders of the world through a key “prop” component that accompanies him on his every journey – the director’s chair. Each astonishing landscape is staged with the chair that beseeches viewers to take a stand on environmental issues.

Cultivation
March 27, 2017 - May 24, 2017
Republic Plaza, Denver

Cultivation features visual arts by faculty and selected alumni from the College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado Denver. The exhibition represents a wide variety of styles and media, with an emphasis on new works, site-specific installation pieces, collaborative works and video/film presentations. The College of Arts & Media encompasses fine art, music, theater, film and digital animation.

 

OPENING RECEPTION

Friday, March 31 | 5:30 – 8:30 PM

 

COLLEGE OF ARTS & MEDIA, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER

The first college in Colorado devoted exclusively to arts and entertainment, the College of Arts & Media understands the influence of modern trends on traditional art forms.  We combine the latest technology with traditional methods, and we encourage our students to incorporate their discoveries of art’s emerging dimensions with our comprehensive instruction on its classical forms.

Dancers Among Us
Jordan Matter
March 20, 2017 - May 14, 2017
Brookfield Place New York, New York

Jordan Matter’s Dancers Among Us presents one thrilling photograph after another of dancers leaping, spinning, lifting, kicking—but in the midst of daily life: on the beach, at a construction site, in a library, a restaurant, a park. With each image the viewer feels buoyed up, eager to see the next bit of magic. Organized around themes of work, play, love, exploration, dreaming, and more, Dancers Among Us celebrates life in a way that’s fresh, surprising, original, universal. There’s no photoshopping here, no trampolines, no gimmicks, no tricks. Just a photographer, his vision, and the serendipity of what happens when the shutter clicks.

The exhibition at Brookfield Place (230 Vesey Shops, 2nd level) features twenty large-scale aluminum and vinyl prints, and an incredible video compilation of behind-the-scenes film.

 

STRIKE A POSE

Now its YOUR turn! Strike a pose at Brookfield Place and share on Instagram using the tags @ArtsBrookfield and #DancersAmongUs to enter to win a copy of Jordan Matter’s New York Times bestselling bookDancers Among Us!

 

ABOUT JORDAN MATTER

Jordan Matter was selected as one of 2015’s “Top Emerging Artists” (Art Business News) and was recently honored as one of 2017’s “Top 100 Photographers on the Web” (XXLPIX). His book, Dancers Among Us (Workman Publishing, 2012), is a New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon which has been reprinted eight times. “In Jordan Matter’s photos, dancers make all the world their stage,” wrote The New York Times, and Diane Sawyer praised, “breathtaking photos to free your imagination!” His critically acclaimed follow up book, Dancers After Dark (Workman Publishing, 2016), was featured in media throughout the world. Matter and his work have been #1 on Reddit and featured on Buzzfeed, ABC World News, the Today Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, the Tyra Banks Show, the BBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Oprah Magazine, New York Magazine, Cosmo, Lincoln Center, and the Savina Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea. He is currently working on his next book, Tiny Dancers Among Us (Workman Publishing, 2018). Matter lives with his wife and two children in New York.

Construct
David Baskin
March 6, 2017 - May 12, 2017
One Liberty Plaza, New York

The work of artist David Baskin utilizes industrial materials that are commonly used for commercial applications to reflect on our place in today’s consumer-driven culture. Construct is a site-specific installation, commissioned by Arts Brookfield and originally designed by Baskin for the Grace Building. This exhibit, reinstalled at One Liberty Plaza, consists of a series of brightly colored faux marble tiled plinths. Cast in urethane resin, the sculptural forms are designed to engage the pedestrian while creating new pathways throughout the lobby. These vibrant “Pop” structures provide a counterpoint to the lobby’s marble interior.

Whether used in ancient temples or skyscrapers like One Liberty Plaza, marble has traditionally been seen as a cultural symbol of power, affluence and refined elegance. Baskin’s work brings to light another aspect of this ancient building material by utilizing the naturalistic aspects of marble surfaces. His resin tiles imitate marble’s patterns while injecting bright colors into them, transforming a utilitarian architectural material into something organic that might resemble a bright tulip garden. In this way, Construct is a rumination on the transformational nature of constructions we live and work in every day. We only need to observe our daily landscape a little deeper.

Curated by Tom Kotik.

 

ABOUT DAVID BASKIN

David Baskin received a BFA from The Cooper Union in 1987. One-person exhibitions include Arts Brookfield, Grace Building Lobby, NYC,  Freight+Volume Gallery, NY, NY; Sculpture Center, NY, NY; Ingalls & Assoc., Miami, Fl and Black and White Gallery,  Brooklyn, NY. Selected group exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY; Carolina Nitsch, NY, NY; Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NY,NY; Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, NY; Triennale Design Museum, Milan, Italy; Musée de Design et d’arts Appliqués Contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland; Carriage Trade, NY, NY; Galerie Erna Hecey; Brussels, Belgium; Lesile Heller Gallery, NY, NY; Rudolf Budja Gallery, Vienna, Austria; Flag Art Foundation, NY, NY. Honors and awards include McDowell Fellowship, NH; Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Yaddo Fellowship, NY; Commission through Brookfield Properties for a lobby installation at the Grace Building, NY, NY. He has taught at the Cooper Union School of Art, New York Institute of Technology and was a visiting critic at the School of Visual and Arts, NY, NY; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and the University of Buffalo, NY. David Baskin was one of the original members of the Brooklyn based non-profit art organization Smack Mellon and he lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

 

CONSTRUCT DIMENSIONS:
Blue: 84H x 56W x 14D in
Red: 84H x 42W x 14D in
Yellow: 70H x 56W x 14D in
Green: 28H x 70W x 14D in

Mind the Gap: Birch Contemporary Gallery Artists+
February 21, 2017 - March 3, 2017
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Filling in memory gaps; this exhibition revisits important works by gallery artists and introduces never-before-seen works produced between exhibitions.

Birch Contemporary presents the group exhibition MIND THE GAP. The exhibition’s title references First Canadian Place’s location as part of the PATH network that links to the subway system, where the well-worn phrase ‘Mind The Gap’ draws public attention to the empty space between the train and the subway platform. The premise of this exhibition is to create awareness of a ‘gap’ of sorts, bringing attention to artworks produced between exhibitions or outside of more well-known bodies of work that have slipped into inventory without a formal public airing. MIND THE GAP brings these little-known works, many of which have never been officially exhibited, to the fore alongside significant works from gallery artists past and present.

Featured artists include Cathy Daley, Ed Pien, Howard Lonn, Louise Noguchi, Sean Stewart, Renée Van Halm, Kelly Richardson, Mitch Robertson, Martin Golland, Richard Storms, Janet Werner and Jaan Poldaas, amongst others.

Shelter of Desire
New works by Xi Zhang
February 9, 2017 - April 28, 2017
1801 California, Denver

The paintings presented in “Shelter of Desire” are some of the most recent of artist Xi Zhang from a major, ongoing series “Metallic Leaf Garden,” which was initiated in 2014. The paintings explore how the individual’s mind re-shapes one’s physical environment. Contemporary psychological theory allows that our conscious, emotions and subconscious can be akin to “paint” that consistently colors our reality. The artist’s investigation towards this incorporates a variety of individual psychological realms, depicting them in fictionalized surroundings to justify the relationship between one’s perception and one’s reality. He utilizes a mixture of expressionist/abstract aesthetics in a subtle, theatrical way to construct the characters’ environments, reflecting on their internal thoughts, struggles, personality, and/or problems.

Curated by Andra Archer for Arts Brookfield.


OPENING RECEPTION

Thursday, February 16
4:30-7:00 PM

 

ABOUT XI ZHANG

Born in 1984 in Kaifeng, China, Xi Zhang has been immersed in the practice of art throughout his entire life. Upon completion of his studies in painting at China’s Beijing Institute of Art and Design, he moved to the United States to further his artistic training at Denver, Colorado’s Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from RMCAD in 2008, and that same year was recognized by then Denver Post art critic Kyle MacMillan as the “Emerging Artist of the Year” for his “well developed, surprisingly mature vision.” Zhang continued from there with his masters studies in painting at the University of Colorado, Boulder, receiving his MFA from the institution in 2011.  That same year he was named one of the “12 Best Colorado Artists Under 35” as well as one of seven “Pathfinders” in the arts also by MacMillan in the Denver Post.

Zhang has presented his work in a number of notable solo exhibitions including “12921” at Rule Gallery, Denver, “Shows Promise” at the Jeppessen Terminal of Denver International Airport, and “11 Ceremonies” at Plus Gallery, Denver. In 2011 he was commissioned by CNN for their “Ripple” online international art project in commemoration of the ten year anniversary of 9/11, with his painting receiving more than four million hits from the news channels website. Later that year Zhang delivered a Logan Lecture at the Denver Art Museum as part of the prestigious series’ fall focus on International Contemporary Chinese Artists. In 2012 Zhang received his United States citizenship as an “Artist of extraordinary ability,” paving his way forward towards a career as a US-based artist. His work has been acquired by some of the most prominent contemporary collectors and curators in the state of Colorado.

Window Galleries: London from the Rooftops
James Burns
February 5, 2017 - March 3, 2017
Canary Wharf, London

The Window Galleries series at Canada Place showcases up-and-coming artists, designers and craftspeople.

 

LONDON FROM THE ROOFTOPS

Since 2006, James Burns has been working with owners and developers of London’s tallest buildings, gaining a unique vantage point from which to build his unrivaled collection of breath-taking panoramas. Capturing the dramatic interplay of London’s skyline with fleeting moments of wonder in the skies above, these are not your typical postcard scenes but rare moments of beauty, intuitively revealed by James’s visionary imagination.

Window Galleries: U Jewelry
Urška Hvalica
February 5, 2017 - March 3, 2017
Canary Wharf, London

The Window Galleries series at Canada Place showcases up-and-coming artists, designers and craftspeople.

 

U JEWELRY

U Jewelry is a collection of textile pieces that celebrate traditional crafts. Each piece is handmade using textile and recycled yarns, the interwoven threads creating light and recognizably contemporary pieces.

 

URŠKA HVALICA

Urška Hvalica, a Slovenian jewelry designer and architect currently based in London, works on design projects that reinterpret traditional crafts in a . Her designs are inspired by the three-dimensionality of an architectural space and the material potential of fabrics.

Mind the Gap
Birch Contemporary Gallery Artists+
February 2, 2017 - March 24, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Presented in partnership with Birch Contemporary, MIND THE GAP references First Canadian Place’s location as part of the PATH network that links to the subway system, where the well-worn phrase ‘Mind The Gap’ draws public attention to the empty space between the train and the subway platform.

The premise of this exhibition is to create awareness of a ‘gap’ of sorts, bringing attention to artworks produced between exhibitions or outside of more well-known bodies of work that have slipped into inventory without a formal public airing. MIND THE GAP brings these little-known works, many of which have never been officially exhibited, to the fore alongside significant works from gallery artists past and present.

 

FEATURED ARTISTS

Cathy Daley

Ed Pien

Howard Lonn

Louise Noguchi

Sean Stewart

Renée Van Halm

Kelly Richardson

Mitch Robertson

Martin Golland

Richard Storms

Janet Werner

Jaan Poldaas