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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.

Take Your Seat: Live the Life You Intended
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.

 

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 5, 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

Geometry and Movement: The Language of Color in Motion
Marta Chilindron
Graciela Hasper
January 25, 2017 - April 26, 2017
Total Plaza, Houston

In Geometry and Movement – The Language of Color in Motion, Argentinian artists Marta Chilindron and Graciela Hasper explore geometry and transparency within their respective practices of sculpture and painting.

Curated by Sally Reynolds.

Marching Cubes
A sculpture by Jesse Colin Jackson
Curated by Pari Nadimi
January 17, 2017 - March 10, 2017
Grace Building, New York

Drawing inspiration from a computer algorithm of the same name, Jesse Colin Jackson’s Marching Cubes projects use 3-D printing to make the virtual world physical. In the 1980s, researchers devised an algorithm for generating computer graphics from medical scan data, which featured an underlying language of faceted cubes. Jackson has translated this virtual procedure into sculptures, which he assembles from a modular set of 3-D printed components. By enacting the algorithm in the real world, Marching Cubes generates dialogue about the ways in which information technologies create the building blocks of contemporary culture.

Marching Cubes #18, Jackson’s most recent assembly, is comprised of over 1,000 components of 3-D printed biodegradable plastic. More than 10,000 high-strength magnets connect the components into a sculptural form conceived in response to the Grace Building lobby. The edge of the steel tile base represents a virtual boundary, a reminder of the project’s computational origins. At the edge of the tiles, the sculpture’s faceted surface is interrupted, revealing the interior connections that permit Marching Cubes to turn the computational world into physical reality.

Curated by Pari Nadimi.

 

ABOUT JESSE COLIN JACKSON

Jesse Colin Jackson’s practice is focused on object- and image-making as alternative modes of architectural production. He manipulates forms and ideas found in virtual and built environments through the expressive opportunities provided by digital fabrication and visualization technologies. His work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions, including Radiant City (Pari Nadimi Gallery, 2014), Automatic/Revisited (Latitude 44, 2013), and Usonia Road (Larry Wayne Richards Gallery, 2009). Jackson has received project funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. Jackson is head of programs in Electronic Art and Design at the University of California, Irvine.

Winter Lights 2017
30 Spectacular Light Installations
January 16, 2017 - January 27, 2017
Canary Wharf, London

The Winter Lights sculptures, structures and installations are the creations of some of the most innovative artists and designers around today, presenting work in different forms of light technology. Together the artists represent four continents across the world with installations that are interactive, performance art or visual spectacles to be admired from afar.

Appealing to art lovers, families, young and the old, there is something for everyone from dusk and all for free. Best seen after 4PM, all the installations and light affects come alive during the evening until 9PM, so join us on a dark January evening and experience a wealth of inventive and spectacular light effects and sculptures that will illuminate the Canary Wharf skyline.

Click here to see the full list of participants in the Winter Lights Festival.

Green Canary Wharf  – All the installations are made as energy efficient as possible using mains power instead of generators and using LED lighting. Transportation of artworks and equipment is combined to reduce the number of journeys, using electric vehicles around the estate and local contractors are used as much as possible.

Liliane Lijn: Poemdrums and Koans
January 16, 2017 - March 11, 2017
Canary Wharf, London

American-born artist Liliane Lijn has lived and worked in Britain for most of her career. Working across a range of media – kinetic sculpture, film, performance, collage – she investigates language, mythology, light and matter. The cone or ‘koan’ has been her focus since the 1960s, explored in differing scales and materials. Her work is in collections world-wide and has been shown internationally, with numerous public commissions. In 2005 Lijn was ACE NASA, Leonardo Network artist in residence at the Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California.

This exhibition focusses on her sculpture, both static and kinetic, including work using the medium of light, specially chosen to coincide with Winter Lights at Canary Wharf. www.lilianelijn.com

Exhibition Tour: Tuesday, February 7, 6:30-7:15PM
Curator Ann Elliott tours the exhibition with Liliane Lijn. E-mail visualart@canarywharf.com to reserve a place.

Meet the Artist: Gary Taxali
January 12, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

One of Globe and Mail’s Hottest Tickets in Town: Five Things to do in Toronto, the Unfamous: The Works of Gary Taxali exhibition is on now until January 27, 2017.

But for one day only, join us in the FCP Gallery to meet Gary Taxali. Gary is a contemporary fine artist known for his retro vintage pop art style rooted from an award-winning illustration background. He is a fine artist, illustrator, toy designer, OCAD U Associate Professor, and a member of the Stamp Advisory Committee for Canada Post.

Gary Taxali has been trailblazing a path that intersects the paradoxes/anxieties of contemporary society through imagery of bygone eras. Reminiscent of 1930’s depression era signs, posters, packaging, vintage graphics and ephemera, Taxali confronts themes of human relationships, love, sex, isolation, frustrations and consumerism through our yearning for nostalgia.

Brad Wheeler of the Globe and Mail, notes that “A documentary on his work is titled The Art of Whimsy, he cashes cheques from The New Yorker regularly and he’s been commissioned by everyone from the rock band Pearl Jam to the Canadian Mint. The OCAD-educated illustrator’s zippy, vintage-styled pop art evokes an instant but vague nostalgia – perfect for this time of year”.