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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.

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.

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.

Grace-ful Ice: Safari
Live ice carvings by Okamoto Studio
December 12, 2016 - December 13, 2016
Grace Building, New York

Take a frozen trip to soaring sand dunes and savannas where you might spot lions, hippos, and more! NYC-based artist collective Okamoto Studio returns to Grace Plaza to transform ordinary blocks of ice into safari animals.

 

LIVE ICE CARVINGS
December 12 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM
December 13 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Sculptures will be on view until they melt.

 

ABOUT OKAMOTO STUDIO
Okamoto Studio is a New York-based collective best known for their design, production, and consultation of everything made of crystal clear ice. From the most delicate ice wares to life-like sculptures to live performance carvings, OOkamoto Studio delivers the perfect ice experience. Father-son Takeo and Shintaro Okamoto make up the founding core of the group, which was formed in 2003 with a mission of showcasing in the full beauty and potential of handcrafted ice. Whether it’s a diamond-patterned ice bar for a wedding, a detailed replica for a film premiere, a massive monogram for a cool Bar Mitzvah, or an elegant installation for a charity gala, custom sculpted ice by Okamoto Studio is precise, well considered, effective, and mesmerizing.

 

 

Beauties
An Installation of New Sculpture by John Monti
September 12, 2016 - November 11, 2016
Grace Building, New York

Artist John Monti sculpted brightly colored “flower clusters” with twisting vines and floral forms for the iconic Grace Building lobby, transforming it into a playful garden.

 

PUBLIC RECEPTION:
Thursday, September 15, 6 – 8 PM

 

CURATOR’S STATEMENT:

John Monti’s work exists in a unique space balanced between Modernist discipline and Baroque exuberance. Though Monti is well versed in the tenants of Modern art and architecture with its emphasis on pure form and intellectual rigor, he instinctively gravitates towards jubilant ornamentation more associated with decorative Baroque palaces than Modernist glass boxes.

Beauties, a new installation commissioned by Arts Brookfield, brings Monti’s serious yet playful sensibilities to the lobby of the iconic Grace Building. In Beauties, Monti presents groupings of brightly colored and ornately voluptuous forms that take root in the marble lobby. These highly refined sculptures are both architectural in scale and figurative in nature, teeming with plant and flower-like ornamentation. Monti describes them as “hybrid forms” which combine both plant and animal characteristics.

Monti’s vivid sculptures transform the lobby into a playful garden, a place where viewers can momentarily forget the challenges of the everyday world and interact with these colorfully seductive interlopers. The bright industrial colors combined with the biomorphic shapes are an important clue to the hybrid nature of Monti’s practice; he not only aims to create pleasing decorative environments, but is also keenly aware that our modern sensibilities pertaining to beauty may exist in facts and fiction. While the flower and plant shapes he hand crafts are plausible in the natural world, their bright fluorescent surfaces effortlessly shift the sculptures towards the realm of fantasy. Monti’s installation playfully reveals that our fascination with beauty, and its natural extension, love, may hinge on our relationship to the visceral world we inhabit and worlds we can only imagine.

 

John Monti would like to thank Tom Warren and Andrew Zinicola for their invaluable assistance in making Beauties a reality.

Orbits and Ellipses
Sculpture by Nigel Hall RA
September 12, 2016 - November 18, 2016
Canary Wharf, London

Sculptures made by Nigel Hall RA over the thirty-year period since 1986 are a major feature in Canary Wharf’s visual arts program this autumn. Showing both in the Lobby of One Canada Square and in outdoor locations on the Canary Wharf estate, the exhibition focuses on Hall’s use of elliptical and orbital configurations, which have featured in his work since his early years as a sculptor.

In a wide range of sculptures, Nigel Hall has explored the ellipse using its geometry in expressions of movement and relativity. The change in shaped or linear elements that the viewer experiences when moving around Hall’s sculptures has parallels in the way features and masses are viewed when walking through a landscape, around a room, or along a city street. Shapes appear to change, as do the relationships of elements within a work. Looking at a single sculpture of Hall’s from differing viewpoints is virtually akin to viewing entirely different sculptures

Hall works in bronze, steel and wood on a range of scale from monumental to diminutive. His wooden sculptures are made entirely by his own hand; other works are cast or fabricated in bronze or steel sheet. He invariably makes his work to its definitive scale, rather than producing maquettes or small items to be scaled up at some future time.

 

Design and Build: Ties Forward

August 11, 2016 - May 23, 2017
Republic Plaza, Denver

Presented by Arts Brookfield in collaboration with with the Museum of Outdoor Arts and the University of Colorado Denver, Ties Forward is a site-specific temporary sculpture installation created by students through the Museum of Outdoor Arts’ Design and Build public art program. This year’s project was held as a class taught by University of Colorado Denver College of Arts and Media faculty and professional artist, Rian Kerrane.

 

OPENING RECEPTION:

Thursday, August 11, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

 

STUDENT ARTISTS:

Jason Bergfalk
Scottie Burgess
Carter Daughtrey
Alex Galindo
Stephanie Jordan
Terrilynn Moore
Philong Than
Alex Tomme
Erick Garcia Torres
Byron Vargas

 

ABOUT DESIGN AND BUILD:

Since 1991, MOA’s Design and Build program has provided an opportunity for young artists, students and creative minds to express their creativity in collaborative art projects. Assisted by professional artists in residence, Design and Build participants produce exciting and original site-specific art works for MOA’s gallery and public spaces in the Denver metro area. Interns find creative solutions to practical challenges as they master the skills to transform their creative ideas into finished pieces.

The Brain Project
June 14, 2016 - August 31, 2016
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Thought provoking and definitely out of the ordinary. The Brain Project is designed to get Canadians to be mindful when to comes to brain health.

First Canadian Place is a proud host venue for The Brain Project, presented by TELUS, is in support of The Baycrest Foundation.

This high calibre city-wide installation features 100 sculptures by 100 incredible artists, across 50 host locations. First Canadian Place will exhibit sculptures by six different artists.

Share your photos of the Brains, or join the conversation by hashtagging ‪#‎NoBlankBrains and‬‪ #‎thebrainprojectTO‬.

 

SCULPTURES BY:

Dani Cooperman
Jeffery Forrest
Ninat Freidland & Avrum Hollinger
Samar Hejazi
Ted Fullerton
Adria de Haume

 

SUPPORT THE BRAIN PROJECT:

Through many generous sponsors and supporters, The Brain Project encourages people to put their money where their thoughts are by supporting brain health research at The Baycrest Foundation.

Text BRAIN to 45678 to donate $5. TELUS will match your donation dollar for dollar, to help ensure no brain goes blank.

At the conclusion of the event, brain sculptures will be auctioned to sponsoring organizations or collectors worldwide. Proceeds will support Baycrest Health Sciences, a world leader in brain health and aging. To learn more visit brainproject.ca.
Photo credit: Dani Cooperman

Grace-ful Ice: Dinosaurs
December 14, 2015 - December 15, 2015
Grace Building, New York

LIVE CARVING:
Monday, December 14, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday, December 15, 12:00 PM– 1:30 PM

Don’t miss renowned NYC-based artist collective Okamoto Studio as they return to Grace Plaza to transform ordinary blocks of ice into prehistoric creatures.

Due to warm temperature and rain, the ice sculptures created on Monday melted overnight. Please join us for the live ice carving at 12:00PM today! 

RSVP to our event on Facebook and invite your friends!

 

Soft Spin
A Sound and Sculptural Installation by Heather Nicol
March 26, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Brookfield Place New York, New York

Soft Spin is a sound and sculptural installation designed for the Winter Garden, the iconic Lower Manhattan atrium at the heart of Brookfield Place. The work features six large-scale fabric forms gracefully swirling overhead, emanating the sounds of voices in song. Curvaceous hemlines, sundrenched bursts of color and playful tunes invite viewers to look up and embrace the unexpected.

In a bow to the Winter Garden’s 25-year history as a performing arts space, Soft Spin plays with notions of being in the spotlight, on display, or “playing a part.” The gently spinning and singing sculptural forms draw upon theatrical, dance and choral traditions, deftly moving between collective experiences of polis – public place – and the private world of the individual.

Heather Nicol is a Toronto-based artist and curator. Her artworks and projects have been exhibited in galleries in New York, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Milly, Berlin, Montreal and Toronto, including non-traditional locations such as Toronto’s soaring atrium at Brookfield Place, the Great Hall of Union Station (Nuit Blanche), the decommissioned Shaw Street School, and in a 30,000 square foot vacant sweatshop. She received her BFA (honors) from the School of Visual Arts in New York, MA in Art Education from NYU, and interdisciplinary MFA from OCAD University, Toronto.

Vocals for Soft Spin New York performed by Sarah Schenkkan, Karin Randoja, Thom Allison, Rebecca Campbell, Jane Miller, and Tamara Bernier Evans .

Grace-ful Ice: Microcosmos
December 16, 2014
Grace Building, New York

LIVE CARVING:
Monday, December 15, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday December 16, 12:00 PM– 1:30 PM

INSTALLATION
Tuesday December 16, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Join renowned NYC-based artist collective Okamoto Studio as they return to create their annual icy experience on Grace Plaza. Enjoy the art of live ice carving as master artisans transform ordinary blocks of ice into insects, small creatures, and other many-legged friends.

Grace-ful Ice: Microcosmos
December 15, 2014
Grace Building, New York

LIVE CARVING:
Monday, December 15, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday December 16, 12:00 PM– 1:30 PM

INSTALLATION
Tuesday December 16, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Join renowned NYC-based artist collective Okamoto Studio as they return to create their annual icy experience on Grace Plaza. Enjoy the art of live ice carving as master artisans transform ordinary blocks of ice into insects, small creatures, and other many-legged friends.

Through the Lunchbox, Selected works of Paul Kittelson
Paul Kittelson
October 20, 2014 - January 5, 2015
Allen Center, Houston

In the exhibition, Through the Lunch BoxSelected Works by Paul Kittelson, two hallmarks distinguish themselves: a boundless variety of media and an equally boundless variety of good humor.  Paper, resin, glass, aluminum, steel, silicone, bronze, and Styrofoam are all found in this exhibition.  A penetrating wit informs each piece, reflected in the absurdity of scale and a playful juxtaposition of materials.

Kittleson’s work resonates with memories of family gatherings, our consumer culture, and one of the primary themes of art – food.  Dating back to the most ancient cave paintings, Roman mosaics, the tradition of Renaissance still life, and more recently, Pop Art masters such as Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Thiebaud, Kittelson continues a conversation that is as old as art itself – our everlasting absorption with food.  Enjoy the surprising and delicious menu of Paul Kittelson!

Artist Reception: November 13th 11:30AM – 12:30PM 

Afterglow
Thomas Glassford
October 13, 2014 - November 22, 2014
Total Plaza, Houston

Informed by the architecture of jungle gyms, Afterglow evokes a futuristic landscape, made of golden aluminum rods and transparent tubes filled with fluorescent liquid. The scaffold-like installation, covered with tropical growth, invites viewers to walk through it and move around it, hinting at experiences of childhood exploration. Texas-born artist Thomas Glassford, known for his large-scale installations and public works, was commissioned by the Museo Experimental El Eco in Mexico City to create the work in 2010.

Curated by Sally Reynolds in partnership with Sicardi Gallery.

Artist Reception: October 14, 2014 11:30AM – 1:00PM