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Rock Paper Scissors
September 18, 2017 - October 13, 2017
One Liberty Plaza, New York

Rock Paper Scissors not only refers to the popular game enjoyed by children and adults the world over, but also to three fundamental materials and techniques in the making of visual art. Since ancient times, stone has been a ubiquitous material in sculpture. Ever since paper has existed, artists have used its flexible nature to make everything from drawings to three-dimensional structures. Cutting, folding and attaching various materials together to create collage is a timeless technique employed by artists through the centuries. The six contemporary artists in Rock Paper Scissors utilize aspects of all three materials and methods creating works of beauty and surprise.  Though they differ in practice and approach, these artists reveal interconnectivity to each other through the materials they prize. ” Tom Kotik, curator

Rock Paper Scissors features new work by Noriko Ambe, Josh Dorman, Jim Osman, Steve Pauley, Claudia Pena, and Jen Schwarting. The exhibition is the fifth commissioned pedestal project. Previous themes were Fluid (2013), Bright (2014), SYNC (2015), and Urbanscapes (2016).

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Noriko Ambe was born in Saitama, Japan in 1967, gained a BFA in oil painting from Musashino Art University in Tokyo, and now lives and works in New York.

Ambe creates elegantly-flowing elaborate three-dimensional forms that tug at viewers’ senses, as can be seen in her cutting project works that involve cutting by hand into hundreds of sheets of paper one by one, and stacking them so that the minute graduations of height introduced by each out sheet produce geological strata. In 2011, she became an AICA Award winner when AICA-USA selected her for second place in the Best Show in a Commercial Gallery Nationally category. She was also a finalist for the Nissan Art Award 2013.

Recent solo exhibitions include “Satellite View” Lora Reynolds Gallery (2015), “Cutting without an Outline” Castelli Gallery (2013), “Inner Water” Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse University (2012), “キル – Artist Books, Linear-Actions Cutting Project” The FLAG Art Foundation, 2010. Her works are included in many collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Josh Dorman was born in Baltimore, 1966. He lives and works in New York City. His work is represented by Ryan Lee Gallery in New York City, Koplin Del Rio in Seattle, and John Martin Gallery in London. In 2009, he received a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and he has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Millay Colony and Art Omi. His work is in many museum and private collections across the country and has been reviewed in ArtNews, Art in America, LA Times, Modern Painters, ArtForum, and The New Yorker, and has been the subject of essays by acclaimed authors Paul Auster and Nam Le. From 2009 to 2014, Dorman created seven animated short films to accompany Anna Clyne’s The Violin, (DVD available on VMA Records). To see more of his work, go to www.joshdorman.net

Jim Osman was born in New York City. He received his BA & MFA from Queens College (CUNY) in Flushing, NY where he studied with Tom Doyle, Mary Miss and Lawrence fane. He has had solo exhibitions at Lesley Heller Workspace, Long Island University’s Kumbal Gallery and Dartmouth College. His work has been included in group shows at Metaphor Gallery NYC, Brooklyn Museum, and University of Texas at San Antonio. He teaches courses in three-dimensional design, sculpture and public art classes at Parsons School of Design. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Steve Pauley lives and works in Brooklyn NY. Originally from North Carolina, he received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. As a sculptor, he has made thousands of tombstones for his community. As an apprentice, he learned to engrave photo-realistic portraits, which is a process where he uses a diamond tipped pencil (or scribe) to lightly scratch the surface of the stone. He also learned to sandblast, which involves forcing sand at high air pressure through hand-cut stencils, effectively carving away the stones surface. He carried these skill sets, as well as his photographic experience as a teacher at West Virginia State University (WVSU), into his own unique art making practice.

Claudia Peña Salinas was born in 1975 in Montemorelos, Mexico and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. Peña Salinas has exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, and project spaces such as Embajada (Puerto Rico), Curro (Mexico), as well as Present Company, Forever & TOday, Momenta, Underdonk, TSA, Helper, Queens Museum, and El Museo del Barrio -all in New York. Recent residencies and awards include: Lower Manhattan City Council, Process Space (New York), and SOMA (Mexico. She is also a recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (2007).

Jen Schwarting is an artist and writer born in Bronx, NY, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She received an MFA in sculpture from CalArts and a BFA in painting from Cornell University. She has shown her work at galleries and museums in New York including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Islip Art Museum, Smack Mellon, Present Company, TSA, Regina Rex, as well as galleries in Los Angeles and abroad. An interview featuring her most recent painting series was published in Art:21 and her work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, L Magazine and the New York Times. Schwarting teaches studio art at Pace University in lower Manhattan.

 

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Tom Kotik is an artist, curator and musician based in Brooklyn, New York.  Since the 1996 Tom has exhibited his work nationally and internationally including solo shows at Lesley Heller Workspace in 2015 and 2011, as well as solo exhibitions at the Juan Miro Foundation in Barcelona (2010) and Kostka Gallery Prague (2014).  He has exhibited his work at many diverse venues such as Socrates Sculpture Park (2000), Meet Factory Prague (2013), Field Projects (2014) and the Miami Museum of Science (2004).  Since 2013 Tom has been a curator at large for Arts Brookfield, organizing various exhibitions for their spaces in New York and Los Angeles including Construct; an installation by David Baskin (2015), American Soil; an installation by Josh Dorman (2015) and Bright!, a group show exhibited in both New York and LA (2014).  Tom has also curated exhibitions for Lesley Heller Workspace (2012), Long Island University (2011), and Five Myles (2003).  In addition to his artistic activities, Tom is an avid musician who has recorded and performed with many bands over the years including Stresovicka Kramle (Prague), Sportsman’s Paradise, Mighty High and Jonny Chan and the New Dynasty  Six (all NYC).  He recently returned from Prague where he recorded a forthcoming album with Stresovicka Kramle to be released in 2016.

Tom Kotik received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College in 2004 and his Bachelors Degree from New York University in 1993.  He has been a resident artist at Art OMI (2001), Yaddo (2006), LMCC Workspace Program (2005), and the Bronx Museum AIM Program (2005).

Rock Paper Scissors
August 14, 2017 - September 15, 2017
300 Madison, New York

Rock Paper Scissors not only refers to the popular game enjoyed by children and adults the world over, but also to three fundamental materials and techniques in the making of visual art. Since ancient times, stone has been a ubiquitous material in sculpture. Ever since paper has existed, artists have used its flexible nature to make everything from drawings to three-dimensional structures. Cutting, folding and attaching various materials together to create collage is a timeless technique employed by artists through the centuries. The six contemporary artists in Rock Paper Scissors utilize aspects of all three materials and methods creating works of beauty and surprise.  Though they differ in practice and approach, these artists reveal interconnectivity to each other through the materials they prize. ” Tom Kotik, curator

Rock Paper Scissors features new work by Noriko Ambe, Josh Dorman, Jim Osman, Steve Pauley, Claudia Pena, and Jen Schwarting. The exhibition is the fifth commissioned pedestal project. Previous themes were Fluid (2013), Bright (2014), SYNC (2015), and Urbanscapes (2016).

 

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE:

August 14 – September 15

300 Madison Avenue

 

September 18 – October 13

One Liberty Plaza

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Noriko Ambe was born in Saitama, Japan in 1967, gained a BFA in oil painting from Musashino Art University in Tokyo, and now lives and works in New York.

Ambe creates elegantly-flowing elaborate three-dimensional forms that tug at viewers’ senses, as can be seen in her cutting project works that involve cutting by hand into hundreds of sheets of paper one by one, and stacking them so that the minute graduations of height introduced by each out sheet produce geological strata. In 2011, she became an AICA Award winner when AICA-USA selected her for second place in the Best Show in a Commercial Gallery Nationally category. She was also a finalist for the Nissan Art Award 2013.

Recent solo exhibitions include “Satellite View” Lora Reynolds Gallery (2015), “Cutting without an Outline” Castelli Gallery (2013), “Inner Water” Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse University (2012), “キル – Artist Books, Linear-Actions Cutting Project” The FLAG Art Foundation, 2010. Her works are included in many collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Josh Dorman was born in Baltimore, 1966. He lives and works in New York City. His work is represented by Ryan Lee Gallery in New York City, Koplin Del Rio in Seattle, and John Martin Gallery in London. In 2009, he received a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and he has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Millay Colony and Art Omi. His work is in many museum and private collections across the country and has been reviewed in ArtNews, Art in America, LA Times, Modern Painters, ArtForum, and The New Yorker, and has been the subject of essays by acclaimed authors Paul Auster and Nam Le. From 2009 to 2014, Dorman created seven animated short films to accompany Anna Clyne’s The Violin, (DVD available on VMA Records). To see more of his work, go to www.joshdorman.net

Jim Osman was born in New York City. He received his BA & MFA from Queens College (CUNY) in Flushing, NY where he studied with Tom Doyle, Mary Miss and Lawrence fane. He has had solo exhibitions at Lesley Heller Workspace, Long Island University’s Kumbal Gallery and Dartmouth College. His work has been included in group shows at Metaphor Gallery NYC, Brooklyn Museum, and University of Texas at San Antonio. He teaches courses in three-dimensional design, sculpture and public art classes at Parsons School of Design. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Steve Pauley lives and works in Brooklyn NY. Originally from North Carolina, he received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. As a sculptor, he has made thousands of tombstones for his community. As an apprentice, he learned to engrave photo-realistic portraits, which is a process where he uses a diamond tipped pencil (or scribe) to lightly scratch the surface of the stone. He also learned to sandblast, which involves forcing sand at high air pressure through hand-cut stencils, effectively carving away the stones surface. He carried these skill sets, as well as his photographic experience as a teacher at West Virginia State University (WVSU), into his own unique art making practice.

Claudia Peña Salinas was born in 1975 in Montemorelos, Mexico and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. Peña Salinas has exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, and project spaces such as Embajada (Puerto Rico), Curro (Mexico), as well as Present Company, Forever & TOday, Momenta, Underdonk, TSA, Helper, Queens Museum, and El Museo del Barrio -all in New York. Recent residencies and awards include: Lower Manhattan City Council, Process Space (New York), and SOMA (Mexico. She is also a recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (2007).

Jen Schwarting is an artist and writer born in Bronx, NY, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She received an MFA in sculpture from CalArts and a BFA in painting from Cornell University. She has shown her work at galleries and museums in New York including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Islip Art Museum, Smack Mellon, Present Company, TSA, Regina Rex, as well as galleries in Los Angeles and abroad. An interview featuring her most recent painting series was published in Art:21 and her work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, L Magazine and the New York Times. Schwarting teaches studio art at Pace University in lower Manhattan.

 

ABOUT TOM KOTIK

Tom Kotik is an artist, curator and musician based in Brooklyn, New York.  Since the 1996 Tom has exhibited his work nationally and internationally including solo shows at Lesley Heller Workspace in 2015 and 2011, as well as solo exhibitions at the Juan Miro Foundation in Barcelona (2010) and Kostka Gallery Prague (2014).  He has exhibited his work at many diverse venues such as Socrates Sculpture Park (2000), Meet Factory Prague (2013), Field Projects (2014) and the Miami Museum of Science (2004).  Since 2013 Tom has been a curator at large for Arts Brookfield, organizing various exhibitions for their spaces in New York and Los Angeles including Construct; an installation by David Baskin (2015), American Soil; an installation by Josh Dorman (2015) and Bright!, a group show exhibited in both New York and LA (2014).  Tom has also curated exhibitions for Lesley Heller Workspace (2012), Long Island University (2011), and Five Myles (2003).  In addition to his artistic activities, Tom is an avid musician who has recorded and performed with many bands over the years including Stresovicka Kramle (Prague), Sportsman’s Paradise, Mighty High and Jonny Chan and the New Dynasty  Six (all NYC).  He recently returned from Prague where he recorded a forthcoming album with Stresovicka Kramle to be released in 2016.

Tom Kotik received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College in 2004 and his Bachelors Degree from New York University in 1993.  He has been a resident artist at Art OMI (2001), Yaddo (2006), LMCC Workspace Program (2005), and the Bronx Museum AIM Program (2005).

Rock Paper Scissors
July 17, 2017 - August 11, 2017
Grace Building, New York

Rock Paper Scissors not only refers to the popular game enjoyed by children and adults the world over, but also to three fundamental materials and techniques in the making of visual art. Since ancient times, stone has been a ubiquitous material in sculpture. Ever since paper has existed, artists have used its flexible nature to make everything from drawings to three-dimensional structures. Cutting, folding and attaching various materials together to create collage is a timeless technique employed by artists through the centuries. The six contemporary artists in Rock Paper Scissors utilize aspects of all three materials and methods creating works of beauty and surprise.  Though they differ in practice and approach, these artists reveal interconnectivity to each other through the materials they prize. ” Tom Kotik, curator

Rock Paper Scissors features new work by Noriko Ambe, Josh Dorman, Jim Osman, Steve Pauley, Claudia Pena, and Jen Schwarting. The exhibition is the fifth commissioned pedestal project. Previous themes were Fluid (2013), Bright (2014), SYNC (2015), and Urbanscapes (2016).

 

OPENING RECEPTION: 

July 20 | 6 PM – 8 PM

Grace Building Lobby

 

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE:

July 17 – August 11

Grace Building

 

August 14 – September 15

300 Madison Avenue

 

September 18 – October 13

One Liberty Plaza

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Noriko Ambe was born in Saitama, Japan in 1967, gained a BFA in oil painting from Musashino Art University in Tokyo, and now lives and works in New York.

Ambe creates elegantly-flowing elaborate three-dimensional forms that tug at viewers’ senses, as can be seen in her cutting project works that involve cutting by hand into hundreds of sheets of paper one by one, and stacking them so that the minute graduations of height introduced by each out sheet produce geological strata. In 2011, she became an AICA Award winner when AICA-USA selected her for second place in the Best Show in a Commercial Gallery Nationally category. She was also a finalist for the Nissan Art Award 2013.

Recent solo exhibitions include “Satellite View” Lora Reynolds Gallery (2015), “Cutting without an Outline” Castelli Gallery (2013), “Inner Water” Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse University (2012), “キル – Artist Books, Linear-Actions Cutting Project” The FLAG Art Foundation, 2010. Her works are included in many collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Josh Dorman was born in Baltimore, 1966. He lives and works in New York City. His work is represented by Ryan Lee Gallery in New York City, Koplin Del Rio in Seattle, and John Martin Gallery in London. In 2009, he received a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and he has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Millay Colony and Art Omi. His work is in many museum and private collections across the country and has been reviewed in ArtNews, Art in America, LA Times, Modern Painters, ArtForum, and The New Yorker, and has been the subject of essays by acclaimed authors Paul Auster and Nam Le. From 2009 to 2014, Dorman created seven animated short films to accompany Anna Clyne’s The Violin, (DVD available on VMA Records). To see more of his work, go to www.joshdorman.net

Jim Osman was born in New York City. He received his BA & MFA from Queens College (CUNY) in Flushing, NY where he studied with Tom Doyle, Mary Miss and Lawrence fane. He has had solo exhibitions at Lesley Heller Workspace, Long Island University’s Kumbal Gallery and Dartmouth College. His work has been included in group shows at Metaphor Gallery NYC, Brooklyn Museum, and University of Texas at San Antonio. He teaches courses in three-dimensional design, sculpture and public art classes at Parsons School of Design. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Steve Pauley lives and works in Brooklyn NY. Originally from North Carolina, he received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. As a sculptor, he has made thousands of tombstones for his community. As an apprentice, he learned to engrave photo-realistic portraits, which is a process where he uses a diamond tipped pencil (or scribe) to lightly scratch the surface of the stone. He also learned to sandblast, which involves forcing sand at high air pressure through hand-cut stencils, effectively carving away the stones surface. He carried these skill sets, as well as his photographic experience as a teacher at West Virginia State University (WVSU), into his own unique art making practice.

Claudia Peña Salinas was born in 1975 in Montemorelos, Mexico and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. Peña Salinas has exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, and project spaces such as Embajada (Puerto Rico), Curro (Mexico), as well as Present Company, Forever & TOday, Momenta, Underdonk, TSA, Helper, Queens Museum, and El Museo del Barrio -all in New York. Recent residencies and awards include: Lower Manhattan City Council, Process Space (New York), and SOMA (Mexico. She is also a recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (2007).

Jen Schwarting is an artist and writer born in Bronx, NY, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She received an MFA in sculpture from CalArts and a BFA in painting from Cornell University. She has shown her work at galleries and museums in New York including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Islip Art Museum, Smack Mellon, Present Company, TSA, Regina Rex, as well as galleries in Los Angeles and abroad. An interview featuring her most recent painting series was published in Art:21 and her work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, L Magazine and the New York Times. Schwarting teaches studio art at Pace University in lower Manhattan.

 

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Tom Kotik is an artist, curator and musician based in Brooklyn, New York.  Since the 1996 Tom has exhibited his work nationally and internationally including solo shows at Lesley Heller Workspace in 2015 and 2011, as well as solo exhibitions at the Juan Miro Foundation in Barcelona (2010) and Kostka Gallery Prague (2014).  He has exhibited his work at many diverse venues such as Socrates Sculpture Park (2000), Meet Factory Prague (2013), Field Projects (2014) and the Miami Museum of Science (2004).  Since 2013 Tom has been a curator at large for Arts Brookfield, organizing various exhibitions for their spaces in New York and Los Angeles including Construct; an installation by David Baskin (2015), American Soil; an installation by Josh Dorman (2015) and Bright!, a group show exhibited in both New York and LA (2014).  Tom has also curated exhibitions for Lesley Heller Workspace (2012), Long Island University (2011), and Five Myles (2003).  In addition to his artistic activities, Tom is an avid musician who has recorded and performed with many bands over the years including Stresovicka Kramle (Prague), Sportsman’s Paradise, Mighty High and Jonny Chan and the New Dynasty  Six (all NYC).  He recently returned from Prague where he recorded a forthcoming album with Stresovicka Kramle to be released in 2016.

Tom Kotik received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College in 2004 and his Bachelors Degree from New York University in 1993.  He has been a resident artist at Art OMI (2001), Yaddo (2006), LMCC Workspace Program (2005), and the Bronx Museum AIM Program (2005).

La Mer Wave Walk in Support of Project 0
New Wave by Jules L'Atlas
May 22, 2017 - June 20, 2017
Brookfield Place New York, New York

Project 0, in partnership with La Mer, brings together 50 of the world’s most influential artists and culture-makers to create unique works of art. Displayed throughout New York City, the La Mer Wave Walk uses art to inspire people to connect with the beauty of our ocean and the need to protect it. At the end of the city-wide exhibition, the sculptures will be auctioned off to benefit the La Mer Blue Heart Oceans Fund for Project 0 to help support the restoration and protection of Marine Protected Areas worldwide.

 

Arts Brookfield is proud to participate in La Mer Wave Walk by hosting Jules L’Atlas’ sculpture, New Wave, at 225 Liberty in Brookfield Place.

 

ABOUT JULES L’ATLAS

French artist, Jules Dedet Granel, aka L’Atlas, is a major figure and internationally renowned street artist. He is known for his painted facades and for his monumental performances carried out directly on the ground on historical sites in cities, like with the immense compass commissioned by the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in 2008, or at the Place du Capitole in 2012, in partnership with the city of Toulouse. These performances are captured frame by frame by the artist in video recordings.

Born in 1978, L’Atlas found in his research around writing the starting point for his work in the fine and pictorial arts. He studied calligraphy in different countries and cultures, in this way creating his own original fonts. He was particularly interested in the idea of creating a universal pictorial language, a balance between form and letter, between act and intent; a game with endless variations, drawing near and diverging from optical art and the abstract and geometric art movements. In the 90s, he took radical action in the public sphere, making a name for himself in the field of graffiti; as of 2000, he developed studio work and exhibited his works in contemporary urban art galleries.

He has also collaborated with brands such as Perrier whose mythical bottles he adorned with “Poptic’art,” a movement mixing optical and pop art that he is considered to have coined; and Agnès b, adding his touch to the clothes of the designer, one of his most loyal collectors. Today he is an artist whose rigorous work justifies the success he has met with collectors, the public and institutions.

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

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

Fortuna
Helaine Blumenfeld
September 30, 2016 - September 30, 2017
Canary Wharf, London

Fortuna is Helaine Blumenfeld’s most ambitious work to date in a career spanning over 50 years. Commissioned by Canary Wharf Group for the Estate’s new district, under construction, this monumental sculpture was inspired by Fortuna, the Roman goddess of luck, and evokes the fullness and complexity of the human condition.

 

HELAINE BLUMENFELD

Best known for her large-scale outdoor commissions, Blumenfeld is passionate about bringing sculpture into public spaces. Her most notable works can be found in London, including Tempesta overlooking Hyde Park, and Meridiana in Holland Park.

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