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Animal Soul
Jason Hackenwerth
July 14, 2017 - July 22, 2017
FIGat7th, Los Angeles

FIGat7th & Wells Fargo Center

Artist Jason Hackenwerth transforms common materials into a spectacle to be experienced. His medium of choice is the latex balloon, inflating hundreds at a time and stringing them together in unusual forms and pre-determined color patterns to create sculptures resembling animals, insects, aliens, or other colorful products of your imagination. His playful works have been exhibited internationally at a number of famous institutions and fairs including the Guggenheim, Scotland Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Venice Biennale, and Art Basel, Miami.

For the installation Animal Soul, Arts Brookfield has commissioned Hackenwerth to create three large-scale, internally lit, inflated sculptures based on his famous balloon designs. These sculptures tower over the viewer at 20 to 30 feet high and will be on view for nine days in downtown LA this Summer. Hackenwerth will also create two wearable sculptures made entirely of sewn balloons. These sculptures double as costumes and come to life when donned by dancers that navigate our ordinary world in their brightly hued balloon skin.

Animal Soul will sweep you into a fantastical world of giant, colorful, friendly creatures inspired as much by the magical, light-hearted persona of balloons as by the otherworldly creatures that exist within every imagination. Experience this installation from July 14 – July 22, 12 – 10 pm daily at FIGat7th and Wells Fargo Center in downtown Los Angeles and let your creativity run wild!

RELATED EVENTS:

Animal Themed Quiet Clubbing: Friday, July 14

The Global Angel Wings Project
Colette Miller
May 1, 2017 - July 30, 2017
1600 Smith, Houston

Arts Brookfield presents Colette Miller’s Global Angels Wings Project in Houston after two successful exhibitions in Los Angeles and Perth, Australia. Three sets of beautifully painted wings have been commissioned for 1600 Smith, one set inside the lobby and two sets outside at the Smith Street lawn. LA‐based musician, filmmaker and visual artist Colette Miller asks everyone to “manifest as your higher selves, your higher consciousness, your angelic selves” as you discover The Global Angel Wings Project.

 

OPENING RECEPTION

Ice Cream Social with Fat Cat Creamery

May 2 | 2 – 3:30 PM

Enjoy FREE artisanal scoops by Houston’s own Fat Cat Creamery while you snap a photo of your inner angel!

 

ABOUT COLETTE MILLER

I have always been creative—visually in my paintings and film-making; musically through my band, DayGlo Aborigines. Past bands include GWAR, Milk and Blest. Art has continued to define most of my life’s purpose since graduating Art School at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, continuing  film studies at UCLA, editing, filming for Econews, independent documentary film projects in Burkina Faso on the water shortage, and on The Global Angels Wings Project with the Kayole Wings Miller boxing Club in Kenya.

My art is inspired by my heart, dreams, philosophies, memories, psychic or intuitive forces and color and movement. I never consider a painting finished until I reach a point of love for the piece, a certain wholeness and completeness; where nothing essentially nags at me, telling me its not done. I believe successful art tends to invoke a type of meditation or mind travel.

Earth Day at Wells Fargo Center with Alexa Meade
Alexa Meade
April 20, 2017
Wells Fargo Center, Los Angeles

Alexa Meade isn’t like any other artist…she literally paints human beings, turning them into living, breathing portraits. Alexa creates the illusion of a world where 2D and 3D have become one. – Business Insider

Arts Brookfield and Alexa Meade invite you to walk into a living, breathing, painted world as part of the Grand Opening of the new and improved North Tower Lobby! Internationally acclaimed artist Alexa Meade demonstrates her unique, immersive, and interactive take on the tradition of painting by coating a three dimensional scene, real-life objects, and live model in paint. Her use of real objects and people in her painting visually alters the life-size, three dimensional setting to such a degree that it is perceived by the naked eye as two dimensional work of art.

For this event, Alexa has chosen to honor Earth Day by going green. The painted scene will depict a surreal assemblage of mixed and matched elements all painted in shades of green. These elements surround a model with piercing green eyes  dressed and painted in green clothing and holding a globe. As the center point of the scene, the globe will be the only object painted in its natural colors of blue, green, white and brown, operating both visually and metaphorically as the guest of honor.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Alexa Meade is an American artist best known for inventing a new approach to portraiture. She applies paint directly to models and the surrounding scene, creating the illusion that real-life people and places are inside the world of a 2D painting.

Her artwork has been exhibited at The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, The Saatchi Gallery in London, the Grand Palais in Paris, and the United Nations building in New York City. She has been commissioned by MINI Cooper, Ralph Lauren, Sony, and Porsche. Alexa Meade has collaborated with world-renowned magician David Blaine and space-time researchers at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Her TED Talk “Your Body is my Canvas,” has been viewed millions of times.

The critically-acclaimed short film “Color of Reality” brings together Alexa Meade’s painting style with the movement artistry of Jon Boogz and Lil Buck to tell a story about gun violence and racial tensions in American society. It was part of the National Civil Rights Museum “Freedom Awards Ceremony,” screened at the Lincoln Center, and honored by CNN Great Big Story’s “Art as Impact Award.”

For fun, Alexa Meade and her boyfriend Chris Hughes are turning their Los Angeles apartment into an optical illusion wonderland dubbed the “Funhouse House,” replete with the planet’s tiniest disco in the breakfast nook and a spaceship in the bedroom closet. They have one cat and he is named “The Kids.”

Follow Alexa @alexameadeart

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
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.

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.

Signs of Life: Psychedelic Valentine’s Day Love-In and Happy Hour
John Van Hamersveld
February 10, 2017
FIGat7th, Los Angeles

5-10 PM: Quiet Clubbing Love-In

Inside TASTE Food Hall & Courtyard at FIGat7th 

As part of the opening festivities for Signs of Life, a multi-site, large scale vinyl art installation by John Van Hamersveld, Arts Brookfield presents a themed happy hour with live DJs and a Psychedelic Valentine’s Day Quiet Clubbing Love-In at FIGat7th!

Featuring three DJs, a colorful atmosphere, and endless possibility, you can engage with the dynamic and vibrant retro graphics featured in Signs of Life and enjoy a wild dance party to celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with your loved ones. There will be free candy, themed happy hour drinks, a photo booth and more!

Please RSVP here!

 

DTLA

Read more about Signs of Life on page 47.

 

About John Van Hamersveld

Even if someone thinks they do not know the artwork of John Van Hamersveld, they have probably come face to face with it at some point in their life, possibly through the album artwork of their favorite band, through an experience at the 1984 Olympics that Van Hamersveld was commissioned to design, or at the drive through window of a Fatburger that he re-branded.

Holding influential positions as an Art Director for Surfer Magazine and Capitol Records, he designed hundreds of album covers for musicians like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles along with leading the surf culture aesthetic for decades. His iconic image for the movie The Endless Summer in 1964 and his concert poster for Jimi Hendrix at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium in 1968 have become two of the most recognizable and well-known images in their respective genres, securing Van Hamersveld’s place in design history.

The Signs of Life installation will include a unique vinyl design on the upper plaza at FIGat7th, as well as four portraits of famous musicians and composers in the windows of Bank of America, facing Hope St and the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall on Grand.

Through this colorful, dynamic, and vibrant pop imagery, you will be introduced, or reconnected, to the work of an LA icon.

 

Signs of Life
John Van Hamersveld
February 10, 2017 - June 30, 2017
FIGat7th, Los Angeles

Arts Brookfield presents a multi-property, large scale vinyl art installation by John Van Hamersveld, the well-known LA based artist who has played an instrumental role in shaping the visual culture of rock ’n’ roll and SoCal life since the 1960s. Through the dynamic and vibrant retro graphics featured in Signs of Life, you will be introduced to the artwork of an LA icon who is truly a part of design history!

 

Free Public Events

Friday, February 10: Psychedelic Valentine’s Day Love-In & Happy Hour

2nd and 4th Fridays, February & March: Lunch with LACO

 

DTLA

Read more about Signs of Life on page 47.

 

About John Van Hamersveld

Even if someone thinks they do not know the artwork of John Van Hamersveld, they have probably come face to face with it at some point in their life, possibly through the album artwork of their favorite band, through an experience at the 1984 Olympics that Van Hamersveld was commissioned to design, or at the drive through window of a Fatburger that he re-branded.

Holding influential positions as an Art Director for Surfer Magazine and Capitol Records, he designed hundreds of album covers for musicians like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles along with leading the surf culture aesthetic for decades. His iconic image for the movie The Endless Summer in 1964 and his concert poster for Jimi Hendrix at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium in 1968 have become two of the most recognizable and well-known images in their respective genres, securing Van Hamersveld’s place in design history.

The Signs of Life installation will include a unique vinyl design on the upper plaza at FIGat7th, as well as four portraits of famous musicians and composers in the windows of Bank of America, facing Hope St and the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall on Grand. Through this colorful, dynamic, and vibrant pop imagery, you will be introduced, or reconnected, to the work of an LA icon.

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

Radiance: An original artwork by Amy Kao
Celebrate the Year of the Rooster
January 28, 2017 - February 26, 2017
Brookfield Place New York, New York

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Arts Brookfield has commissioned an original work of art by artist Amy Kao for the 230 Vesey Shops at Brookfield Place New York. Radiance explores the traditional Chinese craft of paper cut-outs to create a landscape of imagination, where viewers are invited to traverse through a succession of swelling contours and recessions. Each of the densely elaborate columns depicts a distinct landscape of foliage motifs, together with iconic roosters in celebration of this year’s zodiac animal.

 

ABOUT AMY KAO

Amy Kao’s work speaks to the perceptual experience and experiences of nature as markers of history and culture. Her work has been exhibited in venues such as MoMA PS1, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York Public Library, and Apexart, NY. Most recently, Kao collaborated with designer Jil Sander on a fashion collection. Solo exhibitions include Michael Steinberg Fine Art, NY and Venetia Kapernekas Gallery, NY.  Kao is a recipient of residency fellowships at Yaddo, NY; MacDowell Colony, NH; Art Omi, NY and the Lower East Side Printshop, NY. Born in Taiwan, Kao currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Brookfield Tenant Art Exhibit
January 23, 2017 - February 22, 2017
Republic Plaza, Denver

The Brookfield Tenant Art Exhibit features artwork by employees and family members of 1801 California and Republic Plaza. Works in this biennial exhibit represent a variety of mixed media, including drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture.

Join us for a reception and award presentation on Thursday, February 2 to celebrate the exhibiting artists.

 

OPENING RECEPTION

Thursday, February 2 | 4:30 – 7 PM

 

Featured Artists from 1801 California

Brookfield Properties
Angela Elaine Lombard, relative of Penfield Tate-Belton

Butler Snow
Weston Keyes, relative of Melanie Keyes
Devon Keyes, relative of Melanie Keyes
Melanie Keyes

CenturyLink
Olivia Couch, relative of Joy McConnell-Couch
Alison McKelvy
Joy Couch

Crestone Peak Resources
Kay Butler

Guard & Grace
Kenneth Howell

Ibotta
Charlotte Bassin, relative of Scott Bassin
Courtney Allen
Whit Haynes, relative of Melissa Haynes

Kutak Rock LLP
Daun Knight, relative of Jason Rollinger

Molson Coors Brewing Company
Laura Bruggeman
Mitchell Beamer, relative of Lisa Voit
Jessica Beamer, relative of Lisa Voit
Daniel Stern

RBC Capital Markets
Holly White, relative of Nicole Brunswig

RBC Wealth Management
Elizabeth Lo, relative of Lisa Lo

Send Grid
Graham Gall, relative of Jim Gall

Squire Patton Boggs
David Wayne Hill, relative of Cydney Hill

Transamerica
Tabitha McCue
Jenny Goring
Phil Cipri, relative of Marcie Carvalho

 

Featured Artists from Republic Plaza:

Brookfield Properties
Rachel Fleming, relative of Hannah Fleming
Barry Hilleary, relative of Patrick Hilleary

DCP Midstream
Steven Jay Barraza, relative of Daniel Osthoff
Clyde Whitmarsh, relative of Valerie Whitmarsh

Denver Investments
Dontrell T. Bradford Jr., relative of LaTerrell Bradford
Sierra Barela, relative of Mike Barela

Encana Oil & Gas
Brian Reischl, relative of Wendelyn Reischl
Wendelyn Reischl
Susan Most, relative of Matt Most
Rachel Most, relative of Matt Most
Caroline Kelley
Ken Dvorak 

Extraction Oil & Gas
Elvira Lyons

JP Morgan
Karen Hanes
Timothy Collins
Chip Bromfield, relative of Mary Bromfield

Spencer Fane LLP
Ashley Orcutt Johnson
Aubrey Rudy

Starbucks
Kyle Warkentin 

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell
Tom Wade
Reid Neureiter

Venoco, LLC
Brian Donovan