Saturday, September 26, 2015

Nuit Blanche Edmonton: Martin Creed and Andrew Buszchak

There are no advance install shots that would do these final two works justice, but I'll have photos up of all the completed projects Sunday night. (after which  the blog returns to its regular focus).

Please come out and join us if you're in the Edmonton area.

"An artwork that has no weight, no permanent shape, and no certain outcome, Half The Air In A Given Space gives tangible form to the air around us. It is an interactive work that invites playful participation.

Creed’s instructions are as follows: “Calculate the volume of the space. Using air, blow up 12-inch balloons until they occupy half the volume of the space… As usual the space should be full of air, but half of it should be inside balloons. Extra balloons may be added over time to maintain the volume of the work, or else the balloons may be left to deflate naturally.”

Martin Creed is a celebrated British artist and musician, well-known for challenging definitions of art through mundane yet thoughtful and impactful gestures. He won Britain’s prestigious Turner Prize in 2001 for Work No. 227: The lights going on and off, in which the lights in an empty room turned on and off at five-second intervals. The year prior his large neon sign the whole world + the work = the whole world, was emblazoned on the façade of Tate Britain. He studied in London at the Slade School of Fine Art, graduating in 1990. He is represented by Hauser & Wirth, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and Galleria Lorcan O’Neill Roma galleries.

Creed states: “I think it’s all to do with wanting to communicate. I mean, I think I want to make things because I want to communicate with people, because I want to be loved.”

City Centre Pedways to East Parkade, 2nd and 3rd floors over 102 A Ave. Please enter exhibit from either the 2nd or 3rd floors through City Centre."

"Engaging the existing automated interior lighting systems of various buildings in the downtown core, Beacon programs the lights to turn on and off, broadcasting a slow motion binary code. The message is ambiguous to even the skilled observer: it is unclear whether it is intended as a distress signal or a symbol of hope.

Andrew Buszchak’s work explores systems of belief and exchange; he is interested in how these structures are entwined with the values and customs of contemporary North American society. By manipulating aspects of contemporary life, he seeks a perspective that will help to form new insights on objects and correlations that are often taken for granted.

Buszchak is an interdisciplinary artist working recently in video, print, and exchange. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from NSCAD University in Halifax. In 2014, he exhibited videos at Xpace Cultural Centre in Toronto ON and produced a limited edition print to accompany the Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers’ spring edition of SNAPline. Other recent engagements with Edmonton’s arts community include his reader series Tuesday Night Book Talk held at Creative Practices Institute, and his collaboration with Émilienne Gervais, Custodial Walk, as part of Park(ing) Day hosted by The Drawing Room.

Chancery Hall (3 Sir Winston Churchill Square) and Epcor Tower (10423 - 101 Street). (This installation is visible from a distance.)"

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