analog interactive installation / kinetic sculpture / post-digital drawing machine
NEW MEDIA GALLERY
May 02. - July 26, 2015
Opening Reception > Saturday May 2, 7:00pm - 9:00 pm
Artist's Talk > Saturday May 2, 6:00pm - 6:45pm > Karina Smigla-Bobinski: Art Between Atoms & Bits
New Media Gallery
3rd Floor Anvil Centre
777 Columbia Street
New Westminster, Canada
‘You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation’ Plato
New Media Gallery is very proud to announce an opening reception for the captivating POPart exhibition. Presenting works by Martin Creed (Scotland), Karina Smigla-Bobinski (PL/DE), William Lamson (USA), Ceal Floyer (UK).
On it’s elastic surface POPart is all about medium. The artists have used a very familiar material the balloon - as their medium. This base material brings with it reminders of childhood celebration, buoyant fun and commercialism. And the works themselves echo these origins : they are wonderfully immersive, interactive, and playful.
On second glance they also explore complex ideas + formal constructs, encouraging us to question how objects, spaces and situations are fabricated, presented, perceived and consumed. How do we interpret the measure of air in a contained space, what sets the inventive mind in motion, how do we recognize the shifting role of artist and audience, in what do we perceive truth?
The artists here become catalysts, rigorously creating expressive, whimsical and often ironic ways for the audience to interact with the work.. Some of the artists in POPart have already changed how we perceive contemporary art. All have created exciting, intelligent and sensory works using a common material: the balloon.
New Media Gallery - New Westminster’s new civic gallery, is taking on the world. Here you will find an exciting focus on international new media and digital art.
At the New Westminster New Media Gallery, you’ll experience art that has been created in a world transformed by technology. Discover art that plugs in, lights up, responds, senses, and communicates. Encounter art that reflects our contemporary world and sheds light on our past. Respond to challenging materials, ideas, and issues. Take away a little bit of wonder and a wealth of inspiration. more
Directors and curators Sarah Joyce and Gordon Duggan bring international experience to the New Westminster New Media Gallery as well as extensive backgrounds in the arts, education, design, conservation, and gallery management. Sarah Joyce worked for a number of years at Tate (Tate Modern and Tate Britain) in Time-Based Media Art. She was responsible for all Media works in the Tate Collection, international exhibitions, artist interviews and research. Gordon Duggan was Manager of Time-Based Media Art Collection at the Lisson Gallery for a number of years. He is an expert in new media technologies and the design and meaning of exhibition spaces. Together they have worked with Artists, Curators and Media specialists around the world, representing Tate and Lisson. They are experienced Exhibition Makers/Curators with a background in the arts, visual culture, design, conservation and education.