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Karina Smigla-Bobinski, ADA

Karina Smigla-Bobinski, ADA (2003), installation, polyethylene balloon with charcoal drawing nibs [New Media Gallery, Anvil Centre, New Westminster BC, May 2-Jul 26] Courtesy of the artist / Photo: S. Joyce

POPart

New Media Gallery, Anvil Centre
New Westminster BC – May 2-Jul 26, 2015

William Lamson, Actions

William Lamson, Actions (2008), single channel video and sound [New Media Gallery, Anvil Centre, New Westminster BC, May 2-Jul 26] Courtesy or the artist / Photo: S.Joyce


Karina Smigla-Bobinski, ADA

Karina Smigla-Bobinski, ADA (2003), installation, polyethylene balloon with charcoal drawing nibs [New Media Gallery, Anvil Centre, New Westminster BC, May 2-Jul 26] Courtesy of the artist / Photo: S. Joyce

Although Pop Art burst from a particular set of circumstances common to post-war consumer culture, one does not need an art history degree to know that its objects are derived from popular imagery, and that to experience this kind of art is fun. However, no Warhols in this show. Instead, POPart is the chance to see a younger group of practitioners who have focused on the balloon.

Of the four artists in this exhibition, the best known is Scotland’s Martin Creed, whose conceptual balloon installations have occupied galleries since the late 1990s. Work No. 202: Half the air in a given space (2015) is just that – thousands of balloons inflated to contain half of the air in the space where they’ve been placed.

For viewers interested in a more playful experience, new media artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski has built a room in which a large polyethylene balloon filled with helium and festooned with charcoal nibs responds to the movements of its viewers. The result is an audience-directed drawing machine that, over the course of the exhibition, will produce five sketches: three on the walls, one on the floor and another on the ceiling.

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Martin Creed,Work No. 202: Half the air in a given space

Martin Creed,Work No. 202: Half the air in a given space (1998), installation, room with glass wall and doors, black balloons [New Media Gallery, Anvil Centre, New Westminster BC, May 2-Jul 26]


 Fri, Jun 12, 2015