American poet Aram Saroyan was paid $500 USD (in 2020 dollars, roughly $4,125 USD) for the publication of this one-word poem in the early 1960s, and to date no poem has netted as much for its author per word. At the time, the payment and the publication of the poem were controversial, but sometimes art can serve to challenge people’s perceptions, says Victoria Arts Council (VAC) executive director Kegan McFadden, who is curating the concrete is porous exhibit.
concrete is porous, in which “Lighght” is featured, is part of a wider array of exhibitions called STANZAS. There are six very different pieces in concrete is porous—STANZAS‘ anchor exhibition, taking place at VAC’s main gallery at 1800 Store Street—that all approach the overlap of visual and literary arts. “Lighght,” says McFadden, is a poem that you look at rather than read.
“For me, the reason it’s so great is because you look at it and you think you see what it says,” he says. “You think you read it one way, then you take a second look and it all comes into focus, or, you know, sort of falls out of focus. And that in-between space is what I’m always after.”
“Lighght” is an illumination on landscape or the natural world, says McFadden, but from a completely conceptual and intellectual framework.
“Concrete poetry, really, is like a pared-down version of language… A word that you might have recognized and then you take a second look, and go, ‘That’s not really what that word is,’ through font or through style,” he says.
McFadden says this is a way to get to the meaning of language and expression.
“Right now, I think, we’re in a moment where everything is being questioned for very good reasons,” says McFadden. “So why wouldn’t art help with providing tools of how to question things in a productive way, or in a way that allows other pieces of the puzzle to come into focus?”
There’s so much going on in the world right now, says McFadden, and it’s up to artists, and the VAC, to take these events—namely, the COVID-19 pandemic and the uprisings around racism—very seriously.
“We’re always striving to be more inclusive as an arts council; how that’s going to shake out over the next couple of years will be interesting,” says McFadden. “We’ve been working more and more with Indigenous artists over the years, and we’re really happy to be showing and showcasing [Nisga’a writer] Jordan Abel’s poetry as part of concrete is porous.” (The work is viewable in the main gallery, which has physical-distancing measures in place and a capacity limit of 10. Window galleries are also available for those who aren’t comfortable going into an enclosed space.)
For McFadden, it’s all about seeing through new lenses that the art offers.
“The reason I work in art,” he says, “is because it’s full of possibilities rather than answers.”
Until Saturday, October 24
Free, various locations
Source:- Nexus Newspaper
Hariri Pontarini To Design Art Gallery of York University – Urban Toronto
Hariri Pontarini Architects (HPA) have been selected to design a new, stand-alone art gallery at York University. The new building will become a centrepiece at the Keele Campus, building upon the rich history of the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), and magnifying its reach into the local community and the world beyond.
Rendering of the winning design. Image courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects.
Boasting a contemporary, contextual design with the firm’s signature curves, HPA’s proposal stood out in the online design competition which saw a wide show of interest from strong contenders in the architectural community. Moriyama and Teshima Architects and gh3 were also on the shortlist. All three firms have received Governor General’s Medals in Architecture.
The new building will be located at the heart of the School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design, adjacent to the Harry W. Arthurs Common, steps from the subway station. The three-storey building will highlight contemporary and historic art and include a ground level event space with four separate gallery spaces set within a xeriscape garden.
AGYU’s collection currently contains 1,700 works including…
- prominent donations of works by Norval Morrisseau and Andy Warhol
- 200 prints and sculptures by renowned and influential Inuit artists including Kenojuak Ashevek and Kananginak Pootoogook
- paradigmatic work by Canadian “Automatistes” Jean-Paul Riopelle and Paul-Emile Borduas
- American Modernists such as Helen Frankenthaler and Kenneth Noland
- RISE, an internationally acclaimed film by Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, featuring performances from some of Toronto’s most influential spoken word and rap artists.
Aerial: The new building will sit at the heart of York Keele Campus’ School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design, adjacent to the Harry W. Arthurs Common, between the Accolade East Building and the Centre for Film & Theatre. Image courtesy of Googlemaps.
Founding Partner Siamak Hariri cites his excitement to help reimagine the AGYU’s future, “To signify this transformation, we were inspired by metaphor and nature. Like a butterfly, each of the five wings of the new gallery extend their reach out to the campus and of course beyond. Responding to the AGYU’s aspiration to expand the social and civic role of the gallery, the building will have a powerful presence, a new presence, embracing the full University Common, and welcoming and attracting visitors to all the wonder it has to offer.”
The AGYU opened in 1988 and moved into its current 3,000 ft² in 2006. The new building, combined with the AGYU’s existing space, will form a unified art institution and an important hub for artistic engagement. “The new design reflects our vision of an accessible and collaborative art gallery that serves as a space for creation, exhibition and appreciation of diverse art and culture,” says President & Vice- Chancellor Rhonda Lenton.
Philanthropists and art collectors Joan and Martin Goldfarb donated $5 million towards the gallery, kicking off this expansion and flagging the importance of the arts on campus. The eponymous Joan and Martin Goldfarb Gallery will honour the Goldfarb’s long history of supporting the arts at York University.
Rendering of the winning design, aerial view from across the Harry W. Arthurs Common. Image courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects.
With this win, HPA adds to its notable cultural and institutional portfolio, which includes the recently opened Tom Patterson Theatre in Stratford, and the internationally award-winning Bahá’í Temple of South America.
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Province puts up $100K to get more art into public places on P.E.I. – CBC.ca
The province has set aside $100,000 over the next two years to develop a public art policy for the province.
Michelle MacCallum, director of cultural development with Innovation PEI, says it will enable the province to commission and acquire public art for government sites such as hospitals, schools and parks.
“I love seeing artwork all over our province,” she said.
“I think about how much it delights and engages and sometimes challenges people when they come upon public art.”
Different than art bank
MacCallum said it will also be another opportunity for Island artists to display their work and earn money from it.
She said it will be different from the provincial art bank.
“This is more specific to sites. So if we were building a new school or some kind of provincial government office building, if you think about it, the building in and of itself is a public entity. But there’s nothing, there’s no art around it. It doesn’t say anything about it, about the people that use it, about what it’s for,” MacCallum said.
“So public art is there to augment the site specifically rather than just acquiring a catalog of the best of art, which is what the art bank does.”
Selected by jury
MacCallum said they will consult with architects and developers of potential sites, then put out request for proposals. The art will be selected by a jury.
She said there are a few sites being considered, but it’s too soon to disclose the locations.
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