Public Art Proposals: Convergence (Malkinson) and Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (Brown, Garrett and Shordee)
In the spring of this year, we asked Alberta artists to submit their most thoughtful and creative proposals for 3 public art sites cSPACE King Edward: the Grand Historic Entranceway (site 1), the Contemporary Main Entrance (site 2) and the Art Park (site 3). After 3 separate juries poured carefully over the 28 proposals received, the submissions were narrowed down to 10 finalist proposals from 8 artists and teams working across a wide range of disciplines.
This week we’ll be sharing proposals from Edmonton-based print and glass artist Brenda Malkinson for the Contemporary Main Entrance, as well as a proposal for the Grand Historical Entrance from a team of Calgary artists: Caitlind r.c. Brown, Lane Shordee and Wayne Garrett. Don’t forget to stay tuned to the blog in the coming weeks for sneak peeks at each of the 10 finalist proposals as well some fun Q&As to help you get to know the creative geniuses behind the concepts! Stayed tuned to the cSPACE King Edward Facebook page so you don’t miss a thing and are first in the know when we announce the winning proposals!
Meet Brenda Malkinson
Brenda Malkinson is an Edmonton-based contemporary glass and wood block print artist and educator. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design with distinction and has exhibited her work in Canada, the U.S., South Korea, Japan, and France. Malkinson’s work is in various public and private collections including: The Massey Foundation, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The University of Alberta; Mazankowski Heart Institute, The Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation and the Cross Cancer Institute.
Main Contemporary Entrance: Convergence
When Malkinson first toured the cSPACE King Edward site, pre-construction, she began to imagine what it would be like for YYC’s creatives to cohabit and collaborate in the historic space. “The significance of connection reverberated in my mind. Links that connect the city, the visionaries, the funders, the builders, the designers, the artists and the community that has joined forces to build the vision of a 21st Century Arts Hub and Incubator,” she wrote in her proposal to help create one of eight public art installations at the venue. Malkinson’s “Convergence” installation will be the first experience visitors and resident tenants happen upon when they walk into cSPACE King Edward. Housed in the main entrance of the building, Convergence will be made up of stained-glass spheres, interlocking and converging circles of colourful light that bring energy and presence to the entry space. “(The work) will signify the connections and diversity of all the people who share common interests and engage in a collective centre,” Malkinson explains. Convergence will a collaboration between Malkinson and the glass-making community of Calgary and the Alberta College of Art and Design – where artists will be invited to create circular, two-dimensional spheres of coloured glass to be incorporated into the concept.
Meet the team behind: Yesterday, Today Tomorrow
Caitlind R.C. Brown & Wayne Garrett work with diverse mediums and materials, ranging from artificial light to re-appropriated architectural debris (credit, artists website). They’re previous works have appeared internationally at festivals, galleries, and museums but locally they’re probably best known for their temporary Calgary works including SOLAR FLARE (2013, Calgary Downtown Association), and CLOUD (Nuit Blanche 2012) which was shortlisted for an Innovation by Design Award in 2013 by Fast Company (NYC). When working independently, Wayne is a machinist, musician, and composer; Caitlind is a co-founder and co-curator with WRECK CITY curatorial collective.
Brown and Garrett have teamed up with Calgary-based scavenger artist Lane Shordee to submit a public art proposal for the Grand Historic Entranceway at cSPACE King Edward. Drawing from construction waste and items found by happenstance, Shordee builds sculptures and installations that both challenge and indulge our relationships with the things we throw away. (credit, artists website). Shordee’s notable works include THE GREENHOUSE (Kensington, Calgary – Wreck City: An Epilogue for 809) and WATERWAYS (Wreck City: Phantom Wing).
Grand Historic Entranceway: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, is the name of the proposal put forth by Shordee, Brown and Garrett for the Grand Historic Entranceway. They’ve proposed an intricate clock system of 105 suspended hourglasses — each filled with sand crushed from the sandstone bricks collected on site during the renovations of the King Edward School — used to map out universal time in relation to abstract, personal measurements of time. This complex mix of suspended glass and stone draws on a direct relationship between the sandstone school’s past and the future that cSPACE King Edward envisions for Calgary’s innovative creators. The hourglasses, controlled by computer-activated motors will measure both universal time (60, 30, 15, and 5 minute intervals) and personal time. Before the advent of accurate timekeeping devices, people measured time based on the sun in combination with personal activities. Especially for artists, who often work outside the regimented confines of a traditional schedule, time is measured in alternative intervals: the amount of time it takes to paint a base coat, drink a cup of coffee, visit a studio mate, rehearse a particular scene, frame a photograph in the viewfinder, write a paragraph of text, procrastinate beginning a grant… etc. These are insignificant periods of time when it comes to universal time, but significant to the artistic process.
Shordee, Brown and Garrett describe through their artist proposal: In 2017, King Edward School will be 105 years old. Tenants will begin to move into the building, altering its rooms and establishing ownership over internal space. Relationships will develop between artists, organizations, neighbours, audiences and the surrounding community; re-establishing a rich network centered around the school. In essence, King Edward School will be resurrected from a state of latency, its clock, currently frozen will begin to tick again!