September 5 – November 1, 2014
Opening reception Friday September 5th, 6 – 8 pm
SuttonBeresCuller work Midas-like to transform everyday objects and experience with a trademark joie de vivre not unlike that of Duchamp. However, their appropriation of the everyday is an inversion of the slapstick readymade. Months are spent to transform the replica of the cheap, mass-produced thing into an object of value and desire. Objects such as a toilet plunger, hammer, and squirt bottle of cleaning liquid are each cast in bronze. A bronze disco ball is painstakingly hand-polished to a high shine. Greg Kucera Gallery is pleased to announce our second exhibition of work by Seattle artists SuttonBeresCuller. Working collaboratively with a unified vision since 2000, John Sutton, Ben Beres, and Zac Culler have explored an great variety of media in an effort to bring art experiences to their sometimes unsuspecting audience. Site-specific installations, portable public art environments, performance, photography and sculpture have all played a part in their highly conceptual work designed to engage and invite participation from viewers.
There’s disconcerting madness in the logic of such practice, both for the artist laborers and art consumers. The artists’ time and labor goes into glorification of the disposable object and transforming it into something permanent, forcing a new and different relationship with the mundane.
Experience Toronto transformed by contemporary art projects created by hundreds of artists.
The vast bright and colourful structures of a festival or circus are surrounded by dazzling sounds, sights and smells. Ubiquitous concession stands and mobile exhibits make up much of the landscape. Vying for attention amongst the crowds, these transitory structures rely on brilliant lighting, color and height to stand out.
In response to transitory environments common to fairs, festivals and circuses, SuttonBeresCuller have created a large migratory outdoor sculpture. This monument comments upon the aesthetics of its environment. Atop a 16′ flatbed trailer, four unique structures neatly nested within each other telescope skyward, extending into a baroque sculpture. Adorned with flashing lights, vibrant flags and reflective surfaces, this flamboyant homage has turned the concession stand into pure sculptural form.
The events and exhibitions at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche celebrate the passions and talents of the community, arts, culture, indulgence, tradition and innovation. Let this piece be a shrine to those collective moments.
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The Mini Mart City Park is a community-focused, brownfield revitalization project that will transform and re-purpose a former gas station into a pocket park, public sculpture, and community center.
For more information visit: MiniMartCityPark.com