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The Poetics of West Coast Modernism in West Vancouver at The Works Art & Design Festival in Edmonton


April 22, 2008
by Canadian Architect

The Poetics of West Coast Modernism in West Vancouver will be the architecture exhibit at The Works Art & Design Festival 2008 in Edmonton. This exhibit is a multi-media project developed by West Vancouver Cultural Services to showcase the distinguished architectural practice which has emerged in this small British Columbia Community over the past half century, and continues to evolve in the present day. An exhibition in three parts, a lecture series, and a monograph are collaborations between curator Ruth Payne, project coordinator Katherine Tong, architect Barry Downs (author of the text), and the architects who designed the 18 selected buildings.

The collaborative and multi-disciplined approaches are revealing. The underlying theme of this project is the formation of a very unique architectural expression in West Vancouver, developed through a series of dialogues between architects and clients on the meanings of art and construction, site and climate, nature and artifact, theory and history, transcendent and pragmatic, spirituality and reason. The result has been a continuing renewal in interpreting the meaning of design for contemporary living in this community at the interface of mountain rain forest and seacoast.

The Works Art & Design Festival 2008 presents The Big Picture! Over the next three years, a core of themed exhibits that focus on sustainability and environmental consciousness will be presented. With the idea that awareness leads to positive change, the exhibits will simultaneously bring together art, sustainability and social responsibility in an exciting manner while provoking discussion. The feature themed program for this year’s festival is Water.

Kicking off the first festival of Edmonton’s summer season from June 20 to July 2, 2008, The Works boasts world-renowned art exhibits, transforming downtown public spaces into alternative galleries attracting artists and patrons from around the world, boosting the energy and imagination of Alberta’s capital city every summer. The event continually challenges the boundaries of contemporary art and design in regional, national and international milieus, offering over 200 exciting exhibits and special events to the public. As the largest Art & Design Festival of its kind in North America, The Works is an innovative, free event that showcases the best in cutting-edge design, digital art, and new media technology alongside traditional visual art mediums.

On the main Festival site of Sir Winston Churchill Square, art lovers of all ages can take part in and make their own art, witness demonstrations of artists at work, and attend featured artists’ lectures and events all while enjoying Canadian performers on stage, a vibrant artisan market, and delicious food. The Works Art & Design Festival is the must-see destination in Edmonton this summer season.

For more information, please visit www.theworks.ab.ca.



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