October 1, 2015
by Canadian Architect
Viewers examine the art at the inaugural AxA exhibition and silent auction fundraiser in Vancouver
This past week, the Metro Vancouver Chapter of the RAIC held its inaugural Art by Architects/arch-kid-ecture fundraiser, an art exhibition and silent auction held at the Architecture Gallery of the AIBC. 138 works of original art were graciously donated by the architecture and design community. Half were auctioned off over the course of the evening, with the remainder for sale during the two month run of the show. Partial proceeds from the auction go to Architecture for Kids, an incentive of the Marion and Gordon Smith Gallery in North Vancouver to promote the study of architecture in K-12 school curriculum.
The evening’s event was attended by over 100 members of the local architecture community, many of whom left with original art created by many local architects, designers and interns. The auctioned art included an original piece created for the event by Richard Henriquez, FRAIC.
The exhibition parameters required each art piece to fit on a 10” x 10” wood panel. Perkins+Will employees contributed 28 pieces, while one of the big hits of the night was Stantec’s 10-foot-long mural of 12 iconic local buildings, framed by the Cypress, Grouse, and Seymour mountains (sadly, it was broken up among several bidders).
The exhibition fundraiser included a juried component. The jury consisted of Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Mauro Vescera, Board Chair of the Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation
and Pierre Gallant, RAIC regional director for BC and the Yukon.
Best in Show went to the Stantec cityscape, entitled “Create Your Own Vancouver,” by Sara Kasaei, Kim Glauber, Anca Rusu, Monica Basulto, Matthew D. Emerson, Scott Proudfoot and Branislav Vrbaski. The arch-kid-tecture prize went to Joanne Smith, whose cartoon-like three-point perspective of high-rises captured a child’s point-of-view of the city.
Honourable mentions went to “Folding House” by Horace Lai, who cut his panel in half and cleverly hinged it back together in several planes at once. Another honourable mention went to Rufina Wu, who created a triptych of clever doghouse vignettes.
The exhibition will be on display at the AIBC Gallery until November 5, 2015. For more information, visit http://www.aibc.ca/membersite/celebrating-architecture/aibc-gallery/