Merging

A one-time geometric exploration with creative collective MISTLa

Sept 18 @ 10 – 4:00

Sept 25 @ 10 – 2:30

Sept 26 @   1 – 3:30

Imagine building a monumental scale sculpture over a 3-day hands-on art workshop at the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre and Sculpture Park in Springbank using a boat, furniture, and frame house construction techniques. The outcome will be Merging, a geometric, wooden 12-foot-high contemporary sculpture intended to test the rigours of time as a public art installation. 

Under the guidance of MISTLa – the creative collective formed by sculptor and master builder James Ziegler, seasoned sculptor and geometric artist/explorer Bob Stowell, and red seal tradesman and creative metalworker John Gohmann – participants will build intersecting structural frames and panels based on the polyhedral relationship between the Golden Rectangle and the Icosahedron. A distinctive feature of this geometric exploration is that when a square section is added or removed, the product is another golden rectangle – an action that may be repeated infinitely.

Some twentieth-century artists and architects, including Le Corbusier and Salvador Dalí, have proportioned their works’ dimensions to approximate golden rectangles. The 1927 Villa Stein designed by Le Corbusier is a good example.

Although the inspirational concepts behind Merging are based on formalisms, this workshop is as much about math, classical aesthetics and contemporary art as it is about team participation and community engagement. Participants can expect  a collective experiential art connection and to learn some valuable building skills in this trade-meets-art exercise. 

Each participant will receive a small maquette of the Merging individual pieces, inviting them to explore other non-regular shapes and share real-time art insights during the workshop’s exploration of geometrical forms. Collectively the group will decide how to assemble the pieces. 

Photography and videos will document the team’s creative discovery exploration.

Merging will reside at the KOAC’s sculpture park grounds from Fall to Spring.

In order to provide this workshop to our community, we charge a nominal fee of $60 to cover our costs.

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