CULTIVATING EQUILIBRIUM AT UNIT/PITT

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This Thursday April 9th, Unit/Pitt Projects presents Cultivating Equilibrium by Madison Killo and Patrick Campbell.

Madison Killo and Patrick Campbell will transform Unit/Pitt’s gallery space into an immersive and systematic, non-site recontextualization of the Bloedel Conservatory. Cultivating vanishing habitats in a utopian realm, the conservatory acts as a hermetic container of preservation, understanding, and interiority.

‘Cultivating Equilibrium’ navigates the complex interrelations between art, architecture and nature. Exploring the balance between the three, the exhibition implements an organic architecture within the gallery. Presenting non-linear experiences of space, it engages with a superlative unworldliness, simulating an unearthly earth.

Built on an extremely valuable piece of land, Bloedel Conservatory was nearly closed in 2009 due to poor attendance, The fact that it remains as a utopic structure, while enduring the pressures of society around it, is both absurd and arguably invaluable. It contains and cultivates remote habitats in idealized realms, and is advertised as a container of healing properties for society.  The experiential and historical consequences of the attributes of Bloedel Conservatory; its individuals, natural organisms, and structure, blends a host of contradictions. In this, there is an implied futurism within the cross-pollination of (structured) nature and (expansive) architecture.

Structured sound design by Joshua Bartholomew.

Madison Killo is an artist and curator living in Vancouver, Canada. She received her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2014. In December 2014, she curated the exhibition ‘Beginning the Shape’ at the Or Gallery. Through sculptural installations, her work architects atmospheres through the lens of existential, metaphysical and ontological affects. Structured through a theoretical and meditative process, they focus on the presentation of space as platform for experience.

Patrick Campbell is an artist and curator based in Vancouver, Canada. He received his BFA from Emily Carr in 2010. His work highlights and acknowledges the presence of societal histories. Informed by his formal training in photography, he seeks to preserve the lasting ephemera of these architectures. His practice often uses traditional cinematic modes of production – situated in installations that enhance the construction of place. The content of his work mediates between the public and the private, structuring narratives around fragments of the every day. –Unit/Pitt Projects

April 9 to May 7 at Unit/Pitt Projects, 236 E.Pender St. Vancouver
Opening reception April 9 at 7pm

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