Herringer Kiss Gallery is able to work with clients to produce one of a kind, site-specific works. Commissions range from single pieces by our gallery artists produced specifically to meet a client's needs to large scale, multi-media, site-specific projects. Our full service design team includes artists, engineers, fabricators, shipping experts and installers.
For more information or to discuss a potential project or idea, please contact Deborah Herringer Kiss at 403-228-4889.
Blake Senini Outdoor Sculpture Commission
Park Central, Calgary, Alberta, August 2020
Calgary based Blake Senini’s highly anticipated new outdoor sculpture, titled “Drama Queen” has been unveiled as part of One Park Central, a new residential, apartment high-rise development by Hines in the Calgary Beltline.
Located at 510 12th Avenue S.W. in Calgary, One Park Central is the first tower of a two-phase master-planned development in the heart of Calgary’s Beltline neighborhood. The public space connecting the two residential towers, called the Galleria, also includes works by Calgary-based artists Alexander Caldwell and Brad Harms. This space is intended to provide residents and the broader community a quality environment in which to enjoy significant and important works of art by some of Calgary’s most notable local artists.
“We have been highly anticipating the installation of this piece and are excited to share it as a new focal point in the city’s longstanding history of world-class architecture and public art,” stated John Wilbeck, Managing Director at Hines. “We hope this will be seen as a benefit, not only to our residents but to the community as a whole for many years to come.”
Blake Senini is one of Alberta’s most highly regarded sculptors. Blake was born in 1954 on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria in Sculpture in 1975 and his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary in 1981. Blake is the recipient of numerous awards and has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, for over 40 years. Blake lives and works in Calgary, Alberta and is a Professor Emeritus of the Sculpture Department at the Alberta College of Art and Design.
Drama Queen began as a photograph of a Raven balanced on a branch of a tree overlooking the artist’s studio. Senini made a template of the silhouette of the raven and carved it repeatedly, layering each layer over the previous while slightly twisting it to create a twisted raven column. The sculpture was then cast into aluminum to stand the test of time in Calgary’s outdoor environment. When residents of the 100 Park Central look down from their balconies, they will see the image of the raven on its branch, from street level, the sculpture acts a twisting, spinning organic column.
(Work by computational media design artist, Oksana Kryzhanivska)
Part of Beakerhead, Curated by Marjan Eggermont in HK INCUBATOR
Opening Reception,Thursday, Sept 7 from 5 to 8pm.
Artist in Attendance.
Oksana Kryzhanivska is an interdisciplinary artist, who explores the potential to enhance human perception with computationally-augmented experience of sculpture. By sharing the technologically intensified tactile sensation her hybrid art forms speak about the capacity to think with the body. These interactive sculptures communicate metaphors of the body: they evoke in the audience images of the reconfigured human body, its internal organs and raw flesh. These flesh-like forms communicate with sensory metaphors through tactile sensing, electronic response, and mixed-reality environments. In this inquiry Oksana explores technologically-enhanced fabrication methods – composing hybrid materials, simulating virtual textures with electronics, and building machinery and digital tools.
Curator, Marjan Eggermont is the former Associate Dean (Student Affairs) and a senior instructor in The Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, teaching in the area of engineering design and communication. She is also an artist who exhibits nationally and internationally. Marjan teaches graphics, communication, technology and design history, biomimicry, and information visualization. She is currently finishing her PhD in Computational Media Design. She co-founded and designs bio-inspired design journal Zygote Quarterly (zqjournal.org). ZQ was a finalist in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 for a Digital Magazine Award in the Science and Technology category. Marjan joined the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) in 2004 and has recently completed a three-year term on the ASEE Board. She was also named one of Calgary’s 20 Most Influential Artists by the Calgary Artwalk Society in 2000.
As Part of Beakerhead
September 8th to the 24th in the HK INCUBATOR Project Space
Curated by Marjan Eggermont
Fireflies, chameleons, and starlings are the inspiration for this exhibition. Works by Bon Adriel Aseniero and Sheelagh Carpendale (computer scientist), Roxane Fallah and Mahdiar Ghaffarianhoseini (architects) explores data and bio-inspiration in sculptural and digital form."
The exploration into bio-inspired design or ‘nature’s networks’ for data visualization is a recent one. Large amounts of data in some cases are not just like living systems: they are living systems. In What Technology Wants Kevin Kelly describes the move from a “clockwork logic to a complex ‘bio-logic’ that is capable of developing thinking, living systems that our complex world demands.” We examined how bioinspired design/bionics/biomimicry can be used to expand the way we think about visualizations: Does it merely apply to visual representations? Can it expand the way we think about interactions? Are there generalizations and guidelines that can be created or is useful advice obtainable from this explorations?
Curator, Marjan Eggermont is the Associate Dean (Student Affairs) and a senior instructor in The Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, teaching in the area of engineering design and communication. She is also an artist who exhibits nationally and internationally. Marjan teaches graphics, communication, technology and design history, biomimicry, and information visualization. She is currently finishing her PhD in Computational Media Design.
She co-founded and designs bio-inspired design journal Zygote Quarterly (zqjournal.org). ZQ was a finalist in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 for a Digital Magazine Award in the Science and Technology category. Marjan joined the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) in 2004 and is currently on the ASEE Board. She was also named one of Calgary’s 20 Most Influential Artists by the Calgary Artwalk Society in 2000.
Alberta Investment Management Corporation
Renown sculpture creator Reinhard Skoracki and Herringer Kiss Gallery were awarded the commission to produce a multi-media installation works for the reception area and trading floor at the offices of Alberta Investment Management Corporation in Edmonton.
Energy, Environment and Experimental Building
The Herringer Kiss Gallery was asked to develop a detailed proposal for artwork in the Energy, Environment and Experiential Learning (EEEL) Building at the University of Calgary. Our services included determining the priority location for site-specific works and developing concepts with artists that carried the themes of the building, provided detailed concepts including budgets, stamped drawings, delivery and installation.
The Robbins Pavilion, Royal Alexandra Hospital,
Herringer Kiss Gallery and gallery artist, Reinhard Skoracki were commissioned by the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation to produce an outdoor, multi-media, sculptural donor wall installation. The challenge was to develop an interactive art piece that proudly displayed the hospital’s donor’s names while being visible from inside the building on two separate floors and from outside the building, as viewed from the courtyard. Our services included stamped engineered drawings, font search, laser cutting, powder coating, welding, delivery and installation. The resulting installation includes stainless steel, powder coated carbon steel and bronze figures. Each donor panel category was done in a different colour and that same colour was used as an accent colour for the corresponding figure and their pencil.
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