This past Saturday, St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts hosted the unveiling of Avantika Bawa‘s site-specific installation, [ ..#..#.... ]. The vibrant swaths of yellow adorning the deconsecrated church, coupled with sublime repetitions of organ music mixed with electronic sounds in the key of E, provided a rejuvenating break from grey winter skies. Thanks to all those who joined us for Saturday’s opening and the accompanying artists talks with Avantika, Shin il Kim and Adrian Göllner . Below are a few photos we snapped that afternoon:
Avantika Bawa’s [ ..#..#.... ] will be open to the public at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts (corner of St. Patrick and Cumberland) tomorrow (January 10th), January 17th, and January 19th from 1pm – 8pm.
Both Avantika Bawa and Shin Il Kim have now arrived in the city and begun preparations for their respective exhibitions at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and Patrick Mikhail Gallery, opening this weekend.
Avantika Bawa’s installation/sound piece [ ..#..#.... ] will be presented this Saturday at 4pm, followed by a panel discussion between artists Bawa, Shin Il Kim, and Adrian Göllner at 5pm.
[..#..#...] addresses the architecture of St. Brigids, its history as a church and the surrounding topography.
In this work, the ethereal space between the altar and the church organ of St. Brigid’s is called to attention, through a series of sculptural and acoustical punctuations. From the balcony of the church (by the organ) emanates a sound projection – a looped composition made with variations of the ‘E’ key. (The E key is closest to the color yellow, which is a major part of the installation). By using new technology, it emulates the function of the organ that is currently non functional, thus hinting at the past. At the opposite end, by the altar sits a ramp, constructed specifically in response to, and for the site. In between these opposite ends is an interspersion of trapezoidal shapes that hang from the pews. The trapezoidal shapes and the shape of the platform are a nod to the system of Linear Perspective, the rules of which were discovered during the Renaissance; a time of reasoning and logic. If made physical, the Vanishing Point of the shapes’ orthogonal lines would fall around the altar, an approach common in early Renaissance art.
Yellow, the dominant color in [..#..#...] is psychologically connected to growth and life and is a direct response to St. Brigid’s, the patron saint for creativity. Further these blasts and pulses of yellow serve to compliment and energize to the surrounding white of Ottawa in December.
Through this work, I hope to add a new energy to the area, create an open space for contemplation, and a finally a dialogue between the architecture of the current with the mysticism of the past.
- Avantika Bawa
Below, we’ve compiled a few images of Bawa’s panels of yellow as a small sampler, before the real event on Saturday. Enjoy!