Canada’s leading contemporary art gallery The Power Plant presents Power Ball: Old/New World, Toronto’s most anticipated annual art party, on Thursday, June 5, 2014
Toronto, ON – April 23, 2014
Canada’s leading contemporary art gallery The Power Plant (231 Queens Quay West) presents Power Ball: Old/New World on Thursday, June 5, 2014, raising vital funds for its exhibitions and public programs throughout the year.
This year’s Power Ball theme “Old/New World” pays tribute to the revolutionary time when digital technology developed from an analogue world, transforming everything from music, art, fashion and food. The event will celebrate the best of the old and new world with outstanding work by local and international artists that will surround partygoers with playful and spectacular environments. For ticket information visit: http://bit.ly/1jbUja4.
Setting the standard as the most influential, vibrant and original contemporary art party since its inception in 1999, Power Ball has grown to become the gallery’s largest annual fundraiser, attracting a crowd 1,500 guests including artists, fashionistas, celebrities, and financers from creative industries.
“When you attend Power Ball, you join a family of Power Plant supporters,” says Director of The Power Plant Gaëtane Verna. “Power Ball is the largest annual fundraising event for The Power Plant. It is the engine that supports the exhibitions and public programming the gallery offers all year. I thank all sponsors of this year’s event and our invaluable co-chairs Aris Andrulakis, Laurent Fort, Philippe Meyersohn and Georgia Scherman, who are supported by our hard-working committee. We are truly grateful to everyone, and we look forward to celebrating the power of the arts with you.”
The early portion of the evening from 7-9 PM is for Lounge ticket holders only and will feature a private performance by award-winning English British artist Naomi Kashiwagi. During the multi-disciplinary performance entitled Gramophinca, guests will be wowed by live gramophone glitching as Kashiwagi plays 78rpm records re-appropriated on a wind-up gramophone, demonstrating the potential to transform sounds from one era to another.
Rising international star Jon Rafman is an award-winning Montréal artist who will premiere new work at Power Ball that blurs the distinction between virtual and physical realities. Furthermore, the evening will also feature an installation of B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Beamer), a one-night exhibition that hosts a number of artists and their projectors; New York-based artist duo CONFETTISYSTEM who will create a site-specific installation in line with their extraordinary set designs; work by artist Christine Davis, who has exhibited extensively across the globe with work that addresses the contemporary in relation to critical junctures within modernity; and Oli Sorenson, a multi-media and performance artist who promotes the practices of sampling and sharing.
About The Power Plant
The Power Plant is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. It is a vital forum for the advanced artistic culture of our time that offers an exceptional facility and professional support to diverse living artists while engaging equally diverse audiences in their work. The Power Plant pursues its activities though exhibitions, publications and public programming. It fulfills its mandate by generating: exhibitions that represent the range of advanced practice in visual arts; publications that increase knowledge of contemporary art; lectures and symposia that encourage debate and further understanding; interpretative tools that invite visitors to question, explore and reflect upon their experiences; programming that incorporates other areas of culture when they intersect with visual art.
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