Commissioned by Arts Brookfield
Produced by Pearl VanderBerg Wagner
April 8 to 19, 2013
Brookfield Place celebrates Earth Week 2013 with an exhibition of Vancouver-based artist Scott Massey’s Enclosed Field. The site-specific, commissioned artwork is rooted in Massey’s ongoing exploration of the natural world through cultural and technological means. By installing approximately 3,000 anodized aluminum rods, each standing approximately 48 inches high, Massey weaves a golden-like wheat field through the vaulted length of the urban Allen Lambert Galleria. The aluminum castings were created using very highrecycled content and each component was selected and manufactured with an emphasis on sustainability.
Massey was inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s series of paintings The Wheat Field, which captured the ever changing rhythms of light and colour in the fields of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France. Sensitive to the Galleria’s inherent dialogues with changing atmospheric light conditions, Massey’s installation is responsive to the effects of the ambient light and movement from passersby. The smooth, gold surface of the anodizedrods, with their polished dome tips, mirrors the changing light’s many moods. Depending on the time of day or the weather outside, the coloration of the rods may shift from pale metallic to an intense, vibrant gold.
The seeming simplicity of Massey’s work is deceptive. Enclosed Field is seldom at rest, animating the space through gentle movement and occasional sound. The stalk shaped rods sway as breezes from doorways and the air currents from passersby stimulate movement. If you listen closely you can hear the subtle swish of rustling fields.
SCOTT MASSEY: LET’S REACH ‘C’ TOGETHER
June 25TH, 2013
The artificial divide between the realms of art and science has been blurred of late as contemporary artists both employ the tools of science in their practice and explore, and challenge, scientific properties with their work. Vancouver-based photographer Scott Massey has had a longstanding interest in questions surrounding space – both that which we encounter on a daily basis and the larger cosmological universe – and perception, and his work explores the relationship between these phenomena and the natural world. His latest exhibition at the Charles H. Scott Gallery, Let’s Reach ‘c’ Together, is a captivating collection of photographs, video, and sculptural installations that collectively employ the properties of quantum physics and cosmology to investigate how we move through space and time.
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Detail of Transit (viewed through unexposed processed transparency film), 2012
In a practice that limns the evasive subjects of light and time's passage, Scott Massey makes material choices matter. “Spectrum Studies” presents his effort to form a “durational landscape,” a film work to be completed next year that subtly summarizes a 24-hour period through diverse filters, films, and imaging technology. From October 10 through November 2 at Wil Aballe Art Projects, Massey presents the photographic studies that make up his preparations, beautiful objects straining to chart the evolution of a day through a single frame.
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The Charles H. Scott Gallery is pleased to present a new body of work by Vancouver artist Scott Massey. The sculpture, photography and video works in the exhibition explore cosmology, quantum physics and universal constants. Linked by the physical properties of light and the paradigm-shifting potential of the ground glass lens, each work expands the notion of our collective journey through time and space.
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The title text has been assembled from a letter handwritten by Albert Einstein
SCOTT MASSEY'S LET'S REACH C TOGETHER EXLORES SCIENCE, ASTRONOMY, AND PHOTOGRAPHY
by Robin Laurence, Jun 26, 2013
Let’s start with a confession and a possible disclaimer. The ideas behind Scott Massey’s new exhibition at the Charles H. Scott Gallery seem intimidating—even before you see the work. The show’s paradoxically cozy subtitle, Let’s Reach c Together—“c” denoting the speed of light—and the accompanying media release, which is also the curatorial essay, promised an exploration of concepts far beyond our ken. Among the inspirations for Massey’s sculpture, photographs, and videos are quantum theory, “Planck’s constant”, and the science and history of both astronomy and photography. Eek.
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