Scottsdale Public Arts Presents
Canal Convergence 2018
For the sixth year, Canal Convergence: Water + Art + Light returns to the Scottsdale Waterfront. With the renewed support of presenting sponsors Salt River Project and the City of Scottsdale, Scottsdale Public Art brings international, national and local artists to create a free, interactive and educational art event.
“Canal Convergence is Scottsdale Public Art’s premiere annual event for with installations, activities and educational components that celebrate local and international artists,” says Scottsdale Public Art Director, Kim Curry-Evans. “We anticipate record-breaking crowds attending, since what will be on view are amazing artworks reflective of the event’s continuing growth as a destination for visitors both near and far.”
Attendees will experience nine days of cutting-edge public art installations suspended above and placed throughout the Arizona Canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront, between Scottsdale Road and Goldwater Boulevard. The large-scale installations will remain on view from February 22 through May 3.
On the weekends of February 23-24 and March 2-3, Scottsdale Public Art will present a range of educational activities and engaging events that will enhance the art show experience. Activities will include screen-printing workshops, outdoor dance performances, community bike rides, a series of artist talks and poetry readings. On both weekends, live music performed by local bands will add to the fun. Also, wine, assorted beers and food will be available for purchase at Soleri Plaza.
Featured Public Art Installations,
Workshops and Performances
Reflection Rising by Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics
This kinetic, multi-color installation will be suspended above the Arizona Canal from Marshall Way Bridge to Soleri Bridge and Plaza. Made from 50,000 colorful ripstop nylon streamers, Reflection Rising was created to highlight the natural world by harnessing wind currents to rise and fall dramatically and evoke a sunset with its reflection in canal waters. Artist Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics is a Los Angeles-based artist specializing in immersive public art installations.
Desert Sun by Jotta Studio
A large steel semi-circle placed in the Arizona Canal between Marshall Way Bridge and Goldwater Boulevard will float just above the water’s surface. The installation uses the reflection of the canal to complete its form into a full sphere. The sculpture will employ cycles of light and mirrors to convey the colors of sunrise and sunset. Jotta Studio was founded by Ben James in 2009 in partnership with the London-based art school, Central Saint Martins. The studio creates large-scale-installation works using elements such as light, film and kinetics to respond to space.
Globoscope by Collectif Coin
Collectif Coin has combined light, sound, mathematics and technology to create Globoscope, an installation of more than 200 luminous spheres that flicker and glow in mesmerizing patterns set to ethereal sound arrangements. Specifically arranged and programmed with each installation, this collection of one-foot-diameter spheres will use sound and light to transform and expand the Scottsdale Waterfront, offering viewers a dreamlike stroll along the canal. Collectif Coin is a multi-disciplinary art lab that uses light, sound and digital art to create site-specific artworks.
Flawless by Studio Alex (Architectural Light Experience)
This site-specific installation consists of more than 4,000 photoluminescent Elm leaf forms cast from transparent resin and phosphorescent pigments. During the day, the pigments absorb energy from the sunlight, giving them a bright green glow at night. Suspended by steel cables from the Marshall Way Bridge, these “falling” leaves evoke a connection to the natural world. Studio Alex ( Architectural Light Experience) is a collaborative based in Amsterdam and Milan. The company is comprised of two artists and designers: Gonzalo Bascunan and Perrine Vichet.
Barter Boat by Radar Art:
Robin Schwartzman, Anna Abhau, Elliott and Desiree Moore
Barter Boat is An interactive art installation powered by creativity and the motto “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” the artists have traveled across the country in their “boat” to trade objects with anyone who visits their installation. Throughout Canal Convergence, Barter Boat’s artists will ask attendees to trade small possessions for an eco-friendly bag filled with curated objects collected from a previous city on their tour. Through this exchange, memorable experiences are created by getting people to share small pieces of their lives. The participants are shaping a new relationship to waste and exploring value without money. Radar Art is an artists’ collective interested in making connections through objects, personal narratives, conversations and social exchanges.
Workshops by Eli Richard:
Poster Printing and Print Your Own Merch
Phoenix-based artist and printmaker Eli Richard will teach workshops on the art of screen printing.The Poster Printing Workshop will focus on a multi-color printing process, and participants will leave with a custom-printed poster. The Print Your Own Merch Workshop will teach how to screen print on T-shirts, bags and other fabric items they bring from home. This workshop will offer several one-color designs from which to choose, and those who don’t bring a fabric item may purchase T-shirts and tote bags from Scottsdale Public Art at the workshops. Both workshops will be free and open to the public both weekends.
Live Dance Performances by Nicole L. Olson:
Descending Fables, February 2 and Nomad, March 3
Phoenix-based dancer and choreographer Nicole Olson will present two dance performances during the twilight hours on both Saturdays. Using the large-scale art installations for both inspiration and as a stage, Olson and her team of dancers will create fun, exuberant and expression-filled moments throughout each performance. Olson began her career as a dancer and choreographer studying classical jazz at Milwaukee Ballet School. Currently, she is associate director/principal dancer of Scorpius Dance Theatre in Phoenix and performs nationally and internationally with the company.
Los Trompos by Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena
Returning for a second year are five interactive “spinning-top” sculptures by Esrawe and Cadena. Made from fabric woven in a traditional style by Mexican artisans, the fabric is stretched over the sculptures to seat several people at once. Functioning as both artwork and rotating seating spaces, each sculpture acts as a gathering place for relaxation, social interaction and entertainment.