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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Canada’s leading contemporary art gallery The Power Plant presents Power Ball: Old/New World, Toronto’s most anticipated art party



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

23 April 2014, Toronto, ON - The Power Plant, Canada’s leading contemporary
art gallery, presents Power Ball: Old/New World.  On Thursday 5 June, more
than 1,500 guests will attend the city’s most anticipated annual art party, 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 including artists,
fashionistas, celebrities, and financers from creative industries.


“When you attend Power Ball, you join a family of gallery 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 VIP experience of the party happens exclusively between 7 and 9 PM for all
guests with a ticket to the Lounge.  This early portion of the evening will feature
a private performance by award-winning British artist Naomi Kashiwagi.  During
the multi-disciplinary performance entitled Gramophinca, guests will be wowed
by live gramophone glitching as Kashiwagi plays 78rpm records reappropriated
on a wind-up gramophone, demonstrating the potential to transform sounds from
 one era to another.

The party begins at 9 PM and continues late into the evening with outstanding
artist projects.  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.

For more information, visit The Power Plant website and follow the discussion
on Facebook and Twitter at ThePowerPlantTO. Join the conversation using
#PowerBallTO.
TICKET INFORMATION
Thursday, 5 June, 2014
The Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay West at Harbourfront Centre
Lounge
7 -9 PM, the VIP experience of the party with participating artists
$300 Lounge tickets
Party
9PM – late
$150 Members of The Power Plant, $165 Non-Members
Party packages and artist packages are available
Tickets for this event are extremely limited. To purchase, visit

CO-CHAIRS
Aris Andrulakis
Laurent Fort
Philippe Meyersohn
Georgia Scherman

CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS

BYOB
BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) is a series of one-night-exhibitions initiated by
Rafaël Rozendaal and curated by various people across the globe. Each BYOB
event hosts a number of artists, who activate the space with their mobile
projections. BYOB is a celebration of the new world we live in and a glimpse of
what computing could look like in the future. Today, the internet is confined to
screens. Tomorrow, information will surround us, composing our surfaces,
defining our spaces, enmeshing itself with the ether. A moving image is never
an object, and when it is coupled with the increased flexibility of portable
projection, the realm of experience quickly expands. The first BYOB was
organized by Rafaël Rozendaal and Anne de Vries, and was held in the Bureau
Friederich projectstudio, Berlin on 20 July 2010. It has seen innumerable
incarnations in venues around the world, including at Daikanyama AIT Room,
Tokyo (2014), O’NewWall, Seoul (2013), Lightbox Studio, Moscow (2013), The
Glue Factory, Glasgow (2013), El Parche, Bogota (2013), and Riad Biba,
Marrakesh (2013).

CONFETTISYSTEM
CONFETTISYSTEM is Nicholas Andersen and Julie Ho, a duo working as artists,
stylists, and designers from their studio in Manhattan. Sharing a love of
communal celebration and craft-making, they create bespoke party décor, set
designs and jewelry. CONFETTISYSTEM transforms simple materials such as
tissue paper, cardboard, and silk into interactive objects that create a point of
focus and occupy the space between the ephemeral and the permanent,
evoking a sense of nostalgia and lighthearted fun.

CONFETTISYSTEM has created installations for fashion brands Lanvin, Lane
Crawford, Opening Ceremony, United Bamboo, and J.Crew. Their work
extends to include sets for music industry clients such as Beyoncé, Yeah Yeah
Yeahs and Beach House. In addition to decorating for private celebrations and
working as creative consultants for numerous private labels, CONFETTISYSTEM
has created custom design work for PS1/MOMA, American Ballet Theatre,
Mercedes Benz, Partners & Spade, Other Criteria, and Pop Magazine with
Gagosian Gallery. CONFETTISYSTEM’s line of jewelry and festive objects are
sold internationally through Opening Ceremony, Bergdorf Goodman, and Le
Bon Marche and the duo have been exhibited in art galleries and museums in
New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Japan, and Holland.

Christine Davis
Christine Davis (born Vancouver, 1962) lives and works in Toronto and New
York. She holds a B.F.A. from York University, Toronto, and attended the
College International de Philosophie in Paris. Davis served on the board of
directors of The Power Plant and YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto, and she is a
founding editor of the international journal Public: Art/Culture/Ideas. Her work
seeks to retrieve the past through the lens of the present and establish a
dynamic where meanings from disparate historical and pedagogical moments
collide, addressing the contemporary in relation to critical junctures within
modernity. To this end, the work refutes recognizable style in favour of the
conceptual mobility of materials; from words laser etched on contact lenses to
slide dissolves onto morpho butterflies and video projected through mesh
satellite dishes.

Davis has exhibited extensively across the globe, including exhibitions at
Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal (2009), the Art Gallery of Alberta,
Edmonton (2008-2009), Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto (2006), Presentation
House Gallery, Vancouver (2005) Musée de beaux arts de Montreal (2003),
Seoul Museum of Art (2003), The Power Plant, Toronto (2000). Her work is held
in numerous collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Le Musée
d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Collection Helga de Alvear, Madrid and the
Yvon Lambert Collection Avignon.
Davis is represented by Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto.

Naomi Kashiwagi
Naomi Kashiwagi is an award-winning artist from the United Kingdom
whose practice playfully provokes the fringes of disciplines and genres, the
intersections and impacts of visual art and music upon one another and the
cyclical nature of obsolescence and technological innovation. She works
through reinvention- recycling the redundant and that of the established order
to reveal the ordinary as being inherently extraordinary.
Notable exhibitions include Innsbruck International: Festival of the Arts,
Innsbruck, Austria (2013); SOUNDWORKS, ICA, London (2012); Progress
Reports: Art in an Era of Diversity, INIVA, Rivington Place London (2010); and
The Intertwining Line: Drawing as Subversive Art, Cornerhouse, Manchester
(2008).

Jon Rafman
Jon Rafman (born Montréal, 1981) lives and works in Montréal. He received his
M.F.A. in Film, Video and New Media from the School of Art Institute of
Chicago and he also holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Literature from McGill
University. Inspired by the rich contradictions that technology presents, his
work examines the effects of digital media on individual consciousness and
social and cultural memory. Mixing irony, humour and melancholy, his work
explores the paradoxes of modernity. He has been the recipient of awards from
the Canada Council for the Arts (2012, 2008), National Film Board of Canada
(2010) and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (2008).

Rafman has exhibited extensively across the globe, including solo exhibitions at
Zach Feuer Gallery, New York (2013), Seventeen Gallery, London (2013), Future
Gallery, Berlin (2013), The Photographer’s Gallery, London (2013), and New
Museum, New York (2013). His work is held in public collections in the United
States, Italy, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Rafman is represented by Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, Seventeen Gallery,
London, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, Future Gallery, Berlin, and Galerie Antoine
Ertaskiran, Montréal.

Oli Sorenson
Oli Sorenson (born Los Angeles, 1969) lives and works in Montréal. He is a
multimedia and performance artist who is fascinated by the overabundance of
online content, which he thinks inhibits the creation of new or original work and
instead promotes the practices of sampling and sharing. Recognized as one of
the world’s top ten VJs between 2003 and 2008 by DJ Magazine (UK),
Sorenson describes his approach as that of a remix artist.

Sorenson gained international acclaim under the moniker “VJ Anyone” and
collaborated with numerous bands such as Leftfield, MIA, Bloc Party, Talvin
Singh and more, while continuing his studio production. Sorenson has
exhibited internationally, including audiovisual performances and screenings at
Quartier Des Spectacles, Montréal (2011), Pause Festival, Melbourne (2011),
British Film Institute, London (2010), Club Spoutnik, Geneva (2009),
KuenstlerHaus, Vienna (2008), Tate Britain, London (2008). His work is in
notable collections such as the Canada Arts Council, Arts Council England,
FRAC Collection in Orléans, France and the ZKM collection in Karlsruhe,
Germany.

SPONSORS

Media Partners
Toronto Star
MTV
NOW Magazine
Proud FM
Toronto Life
View the Vibe

Event Production
Candice and Alison Event Group

Exclusive Wine Sponsor
Chateâu des Charmes

Exclusive Beer Sponsor
Kronenbourg 1664

Creative
Coolaide Design

Printer
Annan & Sons

Public Relations
Pennant Media Group Ltd.

Sponsors
BBDO
Ella Bernhard
British Council

Creative Visual Solutions
Edelman Law
Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran
PHD
TD

Donors
Delaney Family Foundation

In-Kind Sponsors
Adagio Valet
Allan Candy
Cheese Boutique
Ciroc
Divine Furniture
Don Julio
Event Rental Group
Ice Boy
Jeremy Laing
Johnnie Walker
Medcan Clinic
Nadège
Petite Thuet
Remington Group
Tanqueray No. 10
Ticket Break
TTI Travel
Uber
Westbury National Show Systems

About Power Ball:
Power Ball is the gallery's largest annual fundraiser. From its inception in 1999,
Power Ball has set the standard as the most influential, vibrant and original
contemporary art party. Attracting a sophisticated "who's who" crowd of artists,
fashionistas, celebrities, and financiers from the world of film, advertising,
music, design, and art, this is one sensational party providing vital funds to the
exhibition and public programs at The Power Plant.

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
reflect upon their experiences; programming that incorporates other areas of
culture when they intersect with visual art.

For more information, please visit the The Power Plant website.

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