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Alex Wilton Arole Oluwaseyi Guy Gardner Jason Johnson SSHRC

Limenitis Wall

Date: 2016
Client: Emerald Hills Sports Pavilion
Principal Investigator(s): Jason S. Johnson, Guy Gardner
Project Budget: $32,000
Research Assistants/ Project Team:  Arole Oluwaseyi, Alex Wilton
Funding Agencies: Strathcona County, SSHRC
Status: Built

The Limenitis Wall takes its inspiration from the White Admiral butterfly, Limenitis Arthemitis, a large and highly contrasting black and white species commonly found East of the Rockies. The butterfly has historically functioned as a potent symbol for the metamorphosis of the human soul. We believe this is an apt metaphor for the dynamic and transformational qualities of the Emerald Hills Sports Pavilion in Sherwood Park, a growing community in Strathcona County, Alberta.

The work is composed of hundreds of custom milled, rolled and anodized aluminum components mounted to an exterior wall facing a public plaza. The components, flatcut using a CNC router and formed by hand, are of different sizes and occupy a diagrid with varying levels of subdivision. The components are anodized in black or clear, or are left in a raw state. The colouration and subdivision are driven by a parametric definition which uses multiple layers of image mapping to create a complex visual effect, which is amplified by the curving forms and variety of sizes, colours, and finishes. The combination of these elements plays with the viewer’s pattern recognition system to activate a sense of pareidolia, a response where we project our own meanings or interpretations onto complex formations, which is exemplified by the act of seeing faces in clouds.

The various elements of the work allows it’s appearance to change with different seasons and lighting conditions, and its meaning to shift depending on the viewer’s response. These dynamic forces of transformation combine to activate the façade of the emerald hills sports pavilion and the surrounding public plaza.

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Beakerhead Canadian Heritage Christina James Jason Johnson Logan Armstrong Mariana Ibanez Matthew Parker Simon Kim SSHRC

The Ministers _ Nancy

Date: 2015
Client: Beakerhead
Principal Investigator: Jason S. Johnson
Collaborators: Simon Kim, Mariana Ibanez
Project Budget: Withheld
Research Assistants/ Project Team: Christina James,
Matthew Parker, Logan Armstrong
Funding Agencies: SSHRC, Canadian Heritage Foundation

Project Description: Part of an installation at Beakerhead 2015 called The Ministers, Nancy is an investigation of a self-supporting thin shell structure lit from within. The piece anchored the Beakernight event as an object to draw visitors into the space from the main street. This project was designed in collaboration with Mariana Ibanez and Simon Kim of IK Studio. The design focused on using various types of flat stock plastics to explore the limits of double curvature.

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Beakerhead Canadian Heritage Christina James Jason Johnson Logan Armstrong Mariana Ibanez Matthew Parker Simon Kim SSHRC

The Ministers _ Sputnik

Date: 2015
Client: Beakerhead
Principal Investigator: Jason S. Johnson
Collaborators: Simon Kim, Mariana Ibanez
Project Budget: Withheld
Research Assistants/ Project Team : Christina James ,
Matthew Parker, Logan Armstrong

Project Description: Part of an installation at Beakerhead 2015 called The Ministers, Sputnik is an investigation of thin shell structures produced by conic geometries. This project was designed in collaboration with Mariana Ibanez and Simon Kim of IK Studio. The design team focused on iteratively prototyping this project across materials and techniques. The final object was produced in thin shell aluminum from flat sheet material.