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Alex Wilton Anson Tse Guy Gardner Hayden Pattullo Jason Johnson JP Hammill SSHRC

Solium Capital Stock Wall

Date: 2017
Client: Solium
Primary Investigator(s): Jason S. Johnson, Guy Gardner
Project Budget: Withheld
Research Assistants/ Project Team: Kim Tse, JP Hammill,
Hayden Pattullo, Alex Wilton
Funding Agencies: SSHRC
Status: Built

This project was commissioned for a financial services firm in downtown Calgary. The project brief was to create an engaging multidimensional piece to activate the reception area. An iterative process with the client included the development of a number of tools for converting images associated with financial markets, regional landscapes, and symbols of the Canadian west into a large 3-dimensional wall-hanging painting.

Information related to historical performance of commodities and equity markets was embedded into the work through the manipulation of a field of dowels. Robotic arms were used to encode the color matrix and angle variation into the base surface that received these dowels.

The project deploys these techniques to produce multiple readings of the image through what has been described as pareidolia, or the tendency of viewers to perceive different images in patterns and sets of data.

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Biomorph

Date: 2017
Client: Edmonton Arts Council
Primary Investigator(s): Jason S. Johnson, Guy Gardner
Research Assistant: JP Hammill
Funding Agencies: SSHRC
Budget: N/A
Status: Proposal

We approach this work through the lens of capturing motion. Transit stations are places of constant motion and change in ways that are highly visible to the observer. We propose a project that captures this sense of motion and uses its physical characteristics as a way to make that motion felt on the site. The built environment, although it appears static, is in a constant state of movement as it shifts to accommodate fluctuating temperatures, wind and precipitation. This piece accepts these changes and in fact uses them to create a constantly shifting presence in the urban landscape.

Biormorph abstracts and embeds the signatures of the site users (human and non-human) into the surface of the canopy. As a proposal for the Muttart stop of Edmonton’s new Valley Ridge LRT line, its reference to vaguely human and animal forms in motion visually activates the canopy of the building. The pattern compresses and overlays the built up index of the activities and movement patterns of the site and functions as fossil of its history. Seasonal precipitation in the form of rain and snow and the changing light qualities of the Alberta landscape interact with the piece to form new patterns readings of the work. The changing aspects of the piece also reference the plant collections of the Muttart, which are always in states of change.

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Competition Entries Guy Gardner Hayden Pattullo Jason Johnson Public Art SSHRC Uncategorized

Floq

Date: 2017
Client: Edmonton Arts Council
Primary Investigator(s): Jason S. Johnson, Guy Gardner
Research Assistant:  Hayden Pattullo
Funding Agencies: SSHRC
Budget: N/A
Status: Proposal

The project is composed of a field of brightly coloured discs attached to a grid of thin wires in such a way as to allow the discs to flutter in the wind, reflect light and produce patterns on the spaces around them. The technique is such that we can experiment with various iterations of pattern and symbols in the consultation, design, and fabrication process. FloQ captures the ways in which we move and evolve cities and cultures in response to the one another and the conditions that surround us.

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Alex Wilton Arole Oluwaseyi Guy Gardner Jason Johnson SSHRC

Limenitis Wall

Date: 2016
Client: Emerald Hills Sports Pavilion
Primary 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.