September 6, 2023, 12:00 p.m. — 1:00 p.m. MT
Online via Zoom
Free + open to the public
Join us for a Virtual Artist Talk with Pipelines artists Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster. Pipelines is presented by the Biennial of the Americas with artistic direction by Black Cube Nomadic Art Museum.
Hear from artists Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster as they discuss their social infrastructure-based collaborative practice. The artists will be joined in conversation by Black Cube Executive Director + Chief Curator Cortney Lane Stell.
Located in the Plaza of the Americas (1550 Wewatta St) in the heart of Downtown Denver, Pipelines is a playful, interactive artwork that repurposes over 100 PVC water and sewer pipes commonly used for water infrastructure across the world. By bringing often-hidden yet crucial pieces of material infrastructure above ground and introducing them as a form of social infrastructure in public space, Jamrozik and Kempster invite viewers to sit amongst, and connect across, the systems of resource management that impact our daily lives.
Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster are Toronto-based designers, artists and educators who have collaborated since 2003. Together they create spaces and objects that interrupt everyday situations in critically engaging and playful ways. Their artistic practice focuses on ‘social infrastructures,’ which seek to build community by fostering playful interactions in physical space. Their academic research focuses on the role of play in the built environment and alternative methods of documentation as a form of historic preservation. They are the authors of “Growing up Modern: Childhoods in Iconic Homes” (Birkhäuser, 2021).
Jamrozik and Kempster have exhibited in galleries, produced temporary outdoor installations and realized permanent public artworks in Canada, USA, Germany, France, Italy and South Korea, including solo exhibitions at Vtape in Toronto, the Weissenhofwerkstatt in Stuttgart, Germany and Gallery Kolektiv 318 in Marseille.
Jamrozik is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Architectural Science at Toronto Metropolitan University. She holds a BA(Hons) from the University of Toronto and a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia. Kempster holds a BA(Hons) from the University of Toronto and earned his Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a concentration in Visual Arts where he was a teaching assistant to Joan Jonas, Ute Meta Bauer, Antoni Muntadas and Krzysztof Wodiczko.
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Pipelines is presented by the Biennial of the Americas with artistic direction by Black Cube Nomadic Art Museum. Special thanks to: JM Eagle, Consulate General of Canada to the United States, in Denver, Metropolitan District, Riverfront Park Community Foundation, and the David and Laura Merage Foundation.