LOOK2015: A Premier Fundraiser for Contemporary Calgary

LOOK2015: A Premier Fundraiser for Contemporary Calgary

On Saturday, Nov. 7,  Contemporary Calgary welcomed 700+ guests into the pink-washed halls of the Centennial Planetarium for their second annual fundraiser, LOOK2015.

Contemporary Calgary is seeking to establish Calgary first significant public destination for modern and contemporary art. In their new home, the Centennial Planetarium, they will contribute to Calgary becoming a global city of choice by engaging the public in the art of our times. LOOK2015 is their premier fundraising event, which elegantly and proactively exposes Calgarians to a wide range of modern art and artists, and creates an experience that mimics the on-the-pulse nature of the artistic work it displays. The event captured the attention of Canadian Art, the Calgary Herald, CBC’s Eyeopener and Global News. Boom Goes The Drum was honoured to be part of this spectacular event.

Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

As guests strode across the pink carpet and into the planetarium, they were met with a visual smorgasbord. The building, which had sat vacant for years, had been transformed from its cement walls and 90’s colour-theme to a modern, L.A.-chic art party, with incandescent lighting and architectural up-lighting making the entire structure pop with vibrancy.

Well-heeled attendees sipped hosted wine and nibbled on palate-pleasing canapés, a la Hotel Arts, while perusing the collection of displayed silent auction art pieces, bidding against one another playfully (and sometimes not-so playfully) from their phones and the provided tablets. As guests moved throughout the space, stunning interactive installations by local artists met the crowds with delicious surprise; Tia Halliday’s “Under the skin of a painting” inspired installations featuring dancers stuck in a web of ever-shifting elastics, and caught beneath ‘canvases’, twisting and stretching under the fabric. Randy Niessen’s string installation climbed the Planetarium’s majestic winding staircase, lit from beneath with cool white tones that played over the strings with elegance.

 

Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

(L-R) Ryan McCaffrey, Katy Bond, Aaron Ellard, Lana Rogers, Brieanne Biblow, Alex Kingcott, Tanya Puka, Calin Yablonski, Dave McDougall, Katrina Olsen, Shea Kerwood. Installation by Randy Niessen. Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.


Shaun Ford (Shaun Ford and Co.) and Paul Hardy (Paul Hardy Design). Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.


Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.


Alex Kingcott (Shareworthy Content Lab), Adam Gopnik (The New Yorker), Dan Levy (CBC’s Schitt’s Creek) and Derek Macdonald (Boom Goes the Drum). Installation by Tia Halliday. Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

 

As the evening progressed, guests were invited to attend a key-note presentation, hosted by acclaimed writer and culture critic, Adam Gopnik (The New Yorker), on the role visual art and artistic culture plays in an ever-developing city. Witty and unsurprisingly eloquent, Gopnik was met by the audience with delight. Soon after, Canadian media darling, Dan Levy took control of the mic and ushered in our art auctioneer for the evening, Stephen Ranger, to announce the beginning of one of Canada’s largest silent and live contemporary and modern art auctions. Within the space of just an hour, hundreds of thousands of dollars was raised in support of Contemporary Calgary.


Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

City of Calgary Alderman Evan Woolley address the crowd gathering for the live auction. Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

Photo Credit: Kelly Hofer.

Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

LOOK2015 live auction led by Stephen Ranger. Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

 

The evening closed with guests dancing the night away to the sound of Humans, an up-and-coming indie dj group from Vancouver, whose interactive performances are fast making them a house-hold name for those in-the-know. As the DJ’s slowed their sets, and the house lights came up, smiling guests walked once more down the fuchsia carpet, happily clutching beautiful works of art which had found new homes and eyes to admire them.

An architectural gem, the planetarium will soon be Contemporary Calgary’s new home, and re named The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. The gallery will soon begin moving their pieces from their old location on Stephen Avenue, and anticipates officially welcoming the public into a preliminary pop-up space called ‘Temporary Contemporary’ in their new venue in the fall of 2016. To support Contemporary Calgary, please click here.

Photos courtesy of Kelly Hofer, Lablond Studios Inc. and Alex Kingcott.

Dan Levy and Vincent Law. Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

Installation by Randy Niessen. Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

Installation by Tia Halliday. Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

Art installation by Tia Halliday. Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

Shaun Ford and Paul Hardy.

WAX Partnership’s Maddie Gauthier and Hilary Tong.

Brenna Hardy (Styelista) , Jason Hardy, Phaedra Godchild (Styleista).

Installation by Randy Niessen. Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

LOOK2015 special guests Dan Levy (CBC’s Schitt’s Creek) and Adam Gopnik (The New Yorker). Photo by Kelly Hofer.

LOOK2015 Event Coordinator Derek MacDonald (BOOMGoes the Drum), Rob Mabee, Madelyn Lang, Jan Wittig (Event Committee), Olympian Mark Tewksbury, and Arif Hirani (Shaw Communications, Event Committee). Photo Credit: Kelly Hofer.

Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

Live auction artwork (L-R) by Angela Leach, Evan Penny, and Dianne Bos. Photo Credit: Kelly Hofer.

LOOK2015 host Dan Levy (CBC’s Schitt’s Creek): Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

Installation by Tia Halliday. Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

Installation by Tia Halliday. Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

Installation by Tia Halliday. Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

Live auction of Cathy Daly’s artwork Untitled 1008. Photo Credit: Kelly Hofer.

Shae Kerwood, Lana Rogers, and Tanya Puka interact with an installation by Randy Niessen.

Guests interact with an installation by Randy Niessen.

LOOK2015 guests Dave McDougall, Sarah Ward (Sarah Ward Interiors), and Calin Yablonski (Inbound Interactive).

Adam Gopnik addresses the VIP attendees at LOOK2015. Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

Adam Gopnik addresses the VIP attendees at LOOK2015. Photo credit: Kelly Hofer.

Photo credit: Lablond Studio Inc. www.leblondstudio.com

Photo credit: Lablond Studio Inc. www.leblondstudio.com

Photo credit: Lablond Studio Inc. www.leblondstudio.com

Photo credit: Lablond Studio Inc. www.leblondstudio.com

Photo credit: Lablond Studio Inc. www.leblondstudio.com

Photo credit: Lablond Studio Inc. www.leblondstudio.com

Acting Chair of Contemporary Calgary, Jay Mehr. Photo credit: Leblond Studio Inc. www.leblondstudio.com.

HUMANS. Photo credit: Lablond Studio Inc. www.leblondstudio.com