The Reef installation for UpArt, the Gladstone Contemporary Art Fair

The Reef (detail), Cardstock, acrylic gouache, manufacturing industry excess vinyl, nylon, foiled wall covering, rip-stop, home decor and waterproof fabrics, thread, staples; 2011.

27 to 30 October 2011

upART Contemporary Art Fair
Gladstone Hotel, 2nd Floor Gallery
1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, Canada

The Reef = Polytopia + Geoms =  geometry + repetition + evolution + ecology =
creation myth of a utopian state.

The Reef, Cardstock, acrylic gouache, manufacturing industry excess vinyl, nylon, foiled wall covering, rip-stop, home decor and waterproof fabrics, thread, staples; 2011.

The Reef is a textile art and painted paper sculptures installation in which a large three dimensional quilt, called Polytopia, forms a “coral” nursery for dozens of highly stylized “fish” that hang in front, called Geoms. Inspired by bottom up organization and doing the best with what’s available while responding to an irrepressible will to being, the Reef explores geometry as a bridge between the material world and the world of ideas.

The colour combinations and surface treatments help the shapes seem to surpass their polytope, making all seem more complex than it is and creating a sensually delightful direct aesthetic experience.

The installation fuses ecological, mechanical, and geometric narratives into a creation myth of an ideal state of existence that is at the heart of our collaboration as Happy Sleepy.

The viewer above shows a full selection of images of the Reef as installed at upArt 2011. Use the button on the bottom right of the viewer above to see the images in full screen. The images are from the Reef photo set on Flickr and can also be viewed there.

Animated Gifs

Animated gifs of painted paper “fauna” elements against a textile sculpture background from the Reef project that was installed at upART 2011. There are a couple of Happy Sleepies in there, too.

Loading... Animated gif of a portion of the Reef textile art and painted paper sculptures installation by Happy Sleepy, aka Marc Ngui and Magda Wojtyra.

Loading... Animated gif of a Silver Happy Sleepy and Geom 1, elements of the Reef installation by Marc Ngui and Magda Wojtyra, aka Happy Sleepy.

Loading... Animated gif of a corner of the Reef textile art and painted paper sculptures installation by Happy Sleepy.

Loading... Animated gif of a Pink Fish, a painted paper sculpture element of the Reef installation by Happy Sleepy.

Loading... Animated gif of a portion of the Reef textile art and painted paper sculptures installation by Magda Wojtyra and Marc Ngui.

Loading... Animated gif of a Black Matter element of the Reef installation by Marc Ngui and Magda Wojtyra, aka Happy Sleepy.

One of the Black Matter quadrangles. These mysterious Reef elements have a thick coat of blackest matte gouache and eyes made of real pearls from Cambodia.

The artists would like to thank Sara Kamalvand for her generous assistance in assembly and the Ontario Arts Council for financial assistance.

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