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article imageToronto's Power Ball: Quarter-Life Crisis on June 14

By Bryen Dunn     Jun 12, 2012 in Entertainment
Toronto - The Power Plant Gallery at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto celebrates its 25th anniversary with "Power Ball: Quarter-Life Crisis" on June 14th, 2012 when more than 1,700 guests will attend the city’s most anticipated annual art party.
Power Ball: Quarter-Life Crisis is an evening poised to animate the most joyful and tumultuous aspects of turning 25. It will capture the spirit of life at a turning point and encapsulate the naivety and reality of life in its first quarter century. Power Ball is the premier fundraising event for the gallery, providing major and much-needed financial support for all of the annual programming. For the seventh consecutive year HUGO BOSS will host as presenting sponsor.
Music will fill every corner of this party with Los Angeles-based DJ Alex Merrell along with Toronto native Brendan Fallis.
Power Ball enjoys a long tradition of creating incredible and unforgettable environments
birthed from the creative minds of Toronto artists. This year the space will come alive under the creative direction of local artists Philippe Blanchard, Sarah Febbraro, Jesse Harris, Marisa Hoicka, and Jesi the Elder. Toronto restaurateur Marc Thuet will again take over the lakeside outdoor patio and create a culinary spectacle.
Philippe Blanchard
Philippe will transform one of the gallery spaces with sculptural and 2D elements
featuring his eye-popping expanded animation. Created from multi-colored (RGB) prints
lit by LED strobe lights, the effect is akin to “walking through an animated GIF.”
Sarah Febbraro
Sarah will develop a new reality/talk show that will be a platform for party=goers to publicly probe their anxieties about the future and how their lives may or may not have shaped up to what they imagined when they were 25.
Jesse Harris
Jesse will create a new series of colourful text-based banners on the ceiling and walls of the Clerestory. This collage of adolescent desires and protest will draw on his ongoing collection of written slogans and 1980s typography.
Marisa Hoicka
Marisa will create a new performance and painting installation based on the theme of escapism. Inside a room within the gallery, partygoers will only be able to see the work through windows and interact with her via a computer.
Jesi the Elder
Our largest gallery space that houses the DJ and dance floor will be animated with two
enormous projections of Toronto-based self-taught artist Jesi the Elder’s wild animations.
About The Power Plant:
The Power Plant is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary
visual art. It is a vital forum for the advanced artistic culture of our time that offers an
exceptional facility and professional support to diverse living artists while engaging equally diverse audiences in their work. The Power Plant pursues its activities though exhibitions, publications and public programming. It fulfills its mandate by generating: exhibitions that represent the range of advanced practice in visual arts; publications that increase knowledge of contemporary art; lectures and symposia that encourage debate and further understanding; interpretative tools that invite visitors to question, explore and reflect upon their experiences; programming that incorporates other areas of culture when they intersect with visual art.
More information and ticket info can be found here.
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