Power Ball 2016: Toronto’s Quintessential Art Party
Words by Julia Eskins
Photos by Aleyah Solomon
It doesn’t feel like summer has really begun until the Power Plant hosts its annual night of decadence and debauchery. And when it rolls around, it’s best to expect the unexpected. Interactive food art? Check. People diving into kiddie pools filled with colourful balls? Check. VIPs from the fashion and art worlds intermingling, dancing and tweeting up a storm? Absolutely.
With the annual fundraiser for Canada’s leading contemporary art institution approaching on June 2, the question on everyone’s mind is, what’s next? This year, Power Ball XVIII: Pleasure Principle will transform the lakefront gallery space into an immersive experience that blends art, music, food and fashion. From Instagram-worthy installations to live performances by world renowned DJs Mark Farina, Teo Nio and CRSB, it’s sure to be a night of indulgence. After all, the Pleasure Principle theme will set the tone for the evening, encouraging guests to explore their innermost desires as they take in the party’s boundary-pushing surprises.
Ahead of this year’s event, Here & There Magazine takes a closer look at four of this year’s participating artists. Be sure to revisit this page, as we will be updating it with behind-the-scenes coverage on how Toronto’s biggest art fundraiser comes together.
Montreal-based artist Karen Tam has long focused her installations on explorations of cultures and communities. For Power Ball, she’ll be creating a site-specific opium den. In the past, Tam has recreated scenes of Chinese restaurants, karaoke lounges, curio shops and other sites of cultural significance.
Inspired by the organization of found objects, Canadian artist Laura Kikauka is known for building densely packed, highly detailed installations. Blending high and low art forms, Kikauka’s work often addresses consumer culture and the question of good and bad taste. Her Power Ball installation is set to be an exploration of (over)stimulation, comfort, sensuality, fantasy and imagination.
Kempster Jamrozik Studio
Coryn Kempster and Julie Jamrozik, the art duo behind BACKOFFICE, will bring a playful nod to childhood memories and games at this year’s event. Collaborating since 2003 on large-scale installations that fuse art and architecture, the pair have shown their work in Canada, the U.S., Germany, France, Italy and South Korea.
Jordan Söderberg Mills
It wouldn’t be an artistic affair without a mesmerizing light installation. On June 2, Jordan Söderberg Mills will dazzle guests with a projection piece evoking ecstasy and euphoria. Splitting his studio practice between Toronto, Santiago and London, Söderberg Mills plays with physics and the mechanics of vision in his perception-shifting work.