Art Gallery of Alberta

Cecil Balmond

The AGA Presents: Cecil Balmond

Wednesday, November 13, 7 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Lower Level
$15 / $10 AGA Members
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Widely considered to be one of the most influential creators of his generation, Cecil Balmond successfully occupies multiple roles as artist, designer, architect, engineer, theoretician and writer. World famous for his work on the non-linear, Balmond’s approach is one of investigation and draws on 40 years of research into the making of diverse forms. He interrogates deep structure and Pattern in the world around us using science, geometry and nature as points of inspiration. He reveals the very root of order to create startling and ground breaking designs. As such, Balmond’s designs have been described as a form of ‘Natural Magic’ – simple arrays of cleverly contrived causes which can create wondrous effects.

Balmond’s artwork has been exhibited to critical acclaim in galleries such as the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), Graham Foundation (Chicago), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Copenhagen), Artists Space (New York) and Arc en Reve (Bordeaux, France).

Balmond currently holds the Paul Philippe Cret Chair at Penn Design as Professor of Architecture where he is also the founder of the Non-Linear Systems Organization (NSO), a material and structural research unit at University of Pennsylvania. He has also been Kenzo Tange Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Architecture, Saarinen Professor at Yale University School of Architecture and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics.

Balmond’s awards include the 2002 Japanese Gengo Matsui prize for the Serpentine Gallery pavilion he designed with Toyo Ito, which was based on an algorithm created by Balmond, the RIBA Charles Jencks Award for Theory in Practice in 2003 and the Sir Banister Fletcher Prize for his book, informal in 2005. Balmond’s light installation, ‘Snow Words’ in Alaska has recently been selected as one of the 50 best public artworks of 2013, selected by the Public Art Network. His other publications include Crossover (2013) Element (2007) and Number 9 (1998).

Edmontonians can see Balmond’s 2012 installation net_Work at the Engineering Services Building. One part interior glass print, one part exterior wall installation, net_Work consists of two elements conceived as a single artwork. As such, it creates a changing interplay within the minds of those who directly experience the building, serving as an intriguing integration of interior and exterior.

More information on net_Work can be found on the Edmonton Arts Council’s website >

This lecture is presented in partnership with The Edmonton Arts Council.